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globalrugbyleague - Fri, 09 May 2008 18:35:00 GMT
Kiwi five-eighth Ben Roberts has been ruled out of Friday’s centenary test match against Australia.

It's believed that some New Zealand fans may need counselling.

The 22-year-old Canterbury Bulldogs star picked up a hamstring injury on Thursday night but extensive physiotherapy proved unsuccessful in healing it in time.

In other bad news for the 2005 Tri-Nations champions, Australian five-eighth Jonathan Thurston has passed a fitness test on an injured ankle and is expected to play.

The world of go-karting is still in disbelief that Storm halfback Cooper Cronk remains on standby for the Kangaroos.

GRL understands tonight's game could be a sell-out if a magic genie jumps out of a bottle and grants the organisers one wish.


Australia V New Zealand
Friday May 9th, 8:00pm
Sydney Cricket Ground:
Referee: Ashley Klein (UK)
Traitors Tip: Australia by 700

Australia: Billy Slater, Greg Inglis, Mark Gasnier, Justin Hodges, Israel Folau, Greg Bird, Johnathan Thurston, Brent Kite, Cameron Smith (c), Petero Civoniceva, Paul Gallen, Ryan Hoffman, Michael Crocker. Interchange: Carl Webb, Anthony Tupou, Willie Mason, Kurt Gidley. Coach: Ricky Stuart.

New Zealand: Brent Webb, Jason Nightingale, Setaimata Sa, Iosia Soliola, Sam Perrett, Ben Roberts, Thomas Leuluai, Roy Asotasi (c), Issac Luke, Nathan Cayless, Sonny Bill Williams, Simon Mannering, David Fa'alogo. Interchange: Jeremy Smith, Dene Halatau, Adam Blair, Frank Pritchard Coach: Stephen Kearney
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