22 Oct 2020

Pacific teams lead the way in women's league development

6:10 am on 22 October 2020

A former Niuean international women's rugby league player says she is proud to see Pacific nations leading the way in the sport's development.

Niue Language Week begins this Sunday.

Niue Language Week begins this Sunday. Photo: Talei Anderson / ARL

Caroline Matamua's comments come as Samoa, Tonga and Niue prepare to play in the year's first test matches in Auckland next month.

The Pacific clash is special for Matamua, who played for Niue against Tonga in the 2003 Rugby League World Cup, the international debut for both sides.

Matamua said the women's game had come a long way since her playing days.

"To see our Pacific women in this male dominated sport and space, to have this time and be up there is awesome."

Matamua, who has Tongan heritage, has also previously coached Tonga's women's team.

Tonga Fans and supporters.
Tonga Invitational XIII v Australia Kangaroos.

Tonga's national rugby league representatives have tended to enjoy huge support from fans when playing in Auckland. Photo: PHOTOSPORT