Graham eager for Legends victory

FORMER New Zealand captain Mark Graham hopes the Kiwis will be able to match the Australians' flair when the teams clash in next week's Anzac Legends rugby league match at Gladstone's Marley Brown Oval.

As opposed to his playing days, when he was classed as one of the world's best back-rowers of the 1980s, Graham said the Kiwis would not resort to aggression alone to win the February 25 encounter.

"Australia has always been classed as the best in the world,'' Graham said.

"They (Australia) have always been a powerhouse of world rugby league and we had to be really aggressive just to compete with them.''

Graham, whose coaching career has also taken him to Japan and at the head of the troubled New Zealand Warriors franchise, said although no-one would be going over the top in pursuit of victory, players would don the Kiwi jersey with pride.

He said the busy nature of the New Zealand team's trip to Gladstone, during which they would also attend a sportsman's dinner and charity auction and junior coaching clinics, meant his role as a coach would be limited.

But he was adamant that did not free up time for him to take the field.

"I cant see that happening at the age of 50,'' Graham laughed.

Tickets to the match and dinner can be purchased by phoning The Observer on 4970?3030.

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