- 3:10pm NZT Kiwi Ferns v Tonga
- 5:20pm NZT Kiwis v Tonga
Kiwis Tonga LIVE on Sky Sport 4 and Channel 9 for Australian viewers. Tickets are on sale Tuesday 9am from Ticketmaster
After over two years without Test match rugby league, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is proud to announce, the international game is finally returning home.
Saturday 25 June will see Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium play have as the Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns line facing Pacific opponents Tonga in a blockbuster twofold header deserving of the stand by.
The rugby association exhibition matches with Matariki – the Māori New Year, falling on the debut public occasion end of the week. The hotly anticipated global conflicts will commend the get back to Aotearoa and the re-joining of players with their New Zealand fans and networks.
Fourteen years have passed since the Kiwi Ferns confronted Hakula Tonga, where they procured a 40 point triumph at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. The two countries will currently meet in the future off the rear of 2020 triumphs; the new kid on the block lead Kiwi Ferns procured a 28-8 win over Fetu Samoa, while Hakula Tonga had a predominant 66-8 execution over Niue.
Hon. Poasi Mataele Tei, Acting Prime Minister of Tonga, says, “This is very exciting news for Tonga, and we welcome the opportunity with open hearts. It has been a tough ride for all Tongans around the world, especially the last three months, but this match between New Zealand and Tonga will certainly uplift Tongan spirits as we look forward to another successful World Cup campaign in England.”
Auckland Unlimited Head of Major Events, Chris Simpson, says the excitement’s building in Tāmaki Makaurau for what will be a fantastic event.
“Aucklanders are avid rugby league supporters, and to have New Zealand and Tonga play at Mt Smart will be exhilarating,” says Simpson.
“We encourage league fans from across New Zealand to make Mt Smart and Tāmaki Makaurau their destinations of choice this Matariki long weekend – it’s going to be huge!”
International Rugby League Chair Troy Grant says, “It is great to see international rugby league back on the menu in the Southern Hemisphere, and what a blockbuster to go with. I think the whole world is waiting to see clashes such as the Kiwis against Tonga as it’s the appetiser for what is to come at the World Cup and then on a regular basis from 2023 onwards.”