It has been more than a year since these trans-Tasman rivals met but Australia's 26-24 loss in Auckland in 2018 is still very much in the forefront of their minds - just ask Damien Cook.
It was his maiden appearance in the famous green-and-gold jersey, so there's an itch he wants to scratch against the Kiwis on Friday night in Wollongong.
In the past two seasons the scorecard reads a win each. And in the last five Tests against all oppositions, Australia have a 4-1 record with New Zealand enjoying a 3-2 win-loss record.
So in other words, this is another close confrontation between two well-coached, highly talented teams.
Only a conversion separated them before, so Latrell Mitchell's kicking boot could come to the fore this time around, after it was Valentine Holmes doing the kicking a year ago.
Kiwis coach Michael Maguire is on a roll in his new position. He's going for a hat-trick of Test victories after snaring the final match in the series against England (34-0) last November, then the mid-season Pacific Test against Tonga (34-14) in June.
Match: Australia v New Zealand
Round 2 -
Venue: WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Kangaroos: The home team are 1-17 after Josh Papalii (rib) passed his fitness test at training on Thursday and was cleared to play. Payne Haas, Nick Cotric, Jack Wighton, Josh Addo-Carr and Paul Vaughan will all make their Test debuts while 18th man Cameron Murray will have to bide his time for his debut.
Kiwis: The Kiwis are 1-17 as named. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Zane Tetevano, Braden Hamlin-Uele and Corey Harawira-Naera will make their Test debuts. Premiership-winning Roosters forward Isaac Liu (knee) is out with Adam Blair coming into the starting side at lock.
Fullback for Australia is number 1 James TedescoFullback for New Zealand is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Winger for Australia is number 2 Josh Addo-CarrWinger for New Zealand is number 2 Ken Maumalo
Centre for Australia is number 3 Latrell MitchellCentre for New Zealand is number 3 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Centre for Australia is number 4 Jack WightonCentre for New Zealand is number 4 Joseph Manu
Winger for Australia is number 5 Nick CotricWinger for New Zealand is number 5 Jamayne Isaako
Five-Eighth for Australia is number 6 Cameron MunsterFive-Eighth for New Zealand is number 6 Shaun Johnson
Halfback for Australia is number 7 Daly Cherry-EvansHalfback for New Zealand is number 7 Benji Marshall
Prop for Australia is number 8 Josh PapaliiProp for New Zealand is number 8 Leeson Ah Mau
Hooker for Australia is number 9 Damien CookHooker for New Zealand is number 9 Brandon Smith
Prop for Australia is number 10 David KlemmerProp for New Zealand is number 10 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
2nd Row for Australia is number 11 Boyd Cordner2nd Row for New Zealand is number 11 Briton Nikora
2nd Row for Australia is number 12 Tyson Frizell2nd Row for New Zealand is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
Lock for Australia is number 13 Jake TrbojevicLock for New Zealand is number 13 Adam Blair
Interchange for Australia is number 14 Ben HuntInterchange for New Zealand is number 14 Jahrome Hughes
Interchange for Australia is number 15 Payne HaasInterchange for New Zealand is number 15 Zane Tetevano
Interchange for Australia is number 16 Paul VaughanInterchange for New Zealand is number 16 Braden Hamlin-Uele
Interchange for Australia is number 17 Wade GrahamInterchange for New Zealand is number 17 Corey Harawira-Naera
The two No.6s going at it should be worth the price of admission alone. Shaun Johnson was everywhere for NZ at the World Cup 9s, scoring two tries and setting up most of the others the Kiwis scored in five games last weelend. Cameron Munster has not played since the Storm bowed out of the NRL preliminary finals. In fact his last Test appearance was scoring two tries as a centre against Lebanon on the 2017 World Cup. But both men play a care-free brand of football that is highly entertaining and usually brings results on the score board.
For the Kangaroos to win
If Munster playing alongside Daly Cherry-Evans in Test colours for the first time is similar to the way the pair have linked for Queensland, then things are looking rosy for Australia. The energetic Josh Addo-Carr on the left wing should present problems for the Kiwis, and Munster knows his clubmate's skills very well. The Storm flyer is on debut but scored two tries for NSW in this year's Origin series and 16 tries in 23 games for Melbourne in 2019.
For the Kiwis to win
Johnson scored a hat-trick against Tonga in June, which made up 50% of the tries scored that day. The Roosters grand final trio of Joey Manu, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, and Zane Tetevano (18th man) will be keen to continue celebration mode by keeping up their winning ways against the Aussies. They will be fresh legs for the Kiwis squad, the majority of whom played in the Nines. Their input could be just the battery-source the Kiwis can rely on to get them home.
It's Test match number 'Sweet 16' for Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga. He's after his 15th win at the helm, after only losing six games as a player in the 46 times he ran out onto the field for Australia.
And another thing...
It has been known for a few days now that this Test will be Marshall's record 20th appearance as captain of New Zealand, and his first since 2012. The proud Kiwi made his debut 15 years ago, so it's been quite a ride for the 34-year-old.
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