FIJI stands to gain from the Pacific Test in May in New South Wales, Australia, as a sneak preview into the Rugby League World Cup at the end of the year.
For the first time, the 2017 edition of the Pacific Test will see the might of England clash with the brave of Samoa as part of an all International Rugby League triple-header at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday May 6, nrl.com.au reported.
In what is sure to be an action-packed Saturday, featuring some of the best rugby league talent from across the globe, the PNG Kumuls will take on the skill and power of the Cook Islands, before traditional rivals Fiji Bati and Mate Ma'a Tonga battle it out for Pacific ascendency in the penultimate match of the day.
The May 6 triple-header will culminate with Toa Samoa aiming to make history and dethrone England for the first time.
"We're under no illusions that this will be a tough test for us with the majority of the playing group coming from abroad, but we'll prepare the best we can," England Coach Wayne Bennett
"The Samoans are always a tough outfit, but we've got a solid group of players to choose from and I'm looking forward to getting everyone together for the match ahead of the World Cup later this year."
Similar to previous years and with generous support from Destination NSW, the week leading up to the event will include fan and community activities, school visits from NRL Pacific Ambassadors and the Pacific Youth Summit at Western Sydney University. .
"This is terrific news for South-West Sydney," Member for Camden Chris Patterson said.
"Having six international rugby league teams play at Campbelltown Sports Stadium will give us an opportunity to showcase the region and celebrate the cultural contributions Pacific Island communities have made to our neighbourhoods.
"It's fantastic for Campbelltown and the wider Macarthur community to have access to such a diverse, inclusive and exciting festival of international Rugby League, right here in our own back yard," Campbelltown Mayor, George Brticevic said.
"I encourage footy fans to take advantage of the opportunity, and hope to see a packed Campbelltown Sports Stadium come May 6."
Tickets for the 2017 Pacific Test triple-header will be on sale from today (Fiji time) from nrl.com/tickets.
General public family packages are available for $A65, while adult tickets are available for as little as $A25.
*Veronika Sovatabua is a staff member of the Fiji National Rugby League