A host of Pacific Test Match players gathered at Pirtek Stadium today, including team captains and coaches, ahead of their matches on Saturday.
All four Pacific coaches were happy with team preparations to date and said fans and local communities had been fantastic in the level of support and hospitality shown throughout Western Sydney in particular and from back home.
Fiji will take on PNG, followed by Samoa vs. Tonga, with all teams conducting a final open training session tomorrow for fans to visit and watch some of their heroes train and then meet them afterwards.
Teams will train at the following locations tomorrow (Thursday 5 May):
PNG and Fiji training and fan afternoon, Pirtek Stadium – 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Samoa training and fan afternoon, Campbelltown Stadium – 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Tonga training and fan afternoon, St Mary’s Leagues Club – 3:30pm – 5:30pm
In a further boost for the matches, international financial service business MoneyGram has confirmed their sponsorship and support of the Pacific Test Matches.
“The NRL has a profound impact on the lives of people around the world and it is exciting to witness how inspiring this sport is for many fans, particularly those who follow the many Pacific players in the game,” said Michael Minassian, MoneyGram’s senior regional director, Australia & Oceania.
Tickets are still available, starting from $20 for a single pass, with family passes for as little as $60 to see all three matches – with the Junior Kangaroos taking on the Junior Kiwis prior to the four Pacific matches.
Tickets can be purchased at www.nrl.com/tickets
NRL ticketed Club members are reminded that the Pacific Test Matches are included as part of their existing membership. To take advantage of this, simply bring your NRL ticketed Club membership to the game to swipe through the gates.
Overseas fans can watch their teams on the following broadcast:
Fiji – Fiji TV
American Samoa – BlueSky-Moana
Tonga – Tonga broadcasting Corporation
Cook Islands – Elijah Communications Ltd
Samoa – Samoa Quality Broadcasting Corporation Limited
PNG including radio rights – Media New Guinea Limited (EMTV)