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