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New Zealand vs Australia
The New Zealand Kiwis welcome the Australian Kangaroos to Mount Smart Stadium for this highly anticipated Rugby League International Test match the great news for fans of rugby is that you can watch all of the action live online from both this match and from the Super League Grand Final live online via our Rugby League live streaming partners.
Both teams go into this match with lots of changes after a poor showing by the Kiwis in the last World Cup and against England in Denver whilst the Australians go into this game on the back of winning the World Cup last season in a tournament that was the swansong for many of there big name and iconic players.
New Zealand also have a new head coach with Michael Mcaguire still finding his feet at this level but the former Wigan and Souths manager will be wanting to pick up a win in his first home match in charge.
The Kangaroos have had a lot of issue sin the build up to this one with players retiring throughout the season and with their new captain (Greg Inglis) suspended but they are still a team full of quality and full of experience in big game seven if they are lacking somewhat on the International Test Match stage.
The Aussies have had the edge in these matches in recent seasons, winning the last 3 and 5 of the last 7 matches between the 2 sides but the majority of those game shave been played in Australia so the Kiwis will be hoping that home advantage works in their favour.
The Kiwis will of course be hoping to build some confidence ahead of matches against England and France coming up, whilst for England fans, this is a great opportunity to get to know the new players amongst the stars of the 2018 Kiwis team.
New Zealand have now lost each of their last 3 matches including home games against both Tonga and Fiji.
The Aussies have now won each of their last 11 matches but their last loss was against New Zealand but that was 4 years ago.
The Kiwis name a youthful side as they look to rebuild but they will be disappointed to be missing Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Issac Luke and Tohu Harris from their line up to give them that bit of experience.
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is named as the new captain and becomes the youngster ever captain of the Kiwis who bring back Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor after bans.
Joseph Manu and Brandon Smith are both named to debut in a squad that has just 8 members of the squad that faced New Zealand.
Without the experience and star quality of the recently retired Slater, Thurston, Cronk and Smith, the Australian Kangaroos name just 8 members of the side that defeated England in the World Cup final last year.
Aaron Woods and Jordan McLean do retain their spots after disappointing club seasons whilst James Tedesco, Latrell Mitchell, Damien Cook and Luke Keary are named to debut.
After seemingly in Kangaroos exile, Daly Cherry-Evans gets another chance to make the half back role his own.
It is always a bad decision to back against Australia but even with their incredible squads of the last decade, from time to time New Zealand have found a way to upset the odds and pull off a shock win.
If this youthful Kiwis can win on Saturday it would be right up their with their World Cup final victory over the Aussies but with so many young players it will be a huge challenge even against a Kangaroos side lacking the star names of the past few years.
With that said, the Aussies still have great quality and perhaps most importantly great belief and with the Kiwis confidence rocked by recent losses tov England, Fiji and Tonga, we can only see an away win in what is likely to be a fantastic match and a great way to start Super League Grand Final day.
Score Prediction Australia Kangaroos by 10