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Australia v New Zealand ANZAC Test live preview - Kiwis look for third successive win over Kangaroos

Australia and New Zealand lock horns this Friday in their annual ANZAC Test with the Kangaroos looking for revenge following back-to-back defeats.

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The Aussie-Kiwi rivalry is massive in all walks of sport and none more than in rugby league and New Zealand have bragging rights at the moment including beating them to win the 2014 Four Nations title.

It will be no surprise to hear that Australia have been the dominant force in rugby league for years and years – but the Kiwis have had enough and want to be number one.

Rugby union is seen as the number one sport in New Zealand but many believe that rugby league should have that accolade and one man is doing his best to sort that out.

Simon Mannering of New Zealand is tackled by Sam Thaiday of Australia. (Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Kiwis captain Simon Mannering will do his best to see his country go to number one on the world rankings list. He said: “It’s not so much claiming to be the top nation. It’s more about bringing success to the Kiwi jersey.

“It would raise the profile of rugby league in New Zealand, where it is dominated by rugby union. And if the country is a success it would also help the profile of the international game.

Australia head coach Tim Sheens has admitted to being nervous heading into the ANZAC Test at the Suncorp Stadium.

Sheens does not win to be the first Australia Test coach to lose three consecutive matches against New Zealand in over 60 years.

There has been speculation that Sheens will be replaced as coach very soon but all his focus is getting a victory for the Green and Golds and he will not concern himself with anything else.

Sheens said: “We will worry about this week, but it is a pressure game. Representing Australia and playing a quality side there’s always pressure. If I wasn’t nervous I would be pretty nervous.”

Sheens has been in charge of the Kangaroos since 2009 and has won the Four Nations tournament twice along with the World Cup – but unfortunately past reputations mean nothing in rugby league as it is the now and future that is all that matters.

Australia hold a 95-31-3 all-time edge over New Zealand and have won 15 consecutive mid-season Tests over the Kiwis dating back to 1998. 

The Kiwis have won the last two Tests against Australia though and were the first team to hand Australia consecutive defeats since France in 1978 at the end of 2014. Australia have won 14 of the last 18 Tests between the two nations in Australia.

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