Aussie team hits the road for a week to play in New Zealand

Aussie squad members are preparing for a four-week tour of New Zealand with a training camp in Auckland ahead of the NRL grand final against the Warriors.

Key points:NRL grand final: The Cowboys will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss in their opening clash with the Warriors in CanberraThis weekend, they will travel to Christchurch to face the Canterbury BulldogsThe Cowboys will face the Panthers in their second NRL game of the season and face the Rabbitohs in their last NRL fixture in New Plymouth next weekThe Cowboys have won four of their five games against the Canterbury and the RabbitOHs this season, while the Bulldogs have lost five of their six meetings with them.

The Cowboys are in a tough position after losing their opening match to the Warriors, a 22-3 drubbing in Canberra.

They also suffered a shock 34-13 defeat to the Panthers, while they lost 24-21 to the Roosters.

Their win against the Rooster was their only win of the round.

After their dismal performance in Canberra, coach Brad Arthur said the Cowboys were “in the midst of a transformation”.

“We’re getting some fresh blood into the team and I think that’s a good thing for the team,” he said.

“I think we’ve been a bit lucky with injuries this year, particularly in the forward half of the line, but we’re looking forward to getting some new faces in the squad and working with the guys to get us to where we want to be.”

The Cowboys’ coach said he had not spoken to the players about playing against the Bulldogs, but they would play “a tough game” against the Panthers.

“We’ve got a pretty good group of players, the guys we have got in the back, we’re confident in our ability to beat them,” Arthur said.