THE Four Nations tournament will continue on both sides of the Tasman this weekend as the Holden Kangaroos and Toa Samoa both attempt to stay in contention for the trophy.
The action kicks off in Whangarei when an in-form New Zealand host Toa Samoa at Toll Stadium today.
New Zealand dominated rivals Australia at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium last weekend and despite a six-point loss to England, Samoa showed how far they had come on the international stage.
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After a disappointing result against New Zealand in Brisbane, the Holden Kangaroos will be looking to find some form and redeem themselves against England on Sunday.
The English, meanwhile, will go into the match with confidence. Both sides will wear commemorative jerseys marking 100 years since the famed Rorke’s Drift Test in 1914.
The Test will add to a bumper weekend of sport in Melbourne, following AAMI Victoria Derby Day on Saturday at Flemington.
“It’s the first chance for New Zealand fans to see their team at home and really create some noise around their chances in this tournament.
The Kiwis are in good shape and a big crowd is only going to push them further against Samoa, who also have a strong supporter base,” NRL Head of Commercial Paul Kind said.
“Melburnians have shown that they are passionate about their sport and their Rugby League and we are expecting an exciting contest at Melbourne’s AAMI Park on Sunday.
“A major coup for sporting fans is a partnership we have formed with the Victorian Racing Club which allows Derby Day tickets to be re-used for discounted entry to AAMI Park to witness Australia and England go head-to-head.”
Ticket holders to Derby Day can purchase tickets to see the Holden Kangaroos take on England at AAMI Park this Sunday (2 November) for only $15.
Fans can redeem the offer at the gates or use the code VRC2014 to repurchase tickets via Ticketek.