Calls for Tonga and Samoa to be included in expanded Four Nations tournament

Australian captain Darren Lockyer believes that the ARL and RLIF should consider expanding the Four Nations to incorporate two new teams in the competition, in Tonga and Samoa.

Having played international football for 11 years, Darren Lockyer has seen the ups and downs of the international stage, particularly when he started when the game was in the dumps on the international arena.

As Lockyer approaches a remarkable 52nd test, also his 31st as captain, the Broncos great has seen the growth of the international game first-hand.

“We’ve gone from the Three Nations to the Four Nations and I sort of see down the track it can be six nations with Tonga and Samoa,” the 33-year-old said. “There’s also Fiji we have to consider.

“I think down the road, potentially, that’s where we can head to and I think that would be great.

“When you look at the talent that plays in the NRL, you could easily build those nations into competitive sides against the bigger nations.”

Lockyer also believes that the tournament should be biennial.

“The concept has momentum and the international league wants to keep that going,” he said.

“But once it’s established, playing every second year with the World Cup every four years [would be ideal].”

Lockyer is also expecting to face a tough and determined Papua New Guinea side on Sunday afternoon.

“I can’t predict what’s going to happen, but we know it’s going to be physical,” he said. “I’ve played them in the past and there will be a few bumps and bruises.”

The Kangaroos will be looking to find some rhythm.

“It will be tough in that department,” he said.

“We will have goals to achieve to just give us something to strive for.”

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