Tonga invitational coach Kristian Woolf is adamant the minnow nation is better placed than ever to claim another slice of history and upset Australia.
Woolf’s side will look to become the first tier-two nation to defeat the Kangaroos when they battle in tomorrow’s rugby league triple-header in Auckland.
Samoa face Fiji and New Zealand meet Great Britain in the curtain-raisers at Eden Park before the feature match between the rising powerhouse and world No.1.
Officially sanctioned as a Test by International Rugby League, the Tongan side enter the contest after toppling the Lions in Hamilton last week, while Australia flexed their muscles by routing the Kiwis in Wollongong.
Tomorrow’s clash pits powerful Tongan big men Andrew Fifita and Jason Taumalolo against Australian backline stars James Tedesco and Cameron Munster.
“The blokes have all done a really good job in terms of how they’ve come in fit. We’ve had a good almost two-and-a-half weeks together now,” Woolf said.