Internationals PACIFIC ISLAND Rugby League News

Status
Not open for further replies.
Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

Aren't there going to be pacific tests during origin from 2018?
 

Selector

Tongan training squad for World Cup qualifier against Cook Islands named
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

kiwi's 13-6

Guest
https://www.looppng.com/content/gurias-are-2015-melanesian-club-champions

I know kiwis got a poly bias when it comes to league... 2 third world countries showing more innovation for there domestic games than the nzrl has since the 1990's! This is semi pro level in terms of average wages in png & fiji. Png champs & fiji champs get $ for wining there comps believe png is 60,000 kina = 3,000 nzd and fiji is 3,000 fijian dollars = 2,000 nzd, no doubt there was $ up for grabs for this comp taken out by Gurias from png! Whats $ for NZRL premiership? wheres & whens the local NZ residents game against fiji or png residents or anyone... even NSWarriors or Jr Warriors? Point made & understood?
 
Last edited by a moderator:
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
mt.wellington

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
FB IMG 1444812622947
 
mt.wellington

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Tonga's faith in Kata at fullback
Thu 15 Oct, 2015, 4:30pm
By Chris Kennedy‌, National Correspondent
image.ashx


Tonga's captain and coach say that rookie fullback Solomone Kata could be even more dangerous at fullback than he has proved to be at centre in his young career so far.

Another Warriors young-gun, Tuimoala Lolohea, featured at fullback in the heart-stopping last-start 18-16 loss to Samoa in May's Pacific Test with Kata in his usual centre position.

But with Lolohea having been recruited by the Kiwis to plug the gap in the playmaking stocks caused by injuries to Shaun Johnson and Kieran Foran, Tonga coach Kristian Woolf has opted to blood Kata in the No.1 jersey and has every confidence the inexperienced custodian will be able to combine with the rest of the spine.

This includes returning halfback Daniel Foster and makeshift five-eighth Pat Politoni, who played hooker in May but will cover for Samisoni Langi in this Saturday's World Cup qualifier, moving Joel Luani into the starting hooking role.

"Solomone Kata isn't an experienced fullback but he's a very good footballer and he's one of those guys I think could play any position and do a really good job," Woolf told NRL.com.

"He's just a natural footy player. The positive about putting him at the back is he gets on the ball a lot more than what he would as a centre or winger. We're looking forward to what he can do."

Tonga skipper Sika Manu also had faith the 20-year-old Tongan native would get the job done.

"He's a very dangerous player so having him at the back with a lot more ball in hand, he plays as a centre usually, he'll be really good for us," Manu told NRL.com.

"I think he'll be really dangerous at the back. He's been really dangerous in the NRL in the centres so we'll get him a bit more early ball and a bit of space, who knows what he'll come up with."

Woolf added that the only player in his squad not to have played NRL – halfback Daniel Foster – was a seasoned veteran when it came to internationals and would add some stability to the side.

"Daniel Foster's played for Tonga for a couple of years now. The experience he's got from the 2013 World Cup and Tests in PNG last year where he was unfortunately injured will certainly help him out," Woolf said.

"He hasn't played a lot of footy this year but he knows what international footy's about and the level and how to get the team around the park. He's confident doing it too from his previous experience so he's going to be very good for us."

Woolf added the experience Politoni had gained last year at NRL level for an injury-ravaged Sharks side had boosted his development as a player.

"Pat Politoni is generally a hooker but he also backs up and plays some half for his club side Cronulla. He had the opportunity last year through some bad circumstances to play a lot of NRL footy and he really grew as a player in that period. I think those blokes can do a really good job," Woolf said.

Manu didn't expect the game to be won and lost by the playmakers either way, tipping a traditional Pacific Islands style game of furious hit-ups and tackles.

"We're obviously missing Samisoni Langi but we've got Daniel Foster back. It will be crucial but in the island teams our main strength is running and tackling so we'll be trying to focus on that," Manu said.

"[Foster] is a really good player, he's played for Tonga for a while now, he's been really good for us. He's a really solid defender, he's got good ball playing skills as well. I've played alongside him for a while now. He'll be really good for us."

He added that the do-or-die clash at Campbelltown should prove a great spectacle no matter who wins.

"Every time we play it's always physical and always good entertainment so hopefully we get a lot of fans out there to support the boys," he said.

The World Cup qualifier between Tonga and the Cook Islands will be live streamed on NRL.com from 7.30pm on Saturday night AEDT.

https://www.nrl.com/tongas-faith-in-kata-at-fullback/tabid/10874/newsid/90557/default.aspx
 

Selector

For those of you who are interested there will be a live stream available for the World Cup qualifier between Tonga and the Cook Islands. Game is this Saturday 17 October. Stream coverage begins 7.25AEST.

Link is here.
https://m.nrl.com/live-stream-tonga-v-cook-islands/tabid/10874/newsid/90541/default.aspx

Another link for the game just incase anyone runs into problems trying to stream the game
https://www.asiapacificrl.com/2015/10/14/live-streaming-world-cup-qualifier/
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

Selector

Fingers crossed milford plays for the TOA.

Interesting point. Would they call up? And would he accept? It would be awsesome to see him play for Samoa.

Edit read the article I do hope they call him up and he says yes.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

Selector

Samoa to play there first ever test match at home latter this year. Great to see.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 users
Status
Not open for further replies.

Similar threads

Replies
1
Views
906
playdaball_old
Replies
85
Views
7K
Lord Gnome of Howick MBE
Lord Gnome of Howick MBE
runituptheguts
Replies
49
Views
5K
Weno
Weno
B rad
Replies
7
Views
2K
Maraea
Maraea
Replies
25
Views
3K
Northern_Union