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​Celebration of culture kicks off

News 27 Oct 2017

As the 2017 Rugby League World Cup kicks off, so does a celebration of Pacific culture.

The five week tournament sees games played in Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand.

Kicking off on October 27, the opening weekend matches see Pacific nations in action, with PNG v Wales; NZ v Samoa; and Fiji v USA.

The PNG, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji teams have been stacked with many NRL players, who have chosen to play for their home countries to take on dominant nations Australia, NZ and the best of the Northern Hemisphere teams.

There are still seats available for many of the matches including Samoa v Tonga on November 4 at Waikato Stadium.

Kick-off is at 7.30pm, and a Pasifika Fanfest will precede the match in Hamilton, from 10am until 2pm, where crowds can enjoy food and entertainment with Pacific flair.

The curtain raiser between the NZ Kiwi Ferns v NZ Maori Wahine gets underway at 4:45pm.

Seats are priced from $10 for kids, $20 for adults and $45 for a family of four.

On November 11, the Kiwis face Mate Maá Tonga at Waikato Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 5pm.

There are limited seats available for this contest, priced from $10 for kids, $20 for adults and $45 for a family of four.

Keep an eye out for PNG v Ireland at Port Moresby and Fiji v Wales at Townsville Stadium, on November 5.

On November 11, Samoa faces Scotland at Barlow Park in Cairns, while on November 12 PNG plays USA at Port Moresby.

Quarter-finals start on November 17, with the grand final set for December 2, at Brisbane Stadium.

Visit RLWC to see the full schedule and to book tickets.