A group of budding Northland rugby players are in Hamilton this weekend at the Te Hiku O Te Ika under 18s Maori training camp.

The group, led by NZ rugby legend Eric Rush, are at the Mangakotukutuku campus in Glenview for the three-day camp which started yesterday.

It is designed to provide a quality environment for player growth, profile and identify players and pathways, support development and select a Central Te Hiku O Te Ika Maori boys' under 18 team.

The camp will cover all aspects of rugby, including nutrition, individual skills training for forwards and backs and mental skills training.

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Tomorrow the youngsters will split in two for a trial game at 3pm, with the representative team to come from that.