REGISTRATIONS CLOSE TODAY!!!
No matter what your role in game-day administration, the 2015
New Zealand Rugby League High Performance Conference (January
27-30) offers a chance to progress down an elite pathway.
Run in the build-up to the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines, it's a
great chance to combine education with pleasure.
The conference offers courses for coaches (high performance
& senior club), trainers (international), referees (Level 2)
and match managers, all based around the Millennium Institute of
Sport & Health on Auckland's North Shore.
For more information on all courses, contact NZRL national
talent manager Dean Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 284 6975.
Applications for all courses close on December 19, 2014.
HIGH PERFORMANCE COACHING COURSE
January 27-30, 2015
Open to current senior club coaches, but limited spots and
applicants ranked on merit
Cost ($1670) includes five nights' accommodation, meals &
tickets to Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines. Please note, only
breakfast supplied on Saturday and Sunday.
Performance Coaching Registration Form
NZRL SENIOR CLUB COACH COURSE
January 28-30, 2015
Open to coaches with club coach accreditation for minimum of two
Cost ($945) includes accommodation, meals & tickets to NRL
Senior Club Coach Registration Form
NZRL INTERNATIONAL TRAINER COURSE
Open to NZRL national trainers, or experienced international
rules-grade coaches or trainers. Can be cross-credited to
Cost ($1105) includes accommodation, meals & tickets to NRL
NZRL International Trainer Registration From
REFEREES CERTIFICATE LEVEL 2
January 29/30, 2015
Open to Level 1 Referees with minumum of two years'
MATCH MANAGERS CERTIFICATE
January 30, 2015
Required by anyone wishing to manager rugby league matches at
Managers Certificate Registration Form
LAST DAY TO REGISTER!!!!
The valuable contribution of women to the sport of rugby league
will be under the spotlight at next month's Dick Smith NRL Auckland
Nines Women In League workshop.
With their onfield prowess on display during the nines
tournament, in the form of a three-game series between the NZ Kiwi
Ferns and Australia Jillaroos, this workshop is an opportunity to
show the key roles played by women off the field in the
administration of the game.
A key focus of the workshop, scheduled for Thursday, January 29,
will be to provide women with skills and confidence to be
successful in their positions at local zones, districts and
It's a great chance to develop networks and share experiences,
while also providing practical tips and techniques for dealing with
the challenges of their roles.
Participants can also attend the NRL Season Launch, scheduled
immediately after the workshop.
New Zealand Rugby League has 40 spots available for
administrators from around the country and is now accepting
applications/nominations to attend. Participants will need to cover
travel and accommodation, but NZRL will cover other costs
associated with attending the workshop and NRL season launch.
Please direct these expressions of interest to NZRL national
game development manager Nadene Conlon, email@example.com, by the end
of this week (5pm, Friday, December 19).
NRL WOMEN IN LEAGUE WORKSHOP
3-6pm, Thursday, January 29, 2015
Pullman Hotel, Auckland
It's been a huge year for rugby league in New Zealand!
While the NZ Kiwis' success at the Four
Nations tournament was an undoubted highlight, there have been so
many more quietly spectacular achievements, on and off the
The Kiwi Ferns women and Junior Kiwis also tasted victory
over their highly rated Australian rivals, while NZRL took the
international game to some of the country's farthest
We're especially proud of our developing relationship with
government agencies, who recognise our ability to reach parts of
the community they can't.
We're also working hard to make sure our young
talent is well prepared for professional and international careers
on the field, but also ready for life after their football careers
Thanks for joining us on this ride, enjoy your Christmas
and New Year safely, and we'll see you back on deck for
The NZRL office is closed from Friday, December 19 until
Monday, January 19.
New Zealand scrumhalf Shaun Johnson has capped a memorable year
by winning the 2014 Rugby League World Golden Boot.
The Kiwis playmaker was man of the the match in the final, as
his side defeated Australia to lift the Four Nations title - a
performance that impressed the 13-man Golden Boot voting panel.
