Pacific Rugby League International

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The Pacific Rugby League International is a rugby league test match that has been played between two Pacific Island nations in April since 2013. The match is played at Penrith Stadium in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia. Two matches will be held in 2015.

Summary[edit]

Date Winner Score Defeated Venue
20 April 2013 Tonga 36-4 Samoa Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
3 May 2014 Samoa 32-16 Fiji Penrith, New South Wales, Australia

2013 test[edit]

2013 (2013) Pacific Rugby League test  ()
1 2 Total
SAM Samoa colours.svg 4 0 4
TON Tongamatemacolours.PNG 10 26 36
Date 20 April 2013
Stadium Penrith Stadium
Location Penrith Mulgoa Road (cnr Ransley St), Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Man of the Match Tonga Samisoni Langi
Referee Matt Cecchin
Attendance 10,143
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster Fox Sports Australia
Commentators Matt Russell, Greg Alexander, Mark Gasnier

The 2013 'Pacific Rugby League test', was played between Samoa and Tonga. The fixture was created as a warm-up international for their 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaigns. Tonga won the test match 36-4. Tonga's Samisoni Langi was the man of the match award, after scoring 16 points from two tries and four conversions.

The game had only a few seconds left when Tonga scored the last four pointer of the match, but had to be called off before Langi had the chance to convert the final try due to fans invading the pitch.[1]

Both teams selected a number of débutantes, with the most experienced players only appearing between 3-8 times. The most experienced players that played in the test match were Tonga's Richard Fa'aoso and Etu Uaisele who both made 8 appearances for their country before this test match. Samoa's most experienced player was Ben Roberts who made 3 appearances before this test match. All players were NRL based players, except for Tongan winger Etu Uaisele who played for the Wyong Roos in the New South Wales Cup.

Manly's Brent Kite captained Tonga, and South Sydney's Roy Asotasi led Samoa.

Match details[edit]

20 April 2013
Samoa  4–36  Tonga
Try: Vidot 27' m
Goal: Roberts (0/1)
Video Try: Langi (2) 4' c, 73' c
Likiliki (2) 11' m, 42' m
Fonua (2) 63' c, 79' (not attempted)
Uaisele 59' c
Goal: Langi (4/7) 4', 59', 63', 73'
Penrith Stadium, Penrith
Attendance: 10,143
Referee/s: Australia Matt Cecchin
Man of the Match: Samisoni Langi
FB 1 Cronulla colours.svg Matthew Wright
RW 2 North Queensland colours.svg Kalifa Faifai Loa
RC 3 North Queensland colours.svg Antonio Winterstein
LC 4 Melbourne colours.svg Junior Sa'u
LW 5 St. George colours.svg Daniel Vidot
SO 6 New Zealand colours.svg Carlos Tuimavave
SH 7 Parramatta colours.svg Ben Roberts
PR 8 South Sydney colours.svg Jeff Lima
HK 9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Masada Iosefa
PR 10 South Sydney colours.svg Roy Asotasi (c)
SR 11 Wests Tigers colours.svg Eddy Pettybourne
SR 12 Cronulla colours.svg Sam Tagataese
LF 13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Lama Tasi
Substitutions:
IC 14 St. George colours.svg Leeson Ah Mau
IC 15 Canterbury colours.svg Martin Taupau
IC 16 Cronulla colours.svg Mark Taufua
IC 17 North Queensland colours.svg Alex Elisala
Coach:
Australia Steve Price
FB 1 New Zealand colours.svg Glen Fisiiahi
RW 2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Michael Oldfield
RC 3 Melbourne colours.svg Mahe Fonua
LC 4 Newcastle colours.svg Siuatonga Likiliki
LW 5 Etu Uaisele
SO 6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Samisoni Langi
SH 7 Panthers colours.svg Daniel Foster
PR 8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Brent Kite (c)
HK 9 Cronulla colours.svg Pat Politoni
PR 10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sam Moa
SR 11 Panthers colours.svg Sika Manu
SR 12 North Queensland colours.svg Jason Taumalolo
LF 13 Cronulla colours.svg Anthony Tupou
Substitutions:
IC 15 Parramatta colours.svg Fuifui Moimoi
IC 16 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Richard Fa'aoso
IC 17 Wests Tigers colours.svg Ben Murdoch-Masila
IC 18 Brisbane colours.svg David Hala (came in as a late replacement for the injured Nafe Seluini)
Coach:
Tonga Charlie Tonga

Aftermath[edit]

After the test match, Steve Price resigned from the role of coaching Samoa. Later in the year Aussie Matt Parish took over the role, coaching Samoa at the 2013 World Cup.

At the World Cup, Tonga defeated Italy and the Cook Islands in Group C, but lost to Scotland and failed to qualify for the knockout stages.

