Internationals 2014 Four Nations Final - Wellington!?!?

For all you league nuts in Wgtn or even the South Island... Good news in terms of international league, and also the Tigers...

Wellington is in for a bonanza of rugby league with this year's Four Nations final set to take place in the city on November 15, while the Warriors and Wests Tigers are looking at playing each other twice a year in the capital.

Even though the Four Nations tournament is less than seven months away, there still hasn't been any official announcements about the location of matches.

The Australian Rugby League Commission has been dragging its heels on confirming fixtures, something that clearly won't help ticket sales on this side of the Tasman.

However, Sunday News understands that the Four Nations final will take place at the Cake Tin this year.

It will be first time the final has been held in New Zealand, though its predecessor, the Tri-Nations, had its decider at Mt Smart Stadium in 1999.

Initially there was to be a double-header in Wellington over Labour Weekend but because of the G20 summit in Brisbane, which takes place November 15-16, the plan was changed.

Other fixtures which are yet to be officially confirmed include a double-header in Brisbane, Australia playing England in Melbourne and the Kiwis taking their game against England to Dunedin.

Meanwhile, the Warriors and Wests Tigers have started discussions about playing each other twice in Wellington next season.

Last weekend more than 22,000 spectators braved the poor weather to attend the game.

Playing games in Wellington appeals to both clubs, who will look to schedule their respective home and away fixtures there next year.

The game at the Cake Tin was a Warriors' home fixture but Wests Tigers CEO Grant Mayer is no stranger in taking Australian NRL clubs to Wellington.

"I was the Bulldogs operations manager in the four years we took games Wellington, so I know the venue intimately," Mayer said.

"If you get the marketing and placement of the dates right you can attract 20,000 people quite easily.

"So there is absolutely appeal to it. Wayne [Scurrah, Warriors CEO] and I have spoken about the potential of doing a home and away series in Wellington. It has only been a quiet conversation over a cup of coffee but it's certainly something that both of us will pursue."

While the focus is on playing two games a year in Wellington, Mayer isn't averse to looking at other New Zealand cities if they can come up with a good offer.

"Wests Tigers have been to Christchurch before. It started well but probably wasn't as commercially lucrative as it should have been towards the back-end of that relationship.

"We're open to speaking to any venue operator that wants to host the Wests Tigers."

During Benji Marshall's time with the Tigers there was plenty of interest in the club in New Zealand.

Although Marshall is now playing rugby (albeit from the sidelines), Mayer feels there are other players on his books that Kiwis are interested in seeing.

"There are probably more New Zealanders in the squad in 2014 than there's ever been," he said. "That's an appeal no doubt but, to be fair, that's only one part of the equation. The fact that we've got some great young talent across the board gives the people of New Zealand the chance to see some of the rising stars of our game."

Meanwhile, Scott Carter, the chairman of the New Zealand Rugby League and Rugby League International Federation, is set to announce his resignation from both positions today.
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Here you go Nig... Excerpt from:

The Kiwis are set to take on Great Britain in a Four Nations rugby league test in Dunedin on November 8.

The Dunedin indoor stadium's major coup is expected to be confirmed in the coming days, along with the rest of the Four Nations schedule. The tournament will also include the Australia and Fiji teams.

The fixture in Dunedin is understood to have been driven by commercial reasons but there is also a view the November 8 game would be a way to promote rugby league outside Auckland, with the city already having a a lot of high-profile league games.

Whangarei is also tipped to be included in the Four Nations schedule.

There is a prospect the Kiwi and Great Britain teams could spend the week in Dunedin leading up to the test match to train and conduct promotional activities.

The promotions could also potentially include surrounding areas such as Southland.

Dunedin's indoor stadium has hosted two relatively high-profile league games since it was officially opened in 2011.
Great news.

Dunedin : round robin games in Auckland never sell out....might as well aim for a full stadium there.

Wellington : Great Britain / England have an association with playing in Wellington...the City deserves the Final, very pleased...the World cups coming....clearly the NZRL / RFL / ARL have the four nations outside Auckland concept as a tester for World cup viability of big games.......get along.
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The new AMI stadium in Chch would be fine for a test. Would be a great atmosphere and is on true rugby league land!!! We are always shafted down here even though we have a very proud rugby league community
Hasn't there been issues with Crusaders/NZRFU denying league access to the ground for events (even though it belonged to league)?
Hasn't there been issues with Crusaders/NZRFU denying league access to the ground for events (even though it belonged to league)?
Really?? That does sound very likely. Rugby union rules the roost down here. Leaguies don't get a look in. However we did get to play our Premier Grade Grand Final on Rugby Park which is a small consolation I guess :banghead::banghead: