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Round 8 of the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership is Anzac Round, where the game pays tribute to those servicemen and women who have played their part in safeguarding Australia and New Zealand.

This year there will be a focus on the anniversary of the Kokoda campaign, with 2017 marking 75 years since the battle in Papua New Guinea, where 600 soldiers gave their lives and over 1,600 were wounded.

Wests Tigers prop Tim Grant walked the Kokoda track in recent years, and said it was something that put the sacrifices of those soldiers in perspective.

"There's a track there, it's pretty rugged. We didn't have to get machetes out and fight our way through, or fight with guns," Grant said.

"We had our backpacks on, we were under no threat at all. It just brings to light what the Australian soldiers went through."

Former NRL player Josh Perry has also walked the Kokoda track, and said it was an experience he hopes to one day share with members of his family.

"To follow in the footsteps of those guys and to do it… [not] as hard as they did was something really special and I want to take back my young fella one day if I can, or it's something you want to do with your dad or your brothers," Perry said.

"It's something you can't really replicate.

"If you're having a tough day you think back to those guys and it's not so bad. What they went through for the country, where we live now. We've got it really good."

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Watch Grant and Perry discuss their Kokoda experiences and a message from Dr Brendan Nelson (Director Australian War Memorial) below



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