Pacific and Womens Rugby League to be highlighted in Hamilton

Pacific and Women’s Rugby League will be in Hamilton with two Rugby League World Cup (RLWC2017) pool matches at Waikato Stadium, with Samoa v Tonga on November 4 and Tonga v New Zealand November 11. The NZ Women’s Team, the Kiwi Ferns, will play a curtain raiser warm-up match against the New Zealand Maori Wahine Toa ahead of the Samoa v Tonga game.



The Samoa and Tonga game on November 4 will be an historic occasion for Hamilton, as it is the first time an international match will be played in the city.


Hamilton’s Waikato Stadium will host two RLWC2017 pool matches with Tonga staying in Hamilton to play New Zealand Kiwis on the 11th.


Ahead of the Samoa vs Tonga match, the Kiwi Ferns (the national NZ women’s team) will play the New Zealand Maori Wahine Toa in a warm-up match for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup that will be contested in Australia later this year.


Sean Murray, Hamilton City Council’s Events, Venues and Tourism General Manager, says the Kiwi Ferns vs Wahine Toa match makes Hamilton an even more attractive option for rugby league fans in the upper North Island.


The women’s match is scheduled for kick-off at 4.45pm, with the Tonga vs Samoa RLWC2017 fixture starting at 7.30pm on November 4.


As one of six teams competing in the Women’s Rugby League World Cup (WRLWC) 2017, which commences on 16 November, the Kiwi Ferns will be looking not only to warm up but test themselves ahead of the WRLWC.


According to Kiwi Ferns skipper Sarina Fiso the game against the New Zealand Maori Wahine Toa will give the squad the best possible preparation this year’s Women’s Rugby League World Cup, “as well as provide the opportunity to play in front of family and friends, which means so much to the team.”


She says it will also give them a taste of Rugby League World Cup atmosphere before they head across to Australia.


Kiwi Fern Loosey Sharlene Atai, whose Q&A will appear in the next issue of SPASIFIK Magazine, is excited about the curtain raiser, and hopes fans of both the Kiwis and Pacific teams are out in full force.


The Women’s Rugby League World Cup’s pool matches will be played at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Cronulla (Sydney) as triple-headers on November 16, 19 and 22 with the semi-finals to be played as a double-header on November 26.


The tournament will see both the men’s and women’s finals played as a double-header in Brisbane on 2 December 2017 – the first time two World Cup winners will be crowned on the same day, on the same stage.


Look out for our SPASIFIK Mag Q&A with Kiwi Fern Sharlene Atai in the next issue of the magazine #SPK70.