Inglis: Australia helped by Meninga 'aura'


Greg Inglis says Australia have benefited from the "aura" of coach Mal Meninga as they prepare to begin their Four Nations campaign.

Kangaroos great Meninga was appointed as Tim Sheens' successor last December, following a record-breaking stint in charge of Queensland.

The 56-year-old enjoyed plentiful success during his illustrious playing career and has overseen two victories over Four Nations holders New Zealand since taking charge of the national team.

Ahead of Australia's opening game in this year's tournament against outsiders Scotland, Inglis was asked to comment on Meninga's impact.

"I think he just tweaked a few things around preparation," the South Sydney Rabbitohs star told Omnisport.

"He's brought more of a relaxed kind of feeling around camp, just having more fun and enjoying each other's company.

"And I think with Mal it's just his presence around the camp and the aura that he has."

Although the Kangaroos have beaten New Zealand twice in 2016, including a 26-6 triumph this month in which Inglis crossed twice, the full-back still sees the Kiwis as Australia's primary rival for Four Nations glory.

"They're still ranked number one, so they come into this tournament very threatening," he said.

"We know the Kiwis won't give it up that easy and I'm pretty sure the English side will be looking forward as well."

Australia skipper Cameron Smith added of New Zealand and England: "I couldn't split them. They're both strong outfits."