This week the 2017 NRL Premiership will see the two best sides in International Rugby League slog it out for early bragging rights leading into the World Cup in 2018, with Australia playing host to New Zealand in the 2017 Anzac Test on Friday night.
The overall record suggests that Australia should dominate, but New Zealand have a strong team assembled, and using the live streaming options below you can enjoy your favourite players both during the Anzac Test as well as through-out the 2017 NRL Premiership season.
Anzac Test 2017 Preview
The Anzac Test concept was created in 1997 and since then, Australia has won on 14 occasions, including 12 on the trot before losing to the Kiwis at Suncorp in Brisbane in 2015 with New Zealand proving too tough in a 26-12 win. That changed last year at Newcastle when the Aussies proved far too classy for the Kiwis.
The Kiwis once again look awfully strong on paper, particularly in the forwards with the likes of Taupau, Taumalolo and Adam Blair all playing outstanding football for their respective clubs, which will aid the likes of Shaun Johnson and Kieran Foran to weave their magic against an Aussie side who are looking a touch towards the future. The game will depend on how well Foran plays, and if he runs the ball, because that is when he is at his brilliant best.
Australia certainly have history on their side, and their wins have been nothing short of impressive with the average margin of victory over twenty, including just three matches that were settled by single digits. The game will be used by coach Mal Meninga as a platform towards the Rugby League World Cup (26 October – 2 December) at the end of the year.
This year’s Australian team will mostly be made of the incumbents from the Four Nations Final last year who got the job done against England in dominant fashion. The only injury concern at this stage is star half Johnathon Thurston, who has a calf injury, but despite that, the side does look very strong.
Live TV Lineup
When: Friday May 5
Where: GIO Stadium, Canberra ACT
Live TV: 8.00 pm AEST on channel 9
Anzac Test Replays:
Friday 5 May: 10.00 pm to 12.00 am (Fox Sports 1)
Saturday 6 May: 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm (Fox Sports 1)
Live NRL Streaming Options
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Anzac Round Review
Anzac Day NRL kicked off in 2002 and every year it grows. It gives Rugby League fans and players a chance to respect, applaud and honour what the Anzacs did in the past and what they are doing today. It is fast becoming one of the best weekends on the Rugby League calendar, with perhaps the State of Origin and the Grand Final in front of it.
This year’s Anzac Round began on Friday night, the 21st of April, with an absolute ripper between the Brisbane Broncos and South Sydney Rabbitohs. The Broncos were on a roll and have shown themselves the clear premiership favourites. They entered off a dominant 53-0 display against Newcastle, with Anthony Milford starring once again. As for the Bunnies, they have really been struggling and this game could have been season defining for a team just two years removed from a Premiership. South Sydney played horribly against the Cowboys last round, and questions are being raised about their desire so perhaps we got an indication as to who they are after this game.