Anyone who witnessed it will have warm and fuzzy memories of Mate Ma'a Tonga charging back from 16-2 down at half-time to upset the Kiwis 28-22 at the 2017 World Cup.
It was the first time in rugby league Test match history that a tier two nation had beaten a tier one nation.
The Kiwis will be out for revenge on Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium.
One of the big talking points was Benji Marshall earning his first national squad selection in seven years.
It's no real surprise given Benji's good form in 2019 and he'll form a potent halves combination with Shaun Johnson.
Match: New Zealand v Tonga
Round 1 -
Venue: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
New Zealand: Coach Michael Maguire has opted to go with a Marshall-Johnson halves combination, with Kieran Foran named among the reserves. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has served his suspension for that late hit on Kalyn Ponga in round 11 and will take his place in the front row with Jesse Bromwich. Such is the strength of the Kiwi pack that Nelson Asofa-Solomona will come from the bench. Jahrome Hughes and Briton Nikora will make their Test debuts.
Tonga: Versatile Cowboy John Asiata will play his first Test for Tonga after previously representing Samoa. He will team up in the halves with Leeds playmaker Tui Lolohea. Andrew Fifita's suspension means a new prop will need to be found and Manly's Addin Fonua-Blake, who was named on the bench, is favoured to come into the starting side.
Fullback for New Zealand is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-SheckFullback for Tonga is number 1 Will Hopoate
Winger for New Zealand is number 2 Ken MaumaloWinger for Tonga is number 5 Daniel Tupou
Centre for New Zealand is number 3 Esan MarstersCentre for Tonga is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
Centre for New Zealand is number 4 Joseph ManuCentre for Tonga is number 4 Solomone Kata
Winger for New Zealand is number 5 Dallin Watene-ZelezniakWinger for Tonga is number 2 David Fusitu'a
Five-Eighth for New Zealand is number 6 Shaun JohnsonFive-Eighth for Tonga is number 6 John Asiata
Halfback for New Zealand is number 7 Benji MarshallHalfback for Tonga is number 7 Tuimoala Lolohea
Prop for New Zealand is number 8 Jesse BromwichProp for Tonga is number 15 Addin Fonua-Blake
Hooker for New Zealand is number 9 Brandon SmithHooker for Tonga is number 9 Siliva Havili
Prop for New Zealand is number 10 Jared Waerea-HargreavesProp for Tonga is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
2nd Row for New Zealand is number 11 Kenneath Bromwich2nd Row for Tonga is number 11 Tevita Pangai Junior
2nd Row for New Zealand is number 12 Briton Nikora2nd Row for Tonga is number 12 Manu Ma'u
Lock for New Zealand is number 13 Isaac LiuLock for Tonga is number 13 Jason Taumalolo
Interchange for New Zealand is number 14 Jahrome HughesInterchange for Tonga is number 14 Manase Fainu
Interchange for New Zealand is number 15 Leeson Ah MauInterchange for Tonga is number 16 Peni Terepo
Interchange for New Zealand is number 16 Nelson Asofa-SolomonaInterchange for Tonga is number 17 Sitili Tupouniua
Interchange for New Zealand is number 17 James Fisher-HarrisInterchange for Tonga is number 19 Tevita Tatola
- Referee: Ben Cummins
- Touch Judge: Chris Sutton
- Touch Judge: Chris McMillan
- Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy
This game presents Tongan hooker Siliva Havili with an ideal opportunity to spearhead what might be the most powerful pack in the world. If Havili gets his big forwards charging into the Kiwis from start to finish, he's capable of a man of the match-type performance. Havili will be relishing his head-to-head clash with rugged Kiwis and Storm hooker Brandon Smith.
For New Zealand to win
The Kiwis boast more skill and creativity among their little men and Michael Maguire will be looking at ways to make the most of it. They need to keep moving Tonga's big men Fifita, Taukeiaho and Fonua-Blake around and test their mobility. They might have the muscle and resolve to cope with a power game, but that will play straight into the Tongans' hands. The wise thing to do would be to play an up-tempo, crowd-pleasing game and rely on speed and talent.
For Tonga to win
The Tongans are loaded with size and power up front but they're a bit thin in the playmaking department. Coach Kristian Woolf will have to rely heavily on a makeshift halves combination of Tuimoala Lolohea (Leeds Rhinos), who was the only overseas player named in the squad, and Cowboys jack-of-all-trades John Asiata.
David Fusitu'a will never forget his five-star display when Tonga beat New Zealand in the 2017 World Cup. The Warriors winger claimed a hat-trick of tries on that incredible night, including the final try of the game to seal victory. Fusitu'a should feel right at home on the Mount Smart Stadium turf on Saturday.
And another thing ...
Whatever else you do this weekend, don't miss the pre-game stand-off when the teams perform their traditional war cries. The Tongans will no doubt provide a stirring presentation of the Sipi Tau, while the Kiwis will let the Tongans know they are in enemy territory with a typically passionate rendition of the world-famous Haka. It's sure to be spine-tingling stuff.