Follow live as Tonga take on Australia in an historic clash at Mt Smart Stadium.

All you need to know ahead of the historic clash between Tonga and Australia at Mt Smart Stadium.

Mate Ma'a Tonga v Kangaroos, Saturday 20 October, 7.45pm kickoff

The world No. 1 Kangaroos side is facing the prospect of consecutive defeats after a shock loss 24-26 to the Kiwis at Mt Smart Stadium, a scoreline that flattered the Australians. The Kangaroos haven't loss twice in a calendar year since 1978.

Meanwhile, tonight's game will be the first meeting between Tonga and the Kangaroos, as Kristian Woolf's side hope to become just the fifth nation to topple Australia.


With the commitment of star forwards Andrew Fifita and Jason Taumalolo, Tonga have a real shot at beating the Kangaroos, who are in a transitional period after the retirements of Aussie league legends Billy Slater, Johnathan Thurston, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk.

But Australia are still favourites and will be determined to get their historic rugby league dominance back on track.

It's a sell-out!

The first ever test match between the Kangaroos and Mate Ma'a Tonga will be played in a sold-out Mt Smart Stadium, which has a capacity of around 25,600.

"The level of interest in this game has been staggering so it will be great to see the house full sign up outside Mt Smart Stadium this Saturday," NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.

"Many people worked very hard to make this game a reality and the result will be no doubt a real highlight for the international game and for the game overall."

Last week's test between the Kiwis and Kangaroos at the same venue attracted less than 13,000 fans.

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1. Will Hopoate, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Solomone Kata, 5. David Fusitu'a, 6. Tuimoala Lolohea, 7. Ata Hingano, 8. Andrew Fifita, 9. Siliva Havili, 10. Sio Siua Taukaiaho, 11. Tevita Pangai Jr, 12. Sika Manu, 13. Jason Taumalolo

Interchange: 14. Sione Katoa, 15. Addin Fonua-Blake, 16. Joe Ofahengaue, 17. Peni Terepo

Reserves: 18. Konrad Hurrell, 19. Leivaha Pulu, 20. Robert Jennings, 21 Ben Murdoch-Masila


1. James Tedesco, 2. Dane Gagai, 3. Latrell Mitchell, 4. Tom Trbojevic, 5. Valentine Holmes, 6. Luke Keary, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (vc), 8. David Klemmer, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Boyd Cordner (c), 12. Felise Kaufusi, 13. Josh McGuire

Interchange: 14. Ben Hunt, 15. Jake Trbojevic, 16. Tyson Frizell, 17. Aaron Woods, 18. Tyrone Peachey, 19. Reagan Campbell-Gillard


Australia remain big favourites at the TAB despite their loss last week and are paying $1.30. A Tongan win will give you $3.30.

How to watch

The Herald will be live blogging the test while Radio Sport will also have live commentary. Sky TV's live coverage starts at 7pm on Sky Sports 2.