New Zealand’s Rugby League team were taken on an open-top bus tour of London ahead of this weekend’s match against England at the Olympic Stadium.
The team visited key London landmarks such as Harrods, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.
Stephen Kearney’s side, currently ranked best in the world, take on England on Saturday, November 7 in the first ever Rugby League game to be played at the Olympic Stadium.
New Zealand were defeated by a strong England side in the first match in the three-test series in Hull resulting in the weekend’s game at the Olympic Stadium being a potential series decider.
New Zealand Rugby League’s head coach Stephen Kearney said: “Playing at the Olympic Stadium this weekend against England will be a wonderful opportunity. We had a tough time up in Hull last Sunday and are determined to keep the series alive by beating England on Saturday.
“It’s been a great year for New Zealand rugby. Following the success of our rugby union friends in the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup, we hope to continue our country’s success in London against England and we are so pleased to be able to be a part of this wonderful stadium’s history, being part of the first ever Rugby League match to be played there.”
New Zealand co-captain, Issac Luke said: “We really enjoyed our tour of London today in one of these traditional open top London buses. Seeing the famous sights such as Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and Tower Bridge has got us all excited to play in London this weekend.
“We are feeling confident that England won’t be able to put this test to bed on Saturday and we will be victorious, taking the series down to the last match in Wigan next weekend.
"There is no doubt that playing at the Olympic Stadium will spur England on following the London 2012 Olympic Games so it will be a fantastic match and very entertaining for fans.”
England face New Zealand in the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, November 7. Tickets: £27 for adults, £10 for concessions .