NRL stars likely in "Blackbirding" commemoration game | Pacific Beat

NRL stars likely in "Blackbirding" commemoration game

NRL stars likely in "Blackbirding" commemoration game

Updated 6 August 2013, 10:32 AEST

History will be made as part of the commemorations to mark a very dark phase in Australia's history - the Blackbirding or forced labour scheme of the late 19th century.

For the first time ever the National Rugby League team from two nations targetted by the blackbirders, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, will play an international match.

The game will take in Mackay in Queensland - a city where many South Sea Islanders were taken.

Dane Campbell is one of the founders of League in Vanuatu and he says rugby league is still in its infancy in both Vanuatu and the Solomons.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Dane Campbell, founder, Vaunatu Rugby League

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