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Kangaroos centre Will Chambers will take the field in the World Cup semi-final against Fiji in Brisbane with a broken toe.

Chambers suffered the injury in the pool clash with France and has battled on despite the discomfort.

He sat out Tuesday's training session in Brisbane but will take his place in the captain's run on Thursday.

"He's had a broken toe for a couple of weeks now so we have just rested him," coach Mal Meninga said.

"He did some extra fitness in the gym and we have no doubts that he will play, as he did last week."

Meninga said the emergence of teams like Fiji and Tonga in this World Cup had been "fantastic" for the game, while adding those teams did not have a mortgage on passion.

"We have great pride and passion in our green and gold jersey," he said.

"It is not just the God-given right that all the passion belongs to the Pacific Island and Melanesian nations.

"We are proud of what we are achieving.

"We love watching the Pacific nations going around, with great support. When they sing their national anthem and do their war dance. It is great theatre for our game and it is great to see them doing really well."

Meninga said Fiji boasted many strengths, from their back five through to their forwards "and Jarryd [Hayne] playing off the back of that".

"We won't be underestimating them," he said.

"We also have great self-belief in what we are doing and we are there to play a great game of rugby league."


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