Join "Butcher" on Four Nations tour

27 August 2014

Thinking of catching the Four Nations doubleheader - including the NZ Kiwis v Australia World Cup final rematch - in Brisbane on October 25? Here's the package tour for you …

Experience Group will take the official Kiwis supporters group across the Tasman for the Kiwis v Kangaroos/England v Samoa spectacular, hosted by none other than your old mate, Sir Peter (The Mad Butcher) Leitch.

The travelling party will leave Auckland on October 24, arriving in time for the morning captain's run at Suncorp Stadium.

That evening, you'll attend an exclusive supporters function and mix with some of the Butcher's personal friends, who also happen to be Kiwis legends.

On Game Day, you will enjoy the match entertainment from the comfort of Suncorp's Gold seating, returning to Auckland the next morning. For two nights, you'll stay at Brisbane's Mantra Terrace Hotel.

Packages cost $1499 single and $1325 twin/double, but be in quickly - numbers are limited.

If that sounds like a piece of you, contact the Experience Group at or phone 09 3040352.


2014 Four Nations Package Tour Flyer

Wanted - Manawatu district manager

25 August 2014

Manawatu Rugby League is seeking suitable applicants for a newly created district manager role, based in Palmerston North.

Established in 1957, Manawatu RL has club membership from southern Hawke's Bay, Wanganui, Manawatu and Horowhenua. Many of today's top NRL players started their grassroots rugby league there.

The current volunteer board is made up of leaders from within the business community, who are focussed on the growth and success of this sport.

They are passionate about rugby league and excited about the opportunity to take MRL to the next level with this new paid role.

Not your normal 9-5 role, you will be responsible for the co-ordination of all aspects of the senior and junior competition, including the successful Friday Night League, nines competition and the Manawatu Mustangs.

Liaising directly with the junior committee, clubs, facilities, sponsors, Mid Central zone, NZRL and other stakeholders, you will deliver a well-organised, high-quality and successful programme across all grades for 2015.

To succeed in this challenging role, you will be passionate about rugby league. You will walk the talk and put words into action.

With a strong focus on delivering results, you will demonstrate a high level of business acumen to successfully manage relationships with our clubs, sponsors, funding groups and partners.

You will have impressive experience in sports administration and co-ordination skills.

You will be an effective communicator, with loads of initiative and the ability to think on your feet.

Become a part of the development of the great game of rugby league in the Manawatu, with a competitive remuneration package that includes a vehicle.

For further information, please contact Carolyn Sherwill on 027 367 6900 or, to apply, send your CV and covering letter to before 5pm, Friday, September 12.

Cameron takes NZRL community role

25 August 2014

New Zealand Rugby League has appointed Jacob Cameron as its new community general manager, overseeing some exciting projects in the "more than just a game" aspect of its business.

Cameron has filled the role under secondment from Sport Auckland over the past three months, and brings an extensive background in sports administration at regional and national level.

He also offers insight into rugby league governance through terms with the Gisborne/Tairawhiti and Akarana boards.

"Several great candidates applied for this role, but Jacob brings plenty of attributes and skills to the position that I think will set NZRL apart in the community sport space," says chief executive Phil Holden.

"He has real depth of experience through the programmes he has delivered and his leadership from within his current role at Sport Auckland as community sport director. He has an extensive network across the country and strong relationship skills at all levels.

"Jacob will help take NZRL forward in a key and critical area and role for our game."

In his new role, Cameron will support the sport's seven zones from a game development perspective and other key campaigns aimed at building the capability of the rugby league community.

He will also manage the League 4 Life Foundation, a philanthropic trust focused on supporting those in need from within the game.

"We occupy a very special and unique place in NZ society that enables us to reach people that can really use our help," says Holden. "Jacob will be instrumental in developing those opportunities wherever possible."

He begins his role fulltime on September 8.

Winged Falcons too strong in opener

24 August 2014

Akarana Falcons overcame the absence of several front-line players to begin their Pirtek NZRL National Premiership defence in brutal fashion, spanking Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions 56-10 at Birkenhead War Memorial.

With a week still remaining in the Auckland club competition, coach Steve Buckingham chose not to overburden some of his best at the business end of their season.

But that didn't seem to slow the defending premiership champions down one iota, as they quickly established their superiority over the visiting Stallions and never took their foot off the accelerator.

Akarana ran in 10 tries - five in each half - with five-eighth Simon Ieremia converting seven of them, and led 30-4 at halftime.

