Billy Slater has ruled himself out of Friday's Anzac Test against New Zealand after failing to overcome a shoulder injury.
The Kangaroos fullback sustained the injury in Melbourne Storm's Round 5 clash against the Warriors and pulled the pin after Kangaroos training on Tuesday morning at Brisbane's Langlands Park.
Slater appeared on track to play in his 26th Test after completing warm-up drills and light contact work during the 90-minute session but made the call to pull out after consultation with coach Tim Sheens and conditioner Alex Corvo.
Ticket Deals for this weekend
Rugby League fans will be able to watch the first representative matches of the season for as little as $10 this weekend.
The NRL said today it would be affordable for fans to see the game’s best players in action over the three days of representative football.
On Friday night, tickets for the ANZAC Test between Australia and New Zealand will range from $30 for adults and $80 for families. This includes the curtain raiser between the Jillaroos and Kiwi Ferns.
Tickets for the Pacific Tests on Saturday at Cbus Stadium will cost just $5 for children and $15 for adults. A $40 family pass for six people is also available for the matches featuring Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
On Sunday, the clash between the XXXX Queensland Residents and VB NSW Cup Represntative Team at Brisbane's Langlands Park will provide a great day out for families (Adults $10, Concession $5, children free).
NRL Head of Marketing, Lewis Pullen said the three games provided an ideal opportunity for fans to see the best players in the Telstra Premiership in action for their country or place of origin.
He said patrons could secure the lower prices by pre-purchasing tickets. .
Tickets and for more information, please visit www.nrl.com/tickets