27 Jul 2013

Sport: Vanuatu and Solomons to meet in rugby league match in Australia

8:37 am on 27 July 2013

The Vanuatu Rugby League will face Solomon Islands in a rugby league test match in Mackay, Queensland this October.

The game is being staged in Australia to commemorate the Australian South Sea Islander 150 Year anniversary of people from Vanuatu and Solomons being removed from the Islands and resettled throughout Queensland.

Many commemorations have taken place in Australia to mark the significance of the 150 year anniversary and the game between Vanuatu and Solomons, which will also be the first time the 2 sides have met in international competition, will further highlight the strong ties of the Island nations.

Mackay is regarded as the biggest population of Australian South Sea Islanders and it is hoped that the game will attract more than 3,000 people.

Commenting on the game, Vanuatu Rugby League President Tom Carlo says this is a great opportunity for the Vanuatu national team to play against Solomons in Australia.