16 Apr 2012

Iro says Kiwis won't be overawed by Australia

9:07 am on 16 April 2012

It's been 14 years since the Kiwis beat Australia in an ANZAC test but the New Zealand assistant coach Tony Iro says his side has a golden opportunity to turn that around this Friday.

The home side has never lost an ANZAC test and Iro, who was part of the victorious team which won at North Harbour Stadium in 1998, says playing at Eden Park this Friday will put his side on a good footing.

The team announced yesterday includes four newcomers in Jesse Bromwich from the Melbourne Storm, Jason Taumalolo from the North Queensland Cowboys, the Brisbane Broncos Josh Hoffman, and the Warriors Shaun Johnson.

The test also sees the return of experienced Kiwis in Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Frank Pritchard and Manu Vatuvei.

Iro says his side with around 240 test caps, is one of the most experienced of any Kiwis team heading into an ANZAC test, and says his players won't be overawed by the Australians.