Internationals NRL Pacific Test 2017

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Eight NRL stars in Bennett's England squad

source :https://www.nrl.com/eight-nrl-stars-in-bennetts-england-squad/tabid/10874/newsid/106018/default.aspx

England coach Wayne Bennett has selected a 20-man squad for the Pacific Test match against Samoa
at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday May 6.

Cronulla Sharks veteran Chris Heighington will make his return to the squad after last being selected for England in 2011, while Zak Hardaker has also been recalled and Chris McQueen, Mike McMeeken and Alex Walmsley have been handed debuts. Gold Coast Titan McQueen qualifies for England selection through his English father.

Sean O'Loughlin will captain the side, which also features NRL stars James Graham, Sam Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Josh Hodgson, Elliott Whitehead and Gareth Widdop.

England squad: Sam Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Luke Gale, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Chris Heighington, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Jermaine McGillvary, Mike McMeeken, Chris McQueen, Sean O'Loughlin (c),
Mark Percival, Scott Taylor, Alex Walmsley, Kallum Watkins, Elliott Whitehead, Gareth Widdop, George Williams.

Good to see that Chris McQueen is playing for England even though he has already represented Queensland.
 
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Put a line through Widdop....grade 1 medial ligament strain according to the commentators
 
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Toa Samoa Squad
NB: Players are listed in alphabetical order with an additional player to be included following the completion of Round 9 NRL Telstra Premiership matches.
Leeson Ah Mau – St George Illawarra Dragons
John Asiata - North Queensland Cowboys
Fa'amanu Brown – Cronulla Sutherland Sharks
Herman Ese'ese – Brisbane Broncos
Sam Kasiano – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Tim Lafai - St George Illawarra Dragons
Joseph Leilua – Canberra Raiders
Isaac Liu – Sydney Roosters
Josh McGuire– Brisbane Broncos
Peter Mata'utia – Newcastle Knights
Sione Mata'utia - Newcastle Knights
Suaia Matagi – Parramatta Eels
Anthony Milford – Brisbane Broncos
David Nofoaluma – Wests Tigers
Kaysa Pritchard – Parramatta Eels
Sauaso Sue – Wests Tigers
Antonio Winterstein – North Queensland Cowboys

Mate Ma' Tonga Squad
1. Will Hopoate – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
2. Daniel Tupou – Sydney Roosters
3. Brenko Lee - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
4. Michael Jennings – Parramatta Eels
5. Jorge Taufua – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
6. Tuimoala Lolohea – New Zealand Warriors
7. Ata Hingano – New Zealand Warriors
8. Andrew Fifita – Cronulla Sutherland Sharks
9. Siliva Havili – St George Illawarra Dragons
10. Leilani Latu – Penrith Panthers
11. Sika Manu (c) - Hull FC
12. Felise Kaufusi – Melbourne Storm
13. Sio Siua Taukeiaho – Sydney Roosters
14. Sione Katoa – Penrith Panthers
15. Joe Ofahengaue – Brisbane Broncos
16. Siosaia Vave – Parramatta Eels
17. Addin Fonua-Blake – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
18. Samisoni Langi – Penrith Panthers
19. Patrick Kaufusi – North Queensland Cowboys
20. Leivaha Pulu – Gold Coast Titans
21. Sione Vea – Tongan Rugby League

source: https://www.nrl.com/samoa-and-tonga-squads-announced/tabid/10874/newsid/106195/default.aspx
 
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NRL need to share the rep round love. Samoa vs Tonga at Eden Park, Fiji vs Cook Islands at Mt Smart and they can keep the bigtime show in Australia. Eden Park would be close to capacity just because of the rivalry and Mt Smart would have a great turnout because of the Fijian and Cook Island population in Auckland.

Be nice to get an ANZAC Test come our way. Been so damn long...
 
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Yeah it's absolute bullshit really. All these games should be moved around the yearly. And they on about "growing" the game.. :wtf:
 
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PNG Kumuls Team

Stargroth Amean (Hunters)
Justin Olam (Melbourne Storm)
Nene McDonald (St George-Illawarra)
Thompson Teteh (Redcliffe Dolphins)
Alex Wera (Hunters)
Ase Boas (Hunters)
Watson Boas (Hunters)
Henry Wan (Hunters)
Wartovo Puara (Hunters)
Luke Page (Burleigh Bears)
Rhys Martin (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Rod Griffin (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Stanton Albert (Hunters)


Interchange:
Tommy Butterfield (Easts Tigers)
Wellington Albert (Hunters)
Willie Minoga (Hunters)
Nixon Put (Hunters)
Richard Pandia (Ipswich Jets)

source: https://kumuls.pngfacts.com/news/png-kumuls-squad-for-pacific-test-against-cook-islands

Both Cook Islands and Fiji Bati teams to be named Sunday night.
 
