Here’s something you’ll seldom see in an international rugby league match let alone a World Cup semi-final.
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Former Melbourne Storm teammates, New Zealand star Brandon Smith and Kangaroos rake Harry Grant shared an embrace following the Kiwis’ Haka, moments before the match that saw the Kangaroos scrape into the final with a 16-14 victory.
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As the Kiwis performed the traditional war dance, the New Zealand squad moved forward, coming face-to-face with the Australians, a move which has been implemented in recent years.
Smith, positioned in the front line, moved into the path of his close friend and former teammate Grant, who produced a smile.
Shortly after Smith reached out to Grant and the pair shared a hug before the teams moved into position to prepare for kick-off.
Smith seemed a little taken aback by Grant’s approach but went along with it anyway despite an air of gamesmanship from the in-form Australian star.
Grant and Smith weren’t the only teammates facing off in the World Cup final four clash, with five Panthers players spread across both teams.
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Five-eighth Cameron Munster also lined up against Storm halves partner Jahrome Hughes, while Roosters teammates James Tedesco and Joey Manu also faced-off.
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