2 May 2009

Sheens has no expectations coaching Australia

7:30 am on 2 May 2009

League coach Tim Sheens says he has no expectations about coaching Australia - other than seeing off the threat to end his international career by Kiwi and Wests Tigers halfback Benji Marshall.

Sheens will on Sunday name his first Kangaroos team to face World Cup winners New Zealand next week, and says he'll be treating the game no differently to any other in his long, distinguished career.

Sheens says Benji Marshall, who he coaches at Wests Tigers, has told him he's only going to last one game as the Kiwis are going to beat them by so much that he'll be sacked.

The last time the two nations met was in the World Cup final in Brisbane last November where the Kiwis produced one of the biggest upsets in the game's history with a 34-20 victory.

The defeat and a verbal attack on referee Ashley Klein led to Ricky Stuart's resignation as coach but Sheens says he doesn't feel he's on a hiding to nothing by taking on the role.

He says it's the same for players, you grab every game and don't look any further ahead than that.