The NRL have announced the make-up of the 2016 Representative Round in May, with six matches to be played over three days at three venues across NSW.
The Trans-Tasman Test match at Hunter Stadium between Australia and New Zealand, to be played on Friday 6 May, will be Mal Meninga’s first match as coach of the Kangaroos.
The Jillaroos will also take on the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns in the curtain-raiser to the Trans-Tasman Test.
The Pacific Double Header will feature Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and PNG, and will be held on Saturday 7 May. The Junior Kangaroos will play the Junior Kiwis in the curtain-raiser to the Pacific Double Header.
On top of the international fixtures, the Country vs City match will also be played at Tamworth’s Scully Park on Sunday 8 May.
NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg said Representative Round would showcase international Rugby League at its best.
“Once again, to have Australia and New Zealand clashing, along with our best women and junior players, will be wonderful to see,” Mr 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.”
2016 REPRESENTATIVE ROUND
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