Hancock anticipates test for 16s

LAST weekend the Group 10 under 16s faced international rivals when competing at the Harmony Cup in Sydney and this Saturday they will again be tested by those representing another nation.

The difference this time around is that Group 10 will be on home soil at Bathurst's Carrington Park.

The Kurt Hancock coached representative side will take on a Federation of Italia Rugby League (FIRLA) 16s B team in a big day for the code.

Hancock's 16s will be in action in the first of four games, with the under 16, under 21 and first grade Westerm Rams to take on FIRLA outfits as well.

At the Harmony Cup the Group 10 side played three 20-minute matches in a shortened format. Its best result was a 6-all draw with the Mediterranean side.

But this Saturday's match will be over 60 minutes and that will give Hancock's players more time to settle.

He is anticipating a close contest.

"I saw their [FIRLA] under 16s side play at the Harmony Cup and they are a pretty big, mobile side," he said.

"I think it will be a good contest for the boys.

"I know their first grade side is rumoured to be pretty strong because they have got World Cup qualifiers coming up pretty soon. I am not sure if they will have their NRL players or not, but the should have some good players from the Queensland Cup and NSW Cup under 20s competitions."

Match start is 11.30am.