Pacific Islands prepare for league test match blockbuster

first_imgNearly 50 of the players involved are already on NRL rosters. Saturday’s blockbuster schedule will see the Junior Kangaroos take on their Kiwi counterparts, before Fiji and Papua New Guinea lock horns. Samoa will clash with Tonga in the second test. “It’s definitely going to be physical, no player is going to be holding back, it’s just the history of the two nations,” Samoa captain Frank Pritchard told SBS News. “Come Saturday I’m sure there will be a lot of fans running on the ground at the end of the game.” Fiji captain James Storer said he had no doubt Pacific Islanders were almost born to play rugby league. “You look at Fijians naturally, rugby league is their game,” he said. “Look at Semi Radradra – it’s just an example, but there is a lot of them boys back in Fiji just waiting to get their chance.” Pacific Island players have long been a part of the NRL. Frank Puletua, the NRL’s recognition and award manager, knows first-hand just how much the face of the game has changed in the last two decades. Puletua played for the Penrith Panthers in the 1990s when almost the only other Pacific Islander in the team was his brother Tony. “When myself and my brother were coming through the ranks there was probably two or three of us,” he said. “It’s over about half the team now are Pacific Island players.”(Fiji will take on Papua New Guinea in the test match double-header this weekend.)last_img read more

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DONEGAL FANS LEFT STUNNED AFTER TWO OF GARTH BROOKS’ CONCERTS PULLED

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Thousands of Garth Brooks fans from Co Donegal have been left devastated after the singing superstar was granted permission for just THREE of his FIVE concerts at Croke Park.Thousands of Donegal fans may not now get to see Garth Brooks.The move comes despite the fact that country superstar has sold out all concerts at GAA Headquarters, with 400,000 tickets sold in record time.It’s understood the decision to grant permission for just three concerts was made this morning. It means that 150,000 fans may now be left devastated by the news.It is understood the Friday, Saturday and Sunday concerts will still go ahead but there is serious doubt over the Monday and Tuesday gigs.The issue may be appealed to the courts.Many of those who got the golden tickets queued for days in Donegal for the tickets. It is not clear at this stage what will happen to the remaining two concerts and on what dates the concerts will be affected.There has been speculation that two of the concerts could be moved to another location, such as the Aviva or the RDS.However, sources said last night that such a move would be logistically impossible.Sources in the GAA said it would “not be feasible” to move the concert stage from one side of the city to another as the concerts are being held five nights in a row. DONEGAL FANS LEFT STUNNED AFTER TWO OF GARTH BROOKS’ CONCERTS PULLED was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ConcertsCroke ParkdonegalGarth Brookslast_img read more

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