New Zealand Rugby League

New Zealand Rugby League
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Perth will host its first rugby league international after a clash between Australian and New Zealand was announced for Perth Oval on October 15.

The match will be a lead-up to the 2016 Four Nations Tournament in the UK.

The appointment follows several NRL matches played in Perth in recent years with Souths-Gold Coast and Manly-New Zealand Warriors matches also scheduled for 2016.

NRL Head of Football, Todd Greenberg, said healthy Perth crowds warranted taking an international fixture to the west.

“It is clear that Perth has embraced our club games in recent years and we will see another two important premiership matches in the city this year, ” Greenberg said.

“The support that the game has received is a key reason we have decided to stage a Test match in Perth.”

New Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga, Kiwi counterpart Stephen Kearney and Manly’s Kiwi international Martin Taupau were on hand for the announcement in Perth on Wednesday.