Kangaroos veterans Johnathan Thurston, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk believe the bond between the current squad is the closest theyve ever experienced.Victory over New Zealand in Sundays Four Nations final at Anfield will see Mal Meningas side leapfrog the Kiwis and return to top in the world standings and cap off a successful first tour in charge for the Queensland great.Cronk, Thurston and Smith are all featuring in their fourth tour of the UK and despite having never been on a losing side, the trio said theyve never been part of a happier and more united squad.Not to denigrate or disrespect anything from previous teams, but this team is a special bunch of guys and Mal deserves credit for what hes brought in, Cronk told AAP.The senior players have followed what Mal says and the younger guys have really bought into it as well and were all rowing in the same direction.Meninga stated before the tour departed Australia that he valued good character above all else when he selected his squad with the likes of Semi Radradra, Greg Bird and Andrew Fifita among those overlooked following recent off-field issues.After a spiteful State of Origin series there were concerns Queensland-NSW rivalries could spill over into camp but Thurston said Meningas approach has ensured no tensions have arisen.He knows how to bring a team together, he knows how to get the best out of players and working to one common goal, Thurston told AAP.Were playing in the green and gold and theres never been a mention of Maroons or Blues, its all about the green and the gold.Hes seen the game evolve over the years and in this day and age there are so many different personalities. Some need to be loved, some need to be pushed and he knows that.But Thurston said there was a side to the coach that could still instill fear into even the most seasoned player.Hes got a presence and aura about him, he said.But Ive seen the hard side to him as well, which is not pleasant and you dont want to be on the wrong side of him.Skipper Smith is only one of eight players left from the last 24-man squad to tour the UK in 2013 and he said Meninga laid down the law in no uncertain terms when the team were in camp in PerthThings were said by Mal to the group about what he expected after the grand final when we met up, said Smith.Its not to say that previous Australia teams were not united but we are really working towards a common goal here together.So far we have achieved one goal and that was to be here in the final. Now we have one more which is to win the match on Sunday. Jonathan Marchessault Stanley Cup Jersey . Miller finished in two minutes, 6.09 seconds, one day before the first medal race on the Alpine schedule. The 36-year-old American also turned in the top time in Thursdays opening training session. Cody Eakin Stanley Cup Jersey . -- Three close looks at the bucket, three misses. http://www.cheapgoldenknightsjerseys.us/marc-andre-fleury-stanley-cup-jersey/ . - NASCAR announced a 33-race schedule for the 2014 Nationwide Series with virtually no changes from this years slate. Clayton Stoner Stanley Cup Jersey . LOUIS -- Mike Smith is used to facing plenty of shots, so this was nothing new. Reilly Smith Stanley Cup Jersey . Brandon Morrow allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. Edwin Encarnacion had a two-out, bases loaded two-RBI double in the third inning. PARIS -- France captain Amelie Mauresmo is keeping faith and using the same players for the Fed Cup final against the two-time defending champion Czech Republic next week.Mauresmo named Caroline Garcia, Kristina Mladenovic, Alize Cornet?and Pauline Parmentier to face the Czechs at home in Strasbourg, France, on Nov. 12-13.The same quartet defeated the Netherlands in the semifinals.The Czechs are bidding for a fifth title in six years, while France is playing its first final ssince 2005.ddddddddddddladenovic and Garcia were cleared to play after the French Tennis Federation lifted their ban in September. The pair were provisionally suspended for damaging the federations image at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where the players criticized the FTT over a clothing mix-up after their defeat in the first round of the doubles. Cheap Authentic JerseysChina Jerseys WholesaleCheap Authentic JerseysWholesale Jerseys 2020Wholesale Jerseys From ChinaCheap Jerseys OnlineWholesale Jerseys China ' ' '