By Richard Cowley, Updated: 19/4/13
On April the 20th 2013 rugby league fans will get a taste of that rivalry and pacific passion that was last seen on our TV screens back in late 2008. Samoa is going to take on the might of Tonga once again at Penrith Stadium.
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During the 2008 rugby league world cup (RLWC) a new rivalry was born that matched the passion of State of Origin. Just under 12,000 rugby league fans packed Penrith Stadium to watch the ground shake as Samoa 20 defeated Tonga 12 in a closely contested match. The match itself was full of pacific passion and big hits which would even make non rugby league fans stand up and take notice.
This test match will be a great warm up for Samoa and coach Steve Price as they look to build towards the RLWC being held in England and Wales at the end of the year. Samoa are grouped with New Zealand, France, Papua New Guinea for the World Cup but are expected to finish 2nd in their group and make it through to the quarter finals.
Charlie Tonga will be coaching the Tongan team and will be looking for a good effort from his troops against the fancied Samoanâ€™s. Many expect Samoa to finish top of their group in the World Cup after being grouped with Scotland & Italy.
Fox Sports will be showing the test live on Saturday night at 7.35pm AEST.
To Buy tickets to the 2013 Pacific International between Samoa and Tonga go to https://beta.proticket.com.au/proticket/Events/Details/2467
Game Day Schedule: Saturday 20th April
– Gates open – 12.30pm
– NSW CUP NORTHS v MOUNTIES – 1PM
– NSW CUP WINDSOR v WENTWORTHVILLE – 3.10PM
– U/20’s ORIGIN NSW v QLD – 5.35PM
– TEST MATCH TONGA v SAMOA – 7.35PM
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2013 Pacific International – Tonga v Samoa teams