SIRL Calls For Support Towards Historic Test Match Against Vanuatu

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Solomon Islands National Rugby League team

Solomon Islands Rugby League (SIRL) is calling on business houses and the National Government to recognize and support the sport towards the hosting of a historic test match against Vanuatu in October.
SIRL President, Jerry Tengemoana made the call in interview with RAW SPORTS.
Mr. Tengemoana stated that, as it will be history in the making for the rugby code, support from businesses and the government is very much appreciated.
“It’s great in terms of bringing a test match to be played here in Solomon Islands to further promote the code and to make it more visible that it is a sport that has great potential to expose our young talents to the international arena. We have a lot of rugby league fans also here in the country.
Mr. Tengemoana reiterated that their only main challenge was to involve stakeholders to support the sport.
“The main challenge for us is to get business houses and government recognize Rugby League and provided support towards the development of the code and bringing more test matches to Solomon Islands.
“So far few of the Business houses supported SIRL National team to play against Vanuatu last year and to participate in the last South Pacific Games. We are indebted with their generous support.
Asked what the President is expecting from the test match, he is optimistic about the country’s National side.
“I don’t want to pre-empt the result of the game now but if we looked back to last year’s test match, our National team led the match by 8 to Nil on the first half and further increase the score line but the determined and more experienced Vanuatu side came from behind to narrow the gap and finally won the game with a late try.
“So I am pretty sure, our boys will be more confident this time round but Vanuatu side will also know that Solomon Islands side is not going to be an easy side to beat. Also, our side will have the home advantage and I am sure, they will put on their best in front of their fans and people.
“I call on the business houses and the government to support our efforts host this first ever inaugural Rugby League Test Match. This is a historic moment for our country by hosting a sanctioned test match.
It will be a third test match for both the Melanesian countries, with Vanuatu victorious in the inaugural in 2013 and in Port Vila last year.

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