We take a break from the regular NRL season this weekend with just the two representative games to keep us entertained, headed by the classic ANZAC Test match between Australia and New Zealand.
The game takes place in Brisbane on Friday night May 1 with an 8:10pm (AEST) kick-off at Suncorp Stadium, and it is the Aussies who dominate our ANZAC Test odds on the time-honoured clash paying $1.36 to the Kiwi’s $3.10.
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So let’s take a look at the facts, stats, team line-ups and latest news on the Trans-Tasman Test ahead of Friday’s footy feature.
The big news early in the week for the Kangaroos squad was the loss of fullback Billy Slater, out with a shoulder injury and unable to line-up with his boys this weekend.
Big Greg Inglis is set to shift to fullback, and Slater’s withdrawal has prompted 18th man Michael Jennings to get called-up into the starting side on Friday in the centres.
The loss of Slater isn’t a game breaker though with the squad boasting a backline full of depth, and GI has the experience in the No. 1 at Test level having played in the quartet of Australia’s 2014 Four Nations games, all four of which they lost.
On the left side of attack with Jennings is Alex Johnston, while on the right it is Test debutants Josh Dugan and Will Chambers, selected as the 800th Kangaroos player, looking to prove themselves.
Dugan and Chambers are two of four debutants for Australia along with Alex Johnston and Trent Merrin, who are all hoping to be around for the 2017 World Cup, which coach Tim Sheens is obviously building towards.
While historically the Aussies boast a massive advantage, they did lose two games played against NZ last year during the Four Nations including the Final and will be out to atone here.
The Four Nations upset was a real surprise, and revenge is surely in the minds and eyes of the Kangaroos who learned they cannot be complacent.
They have won their past 13 Anzac encounters with the Kiwis however and are deserving favourites to continue the winning streak.
Kangaroos Team: 1. Greg Inglis, 2. Alex Johnston, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Will Chambers, 5. Josh Dugan, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith (c), 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Greg Bird, 12. Sam Thaiday, 13. Corey Parker. Interchange: 14. Luke Lewis, 15. Trent Merrin, 16. Nate Myles, 17. James Tamou, 18. Daley Cherry-Evans, 20. Josh Papali. Coach: Tim Sheens.
New Zealand ($3.10)
New Zealand are after just their second win over the Kangaroos in Anzac Test history with their sole victory being back in 1998, and our odds certainly reflect that.
Their surprising form last year to win the Four Nations caught the Aussies out, but there’s not 100% confidence in the camp this year especially after the loss of Dean Whare and Jason Taumalolo to injury.
One boost is that electrifying winger Jason Nightingale believes he will be right to play despite the 24-Test veteran’s recent foot injury.
He’s in replacing Penrith young gun Dallin Watene-Zelezniak who copped an early guilty plea for a dangerous throw charge, ruling him out of his first Test appearance and leaving no debutants for his squad.
Nightingale will be working well defending and attacking outside of Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall, a combination that has worked well in the past.
New Zealand were whipped 30 – 18 in the Anzac Test 12 months ago in Sydney, they are injury-depleted this year and as this is the only 2015 Test match for the Kangaroos their rivals will be fired up.
Kiwis Team: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. Jason Nightingale, 3. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 4. Peta Hiku, 5. Manu Vatuvei, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Issac Luke, 10. Ben Matulino, 11. Tohu Harris, 12. Kevin Proctor, 13. Simon Mannering. Interchange: 14. Thomas Leuluai, 15. Martin Taupau, 16. Sam Moa, 17. Greg Eastwood, 18. Lewis Brown. Coach: Steve Kearney.
Our Ladbrokes Test Promos
We’ve got all the top markets to make Friday night’s Rugby League Test even juicer including the aforementioned $2 for Australia to win.
That’s an incredible price for the hot favourites, and we’re offering it with a max bet of $20!
We are also running our exclusive Footy Freaks on the Australia v New Zealand showdown.
For the green and gold it is Greg Inglis ($2.80) to score and Australia to win that you are looking at.
For the black and white squad it is the always-entertaining Manu Vatuvei ($7.50) to score and New Zealand to win.
All our usual Rugby League additional markets are also open on the match including the winning margin, handicap markets and betting on the scoring plays to name a few.