Swords 15’s National Youth Tournament Team
Northlander to represent Kiwi Ferns in upcoming Anzac TestNorthlander to represent Kiwi Ferns in upcoming Anzac Test
Kaitaia’s Krystal Murray has been selected to represent the New Zealand Women’s rugby league team, the Kiwi Ferns, for the curtain raiser match against archrivals the Australian Jillaroos. The match will be played in Newcastle as undercard to the Downer ANZAC test Friday 6 May. Krystal has represented the Kiwi Ferns since 2014 and was selected in her first year of playing rugby league. Based at Linton Military camp in the Manawatu and serving as soldier at the time for the New Zealand Logistics Regiment she attended the NZRL National Women’s tournament representing the Mid-Central Zone. Krystal left the Army in 2015 and moved home to Kaitaia to provide family support and has been travelling to Auckland to play club rugby league for Papakura to remain eligible for national selection. Krystal made mention of the improved structure in the team with the build up for this test match and that it would be great for Northland to have its own Women’s competition in the future.
Coach Alan Jackson has named five test newcomers in his 18-strong group to take on Australia. Jackson admits the selection of this outfit presented some tough challenges.
“The selectors and I had a number of sleepless nights picking this team,” he says. “The quality of the players we have in the game in New Zealand at the moment is very, very good, making this a hard job, but we’re very happy with the 18 that we have. “The Aussies have very fast backs and very strong forwards that keep working all day, so it’s going to be a real challenge. They beat us by eight last year, so we’re looking for a little bit of revenge.” The Kiwi Ferns muster in Auckland this Sunday and fly to Sydney on Tuesday for the Friday night fixture that will be televised.
17s Northern Swords v South Island Scorpions – Sunday 25th August17s Northern Swords v South Island Scorpions – Sunday 25th August
Coach Jon Renes and his management staff – Edward Irving – Manager and Jack Walker – Assistant Coach are busy preparing their squad for the start of the NZRL National Premiership at the end of August. They will be kicking off their campaign with a warm up game in at the Koroneihana in Ngaruawahia.
Swords Home Games:
September 5th at Lindvart Park v Counties Manukau Stingrays. As part of the day RLN will be running the Northern Swords Mini Mod 9s Tournament.
September 19th at Lindvart Park v Wellington Orcas – also running on the day will be the Barry Wharerau Memorial Nines Senior Tournament (put in link to Entry form)
October 10th at Toll Stadium v Canterbury Bulls with the final Trade of Origin match between the Sparkies and Chippies as the Curtain rais