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Bit unlucky konnie missing out on the Tongan squad- he's been on absolute fire the last couple of weeks.
Never realized lee was Tongan.
They're looking good in the centers- prob stronger than the kiwis tbh.
 
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Fiji Bati squad

Waqa Blake (Penrith)
Kane Evans (Sydney Roosters)
Tui Kamikamica (Melbourne Storm)
Viliame Kikau (Penrith Panthers)
Apisai Koroisau (Manly Sea Eagles)
Taane Milne (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Marcelo Montoya (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Sitiveni Moceidreke (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Kevin Naiqama (Wests Tigers)
Ben Nakubuwai (Sunshine Coast)
Tyrone Phillips (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Henry Raiwalui (Manly Sea Eagles)
Daniel Saifiti (Newcastle Knights)
Jacob Saifiti (Newcastle Knights)
Korbin Sims (Brisbane Broncos)
Tariq Sims (St George Illawarra Dragons)
James Storer (Illawarra)
Eloni Vunakece (Sydney Roosters)
Suliasi Vunivalu (Melbourne Storm)

source: https://www.nrl.com/updated-squads-england-tonga-fiji-png/tabid/10874/newsid/106278/default.aspx

Did not know that Milne was part Fijian. Lol at the fact that Tariq Sims has been selected by both Fiji and Country. Did no one bother to ask Tariq who wants to play for. Disappointed Campbell-Gillard opted not to play for Fiji.
 
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COOK ISLANDS: Alex Glenn (Brisbane Broncos), Makahesi Makatoa (Canberra Raiders), Reubenn Rennie (Mounties), Isaac John (Mounties), Geoff Daniela (St Marys), Sam Mataora (Newcastle Knights), Marata Niukore (Parramatta Eels), Moses Noovao-McGreal (Sunshine Coast), Reuben Porter (Sydney Roosters), Kobe Tararo (Titans), Jonathon Ford (Toulouse Olympique), David Munro (Townsville Blackhawks), Carne Doyle-Manga (Tweed Heads), Ezra Howe Jnr (Tweed Heads), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Warriors), Uiti Baker (West Newcastle), Esan Marsters (Wests Tigers), Aaron Teroi (Newcastle Thunder, UK)

source: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/australia-v-new-zealand-city-v-country-pacific-tests-teams-match-times/news-story/b363ce2d4a67e20064e661557f7894b5
 
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Also hearing that Many Vatuvei has been called into the Tonga squad now.
 
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Also hearing that Many Vatuvei has been called into the Tonga squad now.
Many Vatuvei? Do you think he's ready for international league?
 
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Pacific Tests can't get a mention on NRL 360. Fox sports needs its own international footy show, no point having a pacific tests weekend with no media hype, aussie media just want to kill off anything that isnt origin or nrl
 
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Pacific Tests can't get a mention on NRL 360. Fox sports needs its own international footy show, no point having a pacific tests weekend with no media hype, aussie media just want to kill off anything that isnt origin or nrl
It's really farking me off tbh.
I thought about complaining but don't know who u would complain to.
Plus I'm lazy as.
 
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Foliga pei o se au lelei iinei fellas

O nisi masani igoa toa iinei foi



Samoa
Toa Samoa vs England Team

1. Peter Mata'utia
2. Ken Maumalo
3. Joseph Leilua

4. Timoteo Lafai
5. Antonio Winterstein
6. Anthony Milford
7. Fa'amanu Brown
8. Sam Kasiano
9. Kaysa Pritchard
10. Junior Paulo
11. Sione Mata'utia
12. Sauaso Sue
13. Josh McGuire

Interchange

14. John Asiata
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15. Leeson Ah Mau
16. Bunty Afoa

17. Suaia Matagi
18. Herman Ese'ese
 
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Looking forward to watching CNK run round for the Cook Islands.
 
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