Rep Match Previews - Australia v New Zealand

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

The Teams

  Australia               New Zealand 
T. Carney

No Injuries
1. Billy SlaterFullback1. Lance Hohaia
2. Brett MorrisWing2. Matt Duffie
3. Justin HodgesCentre3. Simon Mannering
4. Greg InglisCentre4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
5. Jharal Yow YehWing5. Jason Nightingale
6. Darren LockyerFive Eighth6. Benji Marshall
7. Johnathan ThurstonHalfback7. Kieran Foran
8. Petero CivonicevaProp8. Sam Rapira
9. Cameron SmithHooker9. Nathan Fien
10. Matthew ScottProp10. Sam McKendry
11. Ben CreaghSecond Row11. Adam Blair
12. Sam ThaidaySecond Row12. Bronson Harrison
13. Paul GallenLock13. Jeremy Smith
14. Cooper CronkInterchange14. Isaac Luke
15. Ben HannantInterchange15. Ben Matulino
16. Jamal IdrisInterchange16. Fuifui Moimoi
17. Kade SnowdenInterchange17. Greg Eastwood
No Suspensions

No Injuries

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

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