BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: David Klemmer of the Kangaroos looks on before the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final between the Australian Kangaroos and England at Suncorp Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The test match between Australia and Tonga has gained momentum after Kangaroos players look set to accept a one-off $20,000 reduction of their match fee to allow the game to go ahead.

The proposed clash, set to be played at Mt Smart Stadium, has been planned for several weeks. NRL CEO Todd Greenberg met with NZRU in Sydney on Wednesday and appeared optimistic that the test would go ahead.

“I am very keen to see that game played at the end of the year,” Greenberg told reporters.

“… There has been a number of discussions over the last two months and I hope to give you some good news on that in the next week.”

News Limited and Sports News Australia journalist Brent Read detailed the specifics of how much the Kangaroos players were sacrificing earlier in the week.

“(Australian players) generally get about $20,000 a Test match – the Australian players – but they’ll get less than $5,000 for this Test match because they want equal pay with the Tongan players,” Read told Triple M’s The Rush Hour With MG. 


  1. hope this actually happens , thats some real respect for the game to have a one of game , if they are able to take that cut and actually play

  2. Why should players take a pay cut from an organization that has am abundance of finances. The NRL is not short of cash, League has a duty to play these representative games, our test nations are getting more experience and the contests are becoming more intense. Tonga has become a force and this game must be played for the well being of international footy. Players should not have to take a pay cut for the expansion of our game. This is a disgrace that the players are held responsible for this game to proceed as long as they get payed peanuts. The elite players in the comp deserve top dollar for their efforts.

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