Search on for NZRL zone directors

06 March 2015


NZRL is seeking applications for board directors on behalf of an independent appointments panel that manages the recruitment process across the country's seven administrative zones.

All board positions are for a term of three years.

Rugby league is a sport for all New Zealanders, played at the grassroots and on the international stage.

The sport is "more than just a game" - it is part of the social fabric of our country, and has a critical role in developing young men and women in some of our most "at risk" communities.

The game's domestic governance model is based on seven geographic zones:

  • Northland
  • Akarana (comprising North Harbour, Waitakere & Auckland Central)
  • Counties-Manukau
  • Upper Central (comprising Bay of Plenty, Gisborne & Waikato)
  • Mid Central (comprising Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, Taranaki & Wanganui)
  • Wellington
  • Southern (entire South Island)

The independent appointments panel is charged with ensuring the zone boards have collective skills and experience in commerce, finance and marketing. Board members will also need to have effective decision-making skills, well-developed relationship-management skills and sound judgement.

The boards are responsible for ensuring sound governance practices and processes, and setting clear goals and measurable targets within the sport of rugby league in New Zealand.

Applications forms can be downloaded here.

All applications will be treated in strict confidence and must include a CV, covering letter and a completed application form.

Applications close 5pm, Monday, March 9.

National teams roles up for grabs

06 March 2015


New Zealand Rugby League is seeking suitably qualified coaches, managers and trainers for the NZ 16s, NZ 18s and the Kiwi Ferns women.

These positions will a fixed-term basis and will be finalised with the successful candidates.

The women have been locked in for an Anzac Test curtainraiser in Brisbane on May 1, the 18s will face Australian Schools in October, but no fixtures have been confirmed for the 16s yet.

The coaches will prepare individuals and the team for their best possible performance for the duration of their campaign. To perform these roles successfully, the coaches must perform all requirements in these job descriptions to a high standard.

The head coach, supported by their assistant coach, has overall responsibility for implementing NZRL philosophies with regard to development and playing of rugby league by the players he/she is allocated.

Complimenting this, the successful individuals will have sound processes around talent ID, developing an athlete-centred environment and team management.

The head coach has a key leadership and mentoring role for the team, having a significant impact on player development, player motivation and overall playing performance of the team.

The head coach will demonstrate the ability to effectively lead and manage individuals, team and staff, while meeting the desired outcomes set out in this job description.

Assistant coaches must also have sound processes around talent ID, developing team culture and working in a team environment. They must demonstrate leadership throughout the tenure of their appointment and be a mentor for the athletes when required.

The ability to effectively lead and manage individuals, and meet the targets set in conjunction with the head coach and NZRL is essential to the success of this assistant's role.

They must be able to compliment the vision and objectives of the head coach, utilising their coaching skills, leadership and experience where applicable.

Due to the nature of these teams, the coaches must have the ability to travel nationally and internationally.

The team manager provides support to the coaches and trainer by attending to all administration matters relating to the team and its players.

The manager will be the key person responsible for liaising between the team and NZRL. They will accurately manage all financial and logistical requirements for the team by strictly following NZRL financial/ travel policy and practices.

There is an expectation that the team manager will provide a detailed review at the end of the campaign/ tour in a timely manner.

All members of the management team will be role model for the players and other management staff. All management staff will adhere to the NZRL pledge and live these values.

The successful applicant must be able to travel and will need a current NZ driver's licence and have a mobile phone for communication purposes.

Team trainers have responsibilities for developing and implementing programmes to ensure the players possess the physical fitness and well-being to reduce the risk of injury and to deliver the coaches game plan

The trainer must show a duty of care towards the players under their charge in terms of lifestyle, nutrition, training and injury prevention. The role will involve mentoring players on making quality choices in terms of nutrition, training and general lifestyle decisions relating to their playing careers and beyond.

Team trainers need to be able to tailor their programmes to reflect the age and ability of the players they are training.

Applications should be emailed to by 5pm on Friday, March 6, 2015.

NB: Candidates will be shortlisted by March 9, with interviews to be held from Friday, March 13 in Auckland.

NZRL is a proven performer on the world stage and as a community leader dedicated to affecting social change within our community through sport.

Our vision: Te Iwi Kiwi - build a stronger family, community & game

Our mission: To serve & lead our people to success through rugby league "more than just a game"

Our Values: Integrity, respect, leadership, courage, passion

National Team Head Coach Postion Description

National Team Assistant Coach Position Description

National Team Manager Position Description

National Team Trainer Position Description

Register now for English tix pre-sale

06 March 2015


Planning your trip to England for the NZ Kiwis tour in November? Pre-sales for the three tests open in a week's time for just two days.

To secure the best seats, register online here this week.

On Sunday (UK time), you'll receive exclusive detals of kick-off times and ticket prices via email.

The next day, you'll have the chance to claim your seats before the rush.

