It has confirmed that the Vodafone Fiji Bati will play the Papua New Guinea Kumuls in a Test match next May.
The Test is sanctioned by the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) and will be staged in Sydney, Australia.
When contacted last night, Fiji National Rugby League chairman Immanuel Reuben said they were hoping to expose more local players against the Kumuls.
“It will be held in May and the winner of the Test match will go on to play Tonga and Samoa later in the year,” he said.
“This is an opportunity for us to better our world ranking. We are hoping to send a team that has an equal number of overseas-based players with the local players. For that to happen we will include more local players.”
Reuben said with the test clash in May and the 2015 season starting in February, they are hoping to sort out all the formalities with the Fiji National Sports Commission regarding the appointment of new Bati head coach Shane Morris.
“Once all that is sorted the preparations for the test with PNG can go into full swing.
“This is all part of our building up to the 2018 Rugby League World Cup in Australia. We want to expose as many of our local players as possible.
The Vodafone Fiji Bati are currently ranked fifth in the latest RLIF rankings. – FijiSun
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Downer Rugby League 9s World Cup
- PNG Kumuls 0 Australia 26
- PNG Kumuls 18 New Zealand Kiwis 18
- PNG Kumuls 23 USA Tomahawks 10
Pacific Test Results
201 9 - PNG Kumuls 28 Great Britain Lions 10
2019 - Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 20
2019 - PNG Kumls 6 Samoa 24
2018 - PNG Kumuls 26 Fiji Bati 14
2017 - PNG Kumuls 32 Cook Islands 22
2016 - PNG Kumuls 24 Fiji Bati 22
2015- Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 22
World Cup Results
Round 1 : PNG Kumuls 50 Wales 6
Round 2: PNG Kumuls 14 Ireland 6
Round 3 PNG Kumuls 64 USA 0
Quarter Finals : PNG Kumuls 6 England 36