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2010 Four-Nations Snapshot - The 2010 Four-Nations is the 2nd instalment of the highly successful rugby league competition. With the ongoing improvement of 2nd tier nations, the successful Tri-Nations series has been expanded. The Four-Nations will take place in Australia and New Zealand in October / November 2010.
Each team will play each other once in the pool rounds with the top two nations contesting the final. The Four Nations will run over four weeks. The format will be much like the early World Cup competitions. It has been speculated that a revamped Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand could hold a double header to kick off the tournament with England playing Papua New Guinea and New Zealand playing Australia. Melbourne's new rectangular stadium is also in line to host the England v Australia game.
The 2009 Pacific Cup winners Papua New Guinea have secured their place as the fourth team in the 2010 Four Nations. Papua New Guinea are the only nation to have Rugby League as their number one national sport. Over the last 5 years they have been improving their local SP Cup competition and stamped their authority as the best team in the Pacific by winning the Pacific Cup. They also showed the world that they can compete with the big three after putting in great performance in the pool of death during the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.
In late 2009 Papua New Guinea put a submission forward to the National Rugby League for the inclusion of a PNG based team in the NRL in 2013. In 2010 Papua New Guinea are once again out to prove they can mix it with Australia, England and New Zealand and are worthy of consideration for their own NRL team.
The 2010 Four Nations is shaping up to be the most successful Tri/Four Nations tournament staged to date and will continue with the Rugby League International Federation's (RLIF) plans to strengthen the international game at the top level.
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