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Confirmed! Bati v NZ 2

SYDNEY TEST:   Vodafone Fijian Bati to face the Kiwis in June, next year. Also talks underway to get Tonga here in October.   Two big Test matches have been lined-up
19 Dec 2017 10:31
Confirmed! Bati v NZ 2
Vodafone Fijian Bati prop Junior Roqica takes on Russell Parker and Danny Levi of New Zealand during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup quarterfinals at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington in New Zealand. Bati won 4-2 . Photo: Zimbio

SYDNEY TEST:   Vodafone Fijian Bati to face the Kiwis in June, next year. Also talks underway to get Tonga here in October.

 

Two big Test matches have been lined-up for the Vodafone Fijian Bati rugby league side next year.

Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) board chairman Filimoni Vosarogo indicated to SUNsports yesterday that already confirmed is the June clash against New Zealand in Sydney, Australia.

He said this is an official Test match which will be an interesting clash especially after the Bati scored an upset 4-2 win over the Kiwis at the recent Rugby League World Cup.

“With the recent rankings released by the Rugby League International Federation, the Kiwis are ranked at number 2 while we’re at number five,” the Suva-based lawyer said.

“If we’re able to beat New Zealand again next year then we’ll push them down the rankings and we can go up.”

Vosarogo pointed out that FNRL has already sent an initial request and also a proposal to the National Rugby League (NRL) over next year’s 25th anniversary celebration of rugby league in the country.

“If you remember last year the Fiji Bati side played a Test match against Toa Samoa in Apia to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the sport in Samoa.

“Similarly for our 25th anniversary, we’re requesting NRL if we could play Tonga at the ANZ Stadium in Suva in October, next year.”

Vosarogo said the clash between the two Pacific Islands teams could be deemed as the 3rd/ 4th place playoffs of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

The Fijians were beaten 54-6 by eventual World Cup winners Australia in the first semifinal while Tonga bowed out with a close 18-20 loss to England in the other semifinal.

The Tongan cried foul after a controversial decision by the referee is disallowing an Andrew Fifita try right on full-time.

If the Test clash is approved then it’s an opportunity for local rugby league fans to watch top Tongan players like Fifita, Michael Jennings, Daniel Tupou and Jason Taumalolo playing here.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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