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.

New Zealand v Tonga

Tonga as an underdog are close to the best bet you will find over the course of the Rugby League season. They have been priced on historical reputation and that alone because the team they have named is significantly superior to that of New Zealand.

The Tongan pack led by Jason Taumalolo is set to totally dominate New Zealand while their speed advantage out wide is notable. Tonga defeated New Zealand during the last World Cup and the gap is arguably wider now. This is a steam-in max confidence play.

By contrast, New Zealand have won just five of their last 14 and just three of 13 against Tier 1 nations. England have posted 16 or more in six of their last seven against New Zealand and have conceded 18 or more in eight of their last 11. The Kiwis look like they are ready to get on the plane home so a blowout celebratory win for England wuld not surprise in the slightest.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Tonga


Fiji v Lebanon

Fiji go in with the big reputation in this one after three straight World Cup semi-final appearances. This is one of the weakest Fijian teams in memory though with only a smattering of NRL talent. Their strength, of course, is out wide but through the middle they are packed with journeymen and fringe first graders.

Lebanon have the core of their last World Cup squad that pushed Tonga including Robbie Farah and Michael Lichaa. The plus looks the play here.

 BACK – Lebanon +


Samoa v Papua New Guinea

Samoa and Papua New Guinea have met just once with Samoa winning 38-4 at the 2013 World Cup. Matt Parish’s team though have not won since 2016, going winless in their last seven games including a draw with lowly Scotland.

Over that same period Papua New Guinea have been ascendant with six wins in seven Tests with their only loss coming to England. With the core coming from the PNG Hunters and the team having a smattering of key NRL playmakers, they look an outstanding bet getting a monster start.

 BACK – Papua New Guinea +

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