Cowra Magpie Boyd stars in Test debut for Kangaroos

TOUGH STUFF: Shannon Boyd was in the thick of it during his Test Match debut for Australia on Saturday. Photo: GETTY

TOUGH STUFF: Shannon Boyd was in the thick of it during his Test Match debut for Australia on Saturday. Photo: GETTY

The impressive Test debut of Cowra's Shannon Boyd has given Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga some welcome Four Nations selection dilemmas.

With both Josh Mansour and Aaron Woods unavailable due to their weddings for Saturday's 26-6 win over New Zealand in Perth, former Magpie Boyd and winger Valentine Holmes were given their first taste of international football at nib Stadium and didn't disappoint.

Meninga has guaranteed Woods and Mansour will play in Australia's Four Nations opener in two weeks against Scotland to give them valuable game time.

Beyond that Meninga has difficult choices to make for Australia's second round game against the Kiwis in Coventry on November 5.

Boyd was strong up front running for over 100m and helping to assert Australia's dominance early against the massive Kiwi pack.

He will likely retain his spot in the 17 for the bigger Four Nations clashes, but Meninga will have to elect whether he or Woods starts.

Kangaroos captain Smith was delighted with Boyd's debut.

"He did a great job for the first time the big guy, he had some great carries, Smith said.

"He will be very important for us in the Four Nations."

Orange product James Maloney didn’t play on Saturday but will travel to England.

The selectors also have to pick Holmes or Mansour.

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