International Rugby League 2019

If you bet on international rugby league, then you’ll love the expert previews we share on this page. Authored by external pro punters, it previews all of the big international league matches. Plus it offers exclusive insight and betting suggestions.

NZ v Great Britain

Shaun Johnson and Brandon Smith return for the Kiwis and it is hard to see that improving a New Zealand team that would have and should have lost last week had Jermaine McGillivray been able to simply hold the ball and fall over the line.

The Kiwis are 5-11 against Tier 1 nations since the backend of 2015 and have not covered either post-season international.

 BACK – Great Britain +5.5

PNG v Fiji

Papua New Guinea are an absolutely outstanding play in this game getting a monster start. The Kumuls will bring in a good team that will include Alex Johnston, Justin Olam, Kyle Laybutt and Rhyse Martin with NRL experience and a heap of other talent.

Fiji were dominant last week against Samoa but do not deserve to be so heavily favoured here. The Kumuls have won six of the nine internationals against the Bati including two of the last three when arguably the talent differential was higher.

 BACK  – Papua New Guinea +13.5

New Zealand v Great Britain

Great Britain are an astonishingly strong play this week in the opener of their three-Test series against New Zealand. They were beaten badly by an enthusiastic Tonga last week but have made some key changes with Jonny Lomax a blessed replacement at fullback for Lachlan Coote and Jake Connor coming into start in the centres for Oliver Gildart. Shaun Johnson has been dropped for the Kiwis. England won three of the last four against New Zealand and the Kiwis are 4-11 against Tier 1 nations since the backend of 2015.

 BACK  – Great Britain +8.5

Australia v Tonga

Australia did a number on New Zealand last week while Tonga have their tails in the air following a big win over Great Britain. It is hard to see Australia getting threatened here. This is a young Kangaroos team so the hunger is there and they won’t get bullied like the Lions did last week. The teams played last year in Auckland and Australia ran out 18-point winners and a similar margin looks to be on the cards.

 BACK – Australia -14.5

Australia v New Zealand

Michael Maguire has named a very strong Kiwi squad and this team can push an Australian side in transition. New Zealand won the last Test between the nations and they are usually at their best at the backend of a tournament. Having played together throughout the Nines, this can be viewed as a mid-tournament game. Australia have not played  a lot of Test Rugby League over the last 24 months so more than happy to take the big points here.

 BACK  – New Zealand +10.5

Tonga v Great Britain

Great Britain return to the Test arena for the first time in 12 years when they play Tonga in Hamilton. Tonga were the story of the last World Cup but political infighting has taken its toll. Great Britain are major overs in this one. They are fielding an exceptional team. The prop forwards are as good as any duo in the world while they have a tough and creative backrow. Their strengths also matchup on Tonga’s strengths, a major advantage. Tonga can roll through placid teams but won’t be able to do that against Great Britain.

 BACK – Great Britain -3.5

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