Australian league coach Mal Meninga takes aim at Kiwis for not promoting ANZAC test

04/05/2017
Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has accused the Kiwis camp of shirking its responsibilities in promoting the sport's international game in the lead in to their annual Anzac Test.

In his weekly column for Brisbane-based publication The Courier Mail, Meninga took aim at the New Zealanders for opting to stay their initial few days in Sydney instead of joining the Australian side in Canberra, the hosts of Friday night's game.

"While we are promoting the code in Canberra, a city that last week hosted an AFL match and is home to rugby union's Brumbies, the Kiwis have been in Sydney — under instruction from the New Zealand Rugby League — bunkering down and expecting us to do the work for the good of the game," wrote Meninga.

"The NZRL (New Zealand Rugby league) should remember they have a responsibility to the growth of the game, not just their own priorities.

"There is an onus on both teams to promote the match and the code, and to help re-energise the international game — especially in a World Cup year.

"We are doing our bit. So where are the Kiwis?"

The Kiwis have since joined their trans-Tasman counterparts in the Australian capital.

The jibes are sure to add some spice to what is already likely to be a bruising encounter.

A veteran of 42-Tests for Australia himself, Meninga cited his edict to help grow rugby league globally as part of his job description, a duty he thinks the Kiwis are overlooking.

"Every day this week the Australian players have been out doing their bit to promote the game and international footy.

"The New Zealand players have been nowhere to be seen."

The Anzac Test kicks off at approximately 10pm Friday night.