Pacific Rugby League International

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The Pacific Rugby League International is a rugby league test match played between two Pacific Island nations. The match is played at Penrith Stadium in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia. This game is televised around the world, and it promotes the 'International Side' of Rugby League.

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 by a blow out score of 36-4. Tonga's Samisoni Langi earnt the man of the match award, after scoring 16 points which involved two tries and 4 conversions. He also set-up tries and created other big chances, proving he deserved the award. At the end of the game there was controversy. 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 even got the chance to convert the final try due to fans invading the pitch in delight to embrace their teams' players.[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.

After the test match, Steve Price resigned from the role of coaching Samoa, so he could focus on coaching the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the NRL. Later in the year Aussie Matt Parish took over the role, and would go on to coach Samoa at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

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

Later In The Year-Rugby League World Cup Campaigns[edit]

Tonga's only world cup defeat was a tight 2 point defeat to Scotland and it cost the star studded team a place in the knockout stage of the Rugby League World Cup.[2] (click on scores to see report(s) )

29 October 2013
Tonga  24–26  Scotland
Video
5 November 2013
Tonga  22–16  Cook Islands
Video
10 November 2013
Tonga  16–0  Italy
Video

Samoa shocked the rugby league world by almost beating New Zealand in the group stage. They would go on to thrash Papua New Guinea and beat France to secure a quarter-final clash with 'fierce pacific rivals' Fiji. Their campaign would end with a 22-4 defeat, concluding a very successful World Cup campaign.[3] (click on scores to see report(s) )

27 October 2013
New Zealand  42–24  Samoa
Video
4 November 2013
Papua New Guinea  4–38  Samoa
Video
11 November 2013
France  6–22  Samoa
Video
17 November 2013
Samoa  4–22  Fiji
Video

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 created as a qualifier for the final 2014 Four Nations spot.[4][5] This was also the opportunity for the winning nation to warm-up before the tournament kicks off. Samoa won the test match by 32-16 after being down 16-12 at half-time. Samoa's Penani Manumalealii earnt the man of the match award, after scoring 3 tries. He also set-up tries and created other big chances, proving he deserved the award. Although Samoa were down at half-time they would be hard to beat after having plenty of possession, territory and repeated sets. This dominating performance assured Samoa of the fourth and final spot in the 2014 Four Nations.[6]

Unlike the 2013 test match, both teams this year had more experience after their players played in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. However, Samoa picked more débutantes than experienced players. Samoa picked 7 débutantes, while Fiji picked 3. All of the Samoan team were NRL based players, while the Fijian side had 10 players that played in rugby league's biggest provincial competition (NRL). Other Fijian players played for 'Domestic' or New South Wales Cup teams. 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.

After the test match, Petero Civoniceva shared his belief saying that "Test matches between emerging nations is a necessity for the game to grow outside of Australia, New Zealand and England".[7]

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

Later In The Year-Fiji's Hayne/Mannah Cup Test Match[edit]

2014 (2014) Hayne/Mannah Cup Test Match  ()
1 2 Total
FIJ Fijibaticolours.PNG
LEB LebanonRLcolours.png
Date 19 October 2014
Stadium Redmondis Stadium
Location Woolooware, New South Wales, Australia
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster Fox Sports Australia

On the 27th of September 2014, it was confirmed that the Fiji Bati and the Lebanon Cedars will battle it out for the inaugural Hayne/Mannah Cup title.[8][9] This test match was created as a promotion for rugby league for the minor nations. The name of this cup was inspired by a legend from each nation. Hayne played for Fiji while Mannah played for Lebanon.

After playing a lot more matches, Fiji were the more experienced team as they played several test matches and represented their country in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, so it was expected that Lebanon were going to pick more débutantes after not playing a full rugby league test match since the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers played in 2011. Lebanon picked more débutantes than experienced players. Fiji picked 10 débutantes, while Lebanon picked. Fiji picked 7 NRL players while the rest of the team either played in domestic NSW or Queensland Cup teams in Australia, Kingstone Press Championship team in England, and Domestic teams in Fiji. Fiji's most experienced player was, the captain, Wes Naiqama who made his 14th appearance for his nation.

Penrith's Wes Naiqama captained Fiji, and led Lebanon.

Match Details[edit]

19 October 2014
Fiji   Lebanon
Try:
Goal:
Try:
Goal:
FB 1 St. George colours.svg Sitiveni Mocedreike
RW 2 Fijibaticolours.PNG Sisa Balkcolo
RC 3 Alipate Noilea
LC 4 Panthers colours.svg Wes Naiqama (c)
LW 5 Fijibaticolours.PNG Josaia Maiveleko
SO 6 Rochdale colours.svg Ryan Millard
SH 7 Aaron Groom
PR 8 Panthers colours.svg Reagan Campbell-Gillard
HK 9 James Storer
PR 10 Cronulla colours.svg Junior Roqica
SR 11 Redcliffe colours.svg Sarafu Fatiaki
SR 12 Parramatta colours.svg Fabian Goodall
LF 13 Eloni Vunakece
Substitutions:
IC 14 Fijibaticolours.PNG Joseva Vetaukula
IC 15 Peni Botiki
IC 16 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Jokatama Dokonivalu
IC 17 Fijibaticolours.PNG Nero Senimoli
IC 18 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Evan Lee
IC 19 Fijibaticolours.PNG Isoa Qionacawa
Coach:
Australia Rick Stone

Later In The Year-Samoa's Four Nations Campaign[edit]

The 2014 Four Nations schedule was revealed on the 10th of April in Sydney.[10] The tournament ran from the 25th of October to the 15th of November. The 'Pacific Team's' first game was against England at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on the tournament's opening day double header. They then took on New Zealand at Toll Stadium in Whangarei, and then finally, the World Champions, Australia at Win Stadium in Wollongong.

Week 1[edit]

England v. Samoa[edit]

25 October 2014
9:00pm (AEST)
England  0 – 0  Samoa
Tries

Week 2[edit]

New Zealand v. Samoa[edit]

1 November 2014
7:00pm (NZT)
New Zealand  0 – 0  Samoa
Tries

Week 3[edit]

Australia v. Samoa[edit]

9 November 2014
4:00pm (AEST)
Australia  0 – 0  Samoa
Tries

2014 Four Nations Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1  Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2  England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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