Lebanon to face Malta in mid-season test as they prepare for World Cup

Mitchell Moses of Lebanon and Jarrod Sammut of Malta
Mitchell Moses (left) and Jarrod Sammut (right) could feature for Lebanon and Malta respectively

Lebanon will ramp up their preparations for this year’s World Cup with a mid-season test against Malta at Leichardt Oval in Sydney on Wednesday, June 22.

It will be Lebanon’s first game since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it will also be Michael Cheika’s first game in charge of the Cedars.

Malta recently beat debutants Montenegro on home soil, with Barrow half-back Jarrod Sammut playing a starring role.

Cheika commented: “All of us are very excited about finally getting on the field to play in the colours of our country.

“Malta are great friends of ours in the rugby league landscape. To play them here in Australia will be a real honour for us.

“This test match is going to be a great opportunity for the players. Many of them will be making their debuts and putting their hand up for World Cup selection.

“We will probably have only one or two games together prior to the squad being announced, so it’s a great chance for them to set down a marker.”

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Malta coach Aaron McDonald said: “This is an important game for us, taking on another top 16 ranked nation.

“Lebanon have been a strong rugby league side for many years. They will be looking to ramp up their own preparations for the World Cup.

“We want to ensure that we are continuing to improve and to challenge those ahead of us. We know we are in for a battle and are looking forward to it; and building on our recent victories against Macedonia and Montenegro.”

The test match will be live streamed, with more details to be confirmed in the coming days.

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Love Rugby League Deputy Editor. Joined the site ahead of the 2017 World Cup and been a full-time reporter since 2018.

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