Watch: Kiwis hooker throws Te Maire Martin under the bus over marae chores: 'He always seems to disappear'

Young Kiwis hooker Danny Levi has revealed which of his teammates are - and which aren't - helping out around Turangawaewae Marae, with the New Zealand squad in camp this week.

As a team building exercise, coach David Kidwell is insisting that the squad help out with the chores around the marae, with Levi quick to throw five-eighth Te Maire Martin under the bus.

"He always seems to disappear when it comes to that," Levi told 1 NEWS.

"I think he cleaned the same bench for about half an hour today before breakfast.

Team hooker, and barber, Danny Levi, was picked ahead of his hero for this year's tournament. Source: 1 NEWS

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Adam Blair and their NZ teammates didn't shy away from cleaning up at Turangawaewae Marae. Source: 1 NEWS

The NZ team are spending the next few days getting to know each other at Turangawaewae Marae. Source: 1 NEWS

"He's smart in a way to get out of doing work - he's been helping out a fair bit as well, but he's got little tricks that he does."

The New Zealand squad are getting stuck into the housework at Turangawaewae Marae. Source: 1 NEWS


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Kangaroos 'definitely have to step up' to avoid historic defeat to Tonga

Defeat against Tonga will deliver Australia their first back-to-back international rugby league defeats in 40 years.

And the Kangaroos know a repeat performance of the one against New Zealand last week will also leave them susceptible to one of the biggest upsets in league history.

The historic clash with Tonga in Auckland is one of the most fiercely anticipated Tests in years, following Andrew Fifita and Jason Taumalolo's efforts to revolutionise the Mate Ma'a in the past 12 months.

The rejuvenated Tongans showed their potential by reaching the finals of last year's World Cup, but it's not all going according to plan for the Kangaroos.

The world champions suffered a humbling 26-24 loss to New Zealand last weekend where they had just 43 per cent of the ball.

"It's going to be another real tough one," Kangaroos winger Valentine Holmes said.

"Definitely have to step up our performance from last Saturday, if we put something like that up they will probably dish us up too.

"We need to train well today and tomorrow and figure out what we did wrong in the last game and work on that."

The Kangaroos returned to training today after two days off following Saturday's loss.

Five-eighth Luke Keary is understood to be recovering well from a concussion and will continue to be monitored throughout the week.

Australia completed 73 per cent of their sets against the Kiwis in their first match since the retirements of anchors Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk.

"The biggest thing for us is just holding the ball," prop Aaron Woods said.

"We put ourselves under the pump too much and had to make too many tackles. Walking off at half-time the possession was 69 per cent to 31.

"You won't win NRL games like that let alone Test matches.

"The biggest thing for us is holding the ball and going set for set with Tonga. They're such a big side and if you give them too much ball they'll do what New Zealand did."

Mate Ma'a Tonga face Australia for the very first time this weekend. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Mate Ma'a Tonga, Kangaroos stars face off in Fortnite clash ahead of Saturday's Test match

Mate Ma'a Tonga and the Kangaroos got a taster of this weekend's Test match at Mt Smart Stadium, facing off in a game of Fortnite at Sky City this afternoon.

The likes of Tui Lolohea and Ata Hingano lined up against Kangaroos forward Raegan Campbell-Gillard, shooting it out on the popular online game.

Australia will be hoping today's match up isn't a sign of what's to come for Saturday, with Tonga storming to victory in style 28-14.

Members of each side lined up against each other at Sky City today. Source: 1 NEWS


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Johnathan Thurston supports Greg Inglis to reclaim Kangaroos captaincy - 'We all make mistakes'

Retired Kangaroos great Johnathan Thurston believes Greg Inglis should be reinstated as captain once he returns from suspension next year.

The Queensland captain had been named to skipper Australia against New Zealand last Saturday following Cameron Smith's representative retirement before being charged for speeding and drink driving.

The centre was stood down for two Tests, meaning he will also miss Saturday's clash with Tonga in Auckland, but Thurston said should assume the post beyond that.

"Yeah definitely; I think he's the man for the job," Thurston said.

"We've seen what he did for the Maroons. In some of those games I thought he was the best on the paddock ... he leads by example.

"We all make mistakes and he's made one and owned up to it and no doubt he'll want to put it behind him and be better for it."

Boyd Cordner took the reins in Inglis's absence last Saturday as Australia were humbled 26-24 by an inspired New Zealand outfit.

Calling for more composure, Thurston said they would need to lift or face further embarrassment against a Tongan side with plenty to prove.

"I just think they lacked a bit of composure at times (against New Zealand)," he said.

"I felt like they were trying to win the game every time they made a line break (and were) pushing the pass.

"They'll (Tonga) be jumping out of their skin, very fired up and no doubt our boys will need to be a lot better than they were the other night."

Inglis said the decision whether he will remain as skipper lies with the NRL and coach Mal Meninga. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Kangaroos dive into Māori culture with haka and mau rākau lessons, enjoy traditional hāngi

The Kangaroos have taken time out from preparing for this weekend's clash against Mate Ma'a Tonga to learn about Maori culture.

The Australian rugby league side spent last night at Papakura Marae where they were given a traditional pōwhiri welcoming before getting stuck into various activities.

Players were taught mau rākau (taiaha skills) and the haka during the visit as well as helping dig up and feast on a traditional hāngi.

The Kangaroos play Mate Ma'a Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium at 7:30pm this Saturday.

The Australians gave everything a crack at Papakura Marae. Source: Kangaroos / Twitter


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