June 20, 2022

Experienced forward Isaac Liu will miss the Kiwis’ one-off Test against Mate Ma’a Tonga to be with his partner for the birth of the couple’s second child this week.

The 31-year-old eight-Test Kiwi was named in the wider 15-man squad for the encounter at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday.

However, Liu, a 217-game NRL veteran, has remained on the Gold Coast to support his partner Jessica for the birth.

“It’s straightforward for us at times like this. We’re always about family coming first,” said Kiwi head coach Michael Maguire.

“It’s such an important and exciting time for Isaac and his wife. He’s very much a part of our squad but there’s only one place he needs to be at a time like this. We’re excited for them.”

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Jamayne Isaako both delayed traveling to England for the Kiwis’ 2018 tour to be with their expectant partners. Watene-Zelezniak was on hand for the birth of his daughter and Isaako his son before they linked up with their teammates.

Liu won’t be replaced in the squad leaving the Kiwis with 24 players as they prepare for the international.

The squad has its first training session at Mount Smart Stadium tomorrow.

Akarana 20s hosted a weakened Upper Central Stallions 20s at Bruce Pulman Park in South Auckland. Akarana outclassed the visitors beating the Stallions 76 nil.

 

The Stallion’s defence was under pressure for the majority of the first half. Akarana was relentless in pressure taking every opportunity to put points on the board. Akarana scored six back-to-back unanswered tries through Elam Payne, Louise Dehar Webster on the edge, Joshua Tanielu, Esom Ioka, Robert Davis and Doux Fiatau-Kauhiva. Akarana went to the sheds with a large early lead over the Stallions 34 to nil.

 

Akarana’s barrage of tries continued into the second half, more tries scored from Akrana’s Davis with his second try of the match, Seeti Kuresa-Tovao, Waikare Ratima, Dehar Webster scored his second, and Sebastian Su’a. With less than ten minutes to go, Akarana’s Tanielu and Fiatau-Kauhive both score their second. Tyson Davies scored the last try of the match for Akarana.

 

Akarana kept the Stallions out of the match successfully to put on a masterclass and secure their spot in the final. The final score to 76 – 0 to Akarana. The National 20s final will be held next weekend, Saturday April 16 at Mt Smart Stadium.

 

It was the Mid Central Vipers’ turn to take on the reigning champs, the Counties Manukau Stingrays at Pulman Park for round two of the Sky Sport National Women’s Premiership.

 

Counties took the first points of the match through number sixteen Alix Leaupepe. Teammate Annessa Biddle scored off the back of some messy play from both sides, the Vipers defence eventually cracked from the unorganised play. Mid central finally cracked the Counties defence on the halftime buzzer, Odellee Edmonds crashed over the line to give her team some much needed points leading into the break. Counties lead the Mid Central Vipers 10 – 6.

 

Counties number eighteen Halayna Finau scored the first try of the half. Pressure from Counties continued to pile up with a try from Pahu Kani extending Counties lead. With ten minutes to go the Vipers refused to stay down, Agnes Faraimo scored the first try of the half for Mid Central. Kelly Alexander answered back with a try of her own for Counties to secure the win for her team.

 

Counties Manukau proved too strong for the Mid Central side to take the win. The Sky Sport Women’s Premiership continues tomorrow at Nga Puna Wai in Christchurch when Canterbury takes on the Akarana Falcons.

 

Full-time Counties Manukau – 28  Mid Central – 10

 

Try Scorers

Counties Manukau: Alix Leaupepe; Annessa Biddle; Halayna Finau; Pahu Kani; Kelly Alexander.

Mid Central: Odelle Edmonds; Agnes Faraimo.

Akarana Falcons prove too strong for the Mid Central Vipers and take the win over the Vipers.

Day two of the Sky Sport Women’s Premiership saw the Akarana Falcons take on the Mid Central Vipers on Akarana’s home ground, Trusts Stadium in Auckland.

The Vipers drew first blood as Aggy Faraimo charged over the line to give her team a head start early in the match. Akarana under pressure scored a try of their own through Tatiana Finau, with an excellent line through the defence. An impressive response saw another excellent try scored by the Viper’s Sarahcen Oliver. Rowena Maleisea scored for Akarana a few moments later to keep the score close as they head into halftime.

Kaiyah Atai opened the scoring in the second half followed by another try from teammate Capri Paekau to take the lead over the Vipers. The Vipers weren’t going down without a fight, Oliver scored her second try of the match to close the gap once again. Akarana then scored another four-pointer through a smart dummy half run by Mela Vili. Clementine Varea refused to be shut down by the Vipers defence as she barged over the line to score a try of her own. Back-to-back tries by Akarana by Lavinia Tauhalaliku

The Sky Sport Women’s Premiership continues next Saturday when Counties Manukau play Mid Central at Pulman Park.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE ROLE

1. Career Development Opportunity
2. Provide Strategic, Direction and Oversight
3. Leadership to Commercial and Community Stakeholders

Canterbury Rugby League (CRL) has built a strong and loyal following across the region over the past 110 years. The Canterbury wide grassroots Clubs are etched into the community that makes up this province’s rich sporting history. Our Game, our Community, our Future is the mantra for the local game, playing an important role influencing positive change and community resilience by using sport as a vehicle.

This is an exciting time for CRL, with a purpose-built home and the opportunity exists for a leader to leverage these opportunities enabling CRL to become an even stronger contributor to the growth of the sport locally and nationally.

Reporting to the Board Chair, you will be a strategic and commercially astute leader, taking overall responsibility for all activities of CRL, in line with its strategic, community and financial goals. You will engage with all current and potential stakeholders, translating ideas and innovation into action, further developing the public profile and long-term growth of CRL.

Understanding the dynamics of sport and a relevant tertiary qualification are highly desirable, however, superior communication skills with a track record of fostering stakeholder engagement with the ability to relate at all levels of the community will be essential.

To provide the level of leadership necessary to be successful in this role, the Chief Executive will possess the following attributes;
• An appreciation of the strategic issues facing sport and the potential for Rugby League to add value to the communities the game serves.• The ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with diverse stakeholder groups including core membership, commercial partners and the wider community.
• A commitment to continuous improvement and an organisational culture where accountability to stakeholders is measured by achievement of clearly defined outcomes.
• Sound working knowledge of financial reporting and performance management processes in order to provide competent management of local football operations.
• Able to maximise revenue generation opportunities via understanding of the sponsorship and/or funding sectors (marketing experience would be an advantage).
• A strong work ethic and willingness to ‘roll your sleeves up’ to get the job done with limited resources.
If you possess the qualities, passion and drive required to lead the CRL in its path forward and want to make the most of this significant and exciting opportunity please apply online.

A Position Description for the role is available on request to [email protected]

Applications close Monday 14th of March 2022.

ABOUT NEW ZEALAND RUGBY LEAGUE:

Rugby league has played a significant part in New Zealand sport for over 100 years. Formed in 1910, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand.

NZRL is divided into seven zones that service the grassroots needs of the game.These zones compete in the National Premiership/Championship, as well as women’s, youth and schools’ competitions. NZRL manages the Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns who play regular international fixtures and compete in the Rugby League World Cup every four years.

Through its “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League. 

Underpinning this philosophy is The Kiwi Way.  We are diverse, we call New Zealand home and therefore we are all Kiwis.   We live and play The Kiwi Way – all day/every day:

  • We are inclusive, respectful and humble
  • We are responsible
  • We are innovative and courageous
  • We are family first

OUR GOALS

  • Rugby league enjoyed by more people
  • A financially sustainable NZ Game
  • Women’s game thriving and enhanced opportunities for women in the game
  • Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns inspirational & aspirational
  • NZRL to be a model modern sports organisation

PURPOSE

The Football Operations Assistant is tasked with assisting in the planning, administration, and delivery of all NZRL tournaments, competitions and events. The NZRL Football & High-Performance department is connected to, and works with, all areas of the organisation, and the wider rugby league community, hence the requirement for a motivated team performer who can also work independently.

SPECIFIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Assist the Football Operations team in monitoring player transfers, movements and application of the current Development Fees policy.
  • Assist in the administration of tournament and competition sanctions.
  • Assist in the development of competition or tournament manuals and procedures.
  • Assist in the logistics and delivery of judicial hearings.
  • Assist in the logistics and delivery of NZRL national tournaments and competitions.
  • Assist with the planning and delivery of Zonal and District Tournaments and competitions.
  • Assist with the planning and delivery of National age group Resident programmes and teams.

PLANNING AND REPORTING

  • Meeting NZRL KPIs for football administration, planning and event delivery tasks.
  • Delivering on tasks as directed and requested from the NZRL Football Operations Manager.
  • Working with other departments and teams to ensure communication, alignment and understanding around football events, competitions and tournaments .

GENERAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Be punctual and work the hours and times specified.
  • Prioritise workload to ensure work of the greatest importance to the business is undertaken with urgency and to a high standard.
  • Support and help develop a positive workplace culture.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Responsibly manage all business resources within accountability levels.
  • Undertake all duties and responsibilities outlined in this Job Description and all other duties as required by the business.
  • Comply with all employment obligations.
  • Promptly undertake to complete all reasonable and lawful instructions and directions given.
  • Serve the business in good faith, promoting and protecting the business’ best interests.
  • During work time, and such other times as may be reasonably required, dedicate all effort to the execution and fulfilment of the duties, responsibilities, obligations and instructions related to employment.
  • Demonstrate through own actions a commitment to Health and Safety at work when undertaking work or observing others in the workplace.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION 

  • Demonstrated experience in leading and assisting in delivering football – Sound MS Office and database management skills
  • Experience using the Sporty database system is desirable.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills; and
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Applications close on Wednesday 23 February

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Do you have a vision for the future; are you able to lead a champion culture for the Rugby League Community in Northland?

The future for Rugby League in Northland is exciting with a solid foundation in place; the position of Rugby League Northland (RLN) Community Manager has become available, can you deliver?

RLN COMMUNITY MANAGER:

RLN was created in 2010, as one of seven Zones formed as part of the restructure of the domestic game in New Zealand. 

Accountable to the Zone Board, the CM will plan, deliver, and implement innovative initiatives that support the overall strategic direction of Rugby League Northland.  The CM will also work closely with NZRL and their national strategy.

To provide the level of leadership necessary to be successful in this role, the Community Manager will possess the following attributes:

  • An appreciation of the strategic issues facing sport and the potential for Rugby League to add value to the communities the game serves.
  • The ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with diverse stakeholder groups including core membership, commercial partners and the wider community.
  • A commitment to continuous improvement and an organisational culture where accountability to stakeholders is measured by achievement of clearly defined outcomes.
  • Sound working knowledge of financial reporting and performance management processes in order to provide competent management of Zone operations.
  • Able to maximise revenue generation opportunities via understanding of the sponsorship and/or funding sectors (marketing experience would be an advantage).
  • A strong work ethic and willingness to ‘roll your sleeves up’ to get the job done with limited resources.

This will be a ‘hands on’ role with the primary objective of developing the game within the Zone. Experience and proven performance as a senior manager will be complimented by a management style that reflects RLN’s core values of:

  • Tuakiritanga – Identity
  • Kotahitanga – Unity
  • Rangatiratanga – Leadership
  • Manakitanga – Responsibility of hosting, caring, sharing and giving of our best.

More than just a game

A full job description is available at www.northernswords.co.nz

Please forward your application with a supporting cover letter to; [email protected] or alternatively you can apply on seek here.

