Anzac league test to be shown on NZ television

DAVID LONG
Last updated 12:38 12/04/2013

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The Anzac rugby league test will be shown on New Zealand television after all, but viewers will have to make do with the Australian coverage.

Negotiations for coverage of next Friday night's test between Australia and New Zealand have been protracted.

Sky TV and the New Zealand Rugby League were locked in talks for a considerable period and at one point last week it looked like negotiations had broken down.

But a deal has been struck between the two parties, with Maori TV missing out, and league fans will be able to see the Kiwis play their first test of an important year in which they will look to defend their World Cup title.

To reduce costs, Sky TV will not use any of their own commentators and will take the Channel Nine feed.

Meanwhile, Ngani Laumape looks set to play on the wing for the Warriors against the Raiders in Canberra tomorrow night.

Laumape was initially named in the centres, but Dane Nielsen has since recovered from his rib injury and will slot back into his usual position.

That left Warriors coach Matt Elliott having to make a call on whether to leave Laumape out or play him on the wing instead of Bill Tupou.

Tupou and Laumape have been playing well in recent weeks, and Elliott said on Wednesday that it was a tough call for him to make.

However, Fairfax Media understands that the decision has gone the way of Laumape, who will play his fourth game for the club.

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