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Kiwis and Samoa to Cheer Northland Primary Schools

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On October 30th as a part of the festivities around the Kiwis and Samoans being in town, 32 Primary and Intermediate teams will converge on Whangarei to compete for Inaugural Northland Champions Primary festival.  In attendance will the Kiwi and Samoan test teams.

The event is a public event and will see both teams come along and cheer the next generation of Kiwi stars.  The tournament will kick off at 10am and run through to 2pm with the test stars in attendance between 11 and 12pm*.  With the weather we have had, the venue will be confirmed over the next two weeks.

Teams will compete in two divisions: Year 4 – 6 and Years 7 – 8.

RLN has run a number of Northland wide Festivals with the top two from each festival progressing to Oct 30th Champions Festival.  There is added twist, as the teams that make the finals, will return to Toll Stadium on November the 1st to play the final on Toll Stadium!

Click here to get more information on the Four Nations Tour

*Please note that this time is subject to change

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An absolutely awesome event yesterday (Tuesday 30th June), saw Rugby League Northland’s Leadership through League program with the Kamo High School year 12 PE students facilitate the festival. We had 14 teams participate in 2 age divisions. With over 230 players it was a great spectacle for rugby league and awesome to see so many enthusiastic students.

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