Hunter to play host to Meninga's national coaching debut

Mal Meninga will make his Kangaroos coaching debut in Newcastle, with Hunter Stadium today confirmed as the venue for a clash between Australia and New Zealand in May.

Scheduled as part of the NRL's Representative Round, the Trans-Tasman match-up on May 6 will be the former Queensland Origin coach's first since being appointed as Tim Sheens' successor.

 It will also be the first time the Hunter has played host to an international rugby league fixture in five years.

The Trans-Tasman match will be the highlight of the Representative Round, which also includes a curtain-raiser at Hunter Stadium between the Harvey Norman Australian Jillaroos and the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns.

Elsewhere during the round, Parramatta's Pirtek Stadium will host a Pacific Double Header featuring Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and PNG on May 7, with the Junior Kangaroos to play the Junior Kiwis as the prelude to those fixtures.

The AAMI Country v City match will cap off the representative fixtures, taking to the field at Tamworth's Scully Park on May 8.


May 6 - Australia v New Zealand, Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
May 6 – Harvey Norman 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