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Australia vs New Zealand ANZAC Test Preview and Team News - Kangaroos target fifth straight win over Kiwis

Andrew Hendrie 3 May 2017
  • ANZAC Test takes place on Friday night
  • Australia big favourites to beat New Zealand
  • Kangaroos have been dominant against the Kiwis
Australia face New Zealand in the ANZAC Test on Friday

Australia and New Zealand renew their rivalry on Friday night in the nation’s capital as the two proud rugby league nations collide in the traditional ANZAC Test.

The Kangaroos look to continue their recent dominance over the Kiwis and their traditional dominance in the ANZAC Test when the two nations battle it out in Canberra on Friday night.

Australia were far too good for New Zealand last year, winning all four matches and registering a combined scoreline of 90-22, including emerging triumphant 34-8 in the Four Nations final.

With New Zealand starting to gain the upper hand in the long-standing rivalry before last year, Australia roared back to form in style and are now clearly the undisputed No. 1 rugby league nation once more.

But that just means the Kiwis will be more determined than ever to upstage their ‘big brothers’, but they will have to overturn a lopsided record in ANZAC Tests which has seen them win just two of 17 games.

It’s essentially the tried and tested veterans of the Australian side up against an enigmatic New Zealand outfit that has unlimited potential but has yet to really prove their class in the Test arena.

On paper it looks like one of the strongest New Zealand sides in recent memory, with Warriors stars Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Kieran Foran, Shaun Johnson and Issac Luke forming an exciting spine, while the likes of Jordan Rapana and Jordan Kahu on the wings brings big strike power.

Jesse Bromwich and Jason Taumalolo are among the best forwards in the world, so there’s no real reason why the Kiwis can’t match the Kangaroos across the paddock.

The familiar names are present for Australia once again, led by Cameron Smith - playing his 50th Test for Australia - and Johnathan Thurston, who is set to play his first match since injuring his calf a few weeks ago.

With the World Cup taking place at the end of the year, both sides will be desperate for bragging rights on Friday night. I think this is one of the best teams New Zealand have fielded over the last few years, but you can’t ignore Australia’s four convincing victories last year and their long-running ANZAC Test credentials. Kangaroos 1-12 seems the most likely scoreline.


  • Australia beat New Zealand in all four Tests last year, including the Four Nations final
  • Australia have won 15 of the 17 ANZAC Tests
  • Kangaroos won 16-0 in last year’s ANZAC Test

Team Lists

Australia: 1. Darius Boyd, 2. Blake Ferguson, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Will Chambers, 5. Valentine Holmes, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Andrew Fifita, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. David Klemmer, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Trent Merrin. Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Jake Trbojevic, 16. Tyson Frizell, 17. Sam Thaiday, 18. Jordan McLean, 19. James Maloney, 20. Justin O'Neill

New Zealand: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. Jordan Rapana, 3. David Fusitua, 4. Dean Whare. 5. Jordan Kahu, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Issac Luke, 10. Adam Blair, 11. Simon Mannering, 12. Kevin Proctor, 13. Jason Taumalolo. Interchange:14. Kodi Nikorima, 15. Martin Taupau, 16. Russell Packer, 17. Kenneath Bromwich, 18. Dallin Watene Zelezniak, 19. Brandon Smith, 20. Elijah Taylor



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