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Auckland to host Niue challenge

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The Auckland Rugby League will stage an end-of-year representative challenge against Auckland Niue, involving U16 and U18 representative sides.

The two games will be played on October 13 at Cornwall Park, coming at the conclusion of the ARL’s new Region of Origin Series, which will see North and South Auckland clash in three matches through September.

The best Region of Origin players from the U16 and U18 grades will then earn selection in the Auckland sides to play Auckland Niue.

ARL coaching and development manager Andy Hay said the new initiative would bring benefits for players from both organisations.

"This will give us the chance to bring together Auckland’s best players in these two age groups, from clubs all over the region, and put them in the same team to see how they perform," Hay said.

"But this is also about giving back to our Pacific neighbours. Niue don’t get many chances to play quality representative matches, so this will be a big day for both Auckland and Auckland Niue rugby league."

The Auckland Niue challenge continues Auckland Rugby League efforts to work closely with Pacific Island nations, with the ARL hosting a representative day in June which involved teams from Tonga and Samoa.

Auckland v Auckland Niue challenge

Auckland U16 v Auckland Niue U16 and Auckland U18 v Auckland Niue U18

Saturday, October 13

Cornwall Park, Auckland

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