Morgan not getting comfortable at No.6

Nov 29, 2017 - 11:00 PM He may finally feel at ease in the Test halves but Michael Morgan says he won't get comfortable in the Kangaroos No.6 jersey even if Australia win the Rugby League World Cup final in Brisbane.

Morgan has credited halves partner Cooper Cronk with helping him step up into the big shoes left behind by Johnathan Thurston and settle into the Test five-eighth role.

However, Morgan did not think he could stake a long-term claim on the No.6 jersey even if he helped the Kangaroos defeat England and claim an 11th Cup triumph on Saturday.

"It may help but it always depends on how you are playing the following year as well," he said.

"I think there is only one Test match next year, it will be open again for anyone by then.

"I am just glad I am here and can be starting in a World Cup. What comes after that I am not sure. Hopefully I am there."

But Morgan said he did finally feel a part of the starting side thanks largely to Cronk.

"He has been really good throughout the tournament for me, giving me confidence to get the ball when I want it and even calling plays so I do get the ball," he said.

"At first that was probably the hardest thing, coming into a team like this with a number of dominant players who are all good in their own right.

"I just had to find my position within all that."

Morgan has spent time at fullback with North Queensland, been a Queensland and Test bench utility and made his Maroons starting debut in the centres this year.

Asked if five-eighth was his preferred position, Morgan said: "I think so, I have had most success playing there.

"I did enjoy my year at fullback (at Cowboys) and at centre this year in Origin.

"But I am probably more clearer and more comfortable at six."

Morgan has helped spark Australia's left-edge attack, with Valentine Holmes feasting on 11 tries in two games.

Source: AAP

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