WHILE this year’s premiers have been decided – that by no means signals the end of the rugby league action – with a number of international matches for fans to look forward to.
The Four Nations tournament will kick off in Brisbane later this month with a double header that will see England v Samoa and Australia v New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium.
Outside of the Four Nations – other developing rugby league countries will also be playing matches at various venues – with a number of players registered in Queensland competitions taking part.
This weekend, the USA Tomahawks will be back in action following a successful 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign, when the Americans appear at Saturday’s Mitchelton Nines in Brisbane.
Six members of the squad which made the quarter finals against Australia – Tui Samoa, Kristian Freed, Mark Offerdahl, Steve Howard, Danny Howard and David Mirando – will be pulling on the stars and stripes. They will be joined at the tournament by Latin American side the GYG Heat.
In total, 12 teams will contest the tournament, including last year's winners Dayboro and University of Queensland.
Next weekend (Sunday, October 19) – Fiji and Lebanon will play at Remondis Stadium for the Hayne-Mannah Cup.
Fiji will be boosted by the inclusion of former Australia / Queensland / Redcliffe great Petero Civoniceva who has signed up as an assistant coach of the side being mentored by Rick Stone.
Find out more details about the game and the Australian Fijian Rugby League on their Facebook site.
Outside of Australia, the Rugby League European Championships will be played this October and November with players from the Intrust Super Cup selected in the Wales team to take on France, Ireland and Scotland.
In the pacific, Vanuatu will host rising stars the Philippines – who have included Cup players like Rez Phillips (Souths Logan Magpies) and Shane Gray (Burleigh Bears) in their squad – in a match this Saturday.
Upcoming NRL international dates:
Four Nations (October 25 – November 15):
Women’s Representative: Jillaroos v Kiwi Ferns (November 9) at Wollongong
Prime Minister’s 13 v PNG Kumuls (Sunday, October 12):
Other international fixtures:
Mitchelton Nines (October 11) Frank Lind Oval, Brisbane
Vanuatu v Philippines (October 11)
Lebanon v Fiji (Sunday, October 19)
Rugby League European Championships (October 17 – November 2)