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Fiji Bati v PNG :Digital Image Grant Trouville © NRLphotos  : 2015 NRL REP Round - PACIFIC TEST MATCHs at CBUS Super Stadium Gold Coast Saturday MAY 2nd  2015.

While most players are now on a well-deserved break until the 2017 pre-season comes around, Newcastle Knights forward Korbin Sims is still in competitive mode with a historic Test match coming up between Fiji and Samoa on Saturday afternoon.

Taking place in Apia, it will be the first ever rugby league Test match hosted by Samoa and Sims’ sixth match for Fiji.

Knights assistant coach Mick Potter is at the helm of the Fiji side, and has named a side that contains a mixture of youth and NRL experience.

Alongside Sims, NRL regulars such as Apisai Koroisau, Waqa Blake and Kane Evans will be running out for Fiji, although on paper Samoa have a significantly more experienced side.

The inclusion of Sam Kasiano, Leeson Ah Mau, David Nofoaluma and Junior Paulo mean the home side will have plenty of size and strength, and it’s sure to be an exciting encounter at Apia Park.


Date: Saturday October 8

Time: 1:40pm AEDT (4:40pm local time)

Venue: Apia Park, Apia

Broadcast: Live via Fox Sports Viewers Choice (Ch.507), Delayed via Fox Sports 3 (7:30pm)


Fiji Bati

Kevin Naiqama (Wests Tigers), Tyrone Phillips (Bulldogs), Waqa Blake (Panthers), Brayden Williame (Sea Eagles), Marcelo Montoya (Bulldogs), Sitveni Moceidreke (Bears), Henry Raiwalui (Magpies), Junior Roqica (Sharks), Apisai Koroisau (Sea Eagles), Kane Evans (Roosters), Viliame Kikau (Panthers), Eloni Vunakece (Roosters), Korbin Sims (Knights), Erevonu (Tui) Kamikamica (Storm), Petero Nakubuwai (Storm), Pio Seci (Fiji), James Storer (Port Kembla)

Toa Samoa

Bunty Afoa (Warriors), Leeson Ah Mau (Dragons), Erin Clark (Warriors), Raymond Faitala-Mariner (Bulldogs), James Gavet (Warriors), Pita Godinet (Sea Eagles), Sam Kasiano (Bulldogs), Tim Lafai (Dragons), Mason Lino (Warriors), Sam Lisone (Warriors), Ken Maumolo (Warriors), David Nofoaluma (Wests Tigers), Junior Paulo (Raiders), Kaysa Pritchard (Eels), Denny Solomona (Castleford), Sauaso Sue (Wests Tigers), Matthew Wright (Warriors)