Rugby League Australia VS New Zealand

Rugby League Australia VS New Zealand
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CONFUSED about the difference between a Bati and Kumul?

Not sure which is Mate Ma’a Tonga and which is Toa Samoa?

Trying to keep track of all the City-Country withdrawals?

  • The Jillaroos and the Kiwi Ferns played out an explosive three game series at the Auckland Nines. Picture Mark Evans.
  • Shaun Johnson is the reigning Golden Boot winner. Picture Hagen Hopkins
  • Tepai Moeroa will start for the Junior Kangaroos.
  • Konrad Hurrell will line up for Tonga on Saturday night. Picture Wesley Monts.
  • Jarrod Croker has been named for Country. Picture Mark Metcalfe.

Fear not, whatever you need for this rep weekend, we’ve got you covered with all the squads and match details.

Jillaroos vs. Kiwi Ferns

Friday, May 1 at Suncorp Stadium. Kick-off at 5:20pm.

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After an explosive three-match series at the Auckland Nines, which was won 2-1 by the Kiwi Ferns, the stage is set for an epic confrontation in the curtain raiser to the trans-Tasman Test. The Jillaroos will be led by prop Stephanie Hancock and boat an athletic backline and mobile forward pack, with Ruan Sims (the sister of Ashton, Tariq and Korbin Sims) starting at lock. The Kiwi Ferns will be captained by dual international Laura Mariu and were given a boost via the inclusion of utility Kristina Sue, who last played for New Zealand in 2008.


1 Samantha Hammond 2 Karina Brown 3 Annette Brander 4 Mahalia Murphy 5 Latoya Billy 6 Jenny-Sue Hoepper 7 Ali Brigginshaw 8 Stephanie Hancock (c) 9 Brittany Breayley 10 Heather Ballinger 11 Kezie Apps 12 Renae Kunst 13 Ruan Sims.

Interchange: 14 Vanessa Foliaki 15 Tallisha Harden 16 Casy Karklis 17 Simaima Taufa-Kautai 18 Alex Sulisi. Coach: Steve Folkes


1 Janna Vaughan 2 Atawhai Tupaea 3 Nora Maaka 4 Tasha Davie 5 Shontelle Dudley 6 Laura Mariu (c) 7 Hilda Peters 8 Kelly Maipi 9Sharnita Woodman 10 Krystal Murray 11 Teuila Fotu-Moala 12 Rona Peters 13 Kahurangi Peters. Interchange: 14 Georgia Hale 15 Maitua Feterika 16 Annabelle Hohepa 17 Krystal Rota 18 Kristina Sue. Coach: Alan Jackson.

Kangaroos vs. Kiwis

Friday, May 1 at Suncorp Stadium. Kick-off at 8:10pm

The Kangaroos will have four debutants in Will Chambers, Josh Dugan, Alex Johnston and Trent Merrin as coach Tim Sheens begins to put a succession plan in place with an eye on the 2017 World Cup. Billy Slater has withdrawn frm the Kangaroos side with Greg Inglis switching to fullback and Michael Jennings coming into the centres. Australia will be keen for revenge after last year’s dual defeats to New Zealand, especially given the Four Nations final boilover but they’ll have their work cut out for them. New Zealand have named a strong squad despite the loss of Dean Whare and Jason Taumalolo to injury. The Kiwis have only named a squad as of Monday and will confirm their line-up later in the week.


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 Daly Cherry-Evans 20 Josh Papali. Coach: Tim Sheens


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: Stephen Kearney

Junior Kangaroos vs. Junior Kiwis

Saturday, May 2 at CBUS Super Stadium

As anyone who watched the Junior Kiwi’s enthralling 15-14 win last year will attest, there’s no love lost between these two sides. The 2014 showdown crackled with energy and genuine dislike and with some of the best young talent in the game on show, this one is sure to be another cracker. The Junior Kangaroos go into the match as favourites, boasting eight players with first grade experience to New Zealand’s one, with the entire Australian backline (bar halves Drew Hutchinson and Ashley Taylor) having had a taste of the big time. The sole Kiwi to have played NRL is Tigers forward Lamar Liolevava, but with explosive talents like Zach Dockar-Clay, Te Maire Martin, Renouf To’omaga and Jazz Tevaga the New Zealanders will go into the match confident of springing the upset.


1 Jackson Hastings 2 Brenko Lee 3 Robert Jennings 4 Jordan Drew 5 Valentine Holmes 6 Drew Hutchison 7 Ashley Taylor 8 Joe Ofahengaue 9 Jayden Berrell 10 Matthew Lodge 11 Coen Hess 12 Tepai Moeroa 13 Tevita Pangai Junior. Interchange: 14 Tyrell Fuimaono 15 Salesi Funaki 16 Jayden Nikorima 17 Alex Twal 18 Jai Arrow. Coach: Justin Holbrook


1 Jamayne Isaako 2 Tony Tumusa 3 Taane Milne 4 Watson Heleta 5 Joseph Manu 6 Te Maire Martin 7 Zach Dockar-Clay 8 Nelson Asofa-Solomona 9 Sione Katoa 10 James Fisher-Harris 11 Lamar Liolevave 12 Marata Niukore 13 Jazz Tevaga. Interchange: 14 Daniel Levi 15 Braden Uele 16 Renouf To’omaga 17 Bunty Afoa. Coach: Kelvin Wright