Fiji National Rugby League

Australia names PM teams for inaugural Fiji matches

The annual fixture had been played in Papua New Guinea since 2005 but with the Fiji National Rugby League gaining traction in its efforts to get a team into Australian domestic competitions, a match has been organised in Suva.

It will mark the first time Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's men's and women's teams will take on their Fiji counterparts for the first time.

Cronulla Sharks skipper Wade Graham will captain the men's side, which includes 12 debutants.

NRL to advocate ending violence against women in the Pacific

It has signed a five-year memorandum of understanding with the Australian National Rugby League and the Fiji National Rugby League to help them run programmes that use the sport's platform to prevent violence.

The NRL's Voice against Violence program will be implemented in Fiji and the Pacific over coming months, with players, officials and administrators receiving training on gender, violence against women and human rights.