Rugby league has played a significant part in New Zealandsport for over 100 years.
Formed on April 25th 1910, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league and is charged with the growth, development and delivery of the code in Aotearoa.
The NZRL catchment is divided into seven Zones that governand service the grassroots game; Northland, Akarana, Counties Manukau, UpperCentral, Mid Central, Wellington and Southland. Within those Zones, the sportis implemented throughout the regions by sixteen Districts.
These Zones compete at a national level through the NZRLPremiership while NZRL manages the New Zealand international representativeteams:
Rugby League has a rich history in NZ dating back to 1907when the first ‘All Golds’ team toured Great Britain. New Zealand played anintegral role in the history of rugby league football as of all rugby leaguenations New Zealand was second only to England to compete in internationalcompetition.
Rugby League in New Zealand was officially established in1910 despite pushback from Rugby Union and was played in Auckland, Taranaki,Rotorua, Nelson, Southland, Wanganui, Marlborough, Invercargill, Hawke’s Bay,and South Auckland. Auckland Rugby League became the first to start a regularregional competition boasting a full season in 1912, with its headquarters atEden Park. The first professional New Zealand club team, the Auckland Warriors,was added to the top-level Australian Rugby League competition in 1995.
1995 saw the establishment of the New Zealand Rugby LeagueNational Women’s team, the Kiwi Ferns who hold the record for the most Women’sWorld Cup wins, taking home the trophy in 2000, 2003 and 2008.
The New Zealand Men’s National team, the Kiwis, won theirfirst Rugby League World Cup in 2008.
Alongside its professional representative teams, NZRL alsomanages the NZ 16s representatives, NZ 18s representatives, and the New ZealandResidents (Grassroots Premiership team).
NZRL deliver a series of annual tournaments including theaward-winning National Secondary Schools tournament, the National Women’s andYouth tournaments and at Premier Grade, the National Premiership and NationalChampionship.
The Kiwi Way is how NZRL implement its More Than A Game philosophy, where we are committed to transforming lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League.
The ‘The Kiwi Way’ is the New Zealand Rugby League organisational ethos that represents the culture instilled within all those who are a part of the New Zealand Rugby League community.
We are diverse, we call New Zealand home and we are all Kiwis
We are family first
We are responsible
We are innovative and courageous
We are inclusive, respectful and humble
We are stronger together
We live and play The Kiwi Way every day