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Everything posted by Abicus

  1. I hear you, but apparently they don’t make money due to the clubs needing insurance etc to release players. The Australia v Tonga match only just broke even, and that was with Australia forgoing their match payments.
  2. It is Buzz Rothfield in the daily Telegraph - not like he pays must attention anyway. Yes, but where and who pays? The last Test season showed that no one makes money, so no one wants to put on the Tests. NZRL has no money and is risk averse. Tonga, Fiji and Samoa (where is PNG) will only play if the NRL covers costs. Hopefully the Tests are played at Eden Park - but honestly could see them playing at Mt Smart Stadium.
  3. You better believe there will be a TRIPLE HEADER in Auckland: "KANGAROOS-TONGA PART OF TRIPLE TREAT In another huge boost for international rugby league, the Kangaroos are likely to again play Tonga in November as part of a triple-header in Auckland. Talks are under way for Australia to play Tonga on the same day New Zealand host England and Fiji take on Samoa. The triple-header would be staged the week after the World Nines tournament at the new Western Sydney stadium. It would attract huge media interest after the Melbourne Cup and before the cricket Test season kicks into gear. This is a great result for international rugby league. No more ridiculous ventures like the failed Denver Test experience of New Zealand v England last season. The growth of the international game is all about the emerging Pacific nations, Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. They have to regularly compete on the big stage at the big venues. They will get stronger and stronger and eventually become tier-one nations." https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/monday-buzz-weekend-highlights-lowlights/news-story/cd9043b102b25f81aad7f7629570c23c
  4. Is there a back up plan? Also had no idea that there was a RLIF meeting next week, lol.
  5. Would need the two matches against NZ to actually have some hope of making money I would have thought (plus quality opposition no?)
  6. Australia wanting to play Samoa instead? Why? They would win by a zillion.
  7. NRL.com had this from early in September https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/09/04/tonga-to-play-kangaroos-and-kiwis-in-boost-to-international-game/ : "In addition to the Tests against the Kangaroos and Kiwis, Tonga may feature on the itinerary for the Great Britain Lions tour at the end of next season as RFL officials have made it known they want to play at least one Pacific nation as well as Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea." ~~~ Not playing against Australia would make no sense. Would the tour even make money?
  8. Would be very meh about a Lions tour next year. Aus Media and community here wouldn't see the point after England couldn't beat Australia in their two attempts in the World Cup. If it falls through, there reeeeally should be a 4 Nations next year with Tonga as Scubby has said above.
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