Tonga vs Australia league test finally confirmed

first_imgMate Ma’a Tonga will take on the Kangaroos at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium on October 20th, almost 11 months after a sold out crowd watched the Kingdom pipped by England at the same venue in the World Cup semifinals.Tonga coach Kristian Woolf and Australia’s Mal Meninga have both been supportive of the fixture but confirmation was delayed after New Zealand Rugby League officials expressed concerns the test could overshadow or affect ticket sales for the Kiwis vs Kangaroos clash at the same venue a week earlier.Initial plans to host the match in New York also fell through.However, following talks with the NRL, an agreement was reached.It’s understood Australian players have agreed to a one-off pay cut to ensure the match goes ahead.last_img

Wildfire burns on Hanford Reach National Monument

first_imgRICHLAND — A fire on the Hanford Reach National Monument burned an estimated 12.5 square miles northwest of Richland.The Tri-City Herald reports Highway 240 from Route 10 near Richland northwest to the Vernita Bridge over the Columbia River was closed to traffic Thursday afternoon as the fire burned near the road.The fire, named the Cold Creek Fire, also closed Highway 24 between Highway 240 and the Silver Dollar Cafe until early evening.The fire was burning through wildland west of Highway 240 on a portion of the monument closed to the public, the Arid Lands Ecology Reserve, which includes Rattlesnake Mountain.last_img