New Zealand to kick off

The Tri-Series will have one game played in the Southern Hemisphere, with the NZRL to host the opening clash of the tournament between the Australian Kangaroos and New Zealand Kiwis. The rest of the tournament will be played in Britain, including the second Australia V New Zealand match which will most likely be played in London.

The announcement of the match in New Zealand gives the indication the Kangaroo tour of the United States will happen after the Tri-Series final with the Australians likely to be thrown up against the British Lions as soon as they get off the plane.

The Tri-Series match in New Zealand is likely to be held in Auckland, however a visit back to Wellington is also an option. The match in New Zealand will not affect BSkyB?s offer to the Rugby Football League.