Mansour comeback complete after World Cup call-up
JOSH Mansour will complete an extraordinary comeback from the ruptured ACL that ended his Four Nations tour last year after he was called in to the Kangaroos squad to cover the withdrawal of injured star Darius Boyd.
Boyd injured his hamstring in the last game of the regular season, missing the Broncos' first two finals before pulling up lame following an ill-fated return in his side's preliminary final loss to the Storm.
The backline utility was named in Australia's World Cup squad and was expected to overcome the injury in time to take his place in the starting side by the time the tournament kicks off on October 27.
However, that won't be the case, with Boyd yesterday withdrawn from the squad following a team medical.
Boyd's disappointment will be offset by Mansour's joy as the Panthers winger returns to the Australian side after recapturing top form for Penrith following a long layoff to rehab his knee.
"Obviously it's disappointing for Darius, who has been a fantastic player for the Kangaroos," coach Mal Meninga said in a statement.
"It will be wonderful to see Josh back in the Kangaroos jersey after his injury in last year's Four Nations.
"I know how disappointed he was to be injured last year and I know how passionate he is about the green and gold.
"It is a credit to him that he has been able to return to the highest representative honours."
The Boyd withdrawal comes on the same day as Andrew Fifita's shock decision to quit the Kangaroos side so he could represent Tonga in the World Cup.
Reagan Campbell-Gillard was called in to replace Fifita, making it a big day for Panthers players.