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Morley hopes to turn the tables
Adrian Morley, the only Englishman plying his trade in Australia's National Rugby League, says he'll secure bragging rights from Bondi to Bundaberg should Great Britain win the Tri-Nations rugby league series.
The Sydney Roosters second rower is accustomed to fielding flak during Australia's domination of world rugby league but he is confident that the balance of power is about to shift.
Britain go into Sunday morning's Elland Road final with confidence sky-high after putting together a three-match winning run and have a glorious chance gaining back-to-back victories over the Kangaroos for the first time since they last lifted the Ashes 34 years ago.
"It will make a change," said Morley. "I have never had the luxury of beating the Australians in a test series so it would be great for me.
"I'd be able to brag to my heart's content for the next 12 months - and it would probably go on for a lot longer than that.
"We always seem to get nearly there but never quite get over the line. In 1997 we could have beaten them in the third Test at Elland Road but they blew us off the park in the first 20 minutes.
"I can't see it being the same. I just think there is a bit more belief in the team now. Confidence is high and this is the best squad I've been involved with.
"We beat them two weeks ago and finished above them in the table."
Morley is a key man in Great Britain's formidable pack but he admits he has not yet hit his straps and is hoping to peak against his NRL colleagues on Sunday.
"I have not been 100 per cent happy with my form in this Tri-Nations series but I was quite happy with my performance against New Zealand on Saturday," he said.
"I did think there was a bit left in the tank from the last three games and hopefully I can have a big performance against Australia.
"It really is a World Cup final. We've finished top of the table which is a credit in itself but it means nothing on Saturday. We are going to go out all guns blazing."
Australia are boosted by the presence of captain Darren Lockyer and Morley admits the return of the playmaking stand-off could be a crucial factor.
He added: "Darren Lockyer is the best player in the world on his day but if he plays, he plays - if he doesn't, he doesn't. We are not going to worry too much about their team.
"We should worry about our own backyard. We are good enough to win on Saturday. It's the first time we have won three tests on the trot for over 10 years so that's a record in itself.
"We beat the Aussies and the Kiwis twice so there's no reason why we can't win it."