THE below train on squad has been selected from the NZRL National Competition, the Bartercard Cup and they will take on the Australian Jim Beam Cup Selection as the curtain raiser to the Kiwis vs Kangaroos test at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday 16 October 2004.
The final team from this squad will be finalised prior to the game. They will again, be coached by Phil Prescott from Canterbury.
THE New Zealand Maori Selectors announced the following team to compete in the 2004 Pacific Cup.
In alphabetical order: Player Name - District League/Origin
Sam Andrews - Waicoa Bay
Kurt Cawdron - Auckland
Taite Daniels - Northland
Teteira Davis - Wellington
Willy Henare - Auckland
Aoterangi Herangi - Auckland
Charlie Herekotukutuku - Canterbury
Nathan Hohaia - Taranaki
Shane Hoskin - Taranaki
Odell Manuel - Auckland
Tukua Matthews - Waicoa Bay
Vern Moana-Mason - Waicoa Bay
Glen Rota - Auckland
Peter Prime - Northland
Kererua Savage - Hawkes Bay
Barry Tawera - Waicoa Bay
Sonny Whakarau - Manawatu
Mike Whakatihi - Manawatu
Vince Whare - Canterbury
Coach: Tawera Nikau
Asst Coach / Trainer: Terry Hermansson
Business Manager: John Devonshire
Football Manager / Strapper: Mel Rutene
The selected team is a great spread from around the country, with all players having made at least one appearance in the NZ National Competition, the Bartercard Cup.
Sonny Whakarau and Odell Manuel, two former professional Rugby League players will certainly bring experience to the team along with two former Maori Kiwi's, Tawera Nikau and Terry Hermansson in the coaching roles.
The Pacific Cup Tournament will be played between North Harbour Stadium and Ericsson Stadium No.2 in Auckland from Sunday 17 - Saturday 23 October 2004. At present, NZ Maori, Fiji, Samoa, New Caledonia, Tonga and the Cook Islands will all be taking part in the tournament.
"THE Masters of Rugby League, New Zealand will create Rugby League history at the St Mary's League Club in Sydney, Australia from 1 - 9 October 2004".
St Mary's League Club are hosting the eleventh annual V.B. Masters of Rugby League Tournament, which is the only one of its kind in the world.
Fifty Two (52) teams, 1200 players; 31 teams form New Zealand and 21 teams from all around Australia will be participate in the biggest Rugby League International Tournament.
The concept of the tournament is based on three age groups which are 35-39 years, 40-49 years, and also 60-70 year old players who play with modified rules to suit their age group.
After three days of competing, representative teams will be selected in each age group for a New Zealand vs Australia test match.
As well as a number of past state and provincial players there are notable ex-international Rugby League greats putting their boots on in this years tournament including:
PACIFIC RIM RESULTS
THE International Rugby League Federation Pacific Rim Development Tournament will run from Sunday 17 October through to Saturday 23 October.
THE Kiwis will play a one-off test against France at Stade Albert Domec Avenue du General Sarrail in Carcassonne on Friday morning (NZ time).
THE Kiwis are ready to break some hearts at Huddersfield on Sunday morning (NZ time) in what will be the 100th encounter between the New Zealand and Great Britain sides since 1907.
THE Kiwis just managed to retain their five out of five win record at Carcassonne this morning (NZ time) when Ali Lauitiiti showed some handy footwork and crossed the line in the 77th minute of the game to come out on top 24-20.
L.Sete, E. Uaisele (2), V. Lilo (2), S. Tuli (2), T. Moa (2), L. Moala, I. Vainikolo tries,
V. Lilo (6) goals
THE NZRL Selectors and coach Daniel Anderson have announced the following 17-man squad to play the Kangaroos at North Harbour Stadium on October 16 in the opening match of the Gillette Tri-Nations: