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Kangaroos’ enforcer Reagan Campbell-Gillard backs star rookie to be ‘special’

Penrith star Reagan Campbell-Gillard is backing a boom Kangaroos rookie to “do something special” in the upcoming Tests against New Zealand and Tonga.

The big man is full of praise for Roosters youngster Latrell Mitchell on the back of an outstanding season where the 21-year-old made his State of Origin debut for the Blues.

The Australian Schoolboys representative had a stellar 2018 scoring 17 tries for the Roosters and was unlucky not to win the Dally M Centre of the year award.

“I think Latrell Mitchell has had an outstanding season,” Campbell-Gillard said.

“I believe he could have an absolute cracker of a Test match (series).

“It’s probably better to wait and see in the next couple of weeks, but I think he might do something special.”

Mitchell – who was named in the Australian 19-man squad for the two-Test series – will likely line-up in the centres alongside Dane Gagai.

Campbell-Gillard says he’s also raring to go after a couple of weeks of recovery, following Penrith’s early exit from this year’s finals series.

“I’ve had a couple of weeks off just away from football to get the body right,” Campbell-Gillard said.

“I’m feeling really good at the moment and this week we get to blow off the cobwebs and get ready for the two games over in New Zealand.”

Australia will play New Zealand on October 13 at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland and will back it up seven days later in a historic Test against Tonga at the same venue.


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