TLA appointed by World Rugby to deliver Tonga v Wales match in Auckland
The Pasifika Challenge will be held at Eden Park in Auckland, kicking off at 5.30pm (local time) on Friday 16 June 2017. The Tonga v Wales test match is the first game of the double-header, which will be broadcast live in New Zealand and around the world.
TLA created the Pasifika Challenge double-header in conjunction with New Zealand Rugby (“NZR”) after it was appointed by World Rugby to organise the match at a venue in Auckland. TLA was able to arrange for the match to feature in conjunction with the All Blacks v Samoa contest, and present an evening of Pacific Island rugby.
NZR Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, Nigel Cass, said: “The Pasifika Challenge promises to be a great night for Pacific rugby and the Pacific community in New Zealand. Auckland is home to the largest Pacific Island population in the world. To have Samoa and Tonga playing test matches back to back in an unprecedented double-header will be both special and unique.”
Bart Campbell, TLA Chairman, said: “TLA is pleased to work with World Rugby to assist with the Tonga v Wales match. Together with the NZR we have been able to combine the two planned separate games into one great event. The double-header will showcase some of the best Pacific Island rugby talent in a great night for the rugby community in New Zealand and in the Pacific, all on the eve of the exciting 2017 Lions test series.”