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JUNIOR KIWIS V JUNIOR KANGAROOS
7PM, OCTOBER 18, 2014
MT SMART STADIUM, AUCKLAND
Entry $5, Child 12 & under free
2014 Train-On Squad (as at September 19)
Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Melbourne Storm), Herman Ese'ese
(Canterbury Bulldogs), Jahrome Hughes (Gold Coast Titans), Sione
Katoa (Penrith Panthers), Joseph Manu (Sydney Roosters), Sam
Manuleleua (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Taane Milne (Sydney Roosters),
Una Mohi (Melbourne Storm), Niua Puaka (Melbourne Storm), Tulsa
Saumamao (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Renouf To'omaga (Canterbury
Bulldogs), Braden Uele (Sydney Roosters)
SKY TO SHOWCASE RISING STARS
NZ Rugby League and SKY Television have confirmed a
blockbuster doubleheader that will highlight the game's best
domestic talent, as well as the next wave of future
On Saturday, October 18, Mt Smart Stadium will host the
Pirtek National Premiership final, featuring the two best teams
after a two-month round robin regular season.
Later that evening, the NZ Junior Kiwis will take on the
Australian Junior Kangaroos for what promises to be another keenly
contested chapter in thre trans-Tasman rivalry.
Both games will be shown live on SKY.
"The Pirtek National Premiership is an important step in
our domestic pathway, giving our NZ-based players something
tangible to strive for at the climax of their season," says NZRL
chief executive Phil Holden.
"It is also another chance for these players to catch the
eye of NRL clubs and extend their careers into the professional
The last player to achieve this was 2014 Kiwis rookie Peta
Hiku, who played for Counties Manukau as a teenager in 2011 and
then embarked on a journey that passed through the NZ Warriors
youth programme on the way to Manly Sea Eagles.
Last year, Akarana Falcons defeated Counties Manukau 22-12
for their fourth straight title.
In recent years, the Junior Kiwis have provided an even
greater springboard to bigger things.
Four of the 2012 Junior Kiwis side - Hiku, Roger
Tuivasa-Sheck, Siliva Havili and Tohu Harris - have already
graduated to senior honours, while Harris and Havili were part of
the 2011 line-up that toppled Australia 28-16 at
Last year, the JKs led 26-10 just after halftime in
Sydney, before finally succumbing 38-26.
"There can be no higher honour than representing your
country and for many of these young men, this will be a pivotal
game in their careers," says Holden.
"If we are to achieve our World Cup goals over the next
decade, these players will be an important part of that, so this is
an opportunity to taste early success against the
The double feature, falling one week out from the Four
Nations opener in Brisbane, reinforces SKY's position as the
premier source of rugby league coverage in New Zealand.
"It's always great to broadcast quality domestic sport on
SKY," says SKY director of sport Richard Last. "Rugby league fans
can look forward to watching future superstars of the game in the
national premiership final and the Junior Kiwis match against
"These fixtures offer the best of both worlds and the
timing is perfect ahead of what should be a thrilling Four Nations
Saturday, October 18
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
5pm Pirtek National
7pm Junior Kiwis v Junior