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Australian prop Willie Mason is adamant a few headaches will not stop him from exacting some revenge on the Kiwis in Saturday night's second Tri-Nations match in Melbourne.
Mason is still suffering dizzy spells after being on the receiving end of a heavy shoulder charge from New Zealand backrower David Kidwell in the tournament opener last weekend, but is confident of taking part in the Telstra Dome clash.
The Australian forward leader is sure to have his injured eye given a thorough working over by the Kiwis after being accused of disrespecting the haka before the Auckland match. MASON says he is ready for whatever the Kiwi pack dishes up at Telstra Dome but denies he will go looking for some payback with Kidwell.
After a light day yesterday, the Australians will step up preparations for Saturday night's contest with a training session at Olympic Park later this morning.
Over to the New Zealand camp and coach Brian McClennan has called on referee Ashley Klein to give the two sides some space in Saturday night's Tri-Nations clash at Telstra Dome.
McClennan claimed the Australian-born English-based referee allowed the Kangaroos too much of a headstart in defence in the opening match in Auckland last week. The Kiwi coach says he will not seek a pre-game meeting with the Super League official, instead hoping Klein will make some alterations of his own after reviewing his performance in the series opener.
Meanwhile, Hooker Nathan Fien will make his international rugby league debut for New Zealand on Saturday after earning a call up to the Kiwis bench to play Australia.
Coach Brian McClennan has added the Warriors rake to the Kiwi's interchange bench for the second Tri-Nations Test in Melbourne after Dene Halatau was ruled out with a shoulder injury. Jerome Ropati will take Halatau's place at hooker in the starting line-up.