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    Just going to start a thread for all the news or smaller games happening in the Pacific or involving PI teams that might not warrant a thread. First up...

    Tonga Rugby League announce team to take on PNG in sanctioned Test

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    14/10/14

    Tonga has today announced their 17-man team to take on the PNG Kumuls in a fully sanctioned International Test Match in Lae this Sunday 19th October 2014. The Tongans will arrive into Port Moresby on Wednesday

    Current Broncos Assistant Coach Kristian Woolf who has recently taken on the Head Coaching job of the new Intrust Super Cup Team the Townsville Blackhawks for 2015 coaches the Tongans.

    The PNG Kumuls 18-man team will be announced on Wednesday ahead of their departure from base camp in Kokopo to Lae on Thursday.

    Points for World Cup rankings are on offer as the Papua New Guinea Kumul’s prepare to host Tonga Ma’a this weekend in an historic clash.

    After a solid, confidence building performance against the Australian Prime Ministers 13 in Kokopo last Sunday, the Kumuls will be looking to build on their first up hit out against a Tongan team stacked with NRL talent.

    The game against Tonga is vitally important and the PNGRFL are calling on fans to pack out Lae Rugby League grounds this Sunday.

    The game is scheduled for Sunday, October 19 at 2pm at the Lae Rugby League Ground. Tickets and merchandise will be on sale from 8am game day.

    2014 Tonga Rugby League Team

    Sitaleki-Moala Akau'ola - West Tigers
    Viliami Fine - West Tigers
    Sione Folau - Parramatta
    Daniel Foster - Penrith
    David Hala - Broncos
    Solomone Kata - Warriors
    Samisoni Langi - Sydney Roosters
    Haveatama Luani - West Tigers
    Viliami Manu - Penrith
    Benjieman Murdoch - Penrith
    Agnatius Paasi - Warriors
    Wellentony Satini - Manly
    Ukuma Taai - Huddersfield UK
    Siosiua Taukeiaho - Sydney Roosters
    Peni Terepo - Parramatta
    Vai Toutai - Parramatta
    Bill Tupou - Canberra

    Coach: Kristian Woolf

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    PNG Rugby League release line-up to take on Tonga Ma'a

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    Date: 15/10/14

    PNG Kumul Coaches Mal Meninga and Michael Marum have today announced the line up who will face the Tongan Ma’a on Sunday 19th October 2014, 2pm at Lae Rugby League grounds.

    The full 21-‐man squad which has been in camp for 3 weeks has been retained after consultation with National Selectors, with the final 17 to be finalised prior to kick-‐off on Sunday said Meninga;

    “We have a few niggling injuries to some key personnel that we want to monitor, treat and ensure they are fit for Sundays important match so we will give them right up until game day before we finalise our starting 17. Being in camp for 3 weeks has allowed us to work on different combinations should injuries occur. We have that advantage playing at home where we can have a larger squad to choose from and we will be using it to ensure we have a fully fit 17 on Sunday. We have ample backup in the 21-‐man squad to cover for all positions so there are no issues there for us. We have had a great preparation over the last 3-‐4 weeks and are looking forward to Sundays match.”

    Meninga said the Tongans will be tough opposition but the Kumuls needed to play the best quality opposition they can on a regular basis to improve;

    “It’s no benefit to us playing against nations who are not top quality. That does nothing to improve us and we will continue to test ourselves against the best International teams. Tonga is stacked with established and young high quality NRL players and its big test for us. We have worked on a few things at training this week and we will be ready to go on Sunday. I’m confident the group we have, after getting a run under our belt last weekend will put in a good performance come Sunday.”

    The Squad will travel to Lae on Thursday for the important clash. Tickets & limited merchandise for the match will go on sale on match day – Sunday morning from 8am at the Volleyball Courts, behind Lae Rugby League grounds. Gates will open at 9am with the main game starting at 2pm. Pre game entertainment including a live band will entertain fans. There is NO public car parking available at the grounds.

    PNGRFL CEO Brad Tassell said they were expecting a capacity crowd:

    “It has been a few years since Lae hosted an International match of this quality and even longer since it hosted an International Test match. This is the real deal and Mal and Michael rotated their players last week to give everyone game time, however this weekend its 17 against 17 with limited interchange. There’s a lot of talk and excitement already in Lae about the match. It will be a massive game and both teams will be going at each other in what we expect will be a very physical encounter. We are encouraging fans to get to there early to get your tickets and we are looking forward to a vocal huge crowd to cheer on and lift the boys against the Tongans.”

    PNG Kumul Test 2014 Squad:

    Dion Aiye
    Stanton Albert
    Israel Eliab
    Adam Korave
    Roger Laka
    Timothy Lomai
    Gary Lo
    Rhyse Martin
    Mark Mexico
    Willie Minoga
    Kato Otio
    Sebastian Pandia
    Brandy Peter
    Wartovo Puara
    Esau Siune
    Jason Tali
    Thompson Teteh
    Lawrence Tu'u
    Henry Wan
    Adex Wera
    Noel Zeming

    Coach: Mal Meninga
    Assistant Coach: Michael Marum

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    No Seggy for PNG
     
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    Eels eye Fijian trio trialling for NRL deals following Jarryd Hayne’s departure
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    OCTOBER 18, 2014 12:00AM
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    Brad Fittler, Jone Waqaliva, Eroni Tuwai, Kamineli Baisagale and Andrew Johns in Fiji

    WHAT better way to replace Jarryd Hayne than with another Fijian superstar?

    With their marquee man disappearing to America, the Parramatta Eels have turned their attention to a trio of anonymous Pacific Islanders who could potentially replace him in years to come.

