The tournament which started on Monday will feature a total of 50 teams from New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland and Tonga.
Each team play three games followed by two international games between New Zealand and the Great Britain.
Australia will not take part this year, but will return to the tournament in 2018.
The Papa Panthers left the country on Friday last week alongside their fans, with hopes of a good outing in the tournament.
The local side was scheduled to play Tauranga Coastline in the opening clash yesterday before taking on New Zealand Army today and Auckland Marist tomorrow.
“We stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing,” said team member Henry Tupa.
The theme for this year’s tournament is based on men’s health.