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The 2013 National Competition kicked off in August and finished
on October 21, 2013.
The Premiers compete in the Pirtek National Premiership, while
the 15s & 17s play in the National Competition.
From 2013 the Southern Zone Premier side will be known as the
Canterbury Bulls while their 15s and 17s grades will retain the
South Island Scorpions name & colours.
Upper Central Zone is represented by the Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions
in the Premier grade and the Wai-Coa-Bay Colts in the 15s & 17s
Akarana Zone (once known as Auckland represented by Auckland
Pride) will once again be the Akarana Falcons.
The 15s competed in a one week tournament from September 30 -
October 4 and the results
can be found here.
COMPETITION: The NZRL National Competition features three
teams from each of the seven Zones shown above.
The Premiers compete for the Albert Baskerville Trophy, the 17s
for the Mark Graham Cup and the 15s for the Nathan Cayless Cup.
Each team will be selected based on trial performance in their
Born in Waiorongomai, a small rural town on the outskirts of Te
Aroha, Bert Baskerville left school at 14 and began
working. By 1906 Baskerville was using his dual assets of size and
speed as a prolific try scorer for the Oriental rugby union club,
equally effective as a loose forward or outside back.
In an era of primitive communications and transport and with
players facing the threat of lifetime suspension Baskerville
persuaded many of New Zealand's finest rugby union players to live
his dream of playing the new Northern Union code on a nine-month
odyssey to Australia, Ceylon, Britain and home again via
Baskerville's insight led to the establishment of rugby league
in New Zealand and was a major factor in its introduction to
Australia. He is deservedly recognised as the founder of the
international game. Tragically he died of pneumonia in Brisbane on
the final leg of the tour by his 1907-08 All Golds at just 25 years
Source: The Kiwis by J Coffey and B Wood
Mark Graham was a back-rower and former captain of
the Kiwis. An Otahahu junior, Graham played in 29 tests, captaining
the Kiwis in 18 of them and scoring 7 tries from 1977 to 1988.
After winning premierships with his club in New Zealand he
played eight seasons in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership with
the Norths club, as well as the New South Wales Rugby League
premiership for the North Sydney Bears between 1981 and 1988. He
travelled to England to captain the newly promoted Wakefield
Trinity club in the 1988-89 Rugby Football League season.
Mark Graham was one of the initial inductees of the NZRL Legends
of League. He was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of
Fame. He went on to coach the Auckland Warriors in the National
Rugby League for two seasons in 1999 and 2000.
In August, 2006 Graham was named at second-row in the North
Sydney Bears' Team of the Century. In 2007, he was
named at second row in the New Zealand Kiwis Team of the
Century and also further honoured as New Zealand's rugby
league Player of the Century. In 2008, Graham was also
named at second-row in a Norths Devils all-time greatest team.
Nathan Cayless was a professional rugby league
player and captain of the Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby
League up until the end of 2010. His position of choice is prop
While attending Parramatta Marist High, Nathan played for the
Australian Schoolboys team in 1995 and 1996.
He chose to represent New Zealand at senior level and became one
of the Kiwis most-capped players, appearing on 38 occasions between
1998 and 2009. He was part of the squad for both the 2000 and 2008
World Cups, and captained the Kiwis to victory at the 2008 Rugby
League World Cup.
He retired from international rugby league in April 2009, to
focus the rest of his football career on the Eels where he holds
the record for the most games as captain of any team in the
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