Applications close Friday 24th December 2021

Mid Central Vipers 16s v South Island Scorpions 16s Final

The action kicked off early on Sunday morning at the Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub in Christchurch. The South Island were hosts for both 16s and 18s National Youth Tournament Finals. The Mid Central Vipers 16s were first up taking on the South Island Scorpions 16s.

The Vipers number seven Chance Sherrard-Chase sold the Scorpions a dummy to open the scoring in this final. The Vipers continued their attack on the right side, Tayne Harvey taking it over the line through a gap in the defense. A frustrated Scorpions team was penalised after Revelation Mumuta was caught offside with a shoulder charge which saw the Scorpions down a man near the end of the first half. Errors plagued the Scorpions throughout the first half, the Scorpions conceded another try to Vipers Ramses Ah Chong. The Vipers went into the sheds with the lead 18 – 0.

A far more composed Scorpions team emerged to open the scoring in the second half. Te Kaio Cranwell powered through five defenders to get points on the board for his team. Some individual brilliance from Viper’s Ah Chong saw him bust through four tacklers to go over to score his second try of the match. Scorpions continued to fight back with a try of their own by Aston Wilson, to close the gap by 12 points. Viper’s pressure and speed ultimately proved too much for the Scorpions, Vipers becoming the National Youth Competition 16s champions for 2021 winning the match 22 – 10.

South Island Scorpions 18s v Upper Central Stallions 18s Final

The highly anticipated second match of the day saw the Upper Central Stallions 18s face off against the top of table Southern Zone 18s.

The Stallions and Warriors Youth player Tamiro Armstrong opens the scoring in the second match, after a tight first 15 minutes. The Stallions doubled down with another strong try to number 12 Jericho Yorke. A momentum shift near the end of the first half saw the Scorpions put their first points on the board. Scorpions and Canterbury Bulls rep Uriah Tuli scored first points for his team followed by a tries by teammate Jayton Lawrie and an excellent run away from Martino Bio. The Scorpions head into the second half with a lead over the Stallions 18 – 8.

The Scorpions came back into the second half firing with a try in the first few minutes to Leo Nasio. The Stallions still in it, put on a massive came back and hit the line hard with a try to Brooklyn Rowley to break a quiet period for the team. Armstrong follows up with a second try for the Stallions, to close the gap. This was followed by a crucial try by the Stallion’s Jason Kameta, to give his team the lead by two points with 14 minutes to go. Out of desperation, the Scorpions created their own opportunity scoring an impressive team try, Bio took the ball across the line to take the lead back for the south. With five minutes to go, the Stallions refused to bow out with a try to Tome Poona sealing the win for the Stallions 28 – 30.

Wellington Orcas 16s v Mid Central Vipers 16s

Day two of round three kicked off with a tense contest between the Upper Central Stallions and the Wellington Orcas 16s. The Orcas scored a flurry of tries at the beginning of the second half to edge out the Stallions.

Wellington Orcas 18s v Mid Central Vipers 18s

Upper Central Zone 16s v South Island Scorpions 16s

The first day of round three of the National Youth Competition kicked off with a battle between the Upper Central Stallions and the Mid Central Vipers 16s.

Upper Central Zone 18s v South Island Scorpions 18s

Wellington Orcas 16s v Mid Central Vipers 16s

Wellington Orcas 18s v Mid Central Vipers 18s

You can watch replays of both Upper Central Zone v South Island Scorpions below.

Upper Central Zone 16s v South Island Scorpions 16s

Upper Central Zone 18s v South Island Scorpions 18s

The second day of round 2 kicked off with a thriller between the South Island Scorpions 16s and the Northern Swords 16s. After a first half blowout by the Scorpions, the Swords came into the second half firing. It wasn’t enough for the Swords though, Scorpions beating them in the end 20 – 28.

The South Island Scorpions dominance in this tournament continued into day two with a gutsy win over a spirited Nothland Swords 18s team.

You can watch replays of both matches below.

Northern Swords 16s v South Island Scorpions 16s

Northern Swords 18s v South Island Scorpions 18s

The first day of round 2 started off with a thriller of a contest between the South Island Scorpions 16s and the Mid Central Vipers 16s. This tight contest saw the Vipers add another win to their resume, beating the Scorpions 24 – 20.

The second match of the day saw the Scorpions take a late lead in the game, after a tight first half. The Vipers lose their second consecutive match 16 – 30.

You can watch replays of both matches below.

South Island Scorpions 16s v Mid Central Vipers 16s

South Island Scorpions 18s v Mid Central Vipers 18s

Northern Swords 16s v Wellington Orcas 16s

Northern Swords 18s v Wellington Orcas 18s

Sosaia Alatini scored the opening try of the Youth Competition for the South Island Scorpions. The Scorpions domination of the match continued with tries from Cairo Rangihuna-Ruri, Aston Wilson, Dakota Kakoi, And Meihana Pauling in the first half alone. The second half saw the Scorpions with a lead of 30 points to nill. Rangihuna-Ruri opened the half with his second try, followed by the Wellington Orcas first try of the match by Caleb Carroll. Scorpions came back again with tries from Zeke Faga-Leti and a hattrick for Rangihuna-Ruri. The final score was 42 – 6 to the South Island Scorpions.

It was the 18s turn to take the field in a much closer match-up compared to their 16s counterparts. The first few minutes of the match saw George Teo take first points for the Wellington Orcas 18s followed by a return from the South Island Scorpions 18s number two Jayton Lawrie. Jordan Chapman scored two tries, Teo scored his second to pull out into an early lead. Scorpions answered back with tries of their own from Caleb Murphy, Martino Boi, and Arlan Perez going into an even 20 – 20 half-time. Scorpions open the scoring in the second half with tries to Oliver Lawry and a second for Perez. Wellington’s Simeona Saumolia scored his first and George Teo scored his hat trick close to the end of the match. The Scorpions though too strong for the Orcas closing out the match with a try from
Ngaheke Nepata. The final score 38 – 28.

On day 2, the hosts Mid Central Vipers 16s take the win over the Upper Central Stallions 16s 28 -12.

Upper Central Stallions 18s avenge the 16s team loss with a 48 – 12 win over the Mid Central Vipers 18s.

JOB TITLE: NZRL Resident Secondary School Girls & 18’s Resident Girls School Manager      

HOURS OF WORK: This is a voluntary role that requires a commitment of some weekend work and a camp for the campaign.

APPOINTMENT TERM: One (1) year plus an additional one (1) year pending campaign review. 

REPORT TO: Kiws & National Teams Manager and the Head Coach

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New Zealand Rugby League:

Rugby league has played a significant part in New Zealand sport for over 100 years. Formed in 1910, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand. With a commitment to growing the female game, providing positive experiences and opportunities for female youth players to participate in rugby league. The New Zealand Secondary Schools and New Zealand Resident 18’s Girls representative teams contribute to the female pathway, which leads to and includes the NRLW and NZRL Kiwi Ferns.

The successful candidate will be appointed in the dual role of NZRL Secondary School Girls and NZ Resident 18s Girls team Head Coach.

New Zealand Rugby League goals:

•           Rugby league enjoyed by more people

•           A financially sustainable NZ Game

•           Women’s game thriving and enhanced opportunities for women in the game

•           Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns inspirational & aspirational

•           NZRL to be a model modern sports organisation

Through our “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League.

Underpinning this philosophy is The Kiwi Way. 

We are diverse, we call New Zealand home and therefore, we are all Kiwis.

We are inclusive, respectful and humble

We are responsible

We are innovative and courageous

We are family first

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The Team Manager will be the key person responsible for liaising between the team and the NZRL. As part of the management team, you will be a role model for the players and other management staff members. There is an expectation that all management staff will adhere to the NZRL Kiwi Way philosophy.

KEY INFORMATION & DATES:

  • The NZ Secondary School Girls team will be selected from the NZRL Secondary School Girls Trial (from schools that officially registered for the NZRL National Secondary Schools).
  • The NZRL Secondary School Girls will play the Auckland Rugby League Region of Origin Girls 18s team.
  • The NZRL Resident 18s Girls team will be selected from the NZ Secondary School Girls and Auckland Rugby League Region of Origin Girls 18s game.
  • The NZ Resident 18s Girls will play the NZMRL Kotiro 18s.

Team Selection dates

2nd – 3rd October 2021 – Auckland

Campaign dates:

Date & Venue TBC  (NZ Secondary School Girls Vs Auckland Region of Origin Girls)

Wednesday 20th – Sunday 24th October 2021 (NZ Resident 18s Girls Vs NZMRL Kotiro 18s)

Key Responsibilities:

  • Key logistical contact for the team with the NZRL Football/High-Performance and Coaching and Development team
  • Maintain a current list of players in the squad along with appropriate contact details and health/emergency information
  • Manage all travel, accommodation, apparel and meal requirements for the team as per team/campaign guidelines
  • Account for and manage all campaign financial matters and in line with respective budgets
  • Assist team management in any reasonable manner to ensure the smooth operation of the team/campaign and match day
  • In line with the “Kiwi Way” philosophy, ensure the appropriate professionalism, high standards and ethics expected of an NZRL representative team is understood and adhered to across all team members (staff and players) at all times.
  • Where appropriate, receive and return team equipment and uniforms to NZRL after the campaign
  • Co-ordinate the team photo with the designated photographer providing full names spelt correctly

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Holds a current and valid NZRL Level 1 or Kiwi League Foundation Manager’s certificate
  • Experience in managing women or girls is preferable but not necessary
  • NZRL Zone 17s or Premier club level experience preferred
  • A minimum of 3 years experience in a relevant role
  • The ability to plan and prioritise their own tasks and activities
  • Strong communication and organisation skills
  • Leadership and diplomacy skills

Planning and Reporting:

  • Assessment of the suitability of suppliers used for Team needs in terms of cost versus quality
  • Complete a campaign report in NZRL prescribed format within the agreed deadline

Personal Attributes:

  • Shows initiative and determination to finish all duties and specified tasks
  • Highly motivated and determined to achieve any given task and/or challenges that may be faced
  • Flexible and understanding of different cultures and backgrounds when dealing with people
  • Have a ‘can do attitude to all tasks and challenges
  • Be honest in all dealings

Application Process:

To register interest for the above position, please email your team management C.V and a Cover Letter to the Kiwis & National Teams Manager (Nadene Conlon) [email protected] no later than EOB Thursday 16th Septemebr 2021. (The successful coaching staff will be required to undergo the NZRL Police Vetting protocols).

POSITION DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: NZRL Resident Secondary School Girls & 18’s Resident Girls School Trainer


HOURS OF WORK:
This is a voluntary role that requires a commitment of some weekend work and a camp for the campaign.

APPOINTMENT TERM: One (1) year plus an additional one (1) year pending campaign review. 

REPORT TO: General Manager of Football & High Performance, National Coaching & Development Manager and Head Coach

New Zealand Rugby League:

Rugby league has played a significant part in New Zealand sport for over 100 years. Formed in 1910, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand. With a commitment to growing the female game, providing positive experiences and opportunities for female youth players to participate in rugby league. The New Zealand Secondary Schools and New Zealand Resident 18’s Girls representative teams contribute to the female pathway, which leads to and includes the NRLW and NZRL Kiwi Ferns.

The successful candidate will be appointed in the dual role of NZRL Secondary School Girls and NZ Resident 18s Girls team Head Coach.

New Zealand Rugby League goals:

•           Rugby league enjoyed by more people

•           A financially sustainable NZ Game

•           Women’s game thriving and enhanced opportunities for women in the game

•           Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns inspirational & aspirational

•           NZRL to be a model modern sports organisation

Through our “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League.

Underpinning this philosophy is The Kiwi Way. 

We are diverse, we call New Zealand home, and therefore we are all Kiwis.

