New Zealand v Tonga: Men’s rugby league preview, news and how to watch live

All you need to know in the lead up to the Men’s Test between New Zealand and Tonga in Auckland, Saturday 25 June including news updates plus when and how to watch on Kayo.

There is already plenty of Tongan support already in Auckland awaiting Saturday. Picture: Phil Walter/Getty Images
There is already plenty of Tongan support already in Auckland awaiting Saturday. Picture: Phil Walter/Getty Images

This match is part of a women’s and men’s double header between the two nations at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Saturday 25 June. There are NRL stars a plenty named for both men’s teams.

After more than two years, rugby league is back in N.Z. Watch live here on Kayo and catch up on all the news in the lead-up.

What time is NZ v Tonga?

The game starts at 3.20pm (AEST), 2.50pm (ACST) and 1.20pm (AWST) on Saturday 25 June.

Where is it being played?

Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand.

How do I watch NZ v Tonga?

The game will be broadcast live on Kayo as part of its rugby league coverage. Not only can you catch the LIVE fixture and also the replay, but if you miss the action, you can catch up with Kayo Minis and Kayo Bites.

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Parramatta half Dylan Brown will debut for New Zealand. Picture: Matt King/Getty Images
Parramatta half Dylan Brown will debut for New Zealand. Picture: Matt King/Getty Images

How can I watch more rugby league?

Watch more rugby league here.

Latest rugby league news ahead of Saturday?

For all the latest on State of Origin and other Pacific Test rugby league this weekend, visit CodeSports.

INCLUDING Wayne Bennett’s late withdrawal from Tonga’s camp. 

Team Lists

New Zealand

1. Joseph Manu (Roosters) 2. Ronaldo Mulitalo (Sharks) 3. Marata Niukore (Eels) 4. Peta Hiku (Cowboys) 5. Jordan Rapana (Raiders) 6. Dylan Brown (Eels) 7. Jahrome Hughes (Storm) 8. Jesse Bromwich (c) (Storm) 9. Brandon Smith (Storm) 10. James Fisher-Harris (Panthers) 11. Isaiah Papali’i (Eels) 12. Kenneath Bromwich (Storm) 13. Joseph Tapine (Raiders)

Interchange: 14. Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles) 15. Moses Leota (Panthers) 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Storm) 17. Briton Nikora (Sharks)

Reserves: 18. Jordan Riki (Broncos) 19. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Warriors) 20. Te Maire Martin (Broncos)

Origin centre Kotoni Staggs will start in the halves for Tonga. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Origin centre Kotoni Staggs will start in the halves for Tonga. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Tonga

1. Tolotau Koula (Sea Eagles) 2. Christian Tuipulotu (Sea Eagles) 3. Will Penisini (Eels) 4. Mosese Suli (Dragons) 5. Sione Katoa (Sharks) 6. Kotoni Staggs (Broncos) 7. Talatau Amone (Dragons) 8. Addin Fonua-Blake (Warriors) 9. Siliva Havili (Rabbitohs) 10. Siosiua Taukieaho (c) (Roosters) 11. Sitili Tupouniua (Roosters) 12. Keaon Koloamatangi (Rabbitohs) 13. Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys)

Interchange: 14. Soni Luke (Panthers) 15. Haumole Olakau’atu (Sea Eagles) 16. Tevita Tatola (Rabbitohs) 17. Moeaki Fotuaika (Titans)

Reserves: 18. Joe Ofahengaue (Wests Tigers) 19. Eliesa Katoa (Warriors) 20. Isaiya Katoa (Panthers)

Where can I read more rugby league?

See the NRL section on CodeSports, or visit the rugby league section on your main state news website – Daily Telegraph / Courier Mail / Herald Sun / Adelaide Advertiser.