2018 Pacific Tests


Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Staff member
Pacific Tests confirmed for Origin period

Wed 15 Nov, 2017, 6:30pm
By Hayley Byrnes‌, Presenter/Reporter‌‌, ‌‌‌NRL.com

Fresh off the success of the Rugby League World Cup matches showcasing Pacific nations and the groundswell of support enjoyed by Lebanon, plans have been made for those nations to meet again during the State of Origin bye week of the 2018 NRL season.

Six nations will compete during a three-match festival at Campbelltown Stadium on June 23.

Tonga, Samoa, Lebanon and Papua New Guinea will be joined by two further teams to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Tonga's Leilani Latu and Samoa's Sauaso Sue were on hand for the festival's launch at Rugby League Central on Wednesday.

The NRL pair were still revelling in the passionate, and exciting, football that has been on display during matches between Pacific nations over the past three weeks.

"The atmosphere during this year's [Pacific Test] matches was incredible and it's wonderful to see the continued excitement and explosion of the Pacific nations' success throughout this year's World Cup," said Penrith Panthers prop Latu.

"For me personally, this year's match was one to savour and I'll be doing everything I can to keep the success of Tonga going."

Before their 2018 focus turns to the Pacific Tests, Latu and Sue have to navigate the early stages of a new NRL season.

Latu said the player swap between his club and Cronulla that resulted in James Maloney and Matt Moylan trading jerseys had made for an interesting off-season.

"It's been unfortunate with Matty moving across to Cronulla, he was a great leader for us and a great captain on and off the field," he said.

"I'm just really happy for the decision that he made.

"Obviously he had a couple of problems he had to deal with but all the boys respected his decision and I just hope he has a successful career playing with Cronulla."

Latu believes the addition of James Maloney will be great for the team's overall maturity.

"I personally haven't met him but from what my teammates have said about him he's a great bloke on and off the field," Latu said of Maloney.

"He's going to bring a great amount of experience and talent to our team. Having the likes of him and Peter Wallace; two experienced players in our spine to help calm everyone down [will help].

"I think the average age for everyone in our team is 23, 24 years old."

While Sue is looking forward to the return of Benji Marshall to the Wests Tigers, it is Josh Reynolds' nickname that has him perplexed.

"Still waiting to figure out how that nickname 'Grub' came along, still waiting to see that part of him come out," Sue remarked.

"Josh has played a lot of finals footy which is great for the club, [it is] awesome to have him share that knowledge there with our young guys.

"Hopefully we are there playing finals footy come September."

Organisers of the one-day festival of international rugby league are hoping to announce the remaining two teams in the coming weeks.



Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Staff member
Fiji have announced their Team to take on PNG

Fiji Bati

1. Kevin Naiqama (c)
2. Suliasi Vunivalu
3. Akuila Uate
4. Tyrone Phillips
5. Marcelo Montoya
6. Jarryd Hayne
7. Henry Raiwalui
8. Kane Evans
9. Joe Lovodua
10. Tui Kamikamica
11. King Vuniyayawa
12. Salesi Junior Fainga'a
13. Jayson Bukuya

14. Eloni Vunakece
15. Pio Seci
16. Sitiveni Moceidreke
17. Pio Sokobalavu
18. Mikaele Ravalawa
19. Junior Roqica



Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Staff member
PNG have named their squad

Adex Wera (PNG Hunters)
Enock Maki (PNG Hunters)
Nene McDonald (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Junior Rau (PNG Hunters)
Justin Olam (Melbourne Storm)
Kurt Baptiste (Sydney Roosters)
Lachlan Lam (Sydney Roosters)
Luke Page (Burleigh Bears)
James Segeyaro (Cronulla Sharks)
Nixon Putt (PNG Hunters)
Rhadley Brawa (PNG Hunters)
Rhyse Martin (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Richard Pandia (Ipswich Jets)
Rod Griffin (Townsville Blackhawks)
Stanton Albert (PNG Hunters)
Thompson Teteh (PNG Hunters)
Watson Boas (PNG Hunters)
Willie Minoga (PNG Hunters)



Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Staff member
Samoa and Tonga Squads


