Australia v New Zealand: rugby league Anzac Test – live!

Good evening, folks, and welcome to this live blog of tonight’s Anzac Test from GIO Stadium in Canberra where the “No Dickheads”* Kangaroos are warm favourites to beat New Zealand. After enduring a trio of losses to New Zealand between October 2015-May 2015 Mal Meninga’s men have reasserted their dominance by winning their past four matches between the teams. That includes the 34-8 hiding they handed out in last November’s Four Nations final.

New Zealand were awful in the Four Nations, draw-with-Scotland awful (though they did beat England), and they’ll be looking to make amends tonight with a much stronger team than they were able to field in their last start. Australia’s squad, by contrast, is largely the same one that rolled through the Four Nations like a column of tanks through city made of papier-mâché. Only Will Chambers and Andrew Fifita were not part of the victorious squad. So while the Roos (like the Kiwis) have had only had a few training sessions together before tonight’s match they should have some helpful muscle memory.

Paul will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s some exciting news about a potential Great British touring side in 2019:

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