Rangatahi Rugby League Tournament kicks off

By Rahia Timutimu
  • Australia

For two days, 500 of the best young and talented players will represent their province in Rotorua to see who the best is in the country for 2014.

The Waikato U15's team are the current title holders, and showed their dominance against Bay of Plenty, winning 32-18.

Counties Manukau are the current U17 champions, but were tested in their first game of the competition, beating Bay of Plenty 14-12.

Not only do they want to do well for their province. They also want to do well in front of the many NRL selectors who have come from Australia to scout talent.

Mark Hughes is the current recruitment manager for the Parramatta Eels and has recruited for the Bulldogs and Rabittohs. He's known for finding many top league players in his time including league superstar, Sonny Bill Williams.

The 500 players have until tomorrow evening to make their impression at this competition.