New Zealand Rugby League has confirmed a 2016 national high performance calendar that includes a camp for NSW and Queensland-based 18s.
The Taurahere programme is designed to identify NZ-eligible players living in Australia and strengthen their loyalty to the black jersey.
Two years ago, a New South Wales-based side swept a two-game series against the NZ 18s in Rotorua.
This year, NZRL will bring the expats into a five-day camp on the Gold Coast in July, culminating in a trial game between the two states.
Other features of the calendar include the Kiwis defence of their Four Nations crown, national tournaments for schools, youth and women and the new-look district-based national senior competition.
At the culmination of the national competition, an NZ Residents side will be selected for a possible encounter with NZ Maori.
Still unconfirmed are fixtures for NZ 16s, NZ 18s and Secondary Schools national sides.
The 2016 NZRL national high performance calendar includes:
|May 6||NZ Kiwis v Australia||Newcastle, NSW|
|NZ Kiwi Ferns v Australia||Newcastle, NSW|
|May 7||NZ Junior Kiwis v Junior Kangaroos||Parramatta, NSW|
|July 2-6||NSW & Queensland Taurahere Camp||Runaway Bay, Gold Coast|
|July 9-13||NZRL National Performance Camp||Rotorua|
|August 29-September 2||NZRL National Secondary Schools Tournament||Papakura|
|September 10/11||National District Premiership & Championship (Round One)|
|September 17/18||National District Premiership & Championship (Round Two)|
|September 23-25||NZRL National Women’s Tournament||Rotorua|
|September 24/25||National District Premiership & Championship (Round Three)|
|September 26-30||NZRL National Youth Tournament||Rotorua|
|October 1||National District Premiership Grand Final & Promotion/Relegation||TBC|
|October 9||NZ Residents Trial||Auckland|
|October 12-15||NZ Residents Camp||Auckland|
|October 15||NZ Residents v NZ Maori TBC|
|NZ Kiwis v Australia||Perth, WA|
|October 29-November 20||NZ Kiwis at Four Nations||England|