Bunty Afoa (Warriors)
Josh Aloiai (Tigers)
Michael Chee Kam (Tigers)
Christian Crichton (Panthers)
James Gavet (Warriors)
Pita Godinet (Tigers)
Sam Kasiano (Storm)
Tim Lafai (Dragons)
Joey Leilua (Raiders)
Luciano Leilua (Dragons)
Mason Lino (Warriors)
Dunamis Lui (Raiders)
Tyrone May (Panthers)
Anthony Milford (Broncos)
Isaiah Papali'i (Warriors)
Joseph Paulo (Sharks)
Ligi Sao (Warriors)
Jorge Taufua (Sea Eagles)


Andrew Fifita (Sharks)
Addin Fonua-Blaker (Sea Eagles)
Siliva Havili (Raiders)
Ata Hingano (Raiders)
Will Hopoate (Bulldogs)
Konrad Hurrell (Titans)
Michael Jennings (Eels)
Robert Jennings (Rabbitohs)
Sione Katoa (Panthers)
Tuimoala Lolohea (Wests Tigers)
Manu Ma'u (Eels)
Joe Ofahengaue (Broncos)
Junior Tatola (Rabbitohs)
Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys)
Siosiua Taukieaho (Roosters)
Peni Terepo (Eels)
Daniel Tupou (Roosters)




Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Staff member
Late Mail

Papua New Guinea v Fiji, Saturday 4pm at Campbelltown Stadium

PNG: Sharks hooker James Segeyaro has been named captain of the Kumuls. Dragons winger Nene Macdonald will line up at fullback with Roosters bench hooker Kurt Baptiste and Bulldogs second-rower Rhyse Martin the only other players in the line-up who have enjoyed regular NRL game time this year.

Fiji: Jarryd Hayne will line up at halfback for the first time in his senior career.

Samoa v Tonga, Saturday 7.10pm at Campbelltown Stadium

Samoa: The Samoan squad has been depleted due to New Zealand picking players who are eligible for both countries and they will be underdogs against Tonga.

Tonga: Joe Ofahengaue could be ruled out if Dylan Napa fails his fitness test for the Maroons and the Broncos forward is called into the Queensland squad.



Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Staff member
Papua New Guinea

1 Justin Olam
2 Junior Rau
3 Thompson Teteh
4 Willie Minoga
5 Richard Pandia
6 Lachlan Lam
7 Watson Boas
8 Stanton Albert
9 James Segeyaro (c)
10 Luke Page
11 Rhyse Martin
12 Nixon Putt
13 Rod Griffin

14 Kurt Baptiste
15 Rhadley Brawa
16 Enock Maki
17 Ase Boas


1 Kevin Naiqama (c)
2 Suliasi Vunivalu
3 Akuila Uate
4 Tyrone Phillips
5 Marcelo Montoya
6 Henry Raiwalui
7 Jarryd Hayne
8 Kane Evans
9 Joe Lovodua
13 Jayson Bukuya
11 King Vuniyayawa
12 Junior Salesi Fainga
10 Tui Kamikamica

14 Eloni Vunakece
15 Pio Seci
16 Sitiveni Moceidreke
17 Pio Sokobalavu



Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Staff member
PNG running riot, Didn't expect a blowout but it's not looking good for Fiji


Jason Temu
I turned 5 minutes ago to see him not bother to pick the ball up after trying to field a drop out with his foot.
Has he played like that all game? You’d be up him for that in school boy footy & he’s got that attitude while representing his country


Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Staff member
Hayne is the biggest flog in the game, Looked like he didn't want to be there at times

The guy is toxic, Thank christ we didn't sign him


Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Staff member

1. Anthony Milford
2. Christian Crichton
3. Joseph Leilua
4. Timoteo Lafai
5. Jorge Taufua
6.Tyrone May
7. Mason Lino
8. James Gavet
9. Pita Godinet
10. Sam Kasiano
11. Michael Chee Kam
12. Isaiah Papalii
13. Bunty Afoa

14. Dunamis Lui
15. Josh Aloiai
16. Ligi Sao
17.Joseph Paulo


1. William Hopoate
2. Daniel Tupou
3. Konrad Hurrell
4. Michael Jennings
5. Robert Jennings
6. Tuimoala Lolohea
7. Ata Hingano
8. Andrew Fifita
9. Siliva Havili
10. Addin Fonua-blake
11.Manu Ma'u
12. Sio Siua Taukeiaho
13. Jason Taumalolo

14. Sione Katoa
15. Joe Ofahengaue
16. Peni Terepo
17. Junior Tatola