Pacific Test Teams Playing for Opportunity
Tonight, Dyldam Parramatta Eels players Semi Radradra and Junior Paulo will run out on opposing teams, playing for Fiji Bati and Toa Samoa, respectively.
The winner of the Pacific Test will qualify for the final berth in the 2014 Rugby League Four Nations tournament alongside Australia, New Zealand and England.
The last time these two sides met was an entertaining affair in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, where Fiji claimed a 22-4 win. And despite their teammate status, Radradra and Paulo will be raring to go on Saturday to seal a win for their country.
Semi Radradra burst on to the NRL scene this year and has been a revelation on the wing for the Parramatta Eels – notching ten tries in eight rounds, and leading the NRL try-scorers list.
Junior Paulo debuted for the Blue and Gold in 2013, and his performances in both NRL and the New South Wales Cup have earned him a spot in the big Samoan forward-pack this season.
“I’m overwhelmed, it’s an awesome feeling to be able to represent my parents’ heritage,” Junior said.
“So I guess it all comes down to this weekend being able to go out and perform for the team.”
The Pacific International will be played at Centrebet Stadium on Saturday, May 3rd from 7.30pm, following the NSW vs. QLD U20’s State of Origin match.