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Slater still number one full-back - Morris

Slater still number one full-back - Morris

Billy Slater remains Australia's first-choice full-back ahead of Greg Inglis, according to Test selector Des Morris.

South Sydney Rabbitohs star Inglis deputised at full-back during Australia's unsuccessful Four Nations campaign after Slater underwent shoulder surgery at the end of the NRL season.

Inglis looked at home for the Kangaroos at full-back, where he played as the Rabbitohs defeated the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in October for their first NRL title in 43 years.

But after Australia lost the Four Nations final 22-18 to New Zealand on Saturday, Morris insisted Melbourne Storm favourite Slater will regain the number one jersey when he returns to the international stage from injury.

"Greg's form will not be the end of Billy by any stretch of the imagination," Morris is quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph.

"We don't look at it that way as Test selectors, we have to put the best team out on the paddock and do what's best for the team.

"I think Greg would be more than happy to bide his time in the centres while Billy is around.

"Slater is a lot busier at full-back than Greg, he is constantly in the game and he's threatening the other side all the time.

"What a lot of people don't see is Billy is scheming in behind and constantly organising the defence, I don't know if Greg is at that level as a full-back just yet.

"Inglis is a brilliant player who is very instinctive but Greg can tend to wait and pick his moments to inject himself into a game.

"Billy is always switched on and that's why he's the best full-back in the game."

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