Gallen looking good for test

Paul Gallen of the Sharks runs the ball during the round four NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Cronulla Sharks at Dairy Farmers Stadium on March 24, 2012 in Townsville, Australia.
Paul Gallen of the Sharks runs the ball during the round four NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Cronulla Sharks at Dairy Farmers Stadium on March 24, 2012 in Townsville, Australia. Ian Hitchcock / Getty Images

KANGAROOS second-rower Paul Gallen hasn't missed a training session this week - not many league fans would bat an eyelid at that.

But leading into Saturday night's Test against New Zealand at Dairy Farmers Stadium, that has been a welcome change compared to the back end of the NRL season.

The Sharks and Blues captain was then hampered by an ongoing posterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee that stopped him from training for the Sharks.

In good news for Kangaroos supporters, Gallen said he feels good after having some time to recover following Cronulla's exit in the first week of the finals series.

"The knee's fine. I did miss a lot of training going into the back end of the year, but I haven't missed a session so far this week," he said.

"Things are feeling pretty good. I've had four weeks off.

"I didn't do a training session at all for six weeks. It was working okay because I was still playing okay and we weren't going too bad."

Gallen was a big advocate of Cowboys prop James Tamou's selection up front for the Blues this year.

The 31-year-old went out of his way to coerce Tamou into playing for NSW, despite him being born across the ditch.

He will be thrilled to line up alongside Tamou once again in the representative arena for the Dairy Farmers Stadium fixture.

"Along with Matty Scott, he's probably been the best front-rower in the competition all year," Gallen said.

"Ever since he has risen to rep level he's taken that into club level as well."

Gallen also threw his support behind under-fire Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens.

Sheens has been placed firmly under the spotlight following his dumping from the Tigers after they failed to make this year's finals series.

The Tigers were installed as favourites to win the competition in the pre-season.

"Sheensy's done a really great job for us the past couple of years," Gallen said.

"I know he really wants to do the World Cup next year. So if we have success on the weekend, and we've had success over the past couple of years, I don't see there being any reason to change the coach.

"The guys enjoy playing for him."

In scorching hot Townsville conditions yesterday, fellow Kangaroos back-rower Tony Williams stopped short his training session due to his troublesome left hamstring.

The Sea Eagles star will be monitored, but is still likely to play in the one-off Test.

For the Kiwis, Canterbury prop Sam Kasiano, Manly centre Dean Whare and Storm second-rower Kevin Proctor are set to make their international debuts.

Bulldogs outside backs Krisnan Inu and Sam Perrett have been recalled.

New Zealand team: Josh Hoffman, Sam Perrett, Krisnan Inu, Dean Whare, Gerard Beale, Benji Marshall, Kieran Foran, Jesse Bromwich, Issac Luke, Sam Kasiano, Frank Pritchard, Kevin Proctor, Simon Mannering, Elijah Taylor, Ben Matulino, Greg Eastwood, Adam Blair.

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