2015 ANZAC Test | Australia v New Zealand | From Suncorp Stadium

2015 ANZAC Test | Australia v New Zealand | From Suncorp Stadium

It’s been quite the month for weather related events on Australia’s East Coast, and unfortunately for Rugby League fans, the rain has made its way north from New South Wales, and smashed Brisbane today, just hours before Suncorp Stadium hosts the ANZAC Test of 2015, between Australia and New Zealand.

As we welcome you to Suncorp… it’s a massive weekend of representative Rugby League, but it hasn’t started in the way we would’ve wanted… the match between the Australian Jillaroos and the Silver Ferns of New Zealand has been called off in the interest of player safety… and despite reports that the main match will go ahead, there is considerable doubt about that, because at this point in time, Suncorp Stadium is a quagmire… covered in puddles… the likes of which we haven’t seen at this ground for a very long time.

New Zealand have won the last two encounters over Australia. BOTH of those wins came in the Four Nations tournament in 2014. They haven’t won three in a row since 1952-53, so they’ll be very keen to get out on the field, with extra incentive tonight, in a bid to re-write the records.

Here’s the two teams, and a few other pieces of info for you, as we countdown to kick-off, which is supposed to be 8pm, but with the weather the way it is, who knows.

2015 ANZAC Test
Australia
1. Greg Inglis
2. Josh Dugan
3. Will Chambers
4. Michael Jennings
5. Alex Johnston
6. Johnathan Thurston
7. Cooper Cronk
13. Corey Parker
12. Sam Thaiday
11. Greg Bird
10. Aaron Woods
9. Cameron Smith (c)
8. Matt Scott
14. Luke Lewis
15. Trent Merrin
16. Nate Myles
17. James Tamou
18th Man: Daly Cherry-Evans
Coach: Tim Sheens

New Zealand
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Jason Nightingale
3. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
4. Peta Hiku
5. Manu Vatuvei
6. Kieran Foran
7. Shaun Johnson
13. Simon Mannering (c)
12. Kevin Proctor
11. Tohu Harris
10. Ben Matulino
9. Issac Luke
8. Jesse Bromwich
14. Thomas Leuluai
15. Martin Taupau
16. Sam Moa
17. Greg Eastwood
18th Man: Lewis Brown
Coach: Stephen Kearney

Referee: Gerard Sutton

Television: Live on Channel Nine (AUS) & Sky Sports (NZ)
NSW/ACT/QLD/NT | 7:30pm AEST on NINE
VIC/TAS/SA/WA | 7:30pm AEST on GEM

Odds: Australia $1.38 | NZ $3.05 (as at 6pm AEST)

Head-to-Head
Played 129
Australia 95
New Zealand 31
Draw 3

At Suncorp Stadium
Played 40
Australia 33
New Zealand 7
Draw 0

Last Time They Played
2014 Four Nations Final:
New Zealand 22-18 Australia
Westpac Stadium, Wellington

2014 ANZAC Test
Australia 30-18 New Zealand
Allianz Stadium, Sydney

More from Suncorp Stadium shortly… we understand that Channel Nine is currently meeting with the NRL, to discuss if the game will take place this evening… truth be told, I don’t think there’s too much chance, but we’ll keep you updated as we get news.

In the meantime, follow score updates from the New Era Cup Match between CSU Mungoes Yellow, and Bathurst Villages on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Play will commence there at 6:30pm.

For the moment, from Suncorp Stadium, it’s goodbye!

7pm | Hello again from Suncorp Stadium, where the news is not good I’m afraid… the Test Match has been postponed due to the atrocious weather here in Brisbane.

The bad news is that this is the first time a Test Match has been postponed on Australia soil as a result of weather… and the last Test involving Australia to be postponed (due to weather) was way back in 1948… its was against England… it was the 3rd Test of the Ashes, and the reason was FOG!

But, the good news, as a result of this, is that the game will be played on Sunday at 4pm… the match between City and Country in Wagga has been moved to 1:45pm as a result… what isn’t yet known, is whether Nine’s broadcast of the NSW Cup representative team, and the QLD Residents side will be shown on GEM, or scrapped from the schedule all together, but as soon as we know, we’ll update you.

So, Sunday… massive day of Rugby League. City/Country from 1:45pm, the Test at 4pm. Hope you’ll join us then.

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