We are inclusive, respectful and humble

We are responsible

We are innovative and courageous

We are family first

We live and play The Kiwi Way every day

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The trainer is required to facilitate sessions in a manner that minimises the risk of injury and promotes athlete wellbeing. They will also work closely with the coaching staff to ensure that training sessions are co-designed to meet the desired outcomes. The trainer must also mentor the players in nutrition, training, prehab, rehab, and general lifestyle decisions that meet the NZRL gold standard.

KEY INFORMATION & DATES:

  • The NZ Secondary School Girls team will be selected from the NZRL Secondary School Girls Trial (from schools that officially registered for the NZRL National Secondary Schools).
  • The NZRL Secondary School Girls will play the Auckland Rugby League Region of Origin Girls 18s team.
  • The NZRL Resident 18s Girls team will be selected from the NZ Secondary School Girls and Auckland Rugby League Region of Origin Girls 18s game.
  • The NZ Resident 18s Girls will play the NZMRL Kotiro 18s.

Team Selection dates

2nd – 3rd October – Auckland

Campaign dates:

Date & Venue TBC (NZ Secondary School Girls Vs Auckland Region of Origin Girls)

Wednesday 20th – Sunday 24th October 2021 (NZ Resident 18s Girls Vs NZMRL Kotiro 18s)

Application process: To register your interest in the above position, please email your Coaching C.V and Cover Letter to the National Coaching and Development Manager (Dan Keepa) [email protected] no later than EOB Thursday 16th September 2021. (All successful coaching staff will be required to undergo the NZRL Police Vetting protocols)

POSITION DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: NZRL Resident Secondary School Girls & 18’s Resident Girls School Head Coach

HOURS OF WORK: This is a voluntary role that requires a commitment of some weekend work and a camp for each campaign.

APPOINTMENT TERM: One (1) year plus an additional one (1) year pending campaign review. 

REPORT TO: General Manager of Football & High Performance, National Coaching & Development Manager.

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New Zealand Rugby League:

Rugby league has played a significant part in New Zealand sport for over 100 years. Formed in 1910, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand. With a commitment to growing the female game, providing positive experiences and opportunities for female youth players to participate in rugby league. The New Zealand Secondary Schools and New Zealand Resident 18’s Girls representative teams contribute to the female pathway, which leads to and includes the NRLW and NZRL Kiwi Ferns.

The successful candidate will be appointed in the dual role of NZRL Secondary School Girls and NZ Resident 18s Girls team Head Coach.

New Zealand Rugby League goals:

•           Rugby league enjoyed by more people

•           A financially sustainable NZ Game

•           Women’s game thriving and enhanced opportunities for women in the game

•           Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns inspirational & aspirational

•           NZRL to be a model modern sports organisation

Through our “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League.

Underpinning this philosophy is The Kiwi Way. 

We are diverse, we call New Zealand home and therefore, we are all Kiwis.

We are inclusive, respectful and humble

We are responsible

We are innovative and courageous

We are family first

We live and play The Kiwi Way every day

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

An NZRL coach will play an integral part in helping players forge a pathway to discover their true greatness. It is essential to understand that all NZRL coaches have the opportunity to enhance the way a player thinks, acts and feels about the game by providing a positive NZRL experience both on and off the field.

The Coach will prepare individuals and the team for their best possible performance for the duration of their campaign. To be successful in this role, the head coach must perform all requirements in this job description to a high standard. The coach has a significant impact on player development,  welfare, motivation and the overall playing performance of the team. Ensuring that the pride and integrity of the jersey are upheld through the team’s day to day activities will also be part of the coaches ongoing responsibilities. The Coach will demonstrate the ability to lead and manage individuals and staff effectively while meeting the desired outcomes in this job description. It is important to remember that this age group are making the transition from adolescents to adulthood. Hence, a variety of coaching methods are essential to meet the needs of each player.

KEY INFORMATION & DATES:

  • The NZ Secondary School Girls team will be selected from the NZRL Secondary School Girls Trial (from schools that officially registered for the NZRL National Secondary Schools).  
  • The NZRL Secondary School Girls will play the Auckland Rugby League Region of Origin Girls 18s team.
  • The NZ Resident 18s Girls team will be selected from the NZ Secondary School Girls and Auckland Rugby League Region of Origin Girls 18s game.
  • The NZ Resident 18s Girls will play the NZMRL Kotiro 18s.

Team Selection dates

2nd – 3rd October – Auckland

Campaign dates:

Date and Venue TBC  (NZ Secondary School Girls Vs Auckland Region of Origin Girls)

Wednesday 20th – Sunday 24th October 2021 (NZ Resident 18s Girls Vs NZMRL Kotiro 18s)

Application process: To register your interest in the above position, please email your Coaching C.V and Cover Letter to the National Coaching and Development Manager (Dan Keepa) [email protected] no later than EOB Thursday 16th September 2021 ( The successful coaching staff will be required to undergo the NZRL Police Vetting protocols)

POSITION DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: NZRL Resident Secondary School Girls & 18’s Resident Girls School Asst Coach

HOURS OF WORK: This is a voluntary role that requires a commitment of some weekend work and a camp for each campaign.

APPOINTMENT TERM: One (1) year plus an additional one (1) year pending campaign review. 

REPORT TO: General Manager of Football & High Performance, National Coaching & Development Manager and Head Coach

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New Zealand Rugby League:

Rugby league has played a significant part in New Zealand sport for over 100 years. Formed in 1910, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand. With a commitment to growing the female game, providing positive experiences and opportunities for female youth players to participate in rugby league. The New Zealand Secondary Schools and New Zealand Resident 18’s Girls representative teams contribute to the female pathway, which leads to and includes the NRLW and NZRL Kiwi Ferns.

The successful candidate will be appointed in the dual role of NZRL Secondary School Girls and NZ Resident 18s Girls team Head Coach.

New Zealand Rugby League goals:

•           Rugby league enjoyed by more people

•           A financially sustainable NZ Game

•           Women’s game thriving and enhanced opportunities for women in the game

•           Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns inspirational & aspirational

•           NZRL to be a model modern sports organisation

Through our “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League.

Underpinning this philosophy is The Kiwi Way. 

We are diverse, we call New Zealand home and therefore, we are all Kiwis.

We are inclusive, respectful and humble

We are responsible

We are innovative and courageous

We are family first

We live and play The Kiwi Way every day

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

An NZRL Assistant Coach will perform their role with professionalism and integrity while supporting the agreed direction for the campaign. They will support the Head Coach by analysing the team’s strengths and work-on’s to contribute to their game strategies. The assistant coach will have sound rugby league knowledge and will work collaboratively with the Head Coach to achieve successful outcomes, both on and off the field. It is important to remember that this age group is making the transition from adolescents to adulthood. A variety of coaching methods are essential to meet the needs of each player. They will also demonstrate the ability to effectively lead and manage individuals and meet the desired targets set with the Head Coach and NZRL. The assistant coach will also assist in reviewing and evaluating the team and individuals performance against key performance indicators. This assistant coach position will cover the New Zealand Secondary School Girls and New Zealand Resident 18’s Girls campaigns.

KEY INFORMATION & DATES:

  • The NZ Secondary School Girls team will be selected from the NZRL Secondary School Girls Trial (from schools that officially registered for the NZRL National Secondary Schools).
  • The NZRL Secondary School Girls will play the Auckland Rugby League Region of Origin Girls 18s team.
  • The NZ Resident 18s Girls team will be selected from the NZ Secondary School Girls and Auckland Rugby League Region of Origin Girls 18s game.
  • The NZ Resident 18s Girls will play the NZMRL Kotiro 18s.

Team Selection dates

2nd & 3rd October – Auckland

Campaign dates:

Date & Venue TBC (NZ Secondary School Girls Vs Auckland Region of Origin Girls)

Wednesday 20th – Sunday 24th October 2021 (NZ Resident 18s Girls Vs NZMRL Kotiro 18s)

Application process:   To register your interest in the above position, please email your Coaching C.V and Cover Letter to the National Coaching and Development Manager (Dan Keepa) [email protected] no later than EOB Thursday 16th September 2021 (The successful coaching staff will be required to undergo the NZRL Police Vetting protocols)  

Position: Director, Upper Central Zone of New Zealand Rugby League
Location: Waikato|Hauraki|Bay of Plenty|Coastline|Gisborne Te Tairawhiti Districts
Koo wai maatou |About us
Established in 2009, Upper Central Zone (UCZ) of New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is a non-profit organisation made up of five District Leagues, three Referee Associations and has 58 clubs, 284 teams, 4033 registered players with exceptional volunteers.
As a Director – He Pou Manawa o Riiki, the UCZ Board is responsible to lead, develop, foster and promote Rugby League in partnership with the Waikato, Hauraki, Bay of Plenty, Coastline and Gisborne Tairawhiti Districts. Our goal is to work collaboratively with a range of partners to create the best platform for Rugby League to grow and thrive in our diverse communities.
UCZ wants to appoint four (4) new directors – He Pou Manawa o Riiki, which will see the board at the maximum seven (7) directors.
He korero moou | About you
UCZ is seeking applications for directors – He Pou Manawa o Riiki from individuals who believe that they have what it takes to be an inspirational leader and instrumental in fulfilling UCZs new strategic plan 2022-2025.
We want to exemplify diligent governance practices and promote board diversity as a key contributor to effective leadership in our zone. To ensure we have a balanced and diverse board we especially encourage the following applicants:
1.Independent Director-preferred lawyer|legal status
2.Independent Director-preferred accountant|financial status
3.He Pou Manawa o Riiki-preferred Waikato|Hauraki rohe
4.He Pou Manawa o Riiki-preferred BOP|Coastline rohe

You will demonstrate:
●Maaori and Pasefika culturally led practices
●Governance experience
●Strong framework examples of community development outcomes
●A desire to build rugby league for our communities
●Financial focus with funding|sponsorship prowess
●Strategic and innovative thinker
●Gender diversity and inclusion

Commitment: Board meetings will be held monthly with two virtual and one face to face quarterly and face to face for AGM and District Conference in the Zone.
It is important that you have the time available to undertake the role effectively, taking note of the director’s duty to act with due care, diligence, and skill in the best interests of rugby league for the Upper Central Zone and New Zealand Rugby League.
Location: to ensure zonal connection it is best for the Directors to reside in the rohe or have a meaningful connection.
UCZ would be shortlisting for interviews on 30th August 2021.

To apply please send your CV to:
Shanice Wiki at New Zealand Rugby League – [email protected]

Applications close 27th August 2021.

ABOUT NEW ZEALAND RUGBY LEAGUE:

Rugby League has played a significant part in New Zealand sport for over 100 years.Formed in 1910, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand.

NZRL is divided into seven zones that service the grassroots needs of the game.These zones compete in the National Premiership/Championship,as well as women’s, youth and schools’ competitions. NZRL manages the Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns who play regular international fixtures and compete in the Rugby League World Cup every four years.

Through its “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League. 

Underpinning this philosophy is The Kiwi Way.  We are diverse, we call New Zealand home and therefore we are all Kiwis.   We live and play The Kiwi Way –all day/every day:

  • We are inclusive, respectful and humble
  • We are responsible
  • We are innovative and courageous
  • We are family first

OUR GOALS

  • Rugby league enjoyed by more people
  • A financially sustainable NZ Game
  • Women’s game thriving and enhanced opportunities for women in the game 
  • Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns inspirational & aspirational
  • NZRL to be a model modern sports organisation 

KEY RELATIONSHIPS

Internal

  • Communications and Marketing Manager  
  • NZRL Digital Manager
  • NZRL Brand Manager
  • NZRL staff 
  • Zone & District staff & members 

External

  • NZRL key commercial partners
  • NZRL stakeholders
  • NZ Media
  • Event Organisers 

The NZRL reserves the right to vary this Position Description in response to the changing needs of the organisation.

