Posts Tagged "Anzac Test"
Most people would now agree that the representative weekend is a fantastic idea. But surely more work can be done to squeeze more out of what could be a wonderful annual extravaganza.
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New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney says three contentious video referee decisions cost his side a crucial 12-point half-time lead in the Anzac Test at Canberra Stadium.
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Skipper Cameron Smith has warned his Australian team not to breathe life into New Zealand rugby league – for fear of having Queensland’s State of Origin domination replicated on the international stage.
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The players want it, as do the coaches, yet somehow the mid-year Test continues to be dogged by speculation over its future on the rugby league calendar.
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Friday night’s so called ‘ANZAC’ Test is meaningless for many Australian and Kiwi fans as there is no context to it.
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NRL action takes a backseat this weekend as the first of the representative matches get underway.
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Now that the State Of Origin series is out of the way and the NRL season enters the “home stretch” in the lead up to the finals, it’s time to draw breath and give the still-squeaky clean Independent Commission a few things to ponder.
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I am sick of this constant whinging by New Zealand Rugby League that Australia is stealing their talent.
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Friday night’s rugby league Test between Australia and New Zealand once again brought forward a deeply personal issue for me – it has become increasingly difficult to wholeheartedly support the Kangaroos.
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I’ve always thought that playing a game of rugby league – a contest in which the participants get to bash each other’s brains out – is a strange way of celebrating something.
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Australian debutant James Tamou couldn’t stop his knees from shaking on the interchange bench at Eden Park on Friday night.
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If the relevance of a fixture is measured by the passion it generates, then the mid-season rugby league test between Australia and New Zealand must stay.
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Trans-Tasman hostilities resume tonight as New Zealand hosts Australia in the traditional Anzac Test at Eden Park. Join us for live scores and commentary from 6.15pm AEST.
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Life after Lockyer begins on Friday night for the Kangaroos when they take on a fired up Kiwi side.
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The Australian selectors Des Morris, Allan Smith, Bob Fulton and Bob McCarthy have given the Kiwis a chance to win the ANZAC Test, by not naming the strongest possible Kangaroo line-up.
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I’ve recently noted with some curiousity and concern that people around these parts seem to be posting State of Origin teams and such, with little regard to the fact that the the next representative fixtures involve City vs Country and Australia vs New Zealand.
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At the dawn of another NRL season, sports fans everywhere can be heard cursing the loss of summer, but welcoming the retreat of cricket. “No more Ian Healy!” goes the uniform cry of the jubilant masses.
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There is one man, and one man only, that both Geoff Carr and Ross Livermore should be calling for come Origin game one. That man is Richard Silverwood. Ah… who?
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Too much thought went in to solving questions without perfect answers this weekend. Did the NRL need to take a break while Australia and New Zealand played on the Gold Coast?
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Australia have been priced $1.22 favourites to win this year’s Four Nations tournament, which is an insult and vast underestimation of New Zealand’s recent competitiveness in international rugby league.
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