LIVE: Bumper crowd set for Tonga-NZ clash

Saturday’s double header of rugby league Tests between New Zealand and Tonga at Mount Smart Stadium has sold out.

The women’s Test between the Kiwi Ferns and Tonga and the men’s clash between the Kiwis and Mate Ma’a Tonga will attract more than 26,000 fans in Auckland.

New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) confirmed on Friday that the occasion marking the return of international league to New Zealand for the first time in nearly two years would be sold out.

“This is a historic occasion for rugby league,” NZRL chief executive Greg Peters said in a statement.

“To celebrate the return of international rugby league to Aotearoa with a sell-out crowd is something special.

“This is a momentous occasion for fans, players, and our rugby league communities across the country.

“It’s been a long time between drinks and a long time since a test match sellout. What an occasion Saturday will be, one for the history books.”

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