POSITION PURPOSE

The Digital Communications Executive is tasked with producing digital content for the NZRL website and other NZRL communications channels, as well as assisting the communications team where needed.

The NZRL Communications department is connected to, and works with, all areas of the organisation, and the wider rugby league community, hence the requirement for a motivated team performer who is passionate about rugby league and has the ability to develop and deliver interesting, informative, entertaining and attractive content to the NZRL community and Kiwis / Kiwi Ferns fanbase.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • To assist in the communications delivery of all NZRL campaigns, events and matches throughout the year;
  • Assist NZRL’s Brand Manager in the creation of digital graphics; 
  • Assist NZRL’s Digital Manager in the production of videoed content and the upkeep of the NZRL website and channels;
  • Film and edit original video and still content that positions NZRL favourably among its communities; 
  • Conduct and edit interviews with members of the rugby league community;
  • Assist in any live-streaming requirements;
  • Assist in any sponsor communications requirements;
  • Assist in the production of the NZRL eDM;
  • Assist in the creation of match reports; 
  • Monitor and run all NZRL social media channels; 
  • Keep up to date with latest social media and digital trends; 
  • Maintain regular contact with Zone GMs and other stakeholders.

Occupational Health and Safety

NZRL is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all its employees, visitors and contractors.  

Every employee is responsible for ensuring that NZRL health and safety policy requirements are applied in their area of responsibility and that all employees abide by the requirements of the NZRL health and safety programme. 

PLANNING AND REPORTING

The following planning and reporting is required:

  • Meeting NZRL KPIs for website and digital content;
  • Meeting personal 90 Day Plan KPIs;
  • Meeting communications objectives and deadlines for digital content delivery;
  • Delivering all content in a professional and timely manner;
  • Enhancing the experience for end users on digital platforms.

OBJECTIVES – KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

  • Creates digital content that positions NZRL favourably among its communities and fans;
  • Works pro-actively, positively and effectively with NZRL Communications team;
  • Maintains NZRL’s brand credibility through the production of quality digital content;
  • Shows initiative and creativity when it comes to communications campaigns and content delivery;
  • Enhances NZRL fan and user experience through content production.

DESIRED SKILL AND EXPERIENCE

  • Demonstrated experience in producing content for digital audiences, i.e. Websites, social media;
  • Strong Adobe software skills i.e. Photoshop and Premiere Pro;
  • Basic still photography and video camera skills;
  • Examples of published work through digital and / or social media channels;
  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Understanding of how to manage social media accounts;
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills and has good attention to detail; 
  • Excellent time management skills, has the ability to multitask and can work under pressure;
  • Flexible, has the ability to work weekends and travel when required;
  • A team player with the ability to fit into a positive culture and working relationships;
  • Eagerness to continuously improve, learn and grow skillsets;
  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills;
  • Energetic and personable, has the ability to grow network and develop relationships with those in our wider rugby league communities;
  • Relevant tertiary qualification is preferred but not essential;
  • Demonstrated passion for Rugby League and growing the sport in New Zealand.

Apply here. Applications close Thursday 20 August at 5pm

Position: Director, Akarana Rugby League
Location: Auckland | Tamaki Makaurau
Kō wai mātou |About us
Akarana Rugby League (ARL) is an Incorporated Society responsible for the sport in one of two zones in the Auckland region. It is responsible for pathways, representative teams and ensuring coaches, managers, trainers, refs and volunteers are supported.
Akarana has local and representative competition, masters, premier and junior teams and 22 clubs. Akarana are seeking to appoint two directors, which will see the board at 6 members. One director retiring and one vacant position.
Akarana has in place a general manager based in Auckland
Hei whakahere | What we offer
Appointment term: the term is four years with the possibility of reappointment, subject to effective performance and rotation, up to a maximum of two terms.
Location: to ensure regional connection it is desirable for the director to live in the Auckland area.
Commitment: Board meetings are held monthly except January, start around 3.30 and end by 5pm. Virtual meetings, AGM and events supporting the development of the sport Akarana are expected.
The role is voluntary but could be a stepping-stone to the national board or a host of other governance opportunities.
It is important the successful candidate has the time available to undertake the role effectively, taking note of the director’s duty to act with due care, diligence and skill in the best interests of ARL.
He korero mōu | About you
We are looking for:

  1. Strong community development links and network
  2. Marketing focus, within a modest budget
  3. Desire to build the sport in the region
  4. Diversity and inclusion is a focus
    The last three years have seen our women’s game grow exponentially with numbers doubling to now represent 12% of the rugby league playing population. We envisage this momentum continuing in the years to come.
    Akarana will be interviewing in July 2021 with a full induction and governance training programme for
    the preferred candidates.
    To apply please send your CV to:
    ✓ Susan Huria, Chair Board Appointment Panel
    [email protected]
    ✓ Phone 021 962 704
    Applications close 9 July 2021

Position Description

Kō wai mātou |About us
Rugby League Northland Zone (RLN) is an Incorporated Society responsible for the sport in the Northland area. It is responsible for club competitions, representative teams and ensuring coaches, managers, trainers, refs and volunteers are supported. RLN supports local and representative competitions, premier and junior teams, and clubs within the Northland area.

RLN also works with schools in the region delivering ‘Leadership through League’, ‘Adam Blair’, ‘Kiwi Tag’, ‘Lightning League (Girls only)’, ‘League 9’s’ and ‘League Festivals’ in primary, intermediate and secondary schools.

RLN are seeking to appoint three directors, which will see the board at seven members. Two directors retire by rotation and are standing again. A succession plan for the Chair is also in play.

RLN has in place a Community Manager and supporting roles including a Development Manager, a Development Officer and a Competition, Communication and Administration Manager. The supporting roles report to the Community Manager.

Hei whakahere | What we offer
Appointment term: the term is four years with the possibility of reappointment, subject to effective performance and rotation, up to a maximum of two further terms.

Location: to ensure regional connection it is desirable for the director to live in the north or the Auckland area or have a meaningful connection.

Commitment: Board meetings are held monthly except January, starting at 5.30pm. Virtual meetings, AGM and events supporting the development of the sport in the region are expected. The role is voluntary but could be a stepping-stone to the national board or a host of other governance opportunities.

It is important the successful candidate has the time available to undertake the role effectively, taking note of the director’s duty to act with due care, diligence, and skill in the best interests of RLN.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Ideal Applicant

He korero mōu | About you
We are looking for:
1. Strong community development links and network
2. Can provide an example or examples of community development outcomes they have led
3. Desire to build the sport in the region
4. Governance experience (in a sports or voluntary organisation desirable but not preferable)
5. Management experience
6. Financial focus within a modest budget
7. Strategic and innovative thinker
8. Gender diversity and inclusion is a focus

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Be part of a team at the New Zealand Universities and Tertiary Students Rugby League 9s Tournament!

Rugby league is a sport for all New Zealanders, played from the grassroots level to the international stage. The sport is ‘More Than A Game’; it is part of our country’s social fabric and has a critical role in developing young men and women in our communities.


Through the ‘More Than A Game’ philosophy NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through rugby league.


Underpinning this philosophy is ‘The Kiwi Way’ – our organisational ethos representing the culture instilled within all those involved in rugby league.
• We are diverse, we call New Zealand home, and we are all Kiwis.
• We are inclusive, respectful and humble
• We are responsible
• We are innovative and courageous
• We are family first
• We live and play The Kiwi Way every day.

In 2019, NZRL developed a new strategic blueprint to take it forward to 2025. More Than A Game is central to the new strategy.

Our Goals
• Rugby league enjoyed by more people
• A financially sustainable NZ Game
• Women’s game thriving and enhanced opportunities for women in the game
• Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns inspirational & aspirational
• NZRL to be a model modern sports organisation
The Board comprises seven directors; four appointed and three elected. Of the seven, there must be three Rugby League Knowledgeable and three Independent Directors. A Board Appointment Panel, comprising of two independent Sport NZ representatives, an individual nominated from the Zones and a nominee of the NZRL board, is convening this appointment process.
For more information on the organisation, please visit www.nzrl.co.nz

Positions
The Panel is seeking applicants for two Appointed (Independent) Director vacancies and one Elected Director vacancy. One of the incumbent Appointed Directors is standing again for a second term.
All board members need to: demonstrate governance knowledge and leadership, apply a future-focused mindset, understand confidentiality, contribute to highly functional board dynamics and be able to work collaboratively within a high trust environment.


The board is continually seeking to appoint people who bring diversity of thought and perspective to enhance board decision making. Accordingly, the board encourages applications from Women, Taangata Whenua, Pasifika, Other ethnicities, Individuals with a disability, The LGBTIQ community, and Provincially based individuals.
Candidates who have the skill sets set out below and who can bring an element of diversity and strategic thinking to the current board mix will be looked upon favourably by the Appointments Panel.
The desirable skill set and experience the Panel is looking for the Appointed Directors are as follows:

Appointed Director (Vacancy 1)
• Experienced Director, ideally with commercial board exposure
• Previous experience as Chair – necessary
• Strong legal background – necessary

Appointed Director (Vacancy 2)
• Experienced Director, ideally with commercial board exposure
• Connections to philanthropic networks
• Experience in digital media and broadcasting
• Previous experience on an Audit & Risk sub-committee
The desirable skill set and experience the Panel is looking for in the Elected Director include:
• A connection with disability sports
• Zone, District, Affiliate or other board governance experience is preferred
• A strong connection to the game of rugby league either through playing at an elite level, administration, management, coaching or other roles within the sport.
• Able to distinguish between the separate but complementary roles of governance and management, and the need to act in the best interests of the NZRL at all times


Applications for the Elected Director need to be supported by a nomination letter from an NZRL member (Zone or Affiliate) and written acceptance of that nomination by the nominee. Nomination letter templates are available if required.


Time commitment and term As a guide, we expect an average time commitment around 2 days each month per Director. Full day board meetings are held monthly in Auckland or via audio visual.
We anticipate the roles starting immediately after the AGM on 26 June 2021. Terms are four years and directors are eligible for re-appointment or re-election for one further term.
Remuneration Directors fees are set at $12,000 per annum.
Interviews


All applicants should be available for interview by Zoom on the morning of 31 May 2021.
To Apply To apply for this role please do so online at www.appointbetterboards.co.nz
The closing date for applications is 5.00pm Friday 21st May 2021.

ABOUT NEW ZEALAND RUGBY LEAGUE

New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand. Through its “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League.

ABOUT Ngā Ringa Āwhina

Ngā Ringa Āwhina is an initiative designed to increase capability across the rugby league network at all levels in New Zealand. A team of trained and supported specialists will be deployed into regions across New Zealand. Alongside and supporting personnel in the regions they will upskill and develop existing personnel, make immediate improvements where possible, and better support the Zones, Districts and Clubs for the future.

This initiative is aligned to Sport NZ’s objectives for Strengthen and Adapt (i.e. fit for purpose, supporting the needs of participants, driving increased participation and addressing inclusion and diversity gaps) and priority focus areas, in particular integrity, disability, women and girls, governance.

The kaupapa of the project comes from the translation of Ngā Ringa Āwhina meaning ‘helping or supportive hands’ and encapsulates the concept of working alongside Zones, Districts, Clubs and communities, as a partner, enabling them to retain and enhance their mana and independence.

