Bags are packed and boots are polished for the 23 Kangaroos who depart for London on a 4.30pm flight this afternoon for the 2005 Tri Nations series.
Eric Grothe will join the squad for the first time at the airport after being called in as a replacement for Andrew Johns who was ruled out earlier this week with a knee injury.
The Kangaroos arrive in London early Friday morning and will train in the afternoon in an attempt to allay the impact of jet lag.
The team will transfer to Manchester on Sunday where they'll continue preparations for the first match of their UK leg against Great Britain on Saturday 5 November.
Tour dates and telecast details as follows:
Sat 29 October 2005 - GB V NZ 6.15pm Loftus Road, London
TV coverage: 5.00am Sun 30/10 Ch 9 AEST; 4.00am Sun 30/10 Fox Sports
Sat 5 November 2005 - GB V Aust 6.15pm JJB Stadium, Wigan
TV coverage: 5.00am Sun 6/11 Ch 9 AEST; 11.30am Sun 6/11 Fox Sports
Sat 12 November 2005 - GB V NZ 6.15pm Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield
TV coverage: 5.00am Sun 13/11 Ch 9 AEST; 5.00am Sun 13/11 Fox Sports
Sat 12 November 2005 - France v Australia 7.00pm Perpignan
No Australian television coverage confirmed at this stage
Sat 19 November 2005 - GB V Aust 6.15pm KC Stadium, Hull
TV coverage: 5.00am Ch 9 Sun 20/11 EST; 11.30am Sun 20/11 Fox Sports
Sat 26 November 2005 6.15pm Elland Road, Leeds
TV coverage: 5.00am Sun 27/11 Ch 9 EST; 9.00am Sun 27/11 Fox Sports
All kick-off times are local times.
More info: www.tri-nations.com.au Discussion: Tri-Nations Forum at http://forums.leagueunlimited.com/forumdisplay.php?f=130