Great Britain Rugby League Lions v Tonga Invitational XIII

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The groundbreaking 2019 international rugby league calendar continues with the Great Britain Rugby League Lions arriving for their first tour in 13 years and the thrilling conclusion to the inaugural Oceania Cup.

The schedule gets underway right here at Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato with Tonga Invitational XIII facing the GB Lions for the first time.

2019 is set to be a blockbuster year for International Rugby League down under, with the return of the Great Britain Rugby League Lions.

Tickets for the last two Tongan matches sold out in days – so if you want to secure your place in Rugby League history, get your tickets now! 



The opening match of the Great Britain Rugby League Lions Tour versus crowd favourites Tonga Invitational XIII in Hamilton or the unbelievable Eden Park Triple Header featuring three huge test matches with Samoa facing Fiji in an all-Pacific battle, the Kiwis playing the GBRL Lions for the first time in 13 years before Mate Ma’a Tonga face the fierce rival Australia? Don’t choose... with the Super Fan ticket you can do both.

The Super fan ticket offers the best of both worlds with a ticket for Hamilton and Auckland at an even better price. Save dollars and enjoy the epic atmosphere at both incredible rugby league events! Priced from just $70!

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Important event day information:

Running Times:

4.00pm Box office opens
5.00pm Gates open
6.00pm Physical Disabled Rugby League South Pacific 9's Challenge
8.00pm Tonga v Great Britain Rugby League Lions


ENTERING THE VENUE: Gates open at 5.00pm – get to the match early to soak up the atmosphere and to enjoy the curtain raiser match kicking off at 6.00pm (Physical Disabled Rugby League South Pacific 9's Challenge). Ensure you are in your correct seat in the lead up to kick-off 8.00pm.

As you get to the Stadium, make sure you have your officially purchased tickets ready with barcodes ready to scan. If you have any queries, look out for the event staff in red t-shirts around the stadium or head to the box office for further information. Check out the gates and seating areas here.


TICKETING: If you selected “ezyTicket” as your delivery method, please ensure you have printed your tickets before heading to the game and have these ready to scan at gate.

If you have to collect your tickets, FMG Stadium Waikato Box Office will be open from 4pm on game day. You will need your credit/debit card and photo I.D. to collect tickets. Please note, the roads will be closed on game day so the box office will only be accessible by walking. Check the event day transportation map here.


GETTING TO AND FROM THE VENUE: There will be several road closures from 4pm around FMG Stadium Waikato on game day including Tristram St, Mill St and Seddon Road. If traveling by car, taxi or e-scooter please check the event day transportation map for information about road closures, drop off and pick up options. We highly recommend traveling by public transport.

Pre-plan your public transport and leave yourself plenty of time to get to the game and come early to avoid queues and clear security checks.


PUBLIC TRANSPORT: ALL public buses (Hamilton and regional services) will be FREE on game day if you present your match ticket to the bus driver. There are a number of direct bus options to get to the Stadium, including a CBD rugby shuttle which will depart Hood Street every 20 minutes from 6pm.

More information about event day buses can be found here.


FOOD AND BEVERAGE: Food and beverage will be available to purchase through the concourse on Brian Perry Stand as well as outlets behind the Wel Network stand.

You can bring your own homemade food to the game. Just remember to use a soft chilly bag that’s not too big. No alcohol can be brought into the match, but you can bring sealed, unopened plastic bottles of water.

Please remember FMG Stadium Waikato is a CASH ONLY venue. There are facilities onsite to get cash out, incurring a $3 fee per transaction. We highly recommend getting cash out before entering the venue.


CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: We're all about 'making life more eventful' but there are some really simple rules you need to follow to ensure we can make this happen. Just so there are no surprises when you arrive at the event, please make sure you read the conditions of entry to this match. And remember, we all have to play by the rules!


'Txt assist' to 260 on game day if you have any general questions or require help.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Child tickets are available to children aged 15 years and under. Please be advised that if children appear to be aged over 15 years, they will now be required to show photo ID to gain entry to the venue. If they cannot provide ID, they will be asked to purchase a full-priced adult ticket instead (which will be subject to availability on the day). 

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FMG Stadium Waikato

128 Seddon Rd
Hamilton 3204
New Zealand

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Spoilt For Choice offerings

Presidents Club


A superior hospitality package located at the heart of the action.

  • Reserved Category A match ticket directly in front of the lounge;
  • Continuous premium beverage service including a selection of beers, wines and soft drinks;
  • Finger foods & gourmet buffet meal on offer over the duration of the hospitality period.

Footy Bar Plus


The ultimate hospitality experience, the Footy Bar Plus is the perfect place to host clients and guests in a stand-up cocktail environment.

  • Reserved premium match ticket directly in front of the lounge;
  • Continuous premium beverage service including a selection of beers, wines and soft drinks;
  • Finger food & grazing style menu for the duration of the hospitality period.

Mad Butcher Lounge


The Mad Butcher Lounge is ideal for small company groups or individuals keen to make their Footy match day experience fun and exciting:

  • Access to the Mad Butcher Lounge;
  • Reserved match ticket in the Brian Perry Stand;
  • Access to a variety of food and beverage options via the Mad Butcher Lounge cash bar pre and post match;
  • Interactive sweepstakes and prize draws with our local Mad Butcher himself;

* Please note, this lounge is very lively and colourful language will be used. This lounge is more suitable for adults.

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