Solomon Islands Rugby League (SIRL) executive has recently revealed that a National rugby league team and a development squad will set to play two separate matches against Vanuatu national rugby league team in October 21st.
Spokesperson for SIRL, Mohu Kivo revealed to RAW SPORTS that a final 22 men squad would be selected in mid October out from the current 76 men training squad named this week.
“Trainings will commence as of this week (Thursday), and a final squad will be released mid next month along with a rugby league development side.
Mr. Kohu also confirmed that the development team to take on Vanuatu in the first test match.
“The development squad will play against Vanuatu before the national league team.
As hosts Solomon Islands will be looking for their first victory after Vanuatu has scored two late come from behind victories in their 2013 encounter in Mackay (Australia) and most recent 24-15 defeat in Port Vila (Vanuatu) in 2016.
2018 will potentially be a big year for both nations. The Rugby League International Federation has recently confirmed two events that are open to both the Vanuatu Rugby League and Solomon Islands Rugby League. There will be a Rugby League Commonwealth Nines Championships (U/23’s) featuring up to 10 teams in February in Brisbane (Australia) and a Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championships in October/November in Sydney (Australia).
The following names are asked to attend the trainings at Panatina ground starting Thursday at 4:30pm. Contact Mohu Kivo on 7412076.
JNR DAVID DIU
WILLIE UTU JUNIOR
DAMIEN REX HOROI
“We urge all players named to be committed in trainings, because those who cant make it to the final squad will be picked out for the development side,” Kivo highlighted.
The match will be the third Test between the Melanesian neighbors in what is turning into a fierce on-field rivalry.