    Unearthed by league superstars Brad Fittler and Andrew Johns, the three young athletes — Jone Waqaliva, Kamineli Baisagale and Eroni Tuwai — will arrive in Sydney next month to trial with a number of NRL clubs.

    Already Eels coach Brad Arthur has been made away of the Fijians, who will have their Australian trip paid for by Fittler and Johns.

    Canterbury coach Des Hasler is another said to be keen on checking out the group.

    “All these guys, they can really play,’’ Fittler said. “Jone is a centre who has represented Fiji under 18s this year.

    “And Kamineli, a winger, made the national championships here in both the 200 and 400 metres. He runs incredibly hard.”

    Yet perhaps the pick of them is Eroni.

    An aggressive centre who, just to make the nines tournament staged by the Kangaroo greats, walked two hours to catch a bus which then drove another two hours to the field.

    “Then he ripped in, won the tournament for his school and went home again,’’ Johns laughs.

    “I was really impressed with how aggressively he played. He had the athleticism, the wonderful hands and so on.

    “But he had some real aggression too. He could walk into any Holden Cup side tomorrow and absolutely kill them.”

    Despite receiving no funding from the NRL, Johns and Fittler are now in the third year of their mission to help bring Fijian players to the NRL.

    Apart from unearthing Intercontinental Hotel porter Eto Nabuli, who recently switched from Penrith to St George Illawarra, the league greats also raise over $20,000 for local league development each trip.

    “But when you see the way it changes lives,’’ says Fittler, “why would you stop?’’

    Certainly the Eels are no stranger to the potential of Fijians, either.

    Apart from Hayne, who represented the Bati boys at the 2008 World Cup, winger Semi Radradra has also emerged this year as one of the truly outstanding finds of the 2014 season.

    With a war chest of more than $1 million following the departure of Hayne, the Eels are expected to make a play at a host of marquee names including Wallaby Israel Folau, Manly playmaker Kieran Foran and Brisbane Bronco Josh Hoffman.

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    Great effort by Papa New Guinea. From what Ive read most the team was made up of locals including reps from the Queensland Cup team the Hunters. Tonga had the benefit of quite a few fulltime professionals from the NRL and NSW Cup. Also being reported that the crowd were very well behaved lol...
     
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    Kumuls are my third team. Happy for them.

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    Sport: Cook Islands could be added to Pacific rugby league programme
    Updated at 1:01 pm on 22 December 2014

    The Cook Islands could yet be added to a busy international rugby league programme in the middle of next year.

    The annual Pacific Test has been expanded to two matches from 2015.

    A Melanesian and Polynesian Cup double-header has been pencilled in for the Gold Coast in May, with Fiji and Papua New Guinea going head to head, as well as Samoa and Tonga.

    The winning teams will then play off at the end of the year.

    The President of Rugby League Samoa, Tagaloa Faafouina Su'a, who is also a director of the Asia Pacific Rugby League Federation, says it's an important step forward for the region.

    "It's really good to reflect sustainability and consistency and regularity of games for the Pacific Island nations' teams because that's the only way that we can get competitive in the future is to get those regular fixtures to play against each other. With the performance of the Samoan team in the Four Nations and having the opportunity to extend it to our Pacific brothers so [we are] working on a fixture for the Cook Islands because we can not leave the other one behind".

    Tagaloa Faafouina Su'a says they're hopeful of making an announcement on the Cook Islands involvement before the new year.

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    Great news if this goes ahead but it amazes me that something like this isnt already happening. Just goes to show how far behind International Rugby League is...
     
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    i'm really looking foward to the Samoa v Tonga game.:cool:
     
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    Hardout, its a good thing Hurrell and taumalolo are going to be sporting the kiwis jersey. And hopefully we get a game in auckland..lets go TOA.
     
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    i'll be interested to see what tongas side will look like, because if samoa has the side they had in the 4 nations it could be a one sided game.
     
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    I think tonga could actually give samoa a challenge with Lolohea, havili, and possibly Lisone included in their side. But we'll see how it goes.
     
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    Think Sam Lisone is Samoan aint he???
     
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    a quick google search said he is, but players heritage seem to change alot the it comes to internationals:rolleyes:
     
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    Really? I hope so.
     
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    Also Fiji will take on PNG during a double header at cbus Stadium, Gold Coast...
     
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    Bring your own tanoa!
     
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    disappointing that Will Hopoate would like to play for Tonga but doesn't want to rule himself out of origin contention. Wonder if Hurrell will play for Tonga very unlikely to be selected for the Kiwis.

    On the flip side I think Fiji is taking a better approach to selecting their team only selecting domestic players for their test against PNG.
     
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    The could have a good squad

    1. fish
    2. Fusitua/jennings
    3. Folao/laumape
    4. Hurrell/Kata
    5. Feki
    6. Langi
    7. Lolohea
    8. Vete/manu
    9. Havili
    10. Ofahengaue/murdoch masila
    11. Williams/ma'u
    12. Taukeiaho/tupou
    13. Ikahihifo
     
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    A lot of those guys would flip allegiance if the Kiwis or Kangaroos come calling. Wouldn't it be in Tonga's long term interests to select domestic players for the test match?
     
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    Yeah, but when it comes down to who has bragging rights after this game, I'm pretty sure they'll want there best squad together. These two teams hate losing to each other, so I doubt they'll be taking any risks when selecting there squads. Winning this tournament is the most important thing imo.
     
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    Didn't realise till now that channel nine would be broadcasting both games. What's annoying is they can't be bothered having their 'best two commentators' calling the game. Will have to put up with Tim Gilbert and Matt Ryan calling the games. Tim Gilbert is dull as watching paint dry. Can't wait for these guys to butcher 90% of the players names.
     
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