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North Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston has reclaimed the Test halfback spot in a reshuffled Australian team that will tackle Great Britain in Saturday night's Tri Nations clash at Suncorp Stadium.
Thurston replaces Ben Hornby after the Dragons utility played in Australia's surprise 23-12 loss to Britain on November 4. Brisbane premiership player Shaun Berrigan has been named on the bench despite being asked to be stood down to attend his brother BARRY'S wedding.
In other team changes Justin Hodges replaces Jamie Lyon, Melbourne prop Antonio Kaufusi will finally make his Test debut in place of Bronco Sam Thaiday and Andrew Ryan takes suspended Willie Mason's spot in the second row.
If Australia beats Britain it will play New Zealand in the final at Sydney's Aussie Stadium on Saturday week. If the Kangaroos lose or are held to a draw they will play Britain in the final.
Kangaroos: Karmichael Hunt, Brent Tate, Mark Gasnier, Justin Hodges, Greg Inglis, Darren Lockyer (c), Johnathan Thurston, Brent Kite, Cameron Smith, Petero Civoniceva, Andrew Ryan, Nathan Hindmarsh, Luke O'Donnell