Sam Bremner was set to realise a dream she never knew she wanted, captaining the Jillaroos but she has been ruled out of Saturday's game.
The 26-year-old fractured her toe during the NRL Women's Premiership and missed the Dragons' final two clashes and it's another crushing blow for the injury-ridden fullback.
Bremner has not played for Australia since the Nines tournament in 2017 and missed the previous Trans-Tasman Test match last year with a concussion she sustained in the final training session.
She was then ruled out of the World Cup last year with a stress fracture.
Jillaroos coach Brad Donald has recalled Karina Brown to the squad to replace Bremner in the squad.
"We've got plenty of experienced players in the squad, with many of the team having played the Kiwis on multiple occasions, including Karina," Donald told NRL.com.
"It's unfortunate to be losing our captain for such a big match, but I know Sam will be cheering the team on and we look forward to welcoming her back from injury as soon as possible," he said.
A replacement captain for the Australian Jillaroos and New Zealand is expected to be named later in the week.