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The men's and women's State of Origin matches will bookend a weekend that  includes three Test matches on Saturday.

New Zealand face Tonga in Auckland on Saturday while Samoa meet Papua New Guinea and Fiji tackle Lebanon in a double-header at Leichhardt Oval.

The Samoan sides boasts a forward pack filled with NRL talent, with the Kumuls will largely rely on combinations formed by PNG Hunters side that competes in the Intrust Super Cup.

State of Origin and Oceania Cup

Women's State of Origin: NSW v Queensland, Friday 7.45pm at North Sydney Oval

NSW: The Blues will field seven debutantes for their title defence with 43-year-old Kylie Hilder also returning to the interstate fold after a decade of absence. Strike centre Isabelle Kelly has overcome a knee injury that kept her out of the National Championships. Shaylee Bent will be 18th player. 

Queensland: The Maroons have four debutantes and two returning players in Chelsea Lenarduzzi and Jenni-Sue Hoepper in the 2019 side. Annette Brander will start in the back row. Stephanie Mooka will start at right centre alongside Meg Ward. Elle Stitt will be 18th player. 

Match: NSW Women v QLD Maroons

Round 1 -

Full Time
NSW Women

Home Team

NSW Women

Scored 14 points
QLD Maroons

Away Team

QLD Maroons

Scored 4 points

Venue: North Sydney Oval, Sydney

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network
  • Foxtel

Men's Test: New Zealand v Tonga, Saturday 5.40pm NZT (3.40pm AEST) at Mt Smart Stadium

New Zealand: Coach Michael Maguire has opted to go with a Marshall-Johnson halves combination, with Kieran Foran named among the reserves. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has served his suspension for that late hit on Kalyn Ponga in round 11 and will take his place in the front row with Jesse Bromwich. Such is the strength of the Kiwi pack that Nelson Asofa-Solomona will come off the bench. Jahrome Hughes and Briton Nikora will make their Test debuts.

Tonga: Cowboys utility John Asiata will play his first Test match for Tonga after previously representing Samoa. He will team up in the halves with Leeds' Tui Lolohea. With Andrew Fifita failing to beat a dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday the man most likely to take his place in the starting side is Manly enforcer Addin Fonua-Blake.

Match: New Zealand v Tonga

Round 1 -

Full Time
New Zealand

Home Team

New Zealand

Scored 34 points
Tonga

Away Team

Tonga

Scored 14 points

Venue: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland

Match broadcasters:

  • GEM
  • Foxtel

Men's Test: Fiji v Lebanon, Saturday 5.40pm at Leichhardt Oval

Fiji: A backline with speed to burn will be hoping a forward pack led by Viliame Kikau and Jason Bukuya can match it with the Lebanon big men.

Lebanon: Winger Josh Mansour has been ruled out of this week's match by his Panthers club doctor.

Match: Fiji v Lebanon

Round 1 -

Full Time
Fiji

Home Team

Fiji

Scored 58 points
Lebanon

Away Team

Lebanon

Scored 14 points

Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

Match broadcasters:

  • GEM
  • Foxtel

Men's Test: Samoa v Papua New Guinea, Saturday 7.40pm Leichhardt Oval

Samoa: The addition of Martin Taupau to the Samoan side bolsters an already formidable pack. Halves Chanel Harris-Tevita and Anthony Milford will be hoping to have plenty of space in which to work their magic.

Papua New Guinea: Veteran hooker James Segeyaro and Bulldogs back-rower Rhys Martin will lead the Kumuls into action. 

Match: Samoa v Papua New Guinea

Round 1 -

Full Time
Samoa

Home Team

Samoa

Scored 24 points
Papua New Guinea

Away Team

Papua New Guinea

Scored 6 points

Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

Match broadcasters:

  • GEM
  • Foxtel

Men's State of Origin: NSW v Queensland, Sunday 5.50pm (7.50 AEST), Optus Stadium

Maroons: Tim Glasby and Jarrod Wallace join the bench in place of injured forwards Jai Arrow and Joe Ofahengaue, with Dylan Napa promoted to the starting side. Napa is likely to play despite carrying a wrist injury.

Blues: The Blues have made several changes with David Klemmer, Nick Cotric and Payne Haas injured and Angus Crichton, Cody Walker, Josh Morris and Latrell Mitchell dropped. Blake Ferguson, Tom Trbojevic, Jack Wighton and James Maloney join the starting backline, with Daniel Saifiti starting up front and Dale Finucane, Tariq Sims and Wade Graham added to the bench.

Match: Maroons v Blues

Game 2 -

Full Time
Maroons

Home Team

Maroons

Scored 6 points
Blues

Away Team

Blues

Scored 38 points

Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network

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