5 Oct 2013

Sport: Vanuatu looking to build on rugby league programme

11:17 am on 5 October 2013

Vanuatu's fledgling status as a rugby league nation kicks up a gear this evening with a test against the Solomon Islands in Mackay.

It was a year ago that the Melanesians made their international debut against Greece in Port Vila.

And despite most of the global focus being on the upcoming World Cup in the United Kingdom, Vanuatu have managed to arrange test manages against the Solomons and Niue this month.

The founder of Vanuatu Rugby League, Dane Campbell, says it's important to keep the momentum going.

"We're of the opinion that a minimum two games per year is where we need to be and October is definitely the time frame that we're putting in place to play those international fixtures. Next year we'd love the opportunity to play against someone like Fiji in Port Vila. We definitely see it as for our own development and the development of the code in Vanuatu. But it's imperative that we play games in Vanuatu consistently."

Dane Campbell.