ROLE SUMMARY

You will work in conjunction with Zones and Districts to develop, implement and promote the delivery of programmes that maximise the participation of players and coaches throughout Zones, Districts and Clubs across New Zealand with a particular emphasis on rangatahi and to help ensure delivery of a quality experience for all participants.

You will deliver participation goals through collaborating with Zones, Districts, Clubs and Schools, promoting benefits to participation and driving registration campaigns. This will be carried out in a culturally safe manner and with the participant’s wellbeing to the fore.

KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND CAPABILITIES

  • Outstanding relationship management & leadership skills with ability to build trust & communicate with a wide range of stakeholders including Zones, Districts, Clubs, Schools, community organisations and others.
  • Excellent time management & organisation skills with experience in planning, managing and prioritising multiple and competing tasks and projects to meet deadlines and produce quality results.
  • Can communicate confidently, clearly and articulately in both verbal and written communication with strong presentation skills.
  • A working knowledge and passion for the game of rugby league and all its varied game formats and programmes.
  • Proven ability to manage secondary school-aged participants
  • Experience working/volunteering in community sport, primarily grassroots level
  • Strong cultural awareness & respect of Tikanga Māori & other cultural customs
  • Ability to confidently engage with Māori & Pasifika communities
  • Flexibility to travel nationally and work away from home for periods of time

This is an awesome opportunity to help develop & promote the delivery of Rugby League programmes that grows the participation of players & coaches throughout New Zealand!

APPLICATIONS CLOSE – Friday 7th May, 2021

Download National Game Development Officers (x4) – Ngā Ringa Āwhina – Job Description

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: [email protected]. Global Elite Sports (www.globalelitesports.com) have been contracted on behalf of New Zealand Rugby League to manage the recruitment for this position.

ABOUT NEW ZEALAND RUGBY LEAGUE

New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand. Through its “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League.

ABOUT Ngā Ringa Āwhina

Ngā Ringa Āwhina is an initiative designed to increase capability across the rugby league network at all levels in New Zealand. A team of trained and supported specialists will be deployed into regions across New Zealand. Alongside and supporting personnel in the regions they will upskill and develop existing personnel, make immediate improvements where possible, and better support the Zones, Districts and Clubs for the future.

This initiative is aligned to Sport NZ’s objectives for Strengthen and Adapt (i.e. fit for purpose, supporting the needs of participants, driving increased participation and addressing inclusion and diversity gaps) and priority focus areas, in particular integrity, disability, women and girls, governance.

The kaupapa of the project comes from the translation of Ngā Ringa Āwhina meaning ‘helping or supportive hands’ and encapsulates the concept of working alongside Zones, Districts, Clubs and communities, as a partner, enabling them to retain and enhance their mana and independence.

ROLE SUMMARY

The National Capability Officers will work to build the capability of New Zealand Rugby League’s (NZRL) Zones, Districts and Clubs through providing resources, best practice processes, thought leadership, guidance and support. You will be the key point of contact for Zones, Districts and Clubs to ensure they have the right tools and resources to help develop capability, build sustainability and optimise facility/club usage.

You will ensure they have sound financial management and governance practices, assist them to understand the process required to apply for trust / grant funding, ensure their player database and club registration information is up to date as well as promoting professional development opportunities through courses or forums.

KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND CAPABILITIES

  • Outstanding relationship management & leadership skills with ability to build trust & communicate with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Strong cultural awareness & respect of Tikanga Māori & other cultural customs
  • Ability to confidently engage with Māori & Pasifika communities
  • Excellent time management & organisation skills with experience in planning, managing and prioritising multiple and competing tasks and projects to meet deadlines and produce quality results.
  • Can communicate confidently, clearly and articulately in both verbal and written communication with strong presentation skills.
  • Experience managing and / or implementing player participation or club registration databases would be an advantage.
  • Financial management knowledge and experience running the operations of small businesses would be well regarded
  • Qualifications and / or understanding of the sport and recreation sector are desirable
  • Flexibility to travel nationally and work away from home for periods of time

This is a rare opportunity to help develop capability, build sustainability and optimize facility/club usage for Rugby League Zones, Districts and Clubs throughout New Zealand!

APPLICATIONS CLOSE – Friday 7th May, 2021

Download National Capability Officer (x2) – Ngā Ringa Āwhina – Job Description

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: [email protected]. Global Elite Sports (www.globalelitesports.com) have been contracted on behalf of New Zealand Rugby League to manage the recruitment for this position.

ABOUT NEW ZEALAND RUGBY LEAGUE

New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand. Through its “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League.

ABOUT Ngā Ringa Āwhina

Ngā Ringa Āwhina is an initiative designed to increase capability across the rugby league network at all levels in New Zealand. A team of trained and supported specialists will be deployed into regions across New Zealand. Alongside and supporting personnel in the regions they will upskill and develop existing personnel, make immediate improvements where possible, and better support the Zones, Districts and Clubs for the future.

This initiative is aligned to Sport NZ’s objectives for Strengthen and Adapt (i.e. fit for purpose, supporting the needs of participants, driving increased participation and addressing inclusion and diversity gaps) and priority focus areas, in particular integrity, disability, women and girls, governance.

The kaupapa of the project comes from the translation of Ngā Ringa Āwhina meaning ‘helping or supportive hands’ and encapsulates the concept of working alongside Zones, Districts, Clubs and communities, as a partner, enabling them to retain and enhance their mana and independence.

ROLE SUMMARY

Using ambassadors/champions, in conjunction with specialist local providers, the Community Wellbeing Officer will look to support the local community, through Zones, Districts and Clubs, in areas such as physical & mental health, wellbeing, nutrition, injury prevention & safety, safeguarding of vulnerable people as well as providing vocational and education guidance initiatives.

You will play a key role in ensuring rugby league Zones, Districts and Clubs throughout the country feel supported and cared for by New Zealand Rugby League.

KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND CAPABILITIES

  • Relevant qualifications or professional experience in wellbeing & education
  • Outstanding relationship management & leadership skills with ability to build trust & communicate with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Strong cultural awareness & respect of Tikanga Māori & other cultural customs
  • Ability to confidently engage with Māori & Pasifika communities
  • Excellent time management & organisation skills
  • Strong verbal & written communication skills
  • Self-Motivated with a passion for helping others
  • Flexibility to travel nationally and work away from home for periods of time as required

This is a fantastic opportunity to embed wellbeing in the hearts & minds of grassroot rugby league throughout New Zealand by providing better education & support to communities.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE – Friday 7th May, 2021

Download Community Wellbeing Officer – Ngā Ringa Āwhina – Job Description

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: [email protected]. Global Elite Sports (www.globalelitesports.com) have been contracted on behalf of New Zealand Rugby League to manage the recruitment for this position.

New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) has launched a new Swim School initiative in association with Swimsation through its NZRL Playgroup programme. NZRL is now offering complimentary swimming lessons to pēpi and tamariki in an effort to continue prioritising our communities in need.

Swimming and especially water safety are essential life skills for Kiwi kids. Aquatic facilities exist in almost all major towns; coupled with the endless access to coastal beaches, lakes and rivers; New Zealand kids are exposed to water dangers from a young age.

Despite swimming competency being crucial for our tamariki, many existing swim school programmes are too expensive for those in our communities. With the cost of living continuously on the rise, many families can not financially prioritise swimming safety.

Water Safety New Zealand reported in 2020 alone, New Zealand had a total of 74 drownings; out of these 74 fatalities, 28 were Maori/Pasifika.

Because of this, we have recognised the need to support our tamariki better when it comes to water safety, ensuring these skills are more easily attained and water safety education is more accessible to our communities.

These new Playgroup Swim Schools offer pēpi and tamariki free swimming lessons during the day and weekends at select Swimsation pools. At this level, parents or guardians are required to be in the pool with their children.

A Playgroup mother said she enjoys being able to learn beside her child and grow together. “I am more confident with taking him to the pools now, and the fact my son is learning to swim makes me feel better knowing he will be safer around water.”

An NZRL Playgroup father of five said due to financial restrictions, he has never had the opportunity to take his older children for a swimming lesson. Now thanks to Playgroup, his younger two tamariki have the chance to learn these essential life skills.

To find out more information on where you can enrol your child into an NZRL Playgroup, please contact;

Toyah Brooking | [email protected]

Swim School Learning Objectives

Confident using hip hold

Confident using up-right hold

Confident using front prone hold

Confident using side prone hold

Confident using cradle hold

Confident using supported back hold

Knows the Swimsation submersion cue

Show signs of readiness for submersion

Confident being submerged (Assisted by parent) – Level goal to move up

Safe entry

Safe exit

Standing jump with submersion assisted

Assisted submersion and pick up a toy

Assisted submersion with a release

Confident using extended back hold

Back float with supported back hold

Back float with supported extended back hold

Submersion with release and grip – Level goal to move up

Submerge and pick up toy

Assisted back kick

Unassisted back kick

Assisted front kick

Unassisted front kick

Assisted front to back rotation

Unassisted front to back rotation

Assisted front to back rotation – Kicking

Unassisted front to back rotation – Kicking

Jump into pool and roll onto back assisted

Jump into pool and roll onto back unassisted

Seated jump and u-turn to wall

Submerge, float and u-turn to table – Level Goal to move into our preschool level class

Auckland Blue have qualified through to the NZRL National 20s Grand Final with a game to spare, after beating Northland 48-8 on Saturday to remain unbeaten in the competition so far. 

Four tries, three of which were converted by debutant Johnson Murray, saw Auckland take a 22-8 lead into the break and come the second stanza they found another gear.

The Auckland left edge was outstanding, with centre Ben Kosi scoring twice and back-rower Wiremu Kaire enjoying a strong outing despite a stint in the sin bin late in the game. 

Mt Albert playmaker Murray marked his first outing in the competition with a try and five conversions, while Howick’s Lonnie Papani made the most of his chance to start at dummy-half by scoring a try and causing countless issues for the Northland defence. 

Auckland Blue have a catch up game next Saturday against Waicoa Bay – to make up for the game they missed during the region’s COVID-19 lockdown last month – before they face Central Districts, South Island or Waicoa Bay in the decider on April 10 at Opaheke Park. 

Auckland 48 (Viliami Finau, Ben Kosi x2, Izaac Anitelea, Anthony Naitoko, Lonnie Papani, Albert Fifita, Johnson Murray, Jeremiah Schuster tries; Johnson Murray x5, Izaac Anitelea x1 conversions) def. Northland 8 (Tytan Semenoff, Nigel Iro tries) at Whangarei Stadium. HT: 22-8.

South Island keep their hopes of a finals appearance alive with an impressive win over Auckland White

Auckland White led on two separate occasions but couldn’t hold the South Island team out defensively.

A late Mapu Uasi try, along with his accurate boot throughout the game, proved the difference in the end and means the South Island remain in the race for a spot in the decider, pending the result of Sunday’s match between Central Districts and Waicoa Bay. 

Earlier at Opaheke Park Auckland White raced out of the gate and had scored a point a minute by the time the game was 10 minutes old, thanks to efforts from Tolomanila Saumamao-Watts and Navajo Doyle, along with a Doux Kauhiva conversion. 

But the next 40 minutes proved fruitless for the Francis Meli-coached outfit and they quickly surrendered momentum to the South Island, leaking tries in quick succession to Eli Ellison, Kiarn Wilson and Sincere Harraway.

Uasi converted all three efforts to give the South Island team an 18-10 lead at the break. 

Auckland gave up another four-pointer immediately in the second half, before Howick wing Peter Uelese brought them back into the contest with two tries in the space of five minutes, one of which was converted by Kauhiva to reduce the deficit to two points.

