2017 Pacific Test

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  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    England joins Pacific Test triple-header in May

    Wed 15 Mar, 2017, 3:17pm

    For the first time, the 2017 edition of the Pacific Test will see the might of England clash with the brave of Samoa as part of an all International Rugby League triple-header at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday May 6.

    In what is sure to be an action-packed Saturday, featuring some of the best rugby league talent from across the globe, the PNG Kumuls will take on the skill and power of the Cook Islands, before traditional rivals Fiji Bati and Mate Ma'a Tonga battle it out for Pacific ascendency in the penultimate match of the day.

    The May 6 triple-header will culminate with Toa Samoa aiming to make history and dethrone England for the first time.

    "We're under no illusions that this will be a tough test for us with the majority of the playing group coming from abroad, but we'll prepare the best we can," England Coach Wayne Bennett

    "The Samoans are always a tough outfit, but we've got a solid group of players to choose from and I'm looking forward to getting everyone together for the match ahead of the World Cup later this year."

    Similar to previous years and with generous support from Destination NSW, the week leading up to the event will include fan and community activities, school visits from NRL Pacific Ambassadors and the Pacific Youth Summit at Western Sydney University. .

    "This is terrific news for South-West Sydney," Member for Camden Chris Patterson said.

    "Having six international rugby league teams play at Campbelltown Sports Stadium will give us an opportunity to showcase the region and celebrate the cultural contributions Pacific Island communities have made to our neighbourhoods."

    "It's fantastic for Campbelltown and the wider Macarthur community to have access to such a diverse, inclusive and exciting festival of international Rugby League, right here in our own backyard," Campbelltown Mayor, Cr George Brticevic said.

    "I encourage footy fans to take advantage of the opportunity, and hope to see a packed Campbelltown Sports Stadium come May 6."

    Tickets for the 2017 Pacific Test triple-header will be on sale from 3:00pm Tuesday, March 21 from nrl.com/tickets

    General Public family packages are available for $65, while adult tickets are available for as little as $25.

  2. member 2299

    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Aug 16, 2009
    Nambucca Heads
    Not getting much coverage and I reckon the Islanders will have their tails up to down the Poms. Great battles the last few Tonga v Samoa last few years.

    Surely the NRL could have picked a better venue. It is a desolate place that Lurneah, even if they like to call it Campbelltown Sports Stadium. The whatever it is called now Bluetongue/2G0 Stadium at Gosford would be ideal, with train transport to the door, the CC Leagues Club across the road.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2017
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  3. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Apr 16, 2008
    Matt Parish has named 15 players he says he expects will be in the Samoa team, including Pete and Sione Mata├║tia.
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