Sky Sport Future Warriors staff will be keeping a close eye on the country’s next tier of emerging talent when the New Zealand Rugby League’s inaugural National 20s Competition kicks off this weekend.
In the opening matches Auckland Blue will take on Central Districts at the Opaheke Sportsfields in Papakura tomorrow (2.00pm kick-off) followed by WaiCoa Bay facing Auckland White at Rotorua International Stadium (4.00pm kick-off).
And on Sunday the South Island will meet Northland at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub in Christchurch (12.00pm kick-off).
The games provide a vital platform for players to put themselves on the radar for Future Warriors head coach Tony Iro and his staff.
Iro and his team will also have a big presence in Rotorua tomorrow when they run a camp for about 60 under-14 and under-16 players (both boys and girls) with an eye on the future. Among the staff working with Iro will Vodafone Warriors legend Stacey Jones.
The Vodafone Warriors have further youth camps scheduled during the year including one in Christchurch on April 17-18 (under 16 and 18 players) and two Taiohi Tu Rangatira Development camps in Tokoroa, the first for 11-13 year olds on April 25 and the second for 14-17 year olds on May 2.
- All games in the National 20s Competition will be televised live on Sky Sport 4 and, for Australian viewers, they’ll be available on Fox League, Kayo and Watch NRL.