Rugby League’s expansion into Perth continues

Western Australia is set to host its first Rugby League international match later this year, when Perth plays host to a meeting between Australia and New Zealand prior to the Four Nations.

The game will take place on October 15, just weeks before both nations head to the United Kingdom to compete against England and Scotland in the tournament.

There will also be two NRL games in Perth later this year too, with reports suggesting it could also be a host venue for the 2017 World Cup, which takes place next year.

NRL head of football Todd Greenberg said big attendances in Perth at previous matches made the decision an easy one.

Greenberg said: “We have seen some wonderful crowds in Perth in recent seasons and the city will again host two of our Premiership matches in 2016 so it stands to reason that Perth should also host the best that international rugby league can offer.”

The game in Perth will be one of at least three meetings between the sides this calendar year.