The visitors scored first after the restart, but any momentum was stopped cold, when a serious leg injury to Wai-Coa-Bay Ryan Gordon halted play for about an hour.

When play resumed, the Falcons simply stamped their will on their opponents, piling on 26 straight points over the closing stages.

Fullback Mao Uta had a hat-trick of tries for Akarana, while centre Manueli Vetenibua recorded a double.

The result sees Akarana rocket to the top of the ladder after the opening round of this year's competition and they will enjoy a bye next week, before welcoming back their stars for a road trip to Canterbury in Week Three.

Wellington Orcas and Canterbury Bulls were the other winners this weekend, with last year's runners-up, Counties Manukau Stingrays, benefitting from the bye.

Next week, Wellington host Central Vipers, Northern Swords host the Stingrays, while the Stallions must regroup at home against the Bulls.

Pirtek NZRL National Premiership

Sunday, August 24

Birkenhead War Memorial, Auckland

Akarana Falcons 56 (Mao Uta 3, Manueli Vetenibua 2, Jeremiah Faaumuumu, Simon Luafalealo, Simon Ieremia, Kaleni Fraser & Tevita Vea tries; Ieremia 7 & Levi Norton goals) Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions 10 (Hayden Karena & Isaiah Cooper-Tetefano tries; Kerena goal); HT: 30-4

Falcons: 1-Moa Uta, 2-Jeremiah Faaumuumu, 3-Manueli Vetenibua, 4-Willie Peace, 5-Simon Luafalealo, 6-Simon Ieremia, 19-Levi Norton, 10-Kaleni Fraser, 9-Semisi Mau, 8-Trent Schaumkel, 11-Taylor Daniels, 12-Tevita Vea, 13-Karl Semeti, 14-Sam Cook, 15-Ribeau Norton, 16-Matt Tafutu, 17-Siliga Kepoa
Stallions: 1-Caleb Heke, 2-Isaac Robinson, 4-Mounga Molisi, 3-John Koko, 5-Ryan Gordon, 6-Johnson Peri, 7-Hayden Karena, 8-Hone Love Henry, 9-Raureti Grace (capt), 10-Callin Tereu, 12-Cody King, 11-Terry Kopua, 13-Jason Whareaitu, 14-Hamiora Mihaka, 16-Isaiah Cooper-Tetefano, 15-Mosese Mafi, 17-Marrin Haggie

Referee - Steve Kilgallon     Touch - Rochelle Tamarua & C McMillen


NZRL-Pirtek-National-Premiership-v-4NZ Rugby League would like to acknowledge and thank naming-rights sponsor of the NZRL National Premiership - Pirtek fluid transfer solutions - who is also major sponsor of the NZ Kiwis. In addition, Pirtek supports league through its NRL association with the Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta's Pirtek Stadium.

Orcas on top early in premiership

23 August 2014

Bernard Gregorius' hat-trick of tries has guided Wellington Orcas to the top of the Pirtek NZRL National Premiership table on opening day of the 2014 season.

The flying winger, who was one of three players to lead the competition with eight tries last year, secured his double right on half-time and added a third after the break, as the home side ran out 38-14 victors over Northern Swords.

Wellington jumped out to a perfect start, with two tries in the first 15 minutes and two more before the break for a 22-4 advantage.

Their guests enjoyed a brief period of hope in the second half, scoring twice within minutes.

But by then, the game was well out of the Swords' reach, and with Josh Kohika and David Saumolia also securing doubles, Wellington were able to draw away for their easy win.

Meanwhile, Canterbury Bulls held out Central Vipers 18-12 in New Plymouth, but only after an improved showing from the home side, who finished winless last season. Their best result in 2013 was an 18-point loss to Northern Swords.

The southerners were also in command early, with converted tries to captain Chris Bamford and Chris Timo Latu achieving a 12-0 margin within sight of halftime.

Central struck back with a converted try to Tyson Young just before the break, but when Vinnie Paul scored four minutes into the second half, again converted by Timo Latu from the side-line, the Bulls were firmly in the driver's seat.

Winger Joe Ratu gave the Vipers a sniff with another converted try, but could not spark the upset.

Tomorrow, four-time defending champions Akarana Falcons host Wai-Coa-Bay Falcons, while last season's beaten finalists, Counties Manukau Stingarys, have the first-up bye.


