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:

Date Fixture Venue
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

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