2019 Oceania Cup

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  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

    Aug 12, 2012
  2. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

    Aug 12, 2012
    Kangaroos to play Tonga in triple-header as Oceania Cup launched

    Brad Walter
    Tue 5 Mar 2019, 12:34 PM

    The Kangaroos will play Mate Ma'a Tonga in a triple-header at Auckland's iconic Eden Park as part of the inaugural RLIF Oceania Cup to run side by side with the first tour by the Wayne Bennett-coached Great Britain Lions since 2006.

    The schedule for the RLIF Oceania Cup and first 12 months of a rolling international calendar were announced in Auckland on Tuesday, with New Zealand to host end-of-season Tests featuring Australia, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea, as well as the Lions.

    The Oceania Cup, which ensures regular and meaningful Tests for the Pacific nations, will be played in two pools and commences on June 22 with the Kiwis taking on Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium and Samoa to meet Papua New Guinea at Campbelltown Stadium.

    The tournament will be played in two pools with the winner of Pool A – comprising Australia, New Zealand and Tonga – lifting the RLIF Oceania Cup, and the winner of Pool B – Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea – lifting the RLIF Oceania Shield.

    The winner of Pool B will be promoted to Pool A in 2020 in place of Australia, who are due to travel to Europe for their first Kangaroos tour since 2003.

    Australia's opening match of the Oceania Cup will be against New Zealand at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on October 25 and the Kangaroos will then travel to Auckland to meet Tonga at Eden Park on November 2.

    The Test will be part of a triple-header featuring the Kiwis against the Lions and an Ocean Cup Pool B match between Samoa and Fiji, who will also play on June 22 at Campbelltown Stadium against Cook Islands.

    The Lions commence their southern hemisphere tour on October 26 with a Test against Tonga in Hamilton – the scene of the epic 2017 World Cup semi-final between England and Tonga that launched the Pacific nation into the top tier of the international game.

    The Kiwis will also host two Tests against Great Britain – the first at Eden Park and the second in Christchurch, which will also feature the final Oceania Cup fixture between Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

    The Kumuls then return home to play Great Britain in the final Test of the Lions tour at Port Moresby on November 16.

    The international schedule also includes women's Tests, with the Kiwi Ferns to host an unconfirmed opponent as part of a double-header with the New Zealand-Tonga mid-season Test and also playing the Jillaroos in Wollongong on October 25.

    The PNG Orchids will also play a Pacific All Stars women's team in Port Moresby on November 16 as a double-header with the Kumuls-Lions Test.

    RLIF Southern Hemisphere general manager Jeremy Edwards said the international program was "both exciting and ground-breaking".

    "The Oceania Cup is an important step in creating a meaningful Test matches for Pacific nations and full international calendar that fans, players and commercial partners can enjoy," Edwards said.

    Officials have worked closely with the Rugby League Players' Association to ensure support for the international calendar.

    "It is fantastic that there will be significant international content in 2019, including new properties in the Oceania Cup, as well as the Great Britain Rugby League Lions touring down under," RLPA CEO Ian Prendergast said.

    "It reflects the enhanced profile, interest and competitiveness of international rugby league. In particular, the Oceania Cup provides a tremendous new platform for the Pacific nations to compete on the world stage.

    "We have enjoyed working through the process with the RLIF and the nations to establish the schedule for 2019 and look forward to continuing these discussions when planning for future matches takes place.

    "The international game presents exciting opportunities for our members and through continued collaboration we look forward to further showcasing the wonderful rugby league talent we have in the game."

    NZRL CEO Greg Peters said he was pleased to secure support from the New Zealand Government and host cities to host the feast of international matches this year.

    "The Kiwis versus Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium will be a blockbuster occasion to kick off a momentous year for international rugby league fans in New Zealand," Peters said.

    "New Zealand Rugby League is also delighted to be bringing such an incredible array of matches to New Zealand that will also benefit the teams throughout the Pacific."

    RLIF CEO Nigel Wood said the framework of a full and global calendar was now in place.

    "The RLIF is supporting the Middle East Africa Competition, Americas Championship, European Competitions at three levels, the Oceania Cup at two levels and of course the World Cup, for which qualification will be concluded this year and, while of course we also have the first RLIF Downers 9's World Cup to look forward in October, in Sydney," Wood said.

    "This calendar can now roll forward, develop and flourish."