Samoa was in Group B and lost to New Zealand before defeating Papua New Guinea and France to qualify for the quarter finals. They lost to Fiji 22-4 in the quarter finals to be eliminated from the tournament.

2014 test[edit]

2014 (2014) Pacific Rugby League test  ()
1 2 Total
SAM Samoa colours.svg 12 20 32
FIJ Fijibaticolours.PNG 16 0 16
Date 3 May 2014
Stadium Penrith Stadium
Location Penrith Mulgoa Road (cnr Ransley St), Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Man of the Match Samoa Penani Manumalealii
Referee Ashley Klein
Attendance 9,063
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster Fox Sports Australia
Commentators Matt Russell, Greg Alexander, Mark Gasnier

The 2014 'Pacific Rugby League test', was played between Samoa and Fiji. The fixture was a qualifier for the 2014 Four Nations.[2][3][4] Samoa won the test match by 32-16 after being behind 16-12 at half-time. Samoa's Penani Manumalealii won the man of the match award, scoring 3 tries in the match.

Samoa picked 7 debutantes for the test match, while Fiji featured three. All of the Samoan team were National Rugby League based players, while the Fijian side had 10 players from the NRL. Samoa's most capped player was Daniel Vidot who made his 6th appearance for his country, while Fiji's most experienced players were Alipate Noilea, Aaron Groom, and captain Ashton Sims who all made their 10th appearance for their nation.

North Queensland's Ashton Sims captained Fiji, and Newcastle's David Fa'alogo led Samoa.

Match details[edit]

3 May 2014
Samoa  32–16  Fiji
Try: Manumalealii (3) 13' c, 38' c, 44' c
Tuimavave 54'c
Vidot 64'c
Tagataese 78'Red card.svg
Goal: Inu (6/6) 13', 38', 44', 50', 54', 64'
Video Try: Naiqama 16' c
Storer 27' c
Tuqiri 30' m
Goal: Tuqiri (2/3) 17', 28'
Penrith Stadium, Penrith
Attendance: 9,063
Referee/s: Australia Ashley Klein
Man of the Match: Penani Manumalealii
FB 1 St. George colours.svg Peter Mata'utia
RW 2 Brisbane colours.svg Daniel Vidot
RC 3 Cronulla colours.svg Ricky Leutele
LC 4 Canterbury colours.svg Krisnan Inu
LW 5 Melbourne colours.svg Young Tonumaipea
SO 6 Canterbury colours.svg Reni Maitua
SH 7 Cronulla colours.svg Penani Manumalealii
PR 17 New Zealand colours.svg Suaia Matagi
HK 9 New Zealand colours.svg Michael Sio
PR 10 Newcastle colours.svg David Fa'alogo (c)
SR 11 St. George colours.svg Leeson Ah Mau
SR 12 New Zealand colours.svg Dominique Peyroux
LF 13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Isaac Liu
Substitutions:
IC 15 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dunamis Lui
IC 16 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Jesse Sene-Lefao
IC 8 Cronulla colours.svg Sam Tagataese
IC 18 New Zealand colours.svg Carlos Tuimavave (came in as a late replacement for Junior Paulo)
Coach:
Australia Matt Parish
FB 1 Panthers colours.svg Kevin Naiqama
RW 2 Wests Tigers colours.svg Marika Koroibete
RC 3 Parramatta colours.svg Semi Radradra
LC 4 South Sydney colours.svg Lote Tuqiri
LW 5 Panthers colours.svg Etonia Nabuli
SO 6 Alipate Noilea
SH 7 Aaron Groom
PR 8 North Queensland colours.svg Ashton Sims (c)
HK 9 James Storer
PR 10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kane Evans
SR 11 Cronulla colours.svg Vitale Junior Roqica
SR 12 Peni Botiki
LF 13 Newcastle colours.svg Korbin Sims
Substitutions:
IC 18 Petero Civoniceva (came in as a late replacement for Waqa Blake)
IC 15 Panthers colours.svg Reagan Campbell-Gillard
IC 16 Fijibaticolours.PNG Osea Sadrau
IC 17 Fijibaticolours.PNG Atunaisa Turagaiviu
Coach:
Australia Rick Stone

Aftermath[edit]

After the test match, Petero Civoniceva said that "Test matches between emerging nations is a necessity for the game to grow outside of Australia, New Zealand and England".[5]

Due to the win, Samoa had qualified for the 2014 Four Nations.[6] Samoa lost all three matches, losing to England 26-32 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on the tournament's opening day double header, New Zealand 12-14 at Toll Stadium in Whangarei, and then finally, to Australia 18-44 at Win Stadium in Wollongong.

On the 19 October, Fiji defeated Lebanon 40-28 to win the inaugural Hayne/Mannah Cup.

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