06-05-2011 07:45PM at Skilled Park
Referee: Richard Silverwood
Touch Judges: Steve Carrall and Daniel Caddy
Video Referees: Steve Clark and David Pakieto
Ordinarily, this is simply a fixture that allows the Kangaroos to punish an under-prepared and seemingly unmotivated New Zealand squad. There is no reward for this one-off test and it has faded as an Anzac tribute behind the Dragons v Roosters match. Although the players still give their all, it is obviously not what the Kiwis truly aim up for... but this year there is a special reason to tune in.
Unfortunately for Rugby League fans of history, gone are the days where our best players can cement their place in the pantheon of great footballers through international competition, but Darren Lockyer is the exception. For tortured NSW fans, he is the exception... for an era where 'one club men' are a rare breed, he is the exception... and finally for those of us who have enjoyed watching Lockyer dominate at all levels with class and determination, this is our chance to say farewell as he says farewell to the Kangaroos jersey. Australia by plenty.
My Tip: Kangaroos 30-12
|Australia New Zealand|
Head to Head
|2010||Four Nations Final||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||New Zealand||16-12|
|2010||Four Nations: Week Three||Eden Park, Auckland||Australia||34-20|
|2010||Test Match||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Australia||12-8|
|2009||Test Match||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||Australia||38-10|
|2008||World Cup Final||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||New Zealand||34-20|