League triple-header

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In­ter­na­tional league re­turns to Mt Smart for the first time since 2006 when the Kan­ga­roos pre­vailed 30-18. The Ki­wis will be led by young cap­tain Dallin Watene-Zelez­niak are $2.90 out­siders with the Kan­ga­roos $1.37 favourites. The last time the trans-Tas­man ri­vals met on New Zealand soil was in the 2014 Four Na­tions fi­nal when the Ki­wis won 22-18. Over the years — and the his­tory be­tween the two na­tions stretches back to 1908 when they met at the Syd­ney Cricket Ground — they have bat­tled it out on a num­ber of grounds in New Zealand in­clud­ing the Auck­land Do­main, Basin Re­serve and, in more than any other, Car­law Park. A crowd of 26,000 turned up at Ro­torua In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium in July 1989 to watch Aus­tralia win 8-0 a week af­ter they had met at Mt Smart for the first time where the vis­i­tors also won by eight points. They played their first World Cup game in France in 1954 where the 'Roos won 34-15. Over­all they have met 135 times with Aus­tralia ahead 100-32 with three draws. In 23 matches in the last 10 years Aus­tralia have won 15, New Zealand five and one was drawn. The women first clashed in 1995 and in the last 10 years have played six with the Kiwi Ferns win­ning four to the Jil­la­roos' two. The two na­tions will also clash at ju­nior level in the first of to­day's cur­tain­rais­ers.

● In­ter­na­tion­als, to­day, Ju­nior Ki­wis v Ju­nior Kan­ga­roos 2.30pm; Kiwi Ferns v Jil­la­roos 5pm; Ki­wis v Kan­ga­roos 7pm.

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