Monday 20 November 2017 / 08:15 PM

DOWN UNDER REPORT: FOOTBALL

Commentary Box Sports brings you a wrap of last week’s action involving Aussies and Kiwis playing over in Europe.

Football

While most of our footballing talent from Down Under were away on international duty for the Socceroos or All Whites, a handful of players still took the field over in Europe last week.

In League 1, Bradford City’s NSW defender James Meredith played the full match as the Bantams beat Scunthorpe United 2-1, with Meredith coming excruciatingly close to scoring a goal only to be denied by a last-ditch intervention.

Across in Scotland Lyndon Dykes was a late substitute for Queen of the South in a draw with Raith.

A number of Aussies abroad took the field for the Socceroos in their 1-1 draw with Iraq in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

English lower-league players Bailey Wright, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo and Aaron Mooy all started for Australia, while veteran Mile Jedinak captained the squad.

For New Zealand, Leeds United wonder boy Chris Wood scored one of their goals in a 2-0 win over Fiji, while Ipswich Town’s Tommy Smith made his return to the All Whites after a long break from playing in the national squad.

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Corey Rosser

One of CBS’s newest contributors, Te Aroha product Corey is the New Zealand correspondent for NRL.com, the editor for the excellent new site Kiwi League Central, and a guru of the local Auckland rugby league scene.

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