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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

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