Kiwis to face Aussies in friendly

AUCKLAND - Trans-Tasman rivalry will be reignited ahead of the World Cup with finalists New Zealand and Australia agreeing to a warm-up match in Melbourne on May 24, New Zealand Football (NZF) said on Sunday.

The first clash between the All Whites and Socceroos in five years will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground before both teams embark on their final training camps ahead of the June 11-July 11 showpiece in South Africa.

"It's great that we can reignite this fixture," All Whites coach Ricki Herbert said.

"It's perfect timing with both nations heading to the World Cup.

"We've been following what Australia (have) done over the last few years and it's great to think there'll be 80,000 or 90,000 fans at the MCG to send the teams off."

NZF also confirmed the date of their warm-up match against fellow finalists Serbia for May 29 in Austria. The two countries had earlier agreed on the match but not the date.

New Zealand are in Group F with Italy, Slovakia and Paraguay for the finals, while Australia are in Group D with Germany, Serbia and Ghana.