Pacific teams gather for league showdown

The Pacific nations have announced their rugby league teams, ahead of test matches this Saturday in Sydney.

RNZI reports Gold Coast Titans players David Mead and Nene Macdonald are included in Papua New Guinea's squad along with Wests' second rower Rod Griffin.

Despite the loss of Semi Radradra to Australian duties, Fiji has exciting and experienced outside backs in the form of Sisa Waqa, Akuila Uate and Kevin Naiqama.

Tonga welcomes the return of Manly's Feleti Mateo but Warriors powerhouse Solomone Kata will be without centre partner Konrad Hurrell who was made unavailable by the club for disciplinary reasons as was Albert Vete.

Frank Pritchard gets to play alongside his brother Kaysa who will make his debut at hooker for Samoa.

The Samoans will be without Sam Lisone who is also one of a group of six suspended Warriors.

Lisone played in last year's test meeting between Samoa and Tonga.



Feleti Mateo Photo: Photosport