  3. cowboyman

    cowboyman Ben Kennedy

    Nov 15, 2012
    Finally some positive news. Sounds great to me.
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  4. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

    Aug 12, 2012
    Teams for next weeks Games

    New Zealand v Tonga, Saturday 5.40pm NZT (3.40pm AEST) at Mt Smart Stadium

    New Zealand Squad

    Leeson Ah Mau (Warriors)
    Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Storm)
    Jesse Bromwich (Storm)
    Kenneath Bromwich (Storm)
    James Fisher-Harris (Panthers)
    Kieran Foran (Bulldogs)
    Jahrome Hughes (Storm)
    Shaun Johnson (Sharks)
    Isaac Liu (Roosters)
    Joseph Manu (Roosters)
    Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers)
    Esan Marsters (Wests Tigers)
    Ken Maumalo (Warriors)
    Briton Nikora (Sharks)
    Brandon Smith (Storm)
    Zane Tetevano (Roosters)
    Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Warriors)
    Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters)
    Dallin Watene-Zelezniak - captain (Bulldogs)

    Tonga Squad

    John Asiata (North Queensland Cowboys)
    Manase Fainu (Manly Sea Eagles)
    Andrew Fifita (Cronulla Sharks)
    Addin Fonua-Blake (Manly Sea Eagles)
    Moeaki Fotuaika (Gold Coast Titans)
    David Fusi'tua (New Zealand Warriors)
    Siliva Havili (Canberra Raiders)
    Will Hopoate (Canterbury Bulldogs)
    Michael Jennings (Parramatta Eels)
    Robert Jennings (Wests Tigers)
    Solomone Kata (New Zealand Warriors)
    Sione Katoa (Penrith Panthers)
    Tuimoala Lolohea (Leeds Rhinos)
    Manu Ma'u (Parramatta Eels)
    Tevita Pangai jnr (Brisbane Broncos)
    Kotoni Staggs (Brisbane Broncos)
    Tevita Tatola (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
    Siosiua Taukeiaho (Sydney Roosters)
    Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland Cowboys)
    Peni Terepo (Parramatta Eels)
    Daniel Tupou (Sydney Roosters)
    Sitili Tupouniua (Sydney Roosters)

    Samoa v Papua New Guinea, Saturday 7.40pm Leichhardt Oval

    Samoa Squad

    Anthony Milford (c) (Brisbane Broncos)
    Josh Aloiai (Wests Tigers)
    Fa’amanu Brown (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
    Michael Chee Kam (Wests Tigers)
    Herman Ese'ese (Newcastle Knights)
    Raymond Faitala-Mariner (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
    James Gavet (Newcastle Knights)
    Hymel Hunt (Newcastle Knights)

    Jamayne Isaako (Brisbane Broncos)
    Mason Lino (Newcastle Knights)
    Jarome Luai (Penrith Panthers)
    David Nofoaluma (Wests Tigers)
    Junior Paulo (Parramatta Eels)
    Marion Seve (Melbourne Storm)
    Jaydn Su’A (Brisbane Broncos)
    Jorge Taufua (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
    Martin Taupau (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
    Chanel Harris-Tavita (New Zealand Warriors)

    Papua New Guinea

    Edene Gabbie - Wynnum Manly
    Edwin Epape - Wynnum Manly
    Enock Maki - PNG Hunters
    James Segeyaro - Brisbane Broncos
    Junior Rau - PNG Hunters
    Justin Olam - Melbourne Storm
    Kurt Baptiste - North Queensland Cowboys
    Kyle Laybutt - North Queensland Cowboys
    Lachlan Lam - Sydney Roosters
    Luke Page - Burleigh Bears
    Moses Meninga - PNG Hunters
    Nixon Putt - Norths Devils
    Rhadley Brawa - Wynnum Manly
    Rhyse Martin - Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
    Stanton Albert - PNG Hunters
    Terry Wapi - PNG Hunters
    Xavier Coates - Brisbane Broncos
    Zev John - Melbourne Storm

  5. 88Knight4life

    88Knight4life Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Jan 3, 2016
    Geez PNG will need a lot of pride to not get a flogging.

    Tonga pack is crazy, hope they flog NZ.
  6. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Apr 16, 2008
    So for the end of season games - possibly the Saifiti brothers for Fiji.
    Lino, Gavet, Herman, Hunt, Sione and Moga for Samoa.
    Klemmer and possibly Ponga for Australia - Ponga as a development player.

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