Internationals 2018 Pacific Test Invitational

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  1. Lord Gnome of Howick MBE
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    Date: 16/5/18

    A weeklong celebration of Pacific culture has been confirmed for rugby league fans in the lead up to the 2018 Pacific Test Invitational at Campbelltown Stadium, Saturday 23 June.

    In what will be the first set of International matches since the memorable Rugby League World Cup, players and officials from four nations - Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Fiji– will gather in Sydney’s West following the conclusion of Round 15 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.

    Fiji officially replaced Lebanon after the Cedars formally withdrew from participating late last month.

    Campbelltown Athletics Track will host all four squads for the Pacific Test Fan Day on Wednesday 20th of June, with fans encouraged to come along to meet the players, take selfies, get autographs and enjoy cultural performances after school and into the evening.

    Senior Manager of Pacific Strategy, Frank Puletua, encouraged fans to purchase their tickets early to avoid missing out following a sold-out event in 2017.

    “Last year’s Pacific Test and the Rugby League World Cup showed just how much rugby league means to our Pacific players and the communities they represent,” Mr Puletua said.

    “The players get to connect with their culture, their peers and the wider community. I encourage everyone to come along and witness the colour, flair, power and passion that the Pacific Test Invitational produces both on and off the field.

    "It is truly something special.”

    General public tickets are on sale now, with adult tickets from $15 and family tickets from $45. Club member adult tickets start from as low as $12 and family tickets from $35.

    To purchase tickets, head to nrl.com/tickets
     
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    Big weekend of Rugby League then :

    Saturday
    6pm - Fiji vs PNG
    9pm - Samoa vs Tonga

    Sunday
    8am - Kiwis vs England
    10pm - State of Origin Game 2

    *Updated
     
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    The only info i could find on the time of the Denver Test was 2pm Saturday 23/6, which would be 8am Sunday 24/6 in NZT. Where did you see the timings?
     
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    Ah yes, you're right.

    Got the time right but messed up the day.
     
  5. ramraider78
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    That Pacific Test series needs to come to Auckland at some point, as another way to grow the game and include Niue and Cook Islands. The PI population is way bigger here and the following for a 1 off series would be massive if marketed properly. Just leave NZRL out if the concept to come to Auckland get's off the ground lol They would stuff it up IMO.
     
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    I was gonna say add the Cooks and Niue, who aren't even getting a chance to qualify for the next world cup which is pretty poor by the RLIF.

    And I don't think Tonga And Samoa should play each other in NZ again anytime soon.
     
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    Why???
     
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    Sorry I thought all of the violence in the streets during last years world cup was obvious why they shouldn't.