Rugby League Northland

Four Northlanders trial for Kiwi Jerseys

Four proud Northern Swords Rugby League hopefuls will be travelling to Rotorua on the 8th of July to attend the NZRL National Performance 16's and 18's Camp, and the 16's and 18's NZ trials.

The boys attending are Kadince Christensen (Portland U17's), Tumoana Halkyard (Kaitaia/Kaikohe 17's),  Corey Naera (Otaua 17's)  and Tyson Wihongi (Hikurangi Premiers).  Kadince and Tumoana who were part of the Northern Swords 2011 15's squads will trial for the NZ 16s while Corey and Tyson were part of the Northern Swords 2011 17's and will be trial for the 18s jersey.

If selected in either of the squads they will travel to Australia in October for a two match series against their Australian Counterparts.

The players were selected based on their performances in 2011, combined with how they performed at the recent RLN - NZRL Hearts Camp and their club form.  Kadince will be a hot favourite to again make the cut, in 2011 he was selected for two matches for the NZ 16s against Wayne Bennetts Queensland Academy, Kadince was also selected in the 2011 15s merit squad - a squad picked from the National Competition.  Tumoana narrowly missed out on the merit squad but was selected in the second tier.

Tyson also just missed out on the 17s Merit squad, but his form at Premier Club &  competition leaders Hikurangi Stags ensured his selection.  Corey Naera has also been identified by Rugby Union as he will be attending a Blues Training camp in the lead up to the NZRL 16s and 18s Performance Camp.

The boys attendance at the camp has been sponsored by Tranzit NZ and Pirtek NZ via a community sponsorship arrangement with NZRL.

The camp is run from Sunday 8th to Wednesday 11th July at Tui Ridge Camp in Rotorua.  Trials are staged at Puketawhero Park on the Wednesday.

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For more information please contact Alex Smits - General Manager: Tel. 0212736975 or email: