An injury plagued Kiwis side will head to Allianz Stadium this Friday as rank outsiders as they face a world class Kangaroos side in the historic Trans-Tasman test between both nations.
The somewhat controversial omission of Roosters Sonny Bill Willams and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves from this year’s Kiwi’s side and their long list of injuries have forced coach Kearney into naming a youthful squad that features six uncapped players.
An injury list that features five-eighth Kieran Foran and hooker Isaac Luke will see the Kiwis enter the match low on test experience however debutants Isaac John and Ben Henry will bring an element of surprise to the Kiwis side which could work in their favour as they look to record a remarkable win against the odds.
New Zealand halfback Shaun Johnson will be relied on heavily to take the control of the match for the Kiwi’s as his natural attacking brilliance will go a long way in setting up the youthful backline the New Zealand squad possesses.
With the speed of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and the international class of winger Jason Nightingale New Zealand pose a large threat if their impressive backline can combine with Johnson and their young yet powerful forward pack can make the metres up front then New Zealand are a chance.
With little pressure on the Kiwis to walk away victorious in this ANZAC test expect to see a carefree approach taken by the Kiwis as they look to produce what would be a miracle win against a red hot Australian side