1997 Anzac Test

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1997 (1997) Anzac Test  ()
1 2 Total
AUS Australian colours.svg 20 14 34
NZL New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg 0 22 22
Date 25 April 1997
Stadium Sydney Football Stadium
Location Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Referees Stuart Cummings England
Attendance 23,829
Broadcast partners
← N/A
1998 →

The 1997 ANZAC test was the first annual Anzac test played between Australia and New Zealand. Conceived by the rebel Super League competition, any players aligned with the Australian Rugby League were not available for selection.[1] The game was played on ANZAC Day, 25 April 1997 at the Sydney Football Stadium in front of 23,829 and was won by Australia 34-22.


Australia Position New Zealand
Cronulla colours.svg David Peachey Fullback Richie Barnett Cronulla colours.svg
Canberra colours.svg Ken Nagas Wing Sean Hoppe Auckland colours.svg
Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Ettingshausen Centre Ruben Wiki Canberra colours.svg
Panthers colours.svg Ryan Girdler Centre John Timu Canterbury colours.svg
Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor Wing Daryl Halligan Canterbury colours.svg
Canberra colours.svg Laurie Daley (c) Five-eighth Gene Ngamu Auckland colours.svg
Brisbane colours.svg Allan Langer Halfback Stacey Jones Auckland colours.svg
Brisbane colours.svg Glenn Lazarus Prop Grant Young Auckland colours.svg
Panthers colours.svg Craig Gower Hooker Syd Eru Auckland colours.svg
Western Reds colours.svg Rodney Howe Prop Quentin Pongia Canberra colours.svg
Brisbane colours.svg Brad Thorn Second-row Tony Iro Hunter colours.svg
Canberra colours.svg David Furner Second-row Stephen Kearney (c) Auckland colours.svg
Brisbane colours.svg Darren Smith Lock Tawera Nikau Cronulla colours.svg
Cronulla colours.svg Paul Green Interchange Joe Vagana Auckland colours.svg
Western Reds colours.svg Julian O'Neill Interchange Tyran Smith Hunter colours.svg
Canterbury colours.svg Solomon Haumono Interchange Tea Ropati Auckland colours.svg
Panthers colours.svg Matt Adamson Interchange Robbie Paul Bullscolours.svg
Cronulla colours.svg John Lang Coach Frank Endacott Auckland colours.svg

Match Summary[edit]

25 April 1997
7:30pm (AEST)
Australia  34 – 22  New Zealand
David Furner (2)
Wendell Sailor (2)
Darren Smith
Craig Gower
Ryan Girdler (5/7)
[2] Tries
Stacey Jones
Daryl Halligan
Robbie Paul
Sean Hoppe
Daryl Halligan (3/4)
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 23,829
Referee/s: Stuart Cummings England

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fryers, Andy (2 May 2014). "Stats show Kiwis' abysmal Anzac Test record". stuff.co.nz. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  2. ^ 1997 ANZAC Test

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