1997 ANZAC Test

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1997 (1997) Anzac Test  ()
1 2 Total
AUS Australian colours.svg 20 14 34
NZL New Zealand colours.svg 0 22 22
Date 25 April 1997
Stadium Sydney Football Stadium
Location Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Referee England Stuart Cummings
Attendance 23,829
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster Australia Nine Network
Australia Fox Sports
New Zealand Sky Sport
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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 fans and was won by Australia 34-22.


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

Match Summary[edit]

Friday, 25 April 1997
Venue: Australia Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance : 23,829
Referee : England Stuart Cummings

Australia 34 New Zealand 22
David Furner (2)
Wendell Sailor (2)
Craig Gower
Darren Smith
Daryl Halligan
Sean Hoppe
Stacey Jones
Robbie Paul
Ryan Girdler - 5/7
Daryl Halligan - 3/4

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. 

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