A brilliant passage of play minutes later saw Auckland travel the full length of the field and cross again through Saumamao-Watts to lead 24-22. 

But Uasi’s strike with minutes to go confirmed the result for the southerners, leaving Auckland White to play for pride next week against Northland at Opaheke Park. 

South Island 26 (Eli Ellison, Kiarn Wilson, Sincere Harraway, Kyle Amer, Mapu Uasi tries; Mapu Uasi x3 goals) def. Auckland 24 (Tolomanila Saumamao-Watts x2, Navajo Doyle, Peter Uelese x2 tries; Doux Kauhiva x2 goals) at Opaheke Park. HT: 18-10 

Central Districts have emerged 54-6 winners over Northland in round four of the NZRL National 20s competition at Jerry Collins Stadium in Porirua. 

Central districts on the left edge open the scoring with a double from number five Herman Seumanufagai off the back of two strong runs. Northland came close to scoring early but lack of completion meant they couldn’t get the ball over the line. Seumanufagai followed up to score a his hat trick, again exposing Northland on the left edge. Northland finally put points on the board with ten minutes left in the first half through number nine, Dilano Henry-Turner. A late penalty kick for Northland by number fourteen Tangaroa Pireoa, secured them two more points before the whistle, Central Districts lead Northland 14 – 6 at half time. 

An aggressive start to the second half saw a focussed Central District’s put the foot down, scoring back to back tries. Jayden Andrade-Kingi barge over the Northland defence followed up with a try from fellow team mate Junior Tefoto. Central District’s Andrade-Kingi scored his second right in the corner. At the line, Kayin Katene ran through the defence to score his second followed by a fourth and fifth try from Seumanufagai with less than ten minutes to go in the match. To close out the match, a very enthusiastic Central Districts team lead Andrade-Kingi to score his hat trick diving for the corner. 

Central districts will face Wai-Coa-Bay next Saturday in Whanganui, while Northland meet the top of table Auckland Blue in Whangarei.

March 14, 2021 / Will Evans

A dominant second-half display underpinned Auckland Blue’s commanding 34-4 victory over South Island in the NZRL National 20-year competition match in Christchurch on Sunday.

A vocal Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub crowd enjoyed an absorbing first-half tussle, with Auckland taking an 8-4 lead into the break. But the visitors stepped up a couple of gears in the second stanza, scoring four unanswered tries to run away convincing winners.

South Island tryscoring chances went begging either side of Auckland Blue’s sixth-minute opener, with centre Benjamin Kosi powering over from close range.

Kosi’s pace and footwork proved too hard to handle again five minutes later, leaving South Island defenders strewn in his wake on the way to an early double.

But the hosts struck back almost immediately, fullback Mapu Uasi continuing his magnificent National 20s campaign by brilliantly latching onto a grubber from halfback Jesse Wihongi and diving in for the try.

After a lengthy injury break as Auckland fullback Nehumi Teu was stretchered off, Uasi went agonisingly close to scoring in the corner and livewire hooker Sincere Harraway was held up under the posts in the same set. South Island was able to keep their line intact under heavy fire in the lead-up to halftime, heading to the sheds four points down.

But the home side sent the second-half kick-off out on the full, providing Auckland with a gilt-edged chance. Big interchange forward Tupou Fifita reached a long arm out to score their third try.

The visitors took an iron grip on the game with a stunning try 10 minutes into the second stanza. After right-edge second-rower Salesi Ataata put Kosi into the clear, Auckland swept back to the left for skipper and back-rower Zyon Maiu’u to storm over.

The imposing Maiu’u busted the South Island defence again five minutes later to make it a double.

Auckland Blue hooker Stanley Iongi capped a strong running game by darting over for his side’s sixth try with 12 minutes to go.

Caleb Laiman iced the 30-point win with a penalty – his fifth goal of the day – after the siren.

Auckland Blue 34 (Benjamin Kosi 2, Zyon Maiu’u 2, Tupou Fifita, Stanley Iongi tries; Caleb Laiman 5 goals)  South Island 4 (Mapu Uasi try) at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub, Christchurch, Sunday 14th March. 

WHEN THEY SCORED

First half

7 min: Auckland Blue 4-0 (Kosi try)

13 min: Auckland Blue 8-0 (Kosi try)

16 min: Auckland Blue 8-4 (Uasi try)

Second half

38 min: Auckland Blue 14-4 (Fifita try, Laiman goal)

45 min: Auckland Blue 20-4 (Maiu’u try, Laiman goal)

50 min: Auckland Blue 26-4 (Maiu’u try, Laiman goal)

63 min: Auckland Blue 32-4 (Iongi try, Laiman goal)

70 min: Auckland Blue 34-4 (Laiman goal)

Wai-Coa-Bay emerged 56-12 winners over Northland in Rd 3 of the NZRL National 20s competition at Opaheke Sports Park.

Captain of Wai-Coa-Bay, Dayna Bidios drew first blood strolling over the try line within the first five minutes of the match. Northland quickly answered back with points of their own through Charme Henry Turner. Wai-Coa-bay number eight Aamon Dean scores minutes later, followed by two tries from Caleb Gamlin and one from Dylan Rogers Pourau.

Wai-Coa-Bay’s Taylor Leef scored a four-pointer to open the second half, followed by winger Caleb Tane scoring a try off a perfect grubber to give his team a 36-4 lead.

Gamlen went on to score his hat trick on the right edge after an excellent pass from his center, Wai-Coa-Bay’s Xavier Mitchell-Winsor made it look easy, running through the Northland defense scoring four more points for his team. Possesion proved to be a problem for Northland as another try was scored by Wai-Coa-Bay’s Leef,

Northland were determined not to give up and scored on the 63rd minute with Klies Kaiarake barging over the line, followed by team mate Toi Munroe scoring in the corner for a late try of his own.

Wai-Coa-Bay will face South Island next Saturday, March 20 at Forsyth Stadium, while Northland meet the formidable Central Districts in Porirua on Sunday, March 21.

Wai-Coa-Bay 56 (Gamlen x3, Leef x2, Bidios, Dean, Rogers Pourau, Tane, Mitchell-Winsor) def. Northland 12 (Henry Turner, Kaiarake, Munroe) at Opaheke Sports Park.

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Auckland White suffered their first loss of the NZRL National 20s on Saturday, going down to Central Districts 26-24 at Opaheke Sports Park.

Auckland had led by two at the break, but a second half full of errors – coupled with two players being sent to the sin bin – saw the hosts unable to kick on and get the result. 

An Oscar Amosa try with two minutes left in the game did hand Francis Meli’s side a chance to tie things up at 26-all, but Doux Kauhiva’s conversion was wide. 

The loss leaves Auckland White now facing an uphill battle to qualify through to the April 10 grand final ahead of taking on Auckland Blue in Round 4. 

In a losing effort Manurewa half Teariki Ford was a standout, scoring the first try and setting the second up to give Auckland an early 10-0 lead, while in the engine room captain Victor Afoa worked hard all day. 

But despite the promising start a glut of penalties and dropped ball – which would become a habit over the next 50 minutes – assisted the visitors in getting back into the contest and they scored twice to trail just 14-12 at the break. 

Central Districts then scored the next three tries in the second stanza, the last of which came while Auckland had only 11 on the park due to a scuffle which saw Navajo Doyle and Viliami Kuli binned along with a CD player. 

Late tries to Marist big man Elam Payne and Amosa gave Auckland a chance, but they couldn’t complete the dramatic comeback. 

Central Districts 26 (Herman Seumanufagai x2, Lennix Tovo, Hiraka Wanakore, Carlos Kemp tries; Brooklyn Herewini x3 goals). def. Auckland White 24 (Teariki Ford, Te Napi Waipouri, Kaufana Lasa, Elam Payne, Oscar Amosa tries; Doux Kauhiva x2 goals). HT: 12-14 at Opaheke Sports Park. 

February 28, 2021 / Will Evans

South Island made a huge statement in Round 1 of the New Zealand Rugby League National 20s competition, defeating Northland 56-14 with a blistering attacking performance at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub in Christchurch.

Level 2 restrictions coming into effect on Sunday morning prevented spectators from attending the match – a shame given the perfect conditions on the last day of summer and the 13-try exhibition the combatants delivered.

A dominant performance from the South Island forwards laid the platform for the big victory, with lock Kyle Amer and props Junior Tuliakono and George Faavai partcularly strong. The likes of hooker Sincere Harraway, halfback Mesiah Asi and fullback Mapu Uasi – who scored a hat-trick among a 28-point individual haul – provided the polish, and centres Sala Faifale and Jack Skipper were a constant handful out wide.

After withstanding an early Northland assault on their line, South Island grabbed the ascendancy via a break from  Uasi and a clever kick from Harraway to force a line dropout.

From the resultant possession, captain Harraway darted from dummy-half and stepped through the Northland defence for the first try.

Both sides were guilty of a spate of errors in the ensuing period, but South Island capitalised when they were able to hang onto the ball. Harraway’s threat from acting half again troubled Northland, combining with towering prop Tuliakiono, who reached out to score.

Uasi’s second conversion made 12-0 to the hosts in even time.

Northland hit back after being piggybacked downfield by a penalty. Interchange forward Dilano Henry Turner muscled over out wide despite the attention of three South Island defenders.

But allowing the subsequent kick-off to bounce dead proved costly for the visitors. South Island halfback Mesiah Asi’s beautiful sleight of hand served up a try for powerhouse centre Sala Faifale, restoring a 12-point advantage.

Faifale did it all himself five minutes later, receiving the ball in space from a Northland error and spearing through gap to bag his second four-pointer.

Northland managed to stem the flow of points until halftime but the South Island assault continued immediately after the resumption. Kiarn Wilson scored in the first set of the second half after toeing the ball ahead twice, Uasi scored a 50-metre runaway try in South Island’s next possession, and bruising lock Kyle Amer powered over for a richly-deserved touchdown soon afterwards.

The scoreline ballooned to 46-6 as Uasi flashed over for his second in the right-hand corner – South Island’s fourth try in just 13 minutes of second-half action. The Linwood Keas CRL premiership winner completed a 10-minute hat-trick a couple of sets later – and brought up the half-century for the home side – scorching down the sideline and dotting down under the posts for another half-field try.

Left winger Vaione Saki was the beneficiary of quick hands from his inside men, diving over for a simple try and a 56-6 lead.

Some respite finally arrived for Northland during the last 10 minutes. Impressive fullback and captain Eroni Biukoto broke through South Island’s right-edge defence and outsprinted the cover defence to score out wide, before making another bust and combining with halfback Ioane Loto’atu to lay on a try for front-rower Nigel Iro.

South Island (Mapu Uasi 3, Sala Faifale 2, Sincere Harraway, Junior Tuilakiono, Kiarn Wilson, Kyle Amer, Vaione Saki tries; Uasi 8 goals) defeated Northland (D. Henry Turner, Biukoto, Iro tries; Biukoto goal) at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub, Christchurch, Sunday 28th February. 

Auckland White emerged 30-16 winners over Wai-Coa-Bay in Rd 1 of the NZRL National 20s competition at Rotorua International Stadium.

The Auckland side were strong through the first half, scoring three tries via Kyson Kingi, Viliami Kuli and Corey Cassidy-Natano, with two conversions from halfback Doux Kauhiva giving them a 16-4 lead at halftime. 

Kingi opened the scoring on the right edge after eight minutes of play, followed by Kauhiva slicing through Wai-Coa-Bay’s defence to find Kuli.

On the 25th minute Wai-Coa-Bay’s second rower Rawiri Mathews put points on the board – following a 10 minute delay due to an injury – before Cassidy-Natano dotted down in the left corner. 

