New Zealand will look to break an eight-game losing streak against Australia this Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium as the 2014 Four Nations tournament gets underway.

Five players are set to make their Test debuts for the Kangaroos, including Wests Tigers’ Aaron Woods who will start the game at prop forward.

On the opposing side, just one player will make their debut for the Kiwis in North Queensland’s Jason Taumalolo. Fellow rookie Dallin Watene-Zelezniak was ruled out through injury this week, replaced by St George Illawarra’s Gerard Beale on the wing.

Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has been named on the interchange bench and is set to rotate with Australian captain Cameron Smith at dummy-half.

Farah missed the previous mid-season clash with the Kiwis this year after suffering a dislocated elbow in the Wests Tigers’ Round 6 victory over North Queensland.

Two Wests Tigers who played in that match were Martin Taupau and Adam Blair, who have retained their place in the New Zealand line-up for this game.

Blair moves into the front row of the Kiwis, while Taupau will look to provide impact from an interchange bench boasting Lewis Brown, Greg Eastwood and Tohu Harris.

It shapes to be an exciting kick-off to the Four Nations tournament, with a new-look Australian side coming up against a determined New Zealand team.

Match Details

Australia v New Zealand

Saturday, October 25

Suncorp Stadium

Kick-off: 6:30pm (QLD) 7:30pm (NSW)

Tickets – Click here to purchase

 

TV Coverage - Live on Channel 9

 

Match Officials

Referee: Phil Bentham

Touch Judges: Robert Hicks & Grant Atkins

Head to Head

Played 127 games – Australia 95, New Zealand 29, Drawn 3

Last Five Clashes

2014 - Australia 30 defeated New Zealand 18

2013 – Australia 34 defeated New Zealand 2 (World Cup final)

2013 – Australia 32 defeated New Zealand 12

2012 – Australia 18 defeated New Zealand 10

2012 – Australia 20 defeated New Zealand 12

Things to consider:

- Australia have just five players in their squad who have played more than seven Test matches (Cameron Smith, Greg Inglis, Greg Bird, Sam Thaiday and Cooper Cronk)

- The last time Australia and New Zealand met in Brisbane was in 2010, which was also the Kiwis last victory over the Kangaroos (16-12)

- Manu Vatuvei needs just two tries to equal the all-time try scoring tally for New Zealand (currently held by Nigel Vagana; 19 tries)

- Australia has won 19 of the past 22 games against New Zealand

Teams:

Australia

 

New Zealand

Greg Inglis

1

Peta Hiku

Josh Mansour

2

Jason Nightingale

Michael Jennings

3

Shaun Kenny-Dowall

Dylan Walker

4

Dean Whare

Daniel Tupou

5

Gerard Beale

Daly Cherry-Evans

6

Keiran Foran

Cooper Cronk

7

Shaun Johnson

Aaron Woods

8

Jesse Bromwich

Cameron Smith (c)

9

Thomas Leuluai

Sam Thaiday

10

Adam Blair

Beau Scott

11

Simon Mannering (c)

Ryan Hoffman

12

Kevin Proctor

Greg Bird

13

Jason Taumalolo

 

 

 

Robbie Farah

14

Lewis Brown

Aidan Guerra

15

Greg Eastwood

Josh Papalii

16

Martin Taupau

Corey Parker

17

Tohu Harris

Boyd Cordner

18

Suaia Matagi

David Klemmer

19

 

Sione Mata’utia

20