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New Zealand aim to retain their crown against favourites Australia.

New Zealand face Australia in the Rugby League World Cup Final at Old Trafford on 30 November at 14:30 GMT.

Where to Watch

New Zealand v Australia will be live on BBC One and BBC One HD, kick-off at 14:30 GMT. Live commentary on Radio 5 live sports extra from 14:30.


Australia go in search of revenge and a tenth World Cup crown when they face New Zealand at a sold out Old Trafford on Saturday.

The nine-time winners have cruised to the final seemingly intent on avenging their 34-20 defeat in Brisbane to New Zealand in 2008. The Kangaroos have not conceded a try in the tournament since the opening match against England and haven't given away a point since the second pool match against Fiji.

Johnathan Thurston requires just six points to break fellow-countryman Mick Cronin's 309-point record but the reality remains that Australia are in pursuit of far more than milestones.

The Kiwis have enjoyed a similarly unbeaten route to the final although they were pushed all the way by England in last weekend's semi-final and required a last-minute Shaun Johnson try to secure a place in the final.

They boast player of the year Sonny Bill Williams and Rodger Tuivasa-Sheck, the competition's second highest try scorer behind Australia's Jarryd Hayne and will hope their tag an underdogs can help them spring a surprise once again.


Australia: B Slater; B Morris, J Hayne, G Inglis, D Boyd; J Thurston, C Cronk; M Scott, C Smith, J Tamou, G Bird, S Thaiday, P Gallen.

Replacements: D Cherry-Evans, A Fifita, C Parker, J Papalii.

New Zealand: K Locke; R Tuivasa-Sheck, D Whare, B Goodwin, M Vatuvei; K Foran, S Johnson; J Waerea-Hargreaves, I Luke, J Bromwich, S Mannnering, S B Williams, E Taylor.

Replacements:A Glenn, S Kasiano, B Matulino, F-P Nu'uausala.

Australia coach Tim Sheens: "It's not [about revenge]. That's for journalists, critics and fans to think about. It is about this team, what we've gone through in this competition, the ups and the downs. It's about us, not them.

"Otherwise we'd still be trying to win trophies back from the 1950s. It doesn't affect us at all. I know a couple of players were involved in the 2008 game but that's long gone. We've lost and won against them in tournaments since. It's not about what happened five years ago."

New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney: "We start as underdogs, but the lads are confident that, if they can bring their best performance, we give ourselves a great opportunity.

"We've probably always been the poor cousin to rugby union, which is understandable, but our game took a massive lift after the last World Cup in 2008.

"I'm sure that if we can defend our title at Old Trafford then it will do the same.But we'll have to improve on our performance against England last week to give ourselves a chance."