Wai-Coa-Bay hit first in the second spell, before Kuli made a huge break to give Te Napi Waipouri a four-pointer under the posts, followed by prop Tony Tafa crashing over to give the visitors a 26-10 lead.

Off the back of two penalties, Wai-Coa-Bay prop Aamon Dean burrowed over to reduce the deficit to 26-16, but Auckland’s Elam Payne hit back quickly to end any chance of a comeback.

Auckland White will play Northland on Saturday, March 6 at Takahiwai Rugby League Club.

Auckland White 30 (Kyson Kingi, Viliami Kuli, Corey Cassidy-Natano, Te Napi Waipouri, Tony Tafa, Elam Payne tries; Doux Kauhiva x3 conversions) def. Wai-Coa-Bay 16 (Rawiri Mathews, Te Ohomauri Rapana, Aamon Dean tries; Xavier Mitchell x2 conversions) at Rotorua International Stadium.

February 26, 2021

Rugby League and other New Zealand sports are coming together to walk alongside the rainbow community in the Auckland Rainbow Parade next month, celebrating diversity and inclusion.

We’re delighted to announce that the Rainbow Parade in Auckland has been rescheduled for Saturday 13th March 2021.

The parade was originally planned for earlier this month but was cancelled due to the recent COVID-19 community cases – but thanks to some quick work from the organisers a new date has been confirmed.

All participants, supporters, and communities from across New Zealand sports are invited to pull on their club colours, matchday kit or sports outfits and come together in a show of unity and support for our rainbow communities.

The Auckland Rainbow Parade will be an uplifting event with a carnival-style atmosphere, dancing, performances, and plenty of music and noise!

The Auckland Rainbow Parade details:
Saturday 13 March, Parade begins on Ponsonby Road.
6.00pm-7.00pm, followed by Ponsonby Street Festival which runs from 7pm – 10pm.

We invite our rugby league communities to join and walk with sport at the parade, if you’re interested in being involved, please register your details here and we’ll be in touch | https://bit.ly/3qGQYsn

Those best dressed (most rainbow and rugby league) will be up for great rugby league prizes including signed Kiwis and Ferns jerseys, rugby league balls, mouthguards and NZRL apparel.

New Zealand Rugby League, alongside other sports from across the country, is committed to supporting and celebrating our people in sport and pursuing diversity throughout our game. For more details of how you can be involved, please email us at [email protected]

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There is nothing quite like a Ruben Wiki workout on a muggy Auckland evening to help you drop a few kilograms. 

Just ask Auckland U20 squad member Jacob Leung-Wai Milo.  

In his first month of training with Wiki – who is working with Leung-Wai Milo’s Otara Scorpions this year – the 19-year-old has already lost 8kgs and believes there’s plenty more to drop yet. 

“It’s been a killer with Ruben, but he’s been helping me heaps,” Leung-Wai Milo said. 

“I’ve got heaps more to go I think. My goal weight is 110kg and right now I’m 120kg. 

“I buzz out sometimes when I look at Ruben when he’s talking to us.

“I was too young to have watched him play, but I watch clips of his runs off kick-offs, so I know a bit about him.”

Efforts to slim down come after a few years of adversity for Leung-Wai Milo, who had to forfeit his final year at Gold Coast league nursery Keebra Park State High School – famed for helping to develop NRL superstars such as Benji Marshall and Payne Haas – last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There were also back-to-back serious knee injuries in 2018 and 2019, resulting in two surgeries, one of which was a reconstruction. 

“I was pretty gutted for a few months there, but I’m over it now and have moved past it,” he said. 

“Keebra was a good experience. It was tough, the trainings were something else, especially the fitness. 

“While I was there I played against (current Queensland State of Origin player) Xavier Coates and played with guys like (2021 Brisbane Broncos trialist) Reece Walsh.

“I’m thankful to the people at my homestay in Aus who always pushed me to train and not sit there and feel sorry for myself with my knee problems. 

“One of their children did their knee at the same time so we were rehabbing and training together which helped.”

Ahead of his Auckland White side kicking off their NZRL National 20s campaign this Saturday against Wai-Coa-Bay in Rotorua, Leung-Wai Milo said preparations are tracking well.

“Trainings have been going well and we’ve been focussing a lot on the game plan we want to use for the competition,” he said. 

“It’s good to be gelling with guys my age. 

“Everyone is training really well and we are excited for the first game.”  

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When former rugby league superstar Ali Lauititi is your uncle and you happen to also be named after him, you’d better be handy with a rugby league ball. 

Luckily that’s the case for Papatoetoe Panthers product Ali Leiataua, with the talented fullback set to take the next step in his own promising league career by representing Auckland in the NZRL National 20s competition which kicks off this weekend. 

As the first boy in his family, Leiataua was named after his mum Tala’s brother Ali, who at the time of his nephew’s birth in January 2003 had just come off a spectacular NRL campaign with the New Zealand Warriors in which he was named the competition’s best second-rower.

“We talk heaps of footy. He comes over most days and we chat,” Leiataua said of his relationship with his uncle. 

“I’d just been born in his last few years at the Warriors, so I was too young to remember, but I’ve seen lots of clips of him playing and he was a pretty damaging ball runner.

“A few times we have had a game in the backyard… he’s still got it, he’s a bit unfit now but you can tell he still has it in him!

“We are different builds, but he still thinks he can beat me in a race.

“He’s very competitive and I think that’s where I get it from.”

In good news for the Auckland Blue side, Leiataua’s tip sheet includes ideas on replicating uncle Ali’s renowed offload game. 

“He’s told me to always try and get that ball free when I run and to always keep the ball in two hands to keep the opposition in two minds, and that way you always have an option for a fend,” Leiataua said.

“When he’s not busy he comes and watches, or if it’s on TV he watches, and he’s like a little game review guy for me.

“He’ll come over and sit me down for a chat and tell me what I did do well and what I didn’t do well.”https://cdn.iframe.ly/api/iframe?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DdDW5nqUMCLQ&key=bab6e08fa25761f5368580a846bae5ea

Linking up with the Auckland U20s marks Leiataua’s return to league, after spending last season playing school rugby union. 

“I missed league, it’s my bread and butter. It’s good to get back into it,” Leiataua said. 

“It’s been good to play league again, it had been a while.

“When I turned up at the trial there were a few familiar faces I played with and against.

“It’s something new playing with the older boys – there’s guys in the team who are two years older than me – so physically it’s a little bit harder, but with training so consistently it’s been good so far.”

If you enjoy sport and engaging with the community, an exciting employment opportunity has arisen with Counties Manukau Rugby League.

CMRL is now open to receiving applications of interest for the role of Development Officer.

Click here for the application form.

Applications close on the 19th of February 2021.

 

Old foes Akarana Falcons and the Counties Manukau Stingrays took the field today for the final of the NZRL National Premiership at Trust Stadium.

Preston Riki put first points on the board for the Falcons, pushing his way over the defence in the opening minutes of the match.

Enthusiastic defence from the Stingrays forced an error on the Akarana Falcons just 10 meters from their try line allowing the Stingrays to launch an attack of their own. After a mistake from the Stingrays, the Falcons took advantage and forced their way downfield, Riki scoring his second try of the match in the same spot within the first 11 minutes.

Counties Manukau’s Penehuro Toai came short of scoring the first try for his team, handing the ball over on the fifth tackle. Akarana immediately put the foot down and took the ball to the other end of the park after a perfectly timed kick from Api Pewhairangi. Francis ledger helped himself to four points, scoring an impressive try just short of the dead ball line. Sam Faapito showed his skill on the wing showing extraordinary pace to score a follow up try, increasing the lead over their opponents by 24 points in a matter of minutes.

An energy shift for the Stingrays saw Richard Holani score his team a much-needed try with only 6 minutes to go in the first half.

Counties Manukau their own worst enemy awarded the Flacons a try off an intercept. Ray Tuimalo-Vaega ran 80 meters to score an excellent solo try to increase the Falcons lead at half time 30 – 6.

Points came quickly in the second half for the Akarana Falcons. A dominant attacking line saw Faapito stroll over the try line twice within 10 minutes for his hattrick. Akarana took advantage of mistakes the Stingrays didn’t learn from.

Facing an uphill climb, the Stingrays weren’t ready to back down just yet. Toai crashed over to score his first try. The try coming a little to late to change the outcome of the match.

Dominance continued for the Akarana Falcons as tries kept rolling in. It started with Chase Bernard slipping off 2 defenders to score the 8th try for the Falcons. Off another excellent kick from Falcons teammate Pewhairangi, Casey Smith quickly followed up with a try of his own. A deflated Stingrays team allowed yet another untouched try to the Falcons through Matiu Stone Dunn. An excellent 11th team try for the Flacons saw Pewhairangi score after weaving around the defence.

Cole Waaka would close out the match for the Akarana Falcons scoring a try in the last minute of the match. The Falcons finish the season in convincing fashion, winning their fifth consecutive Premiership title with the final score over the Counties Manukau Stingrays 64 – 18.

JOB TITLE: NZRL Residents Assistant Coach      

HOURS OF WORK: This is a voluntary role that requires a commitment of a camp for the campaign.

APPOINTMENT TERM: 2020 Campaign vs NZ Maori

REPORT TO: General Manager of High Performance and National Coach Education Manager

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New Zealand Rugby League:

Rugby league has played a significant part in New Zealand sport for over 100 years. Formed in 1910, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand

New Zealand Rugby League goals:

•           Rugby league enjoyed by more people

•           A financially sustainable NZ Game

•           Women’s game thriving and enhanced opportunities for women in the game

•           Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns inspirational & aspirational

•           NZRL to be a model modern sports organisation

Through our “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League.

Underpinning this philosophy is The Kiwi Way. 

We are diverse, we call New Zealand home, and therefore we are all Kiwis.

We are inclusive, respectful and humble

We are responsible

We are innovative and courageous

We are family first

We live and play The Kiwi Way every day

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

An NZRL Assistant Coach will perform their role with both professionalism and integrity while supporting the agreed direction for the campaign. They will support the Head Coach through the analysis of team strengths and areas to develop, that will contribute to the implementation of game strategies. An NZRL Assistant Coach is someone who has sound rugby league knowledge and can work collaboratively with the Head Coach to achieve successful outcomes. It is important to remember that the rugby league community is diverse, so a variety of coaching methods are essential to meet the needs of each player.

The Assistant Coach shall support and complement the Head Coach in achieving the following:

  • Prepare individuals and the team for their best possible performance for the duration of their campaign
  • Will demonstrate the ability to effectively lead and manage individuals and meet the desired targets set in conjunction with the Head Coach and NZRL
  • Assist in reviewing and evaluating the team’s and individuals performance against key performance indicators
  • Make every effort to complement the vision and objectives of the Head Coach through utilising your coaching skills and experience where applicable

KEY DATES:

Campaign dates:

Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th November; Auckland based

Fixture date:

Sunday 8th November 2020; Auckland

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Involved with the Coaching of a team in the Men’s NZRL National Premiership, Southern or Northern Championship competitions
  • Experience of coaching a minimum of a Premier Club Rugby League
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a coaching role
  • The ability to plan and prioritise own tasks and activities
  • Strong communication and organisation skills
  • Thorough knowledge of different coaching styles, approaches and techniques
  • A sound understanding of Rugby League at a National & International level (NZ)
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of the athletes you will coach in relation to their stage of development

Planning and Reporting:

  • In consultation with the Head coach develop a pre-campaign training and team schedule
  • Prepare a report in NZRL prescribed format to be completed within the agreed deadline

Personal Attributes:

  • Highly motivated and determined
  • Consultative and collaborative
  • Can coach the Kiwi Way by possessing positive relational and performance character strengths
  • Team focussed
  • Enables others to perform their roles to the best of their ability

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development of the team schedule and undertake any set tasks associated with the team schedule in consultation with the Head Coach, NZRL and Team personnel
  • Advise and assist the Head Coach on cataloguing gear and equipment requirements specified in relation to training, conditioning and game day
  • Support delivery of football programme
  • Support and contribute with the Head Coach to ensure training sessions are well structured, and maximises the usage of time and resources available and provides drills and practices that enhance the player’s skill development and understanding of the game
  • In conjunction with the Head Coach provide regular, accurate and meaningful feedback to players on areas for improvement and monitors progress during the campaign
  • Develop and maintain relationships with all other members of the management team and NZRL staff

Application process:

To register your interest for the above position, please email your Coaching C.V and a Cover Letter to the National Coach Education Manager (Dan Keepa) [email protected] no later than EOB Wednesday 21st October 2020.

