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NRL 2022: South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers, Damien Cook, Api Koroisau, Australian Kangaroos, World Cup, grand final defeat driving Rabbitohs to overcome Panthers

South Sydney hooker Damien Cook is refusing to let his duel with Penrith’s Api Koroisau for a World Cup berth distract him from the task of helping the Rabbitohs to avenge last year’s grand final loss

Cook and Koroisau will go head-to-head in next Saturday night’s preliminary final at Accor Stadium in what is effectively a selection trial between the NSW team-mates for one of two specialist hooking spots in Mal Meninga’s 24-man Australian squad.

With the Kangaroos squad to be named after the grand final, whichever No.9 plays in the winning team next weekend will have the last chance to impress and Cook is desperate for the Rabbitohs to avenge last year’s 14-12 loss to Penrith in the premiership decider.