Rugby League World Cup 2017

Hamilton will play host to two of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup matches, with Samoa v Tonga and New Zealand v Tonga at FMG Stadium Waikato this November.

The pinnacle event in international Rugby League, the Rugby League World Cup will see 14 teams from around the world play 28 games, across five weeks, throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea. All hoping to be crowned World Cup champions and take home the Paul Barrière Trophy.

Hamilton’s first slice of the action will be when tournament hard hitters Samoa and Tonga compete on 4th November, in what will no doubt be an explosive game. New Zealand then takes on Tonga in their third and final pool game on 11th November.

Women's match added to Hamilton's RLWC2017 experience

Fans attending the first of Hamilton’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) matches will get extra value for money with a representative women’s game added ahead of the Samoa-Tonga match.

Ahead of the Samoa vs Tonga match, the Kiwi Ferns (New Zealand women’s rugby league team) will play the New Zealand Maori Wahine Toa in a warm-up match for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup to be contested in Australia later this year.

Pasifika Fan Fest

When: Saturday 4 November 2017 - 10am - 2pm

Where: Mills Street Field, Hamilton

Join with Hamilton’s Pasifika community to celebrate its unique and diverse culture in a family-friendly festival before the big Pacific clash between Tonga and Samoa. Live performances and entertainment throughout the day. Food and beverage will be available to purchase.

Service of Celebration

When: Sunday 5 November 2017 - 1:30pm-2:30pm

Where: Claudelands Event Centre

Keep the pacific celebrations going the day after the big match between Tonga and Samoa, with the coming together of Hamilton's church community.

This will be an interdenominational church service led by Hamilton's Tongan and Samoan leaders, and will feature cultural performances.

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