Queensland to host stand-alone weekend of internationals

The Australian state of Queensland will host three internationals in one weekend later this year, as part of a revamped schedule for the 2015 NRL season.

Brisbane will be the venue for the traditional mid-season Test between Australia and Four Nations champions New Zealand, which will be part of a programme to honour the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings in Gallipoli.

That match will take place on Friday, May 1, with two more internationals following on that weekend as part of a blockbuster weekend. With the Kiwis touring England later this year, it will be the only time Australia and their ‘local’ rivals lock horns in 2015.

Gold Coast will then play host to two more international fixtures that weekend the following day. First, Papua New Guinea will take on Fiji in the first match, before Samoa take on fierce and bitter rivals Tonga in what is sure to be a mouthwatering clash.

The stand-alone representative weekend will be a major part of the NRL 2015 season calendar, which was launched in Auckland on Thursday.