Written by STAFF WRITERS, January 25, 2016

NEWCASTLE will host the 2016 Trans-Tasman Test between Australia and New Zealand, the NRL announced on Monday.

The annual fixture will be Mal Meninga’s first match as head coach of the Kangaroos following his appointment late last year.

The Jillaroos and Kiwis Ferns will do battle in the curtain-raiser to the Test at Hunter Stadium.

A Pacific double header featuring Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and PNG will be held at Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium, while the Junior Kangaroos will again play the Junior Kiwis in the curtain-raiser.

The annual Country-City clash will be played in Tamworth on Sunday, May 8.

“Once again, to have Australia and New Zealand clashing, along with our best women and junior players, will be wonderful to see,” NRL head of football, Todd Greenberg, said.

“The Trans-Tasman Test will be an extremely important match for both teams, in a Four Nations year, and the fact it will be Mal’s first match in charge of the Kangaroos will ensure it is a little more special.

“International rugby league is a real priority for us and this Representative Round will feature some great match-ups.”

May 6 – Australia v New Zealand, Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
May 6 – Jillaroos v Kiwi Ferns, Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
May 7 – Pacific Double Header, Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta
May 7 – Junior Kangaroos v Junior Kiwis, Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta
May 8 – Country v City, Scully Park, Tamworth


The Pacific Islands encounters are always good value…worth the price of admission…


The Pacific Islands encounters are always good value…worth the price of admission…

Have to agree, no love lost between them.

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