The PNG side was announced first, with the Australians now following suit, naming their Legends side consisting of some great, former players to take on the Papua New Guinea legends side on November 18 in Port Moresby.
The side recently retired Petero Civoniceva, who will also represent Fiji in the Rugby League World Cup next year.
The entire Australian Legends side is as follows: Robbie O' Davis, Nathan Blacklock, Scott Hill, Matt Geyer, John Hopoate, Julian O'Neill, Noel Goldthorpe, Martin Lang, Jamie Goddard, Petero Civoniceva, Paul Sironen, Bryan Neibling, Scott Sattler, Justin Loomans, Cliff Lyons, Sid Domic, Stuart Kelly, Leo Dynover, Sean Hoppe, Jamie Feeney, Max Krilich (Coach), Steve Jackson, Tony Currie (Manager).
Many of the players named have never been to Fiji, with those particular players keen to enjoy the experience the country has to offer, according to PNGNRL Bid Chief Excecutive, Brad Tassell.
â€œInterest is certainly growing each year in the Legends concept and the Australian players are very excited about t
aking on the PNG Legends,â€ Tassell said.
â€œA few have vivid memories of playing PNG and how tough and physical the matches were and, even though the players are older now, they still expect the same treatment.
â€œIt is fantastic that we are able to attract some high profile former Australian greats and I have no doubt that the event will continue to grow each year, and be a regular fixture on the PNG rugby league calendar,â€ he said.
With rugby league well advanced in Australia and continually developing in Papua New Guinea, Tassell sees this game as the opportunity to expand rugby league relations between the two countries.
â€œIt is an excellent way to further strengthen rugby league relationships between the two nations and show that we can attract and manage international events regularly and successfully.
â€œI have said all along that the prime reason for the concept way to change the perception of PNG and rugby league in the country and the Ela Motors Legends of League event gives us that opportunity, while also remembering and recognising the rich history of rugby league in PNG and Australia and the great players who represented their respective nations.â€