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Kangaroos forward Corey Parker insists that preparations for this weekend’s Four Nations Final have not been interrupted by the illness of several team mates including Daly-Cherry Evans, Cooper Cronk and Bulldogs David Klemmer.

The Broncos Co-Captain fronted media at during a rescheduled training session in Wellington on Thursday, the second last before the game this Saturday night.

“There were some guys that had some illness, and it was probably in their best interest and the team that they had the adequate time to get over it.” Parker stated.

The sick Kangaroos have been quarantined from the rest of the squad and were ordered to stay in the hotel and put their feet up to ensure no other players fell ill during the week.

“They were pretty lonely days for the guys I think…” Parker added.

Originally scheduled to train on Wednesday and Thursday in Wellington, Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens was forced to reschedule the two training sessions for Thursday and Friday to bring the whole squad together, a change Parker insisted this change will not impact the preparations.

“We were only scheduled for two sessions anyway… the timing of the sessions are the only things that changed.” Said Parker.

“We’ve been in camp for a month now, so the processes and the structure has been the same.”

Parker says the team has grown in ability and that now the whole squad are familiar with the structure, they are on track to field their best performance yet.

“From day one to where we are now, we have come a long way as a group.”

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