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Pacific Championships 2024

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Bench
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The Pacific Championship isn't an IRL event, so it won't be them who decide to tweak the competition.

If the USA is added to the tournament, it will be an NRL decision. Considering the NRL & USARL are talking in the lead up to Vegas, it's not impossible.

Would love to see the tournament introduce a third tier for the likes of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Philippines, Japan, Canada, etc.
That would be great, but as you said, the NRL are running it and despite what they claim, they aren't interested on spreading the game. They're only interested in promoting brands and generating revenue.
 

Wb1234

Referee
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Give the kiwis 2 homes games in the 2024 competition.

play the Tonga test in Auckland at mount smart and the Aussie game in wellington.

the Aussie v Tonga game should be played at parramatta.
And final at Suncorp as the poster after you suggested
 

jim_57

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Tri series again is a bit shit.

If Samoa play in England I would have preferred to see PNG promoted and put USA and/or Lebanon in tier 2 with Fiji & CookIs to make up the numbers.

NZ V Aus - Christchurch
Aus V Tonga - Parramatta
Tonga V NZ - Auckland
Final - Melbourne (needs to be one game in Melbourne from memory).

Tonga V Samoa and a couple other warms ups hopefully.
 

titoelcolombiano

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Tri series again is a bit shit.

If Samoa play in England I would have preferred to see PNG promoted and put USA and/or Lebanon in tier 2 with Fiji & CookIs to make up the numbers.

NZ V Aus - Christchurch
Aus V Tonga - Parramatta
Tonga V NZ - Auckland
Final - Melbourne (needs to be one game in Melbourne from memory).

Tonga V Samoa and a couple other warms ups hopefully.
Completely agree. A four nations would be a better format and three guaranteed tests for each nation.

On the bowl. 100% Lebanon should be invited. They are qualified for the 2026 world cup so they should be given annual matches in the lead up
 
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That would be great, but as you said, the NRL are running it and despite what they claim, they aren't interested on spreading the game. They're only interested in promoting brands and generating revenue.
They are not interested in spreading the game beyond the PI's as a source for future players.
 

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