Public ticket sales begin on Wednesday, March 11.


NZ v England November 1 KC Stadium, Hull
NZ v England November 7 Olympic Stadiu, London
NZ v England    
November 14    
DW Stadium, Wigan


NZ Rugby league would like to thank partners Pirtek, BLK and Rivera for their support of the NZ Kiwis programme.

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Gemmell takes national HP role

05 March 2015

Experienced homegrown coach Brent Gemmell has been appointed as NZ Rugby League high performance general manager, beginning mid-April.

Gemmell is probably best known for guiding the Junior Kiwis to an emotional 15-14 victory over Australia last October.

But he has a long and distinguished coaching history that also includes stints with NZ Residents, Auckland Vulcans in NSW Cup, four national titles with Auckland Pride/Lions and two Fox Memorial titles with Auckland powerhouse club Mt Albert.

His considerable experience coaching at age-group level has also seen him play a hand in guiding some of New Zealand's leading players through their early careers.

But his contributions to the national high performance programme have not been confined to his sideline achievements. Gemmell has been part of the NZRL advisory committee, and has also lectured Auckland Level 2 and senior club coaches on the importance of communication for the past seven years.

He steps down from a position as national investment and business investment manager with DB Breweries, taking up a role left vacant when former Kiwi Tony Iro became assistant coach with the Vodafone Warriors late last year.

"This is a key appointment in our organisation in terms of representing our core values and guiding some of our highest-profile programmes," says NZRL chief executive Phil Holden.

"We were looking for someone that was respected in the New Zealand rugby league and we believe we've found him.

"Brent has already been a major contributor to our representative programmes in recent years and will bring that valuable insight into this new challenge."

Gemmell will be responsible for managing the NZ Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns programmes, but also overseeing all other national teams and development pathways.

"After several years in the corporate world of sales leadership, and a lifetime of playing and coaching rugby league, I feel extremely privileged to have been awarded this role as high performance general manager for NZRL," he says.

"I bring a genuine passion for rugby league and experience in the high performance environment, which will serve me well in the role."

Gemmell will step away from his existing role with the Junior Kiwis coach for their trans-Tasman encounter on the Gold Coast, May 2, and one of his first tasks in his new job will be to find a successor.

He will take office on Monday, April 13.

Blair confident of turning back clock

05 March 2015

Phil Lutton, Sydney Morning Herald

Adam Blair stands convinced the past few years have made him a better man. Now he is determined to become a better player, one that even surpasses the damaging ball-runner that took the game by storm in Melbourne.

Now 28 and just days out from his debut for the Brisbane Broncos, Blair insists his career remains on an upward incline and feels that not only can he regain his best form under the guidance of Wayne Bennett, but take it to fresh heights.

You need to go some way through the NRL back catalogue to see what Blair brings to the table, although his performances on the international stage for the NZ Kiwis have always been full of spirit and soul.

He was infamously dubbed as one of the great busts in three seasons at the Wests Tigers (71 games), while former Bronco Gorden Tallis lashed him on radio, saying he was delivering far less than those on half his salary.

Even worse was the suggestion that he wasn't trying hard enough. Failure to "put in" might just be rugby league's greatest on-field sin.

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NZ Kiwis in NRL action this week are ...

Brisbane Broncos v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Thursday, March 5, Brisbane
Broncos - Adam Blair, Alex Glenn
Rabbitohs - Issac Luke

Parramatta Eels v Manly Sea Eagles
Friday, March 6, Parramatta
Sea Eagles - Peta Hiku, Kieran Foran

Newcastle Knights v NZ Warriors
Saturday, March 7, Newcastle
Knights - Jeremy Smith, David Fa'alogo
Warriors - Manu Vatuvei, Shaun Johnson, Thomas Leuluai, Ben Matulino, Bodene Thompson, Simon Mannering, Ben Henry, Suiaia Matagi

Gold Coast Titans v Wests Tigers
Saturday, March 7, Gold Coast
Titans - Josh Hoffman
Tigers - Dene Halatau, Marty Taupau

North Queensland Cowboys v Sydney Roosters
Saturday, March 7, North Queensland
Cowboys - Jason Taumalolo
Roosters - Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Sam Moa

Penrith Panthers v Canterbury Bulldogs
Sunday, March 8, Penrith
Panthers - Dean Whare, Sam McKendry, Sika manu, Lewis Brown, Elijah Taylor
Bulldogs - Sam Perrett, Greg Eastwood, Sam Kasiano, Frank Pricthard

Cronulla Sharks v Canberra Raiders
Sunday, March 8, Cronulla
Sharks - Sosaia Feki, Gerard Beale
Raiders - Frank-Paul Nu'uausala

St George Illawarra Dragons v Melbourne Storm
Monday, March 9, St George
Dragons - Jason Nightingale, Benji Marshall
Storm - Jesse Bromwich, Kevin Proctor, Tohu Harris