The international action is well and truly under way!
On both sides of the planet we saw some great action last weekend, as New Zealand put Samoa to the sword and closer to home England overcame a tough test against Tonga; and this week promises to be another belting weekend of international Rugby League with four games for us to get stuck into.
Here is how you can catch all the action:
Saturday 28th October
Australia vs New Zealand-8:00am Sky Sports Arena
Australia vs New Zealand-10:10am Sky Sports Arena
England vs Tonga-2:30pm BBC ONE (BBC TWO in Wales)
Saturday morning sees us travel over the Australia for their double header with arch rivals New Zealand. The women will do battle first in a repeat of the World Cup Final, but can New Zealand get revenge against the reigning World Champions? Following this, the men take centre stage in the Pacific Cup. The old rivals haven’t met since last year’s nail-biting semi-final at Elland Road, which saw Australia come away victorious. Furthermore, both teams have won their respective games against Samoa, so there is more than just bragging rights on the line as both teams eye up top spot in the Pacific Cup standings.
Then, all eyes turn to West Yorkshire as England take on Tonga in the second test. The first test on Sunday was a brutal encounter, and there’s no reason the second test will be any different. England go to Huddersfield looking to clinch the series, but a win for the tourists would level the series ahead of the Headingley test in November. It’s definitely not one to be missed on Saturday afternoon!
Sunday 29th October
Papua New Guinea vs Fiji-5:00am Sky Sports Arena
Sunday morning sees PNG take on Fiji in the Pacific Bowl match. Both teams come into the game with good wins over the Cook Islands, so this will see the winner pull clear at the top of the standings. There is also plenty of Super League interest in the PNG squad, with the likes of Liam Horne, Edwin Ipape and Lachlan Lam all included in the Kumuls squad for the Pacific Championship.