The annual Pacific Test is set to be expanded to a double header involving Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and Papua New Guinea in a bid to build on the momentum created by this year’s Four Nations.
Samoa’s performance in the tournament has underlined the potential of the Pacific nations to provide international competition for the big three of Australia, New Zealand and England, and officials want them to continue to play regular Tests.
With no Four Nations next season and doubts over its future after the 2016 tournament it has been proposed that Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and PNG all play on the NRL’s stand-alone representative weekend that already features the Anzac Test and City-Country match.
For the past two seasons, the Pacific Test has been played and this year featured Samoa beating Fiji 32-16 to claim a place in the Four Nations.
By expanding the concept to a double-header, the four biggest Pacific nations would be guaranteed at least one Test a year between World Cups for which their NRL players would be available. – AAP
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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