For the second successive year, South Sydney's English forward
Sam Burgess came second in the voting. But whereas last year,
Burgess was within seven points of Johnathan Thurston, this time
Johnson was a decisive winner, collecting almost twice as many
points as his nearest rival.
Johnson becomes only the fourth New Zealander to win the
prestigious award, following countrymen Hugh McGahan, Stacey Jones
and Benji Marshall.
"Being a rugby league fan growing up, I always knew about the
Golden Boot award," says Johnson. "I was pretty aware of the
players who'd won it before, because they were players that I grew
up watching like Stacey Jones and Andrew Johns.
"Then there were the current players that I admire, like
Thurston. To receive it is pretty unreal, to be honest.
"I felt I finished the year really well and was able to take
that into the Four Nations, and was really happy with how I played
for the Kiwis.
"It was just made easy by the culture that we have there now and
the group of players that we have around us. There's no way I could
have received this award without those boys playing their part and
I'll accept it on their behalf."
The judging panel included representatives from Australia,
England, France and New Zealand. Among them were former Golden Boot
winner Garry Schofield, ex-Great Britain coach Brian Noble, and
past Kiwi internationals Robbie Hunter-Paul and Daryl Halligan.
Each judge was asked to hand their leading contender five
points, their second three and their third one, from a six-man
shortlist. Johnson finished with 44 points and Burgess 23, with
James Graham third on 18 and Greg Inglis fourth with 17.
Double winner Thurston, who missed the Four Nations through
injury, polled 13 points and Kiwi prop Jesse Bromwich two.
"As is always the case with the Rugby League World Golden Boot,
we asked the judges to consider the performances on the
international stage first and foremost, and it's undeniable than
Shaun Johnson had the biggest impact at that level in 2014," says
RLW editor Gareth Walker.
"Throughout the entire tournament, he provided a devastating mix
of organising the New Zealand side and producing moments of
individual brilliance himself.
"When the Kiwis needed it most in the final against Australia in
Wellington, Johnson came up with the play of the competition,
scything through the Kangaroos defence and racing past Golden Boot
winner Greg Inglis - a feat very few achieve.
"It was a moment that summed up everything good about Shaun
Johnson and this current New Zealand side, which is enjoying a
golden era itself, having now won four major tournaments in the
The Kiwis' success is further illustrated by the fact that
Johnson is one of six New Zealanders in the World XIII - the first
time in its history they have had that many, having had five in
1983, 1984 and 2010.
Threequarters Dean Whare and Manu Vatuvei, prop Bromwich, and
second rowers Kevin Procter and Simon Mannering are all named
alongside Johnson, with Australia having just four inclusions this
year - Inglis, Michael Jennings, Thurston and Cameron Smith - and
England three, Burgess, Graham and Ryan Hall.
An interview with Johnson and the full World XIII voting details
appear in the January edition of Rugby League World, available from
Friday, December 19.
Download the digital
version of that issue to your smartphone, tablet or computer -
wherever you are in the world.
2014 WORLD XIII 2014
1 Greg Inglis
2 Ryan Hall
3 Michael Jennings
4 Dean Whare
5 Manu Vatuvei
6 Johnathan Thurston
7 Shaun Johnson
8 James Graham
9 Cameron Smith
10 Jesse Bromwich
11 Kevin Proctor
12 Simon Mannering
13 Sam Burgess
PAST GOLDEN BOOT WINNERS
1984 Wally Lewis
1985 Brett Kenny
1986 Garry Jack
1987 Hugh McGahan & Peter Sterling
1988 Ellery Hanley
1989 Mal Meninga
1990 Garry Schofield
1999: Andrew Johns
2000 Brad Fittler
2001 Andrew Johns
2002 Stacey Jones
2003 Darren Lockyer
2004 Andrew Farrell
2005 Anthony Minichiello
2006 Darren Lockyer
2007 Cameron Smith
2008 Billy Slater
2009 Greg Inglis
2010 Benji Marshall
2011 Johnathan Thurston
2012 Kevin Sinfield
2013 Johnathan Thurston