The NZRL Taurahere Camp came together on the 3rd July with one of the key drivers of the programme being to reconnect Australian-based players with their NZ heritage.
On the final day of the camp, a trial game was arranged with a merit team announced. Below are the those that have been selected.
The 2016 Taurahere merit team is:
1-Steven Marsters (Illawarra Steelers),
2-Jesse Arthars (Melbourne Storm),
3-Jackson Ferris (Cronulla Sharks),
4-Tevita Funa (Manly Sea Eagles),
5-Lee Turner (Mascott),
6-Manase Fainu (Manly Sea Eagles),
7-Sato-Ketia Opo (Canberra Raiders),
8-Soane Hufanga (Newcastle Knights),
9-Phoenix Hunt (South Sydney Rabbitohs),
10-John Tuivaiti (Manly Sea Eagles),
11-Lumafale Lualua (Cronulla Sharks),
12-Oregon Kaufusi (Parramatta Eels),
13-Ben Valeni (Gold Coast Titans),
14-Paul Turner (South Sydney Rabbitohs),
15-Lucky Taavale (South Sydney Rabbitohs),
16-Donovan Briggs (Cronulla Sharks),
17-Josh Uta (Illawarra Steelers)
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