Bromwich: Winning Four Nations a tough ask

Updated: 

Captain Jesse Bromwich knows it will be a "tough ask" for New Zealand to retain the Four Nations title as he believes tournament favourites Australia will take some stopping.

The Kiwis beat Australia 22-18 in Wellington two years ago to regain the title, but flew to England on the back of suffering a second defeat this year against the Kangaroos.

New Zealand start the competition with a tricky clash versus the hosts in Huddersfield on Sunday and the Melbourne Storm prop is under no illusions over the task his side face in the coming weeks.

He told Omnisport: "It will definitely be a tough ask [to win the tournament] but hopefully we can play good footy.

"We've got to get past a tough England outfit this week and this could be a hard one so we're not looking too far ahead. We're just looking at this weekend's match.

"All the games are tough ... it's always good to get a tough match early so we're looking forward to a tough game against England."

Asked who he seems as favourites to win the Four Nations, Bromwich said: "You can't go past Australia personally. They're a tough team any time you play them and they've showed that the last two times we've played them.

"For us, we're looking at England, they are a tough team as well, Scotland's good as well. But if you ask me, Australia are definitely the favourites."

Bromwich added that he expects the Kiwis to learn the lessons from their latest defeat to world champions Australia.

"The one a couple of weeks ago, we've addressed and hopefully we can improve on that." he said.

"It's an easy fix, we just didn't build pressure on Australia that day and we've spoken about that and spoken to the halves about that. Hopefully we can fix that, we've been working really hard to have gotten here and hopefully that shows this weekend."