A New Zealand 'A' (NZA) team selected from the Bartercard Cup will play New South Wales Country (NSWC) early in July.
NZA represents the best of New Zealand's domestic talent and be up against a representative side selected from the best of the Australia's regional competitions.
NZRL have appointed Canterbury Bulls (current Bartercard Cup champions) Head Coach, Phil Prescott as coach of NZA.
Prescott will head a team of selectors that includes RLF High Performance Director Duane Mann and former NZA Coach Trevor McLeod.
An Auckland representative side Coached by ARL Coaching and Development Manager Stan Martin will play NSWC the week prior.
NZRL will allow players selected for NZA to be considered for Auckland also ensuring that both teams will be full strength.
NSWC will be touring with a NSWC Under 18 Team who will play curtain raisers against Auckland U18 and Wellington U18.
With Wellington the reigning NJC Kiwi Cup (U18) champions and Auckland the other Kiwi Cup finalist, the very best of New Zealand's age group talent will also be on display.
The NZA game is on Sunday 4 July 2004, 2.30pm at North Harbour Stadium, Albany.