NEW Zealand 16's vs Parramatta 17's Dev
Davies Park, Huntly
FORMER Kiwis captain and Vodafone Warriors halfback Stacey Jones today announced his retirement from international rugby league.
OTAHUHU Ellerslie are set to take on North Harbour Tigers in the first game of the weekend on Saturday afternoon. The loser will be eliminated from the 2004 competition with the winner going on the face either Mt Albert Lions or Marist Richmond Brothers next weekend.
THE NZRL New Zealand 16's Selectors have announced the following squad to face the Parramatta U17 Development team and the Penrith U16 team in September.
THE Junior Kiwis were dealt a major blow during the week, with Samuela Moa ruled out following a medical assessment of a concussion suffered in the first Test.
THE NZRL Junior Kiwi Selectors today announced the following squad to face
the England Under-18 Academy in a two match Test series in August.
THE National Secondary Schools Rugby League Knockout Championship will run throughout August and September 2004. The school teams taking part in the Nationals have earned their place by playing in Secondary School competitions in their areas throughout New Zealand and now go forward to compete for the 2004 champions title.
Last years champions, Kelston Boys High School, will this year, get a very tough draw as they were surprisingly beaten in a very close final by St Paul's College 14-12 who have rebuilt their side this year to take out the Auckland Provincial Title.
Wainuiomata High School have, again, dominated the Wellington region and could be a very good bet to make the final, if they can get passed Canterbury's Aranui High School who have had a very strong Rugby League side in the past.
Northland College are not to be under estimated either, and could prove to be the dark horse of the competition after their upset in the Northland Provincial final when they beat Whangarei Boys High School.
Teams have been seeded on the competition format in each province and St Bernard's College, Otaki College and Hamilton Fraser College are the new schools to take part this year.
THE England U18 Academy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday afternoon and are preparing to take on the pinnacle of our teen Rugby League talent in their challenge against the Junior Kiwi squad, before moving on to meet the Australian School Boys.
The English have brought over a squad of 23 players and 7 staff, including Rugby Football League Performance Director, and former Great Britain coach, David Waite. David Waite will be assisting the team and will not only monitor and mentor the two young coaches, but will certainly be looking at the abilities of the players with the endeavour to upgrade the very elite to the next level in their high performance pathway.
It is also quite interesting to note that Harrison Hansen, son of former Northcote Tigers and Marist player, Shane Hansen will be wearing the red, white and blue colours when he steps on to the field to represent the English squad. He will be someone to watch out for and according to David Waite, is a very talented young player.
A warm up game will take place for the England U18 Academy against an Auckland U18 Rep Team on Sunday 1 August 2004 at North Harbour Stadium, 1.15pm. This will be followed by two tests against the Junior Kiwi's, also at North Harbour Stadium on Sunday 8 and Sunday 15 August 2004, both kicking off at 4.00pm.
1 JAMES GRAHAM
2 DAVID ALLEN
3 AHSLEY GIBSON
4 LUKE STENCHION
5 DANNY WILLIAMS
6 DAVID DOHERTY
7 JASON GOLDEN
8 STEPHEN NASH
9 SCOTT MURRELL
10 BRETT FERRES
11 JOEL TOMPKINS
12 ANDY BRACEK
13 CHRIS ASHTON
14 SIMON GRIX
15 HARRISON HANSEN
16 DESI WILLIAMS
17 JAMES COYLE
18 CARL ABLETT
19 JOHN GALLAGHER
20 CRAIG HUBY
21 LEE SMITH
22 MATTHEW COOK
23 STEVE PICKERSGILL
ROUND 13 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition has some tough battles over the weekend.
The North Harour Tigers/Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions match on Sunday afternoon at Albany has the visiting England U18 Academy side taking on an Auckland U18 rep side as the curtain raiser.
THE New Zealand Women's Rugby League annual National Tournament 2004 is due to take place at Walter Massey Park (Mangere East Rugby League Park) in Mangere, Auckland from Friday 30 July through to Sunday 1 August 2004.
This will be the 10th annual Rugby League Nationals for the women, and with 5 very strong teams taking part in 2004, with representation from Canterbury, Wellington, Waicoa Bay, and Auckland (2 Teams), looks to be another extremely competitive and entertaining 3 days of football. A tournament draw is attached for your information.
The ladies work very hard throughout the season in their club football and alongside this train for approximately 6 weeks with their provinces in preparation for the Nationals. The Nationals then provides the women with the opportunity to showcase their Rugby League skills and talent in contention for a spot in the World Champion "Kiwi Ferns" squad.
A "Kiwi Ferns" team will be selected at the end of the National tournament on Sunday 1 August 2004. A squad of 19 will then travel to Brisbane on the 12 August 2004 where they will take on the Australian's in a 2 test series.
Test matches are as follows:
1st Test - Saturday 14 August Bendigo Bank Oval, Ipswich 7.30pm Kick Off
2nd Test - Saturday 21 August Davies Park South, Brisbane 4.00pm Kick Off
Presentation Dinner Saturday 21 August South Sydney Leagues Club