THE rest of the world better come prepared because New Zealand is already gearing up for another tough clash in the annual Waitangi Day rugby match set down for Feburary next year.
Running for the past four years in Emerald, the international match-up is renowned for its fierce rugby action and the dominance of the Kiwis.
New Zealand scraped through by the skin of their teeth in last year’s encounter, with a slender one-point win and won three of their past four games.
Incoming coaching mentor for the Kiwis, John Kuavai, said he expects nothing less than a hard and bruising encounter, warning “those Aussies need every chance they can get”.
Rest of the World coach Zac Costar said the game is a good lead-in to the new rugby year.
“It’s the start of the Central Highlands representative season and a really good hit-out for those guys to play against really good quality opposition.
“We’re always looking for new players. There is usually a few who turn up every year and another 10-12 who turn up along the way.”
There will be a training run-on Tuesday at Morton Park from 6.30pm for interested players.
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