Clash of the Pacific nations – Toa Samoa to take on Mate Ma’a Tonga in League

Tonga-SamoaApril 20 2013 will mark a historic moment in International Rugby League, as Toa Samoa take on Mate Ma’a Tonga in a standalone test.

The test will be a first between two nations other than Australia and New Zealand to mark ANZAC Day. The game will provide an opportunity for both Samoans and Tongans to honour their heroes who fought for their freedom in the War.

The occasion will also allow the Pacific Islander players to represent their nations during the NRL season.

Anticipation is building for the test, not only within in the passionate Samoan and Tongan communities, but in the rugby league community as a whole.

Hosted by Centrebet Stadium in Penrith, the April Test is set to capture the same excitement and exuberance of the 2008 Rugby League World Cup match held at the same venue.

The test will also serve as a celebration of the Pacific Islander community in Sydney. Market stalls will be held in the stadium precinct displaying an abundance of Polynesian goods, food and cultural displays.

Two NSW Cup games and the Under 20s State of Origin game will serve as curtain raisers to the test which will kick off at 7.30pm and be broadcast across Australia live on Fox Sports and also on Pacific television.

The Toa Samoa Squad will be named on April 14.

Tickets can now be purchased from here.

Source: Press Release

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