Pirtek NZRL National Premiership

August 23, 2014

Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth

Canterbury Bulls 18 (Vinnie Paul, Cyrus Timo Latu & Chris Bamford tries; Timo Latu 2 & Dan Moevao goals) Central Vipers 12 (Joe Ratu & Tyson Young tries; Aaron Whitika 2 goals); HT:  12-6
Vipers: 1-Aaron Whitikia, 2-Jo Ratu, 4-Che Barlow, 3-Vailoa Kereti, 5-Tyson Young, 7-Cruz Rauner, 6-Colin Hokianga, 8-Kele Kose, 9-Travl Ngatoko, 8 -Gorden Karaitiana, 11-Jarrod Morfett, 12-Wiremu McSeveny, 13-Richard Gillies, 15-Dylin Hall, 14-Sione Sifa, 16-Josh Kerr, 17-Ale Feaunati
1-Ken Tofilau, 2-Danny Latu, 3-Erwin Sauni, 4-Vinnie Paul, 5-Cyrus Timo-Latu, 6-Izic Placid, 7-Darren Tonihi, 8-Paradise Mann, 9-Manu Weepu, 10-Chris Bamford (capt), 11-JJ Smith, 12-Corey Lawrie, 13-Dan Moevao, 14-Toi Sepuloni, 15-Agaese Fiso, 16-John Tafua, 17-Vincent Tusa

Referee - Tane Kaiwai       Touch - Mike Katene & Eric Kneepkens

Petone Recreation Ground, Wellington

Wellington Orcas 38 (Bernard Gregorius 3, Josh Kohika 2, David Saumolia 2 & Petera Rikiriki-Williams tries; Shawn Playford 3 goals) Northern Swords 14 (Joe Freeman, Sam Henry & Jordan Hool tries; Henry goal); HT: 22-4
Orcas: 1-Anthony Utanga, 2-Bernard Gregorius, 4-Ben Tuia, 3-Raymond Lesoa, 5-David Saumolia, 6-Shaun Playford, 7-Petera Rikiriki-Williams, 10-Chance Tauri, 9-Michael O'Brien, 8-Robbie McKenzie, 12-Jon Masaga, 17-Paul Lemana, 13-Michael Nathan, 14-Grayson Putu, 18-Fe'aomoeata Fakalelu, 16-Mona Sio, 17-Josh Kohika
Swords: 1-Israel Tahere, 2-Sharif Mangu, 3-Wiremu Snowden Te Iringa, 4-Ross McFarlane, 5-Rikki Tarau, 6-Daniel Fulop (capt), 7-Samuel Henry, 8-Christopher Apoua, 9-Joel Freeman, 10 Poasa Rankin, 11-Te Tuhi Tipene, 12-Patrick Tane, 13-Kelson Harding, 19-Jordan Hool, 15-Chris Mellar-Reynolds, 16-Tumoana Halkyard, 17-Alex Salase
Referee - Tony Arnel          Touch - Dave Robati & Marissa Edmonds

August 24, 2014

Akarana Falcons v Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions, Birkenhead War Memorial, Auckland, 2.30pm
1-Mao Uta, 2-Tee Mahe, 3-Tangi Ropati, 4-Willie Peace, 5-Simon Luafalealo, 6-Simon Ieremia, 7-Levi Norton, 8-Kaleni Fraser, 9-Semisi Mau, 10-Trent Schaumkel, 11-Taylor Daniels, 12-Karl Semeti, 13-Brandon Motion, 14-Sam Cook, 15-Junior Fotu, 16-Matt Tafutu, 17-Siliga Kepoa
Stallions: 1-Caleb Heke, 2-Isaac Robinson, 3-Mounga Molisi, 4-John Koko, 5-Ryan Gordon, 6-Johnson Peri, 7-Hayden Karena (capt), 8-Tarquin Court, 9-Raureti Grace, 10-John Love-Henry, 11-Cody King, 12-Terry Kopua, 13-Jason Whareaitu, 14-Hamiora Mihaka, 15-Callin Tereu, 16-Mosese Mafi, 17-Mac Carson

Referee - Steve Kilgallon     Touch - Rochelle Tamarua & TBC


NZRL-Pirtek-National-Premiership-v-4NZ Rugby League would like to acknowledge and thank naming-rights sponsor of the NZRL National Premiership - Pirtek fluid transfer solutions - who is also major sponsor of the NZ Kiwis. In addition, Pirtek supports league through its NRL association with the Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta's Pirtek Stadium.