The highly-anticipated re-match between the New Zealand Kiwis vs Mate Ma‘a Tonga is coming to Auckland.
The last time these rivals clashed, the Tongan side which included a number of former Kiwis beat New Zealand in a seismic upset. The Kiwis will be out to avenge that defeat, making this clash at Mt Smart Stadium colossal.
In a classic double-header, the Kiwi Ferns will face Fetu Samoa in a Women’s test, the first time they’ve clashed in 11 years.
Tonga’s last two matches in New Zealand sold out in days, so grab your tickets quickly to avoid missing out!
The Kiwis will get their long awaited re-match against Mate Ma’a Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium next June and will play the first of two home tests against Great Britain in a triple-header clash at Eden Park in November.
New Zealand will face off against Tonga mid-season in the opening game of the inaugural Oceania Cup tournament on June 22, in the first meeting between the two sides since Tonga’s upset quarter-final win over the Kiwis in Hamilton at the 2017 World Cup.
The Oceania Cup will see Pool A sides (New Zealand, Australia, and Tonga) compete for the Oceania Cup trophy, while Pool B teams (Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea) fight for promotion into Pool A in 2020.
2019 international rugby league schedule
June 22: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Kiwis v Tonga live (Oceania Cup Pool A)
Kiwi Ferns v TBC
June 22: Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
Samoa v PNG (Oceania Cup Pool B)
Fiji v Cook Islands
October 25: WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Australia v Kiwis (Oceania Cup Pool B)
Jillaroos v Kiwi Ferns
October 26: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Tonga v Great Britain (Lions tour)
November 2: Eden Park, Auckland
Kiwis v Great Britain first test (Lions tour)
Australia v Tonga (Oceania Cup Pool A)
Samoa v Fiji (Oceania Cup Pool B)
November 9: Christchurch Stadium
Kiwis v Great Britain second test (Lions tour)
Fiji v PNG (Oceania Cup Pool B)
November 16: National Football Stadium, Port Moresby
PNG Kumuls v Great Britain (Lions tour)
PNG Orchids v Pacific All Stars