2023 Pacific Championships
Tamaki Makaurau Auckland's Eden Park will host a blockbuster rugby league triple-header between New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga on Saturday, 21 October 2023, as part of the newly announced Pacific Championships in partnership with the NRL.
The Kiwis will face Samoa, igniting a new Pacific rivalry hot off last year's World Cup momentum; the Kiwi Ferns will line up against Tonga, and an NZ Kiwi A team will assemble for the first time in 17 years.
Thanks to the current depth of the New Zealand talent pool, the NZ Kiwis A team will consist of current and future Kiwi-committed NRL stars who will take on a Tonga A team as the opening match of the rugby league triple-header.
“How special to bring the best players in the world back home to play in front of their communities. Without the support from Tātaki Auckland Unlimited this series wouldn't have happened,” says NZRL CEO Greg Peters.
“We're excited to work with Samoa to bring their rugby league heroes back home and unite fans across New Zealand and the Pacific.
“No other code can produce such a celebration of culture and passion - the atmosphere will be unmissable.”
Waikato's FMG Stadium will host the Pacific Championship Cup Grand Final on 4 November 2023.
“I firmly believe the Tamaki Makaurau Auckland triple-header and Waikato final will be the biggest international rugby league events on home soil since the 2017 World Cup,” adds NZRL CEO Greg Peters.
Week One – October 14-15
Week Two – October 21-22
Week Three – October 28-29
Week Four – November 4-5
The Pacific Championships will be staged in 2023 and 2024, after the NRL and NRLW Premiership seasons, and will include men's and women's teams from Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Cook Islands.
Pacific Championship 2023 Official Hospitality
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To understand what packages are available, please select one of the games below and then select one of the Game Day hospitality experiences. Designed to meet varying budgets, each package has its own level of exclusive inclusions and is provided by NZRL's Official Hospitality Provider - Experience Group.
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