Get ready for an epic showdown as England and Tonga clash in the highly anticipated Rugby League Test Series, set to kick off at St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium on Sunday, October 22nd. This thrilling series will then move to Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday, October 28th, before culminating at Leeds’ Headingley Stadium on Saturday, November 4th. Who will be victorious? Which players will make a name for themselves?
Tonga Rugby League boasts a rich history, highlighted by their stellar performance in the 1994 Pacific Cup, where they emerged victorious. The following year, they made history again, participating in their first-ever Rugby League World Cup in 1995, showcasing their exceptional skills on the global stage. Tonga captained by Duane Mann competed in their first ever RL World Cup in 1995. They looked to be pulling off the shock of the tournament when they were leading the Kiwis 24–12. However, late tries denied Tonga a famous victory. A 28–all draw followed against PNG. Tonga’s squad included some quality players, such as Awen Guttenbeil, Tevita Vaikona, Asa Amone and Martin Masella.
England, a powerhouse in the rugby world, reminisces about their golden era in 1995. England had a famous 20-16 win against Australia to begin their Group A matches. Tries came from Andy Farrell, Chris Joynt, Jason Robinson and Paul Newlove. Andy Farrell also kicked two goals in the victory played at Wembley Stadium. The final between Australia and England drew a crowd of 66,540 to Wembley Stadium. Australia gained revenge defeating England.
As the formidable teams of 2023 prepare to face off, fans can expect a thrilling display of skill, determination, and sportsmanship. Don’t miss the action as England and Tonga Rugby League teams collide in this highly anticipated Test Series.