Dyldam Parramatta Eels' Pirtek Stadium. Photo: Grant Trouville © NRLphotos

Dyldam Parramatta Eels' Pirtek Stadium will host a Pacific Double Header and Junior Kangaroos v Junior Kiwi clash as part of the 2016 Representative Round in May!

The NRL today released the schedule for the 2016 Representative Round, highlighted by a Test between Australia and New Zealand at Hunter Stadium and a Pacific Double Header at Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium.

The Trans-Tasman Test match at Hunter Stadium, to be played on Friday May 6, will be Mal Meninga’s first match as coach of the Kangaroos.

The Australian Jillaroos will also take on the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns in the curtain-raiser to the Trans-Tasman Test.

The Pacific Double Header will feature Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and PNG, and will be held on Saturday May 7. The Junior Kangaroos will play the Junior Kiwis in the curtain-raiser to the Pacific Double Header.

NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg said Representative Round would showcase international Rugby League at its best.

“Once again, to have Australia and New Zealand clashing, along with our best women and junior players, will be wonderful to see,” Mr Greenberg said.

“The Trans-Tasman Test will be an extremely important match for both teams, in a Four Nations year, and the fact it will be Mal’s first match in charge of the Kangaroos will ensure it is a little more special.

“International Rugby League is a real priority for us and this Representative Round will feature some great match-ups.”

On top of the international fixtures, the AAMI Country v City match will also be played at Tamworth’s Scully Park.

Representative Round is being supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

2016 REPRESENTATIVE ROUND

May 6 - Australia v New Zealand, Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

May 6 – Jillaroos v Kiwi Ferns, Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

May 7 – Pacific Double Header, Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta

May 7 – Junior Kangaroos v Junior Kiwis, Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta

May 8 – AAMI Country v City, Scully Park, Tamworth