Pacific Islands rivalry to heat up as Vanuatu announce Test v the Solomon Islands

The two are budding rugby league nations and that will be on show in October, with Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands to do battle in a Test match to take place on Saturday October 5.

The game will be held at Virgin Australia Stadium in Mackay, a community who love their rugby league and have hosted several successful NRL games so far.

With a big population of South Sea Islanders in the Mackay region, the plan is to attract about 3,000 fans to the game and see fans from areas such as Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns, Bundaberg and surrounding regions travelling to the game.

The game will hold special meaning, as it marks the 150 year anniversary of people from Vanuatu and the Solomons being moved from the Islands and resettling in Queensland.

It also marks the first time the two Island nations have played against each other, which highlights the strong ties rugby league has with the Pacific Islands.

“This is a great opportunity for the Vanuatu national team to play against the Solomon Islands in Australia,” said Vanuatu Rugby League President, Tom Carlo.

The Vanuatu team are no strangers to electronic cigarettes for weed the Mackay region, having visited the area during their South-Sea Invitational Tour.

“We were very impressed with the wonderful facilities that Mackay has at Virgin Australia Stadium and also the huge public support we received there.”

“It will be a game of firsts for all involved. Vanuatu will be searching for their first ever international win against the Solomon Islands team who will be playing their very first international fixture.”

“There is a lot at stake and we will have to be at our best physically and mentally”.

With the Solomon Islands a budding rugby league nation but a largely unknown quantity, Carlo admits that he does not know much about their side.

“We don’t know a lot about the Solomons team, but we know that they will be determined to perform well and that they will have some very good players in their line-up. We will have to be at our best physically and mentally,” said Carlo.

Should their respective teams not make the NRL grand final, Alehana Mara and Justin O’Neill will be available for the clash – it is on the same weekend as the NRL grand final.

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