The best young rugby league players from across regional New South Wales will come together this weekend in Port Macquarie and Dubbo for the northern and southern zone under-14 and 15 Country Championships.
Over 800 players will take the field across the two-day tournament with players representing their respective groups.
The winning sides will take part in the Country Rugby League Country Championship finals, which will be played at Morry Breen Oval in Wyong on September 28.
Country Rugby League chief executive Terry Quinn believes the championships are a great way to see the next generation of talent from regional NSW on display.
"The under-14 and 15 CRL Country Championships are, for many, the first step in the representative rugby league pathway," he said.
"It's a special tournament for the 800 players involved across the weekend.
"Not only are these players representing their respective regions, but the championships also act as a pathway for selection in Andrew Johns Cup or Harold Matthews Cup and Laurie Daley Cup or SG Ball Junior representative sides in 2020."
All players participating in this weekend's championships will be required to attend NRL welfare and education workshops covering messages such as social responsibility, cyber bullying, social media, concussion and respect.
Over 60 games will be played across the weekend with games kicking off at 9am at both venues on Saturday and Sunday.
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