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Great Britain to go back on the road with 2019 southern hemisphere tour
• RFL announces details of first recognised Tests since 2007
• Lions will face New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Tonga
Aaron Bower
Mon 4 Mar 2019 14.39 GMTLast modified on Mon 4 Mar 2019 18.17 GMT
Great Britain’s Karl Pratt jumps a tackle from New Zealand’s Lance Hohaia during a Test at Blackburn’s Ewood Park in 2002. The teams have not met since 2007.
Great Britain’s Karl Pratt jumps a tackle from New Zealand’s Lance Hohaia during a Test at Blackburn’s Ewood Park in 2002. The teams have not met since 2007. Photograph: Copley Gareth Copley/Empics

The opponents for Great Britain’s first rugby league tour for more than a decade have been revealed by the Rugby Football League – with the Lions scheduled to play Tests against New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Tonga in the southern hemisphere this autumn.
It emerged last year that the RFL was reintroducing the Great Britain team for a tour in late 2019, 12 years since the Lions last played a recognised Test. This autumn a squad led by the England coach, Wayne Bennett, will travel to Papua New Guinea to play the Kumuls for the first time since 1996, before a first-ever meeting with Tonga, who reached the semi-finals of the last World Cup in 2017.
Those two games precede a two-Test series against New Zealand – Great Britain’s last opponents back in 2007. “The return of the famous Great Britain jersey is something people have been talking about for a long time, so this is an exciting announcement for us,” the RFL’s chief executive, Ralph Rimmer, said.
“It’s 12 years since Great Britain last played a Test, and 13 since they last travelled to the southern hemisphere, for the Tri-Nations series of 2006.

It’s an honour to be involved in the revival of the Great Britain team as head coach
Wayne Bennett
“While the development of the England performance unit has been a priority and a success for the RFL, across men’s, women’s and wheelchair rugby league – and will continue to be as we build towards the 2021 Rugby League World Cup – there is such history and tradition around that Great Britain shirt. We’ll be committed to respecting and honouring that tradition as we build up to the tour through 2019.”
The RFL has also confirmed that Bennett, who has been England coach since 2016, will lead the Lions on the tour of the southern hemisphere – with details of the composition of the squad and the selection process to be revealed by the sport’s governing body in the weeks ahead.
“It’s an honour to be involved in the revival of the Great Britain team as head coach,” Bennett said. “I’ve coached against them in the past with Australia, and wherever you’re from in the world of rugby league that Great Britain jersey is a famous one and I’m sure the current generation of players will be excited by the prospect of wearing it and representing their country in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/mar/04/great-britain-rugby-league-southern-hemisphere-tour-2019
 
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How many "non-English" players will there be?
 
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Will include Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland too I guess?
Yeah ‘technically’ but pretty much all the team were English anyway with the odd exception from memory.
I think the idea behind the split was to get more international teams play but a lot of it turned into ‘heritage’ teams similar to Lebanon, Italy, some of the PI players etc
 
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Is scotsman Danny Brough still playing? he was good. they could get some "ancestry" aussies in the mix. You got "fitz" or "mac" in your surname, good enough.

hopefully we can appoint our own video refs and eye gouge with impunity.
 
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Wales junior RL is on the up apparently but aside from Grace who is very goodthe lads are not up to ESL standard just yet.
If they take 3 hookers, McIlorum will have a shot at making the squad. I am saying this assuming that Hodgson and Roby will be in
 
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GREAT BRITAIN TOUR DETAILS CONFIRMED

Great Britain Tour Details Confirmed

The itinerary for the first Great Britain Rugby League tour for more than a decade was confirmed in Auckland overnight – and it features Test Matches against New Zealand at Eden Park and a return to Christchurch; a first Test in Papua New Guinea in 23 years at the new Oil Search Stadium in Port Moresby; and first, an historic and mouthwatering clash with Tonga.
It will be the first ever Test between the Rugby League Lions and the Mate Ma’a – who stunned the Rugby League world with their progress to the semi finals of the 2017 World Cup, where they were beaten 20-18 in their first match against England in Auckland.
The GB versus Tonga match will be played on Saturday October 26 – two weeks after the Betfred Super League Grand Final - at the 25,000-capacity Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, south of Auckland.
The following Saturday, November 2, Wayne Bennett’s tourists will play the first of two Tests against the Kiwis, at Eden Park – part of a triple header which also features matches between Fiji and Samoa, and Australia versus Tonga, both in the new RLIF Oceania Cup



Then it’s down to New Zealand’s South Island for the second Test against Michael Maguire’s Kiwis on November 9 in Christchurch, where Great Britain last played on their last trip to the southern hemisphere for the 2006 Tri-Nations Series. That game is part of a double-header with another Oceania Cup fixture this time between Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

The tour will be completed on November 16 when Great Britain face the Kumuls in Port Moresby, an experience which has been relished in the last two years by Wales and Ireland in the 2017 World Cup, and by England Knights last autumn. But it will be the first time a GB team have played in league-crazy PNG since 1996, and the first time in Moresby since 1990 – well before the construction of the new Oil Search Stadium. The combination of the GB tour, the RLIF Oceania Cup and also the Downer Rugby League World Cup Nines in Sydney on the weekend of October 19-20, which will feature the England men’s and women’s teams, makes 2019 a bumper year for the international game.

https://www.rugby-league.com/article/54469/great-britain-tour-details-confirmed
 
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Interesting that Great Britain were going to play Australia on their tour down under but couldn't make it work because of the $20k per player that the Aussies demand.

It's a ridiculous fee and I'm glad the Kiwis play for a more realistic amount.
 
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