HOURS OF WORK: This is a voluntary role that requires a commitment of a camp for the campaign.

APPOINTMENT TERM: 2020 Campaign vs New Zealand Maori  

REPORT TO: General Manager of High Performance and National Coach Education Manager

New Zealand Rugby League:

Rugby league has played a significant part in New Zealand sport for over 100 years. Formed in 1910, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand

New Zealand Rugby League goals:

•           Rugby league enjoyed by more people

•           A financially sustainable NZ Game

•           Women’s game thriving and enhanced opportunities for women in the game

•           Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns inspirational & aspirational

•           NZRL to be a model modern sports organisation

Through our “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League.

Underpinning this philosophy is The Kiwi Way. 

We are diverse, we call New Zealand home, and therefore we are all Kiwis.

We are inclusive, respectful and humble

We are responsible

We are innovative and courageous

We are family first

We live and play The Kiwi Way every day

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The trainer is required to facilitate sessions in a manner that minimises the risk of injury and promotes athlete wellbeing. The trainer will also be required to mentor the players under their supervision regarding the nutrition, training and general lifestyle decisions of their athletic careers and beyond.

KEY DATES:

Campaign dates:

Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th November 2020; Auckland based

Fixture date:

Sunday 8th November 2020; Auckland

Key Responsibilities:
In conjunction with NZRL and the coaching staff implement a training programme targeted at preparing players to perform to the best of their ability.
Work alongside the coaching staff and athletes to proactively minimise injury risk and ensure any injuries are managed in the best possible way for the athletes.
Act as a positive role model to all athletes in regards to overall fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.
Actively promote athlete well-being and safety and attend to the first aid and emergency care of players.
Active engagement in training and match-day management of athletes, working alongside coaching and medical staff to promote athlete wellbeing and safety prior to, during and following the campaign.
Work alongside the training and medical team to co-ordinate all training, match day and medical equipment.
Educate athletes in areas relative to training techniques, nutrition and performance where required.
Create a positive and encouraging training environment for the team.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:

Skills and Qualifications:
Involved as a Trainer with a team in the Men’s NZRL National Premiership, Southern or Northern Championship competitions or higherAchieved a minimum of NZRL First Aid Officer (National Trainer Accreditation preferred) or record of prior learning (Level 6 Sport Science or Fitness, with relevant rugby league strength and conditioning experience [1-3 years]).
Have a current First Aid Certificate.
A strong understanding of the ACC LeagueSmart programme and exercises the best practices in a Rugby League setting.
A sound knowledge of sports science as it is applied in Rugby League.
A proven understanding of injury prevention, assessment and treatment.        
Personal Attributes:
Take a creative but realistic/practical approach to designing training sessions in consultation with the coaching staff
Considerate of player’s personal beliefs when physical contact is required to manage injuriesAre able to demonstrate Kiwi Way behaviours through positive relational and performance character traits
Flexible and understanding of different cultures and backgrounds when dealing with playersAble to work as part of a multifaceted team

Application process:

To register your interest for the above position, please email your Trainers C.V and a Cover Letter to the National Coach Education Manager (Dan Keepa) [email protected] no later than EOB Wednesday 21st October 2020.

JOB TITLE: NZRL Residents Manager       

HOURS OF WORK: This is a voluntary role that requires a commitment of a camp for the campaign.

APPOINTMENT TERM: 2020 Campaign vs New Zealand Maori

REPORT TO: General Manager of High Performance and Kiwis and National Teams Manager

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New Zealand Rugby League:

Rugby league has played a significant part in New Zealand sport for over 100 years. Formed in 1910, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand

New Zealand Rugby League goals:

•           Rugby league enjoyed by more people

•           A financially sustainable NZ Game

•           Women’s game thriving and enhanced opportunities for women in the game

•           Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns inspirational & aspirational

•           NZRL to be a model modern sports organisation

Through our “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League.

Underpinning this philosophy is The Kiwi Way. 

We are diverse, we call New Zealand home and therefore we are all Kiwis.

We are inclusive, respectful and humble

We are responsible

We are innovative and courageous

We are family first

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Team Manager will be the key person responsible for liaising between the team and NZRL. As part of the management team you will be a role model for the players and other management staff members. There is an expectation that all management staff will adhere to the NZRL pledge and live these values.

KEY DATES:

Campaign dates:

Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th November 2020; Auckland based

Fixture date:

Sunday 8th November 2020; Auckland

Key Responsibilities:

  • Key logistical contact for the team with the NZRL High-Performance team
  • Maintain a current list of players in the squad along with appropriate contact details and health/emergency information
  • Manage all travel, accommodation, apparel and meal requirements for the team
  • Account for and manage all campaign financial matters
  • Assist team management in any reasonable manner to ensure the smooth operation of the team/campaign and match day
  • Where appropriate receive and return team equipment and uniforms to NZRL at the completion of the campaign
  • Co-ordinate the team photo with the designated photographer providing full names spelt correctly

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Managing of a team in the Men’s NZRL National Premiership, Southern or Northern Championship competitions
  • Holds a current and valid NZRL Level 1 Manager’s certificate
  • NZRL Zone 17s or Premier club level experience preferred
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a relevant role
  • The ability to plan and prioritise their own tasks and activities
  • Strong communication and organisation skills
  • Leadership and diplomacy skills
Planning and Reporting:
Prepare Report in NZRL prescribed format to be completed within the agreed deadline
Assessment of the suitability of suppliers used for Team needs in terms of cost versus quality
  Personal Attributes:
Shows initiative and determination to finish all duties and specified tasks
Highly motivated and determined to achieve any given task and/or challenges that may be faced
Flexible and understanding of different cultures and backgrounds when dealing with people
Have a ‘can do’ attitude to all tasks and challenges
Be honest in all dealings

Application process: To register interest for the above position, please email your team management C.V and a Cover Letter to the Kiwis & National Teams Manager (Nadene Conlon) [email protected] no later than EOB Wednesday 21st October 2020.

JOB TITLE: NZRL New Zealand Resident 18s Schools Assistant Coach

HOURS OF WORK: This is a voluntary role that requires a commitment of some weekend work and a camp for the campaign.

APPOINTMENT TERM: One (1) year plus an additional one (1) year pending campaign review. 

REPORT TO: General Manager of High Performance and National Coach Education Manager

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New Zealand Rugby League:

Rugby league has played a significant part in New Zealand sport for over 100 years. Formed in 1910, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand. With the recent COVID – 19 Pandemic, the New Zealand Border restrictions have hindered the opportunity for our NZRL New Zealand Resident teams to travel or invite international teams to play here. The New Zealand Schools team will be comprised of identified players from the Auckland Rugby League Secondary Schools competition as well as those who meet the age restrictions and are registered in full-time study.

New Zealand Rugby League goals:

•           Rugby league enjoyed by more people

•           A financially sustainable NZ Game

•           Women’s game thriving and enhanced opportunities for women in the game

•           Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns inspirational & aspirational

•           NZRL to be a model modern sports organisation

Through our “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League.

Underpinning this philosophy is The Kiwi Way. 

We are diverse, we call New Zealand home, and therefore we are all Kiwis.

We are inclusive, respectful and humble

We are responsible

We are innovative and courageous

We are family first

We live and play The Kiwi Way every day

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

An NZRL Assistant Coach will perform their role with both professionalism and integrity while supporting the agreed direction for the campaign. They will support the Head Coach through the analysis of team strengths and areas to develop, that will contribute to the implementation of game strategies. An NZRL Assistant Coach is someone who has sound rugby league knowledge and can work collaboratively with the Head Coach to achieve successful outcomes. It is important to remember that this age group are making the transition from adolescents to adulthood, so a variety of coaching methods are essential to meet the needs of each player.

The Assistant Coach shall support and complement the Head Coach in achieving the following:

  • Prepare individuals and the team for their best possible performance for the duration of their campaign
  • Will demonstrate the ability to effectively lead and manage individuals and meet the desired targets set in conjunction with the Head Coach and NZRL
  • Assist in reviewing and evaluating the team’s and individuals performance against key performance indicators
  • Make every effort to complement the vision and objectives of the Head Coach through utilising their coaching skills and experience where applicable

KEY DATES:

Camp dates:

Thursday 5th  – Sunday 8th November 2020; Auckland based

Fixture date

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:

Skills and Qualifications:

• Senior Club Coach qualified, no earlier than 2015
• Experience of coaching a representative team
• Has had experience coaching in representative teams U18’s or above
• The ability to plan and prioritise their own tasks and activities
• Strong communication and organisation skills
• Thorough knowledge of different coaching styles, approaches and techniques
• A sound understanding of Rugby League at a National & International level (NZ)
• Understand the characteristics and needs of the athletes being coached in relation to their current stage of rugby league development
Sunday 8th November 2020; Auckland

Planning and Reporting:
• In consultation with the Head coach develop a pre-campaign training and team schedule
• Prepare a report in NZRL prescribed format to be completed within the agreed deadline

Personal Attributes:
• Highly motivated and determined
• Consultative and collaborative
• Are able to coach the Kiwi Way by possessing positive relational and performance character strengths
• Team focused
• Enables others to perform their roles to the best of their ability

Key Responsibilities:

• Assist in the development of the team schedule and undertake any set tasks associated with the team schedule in consultation with the Head Coach, NZRL and Team personnel
• Advise and assist the Head Coach on cataloguing gear and equipment requirements specified in relation to training, conditioning and game day
• Support delivery of football programme
• Support and contribute with the Head Coach to ensure training sessions are well structured, and maximises the usage of time and resources available and provides drills and practices that enhance the player’s skill development and understanding of the game
• In conjunction with the Head Coach provide regular, accurate and meaningful feedback to players on areas for improvement and monitors progress during the campaign
• Develop and maintain relationships with all other members of the management team and NZRL staff
• Participate in any research or data-gathering exercise requested by NZRL?

Application process:

To register your interest for the above position, please email your Coaching C.V and a Cover Letter to the National Coach Education Manager (Dan Keepa) [email protected] no later than EOB Wedensday 21st October 2020.

JOB TITLE: NZRL New Zealand Resident 18s School Manager   

HOURS OF WORK: This is a voluntary role that requires a commitment of some weekend work and a camp for the campaign.

APPOINTMENT TERM: One (1) year plus an additional one (1) year pending campaign review. 

REPORT TO: General Manager of High Performance and Kiwis and National Teams Manager

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New Zealand Rugby League:

Rugby league has played a significant part in New Zealand sport for over 100 years. Formed in 1910, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand. With the recent COVID – 19 Pandemic, the New Zealand Border restrictions have hindered the opportunity for our NZRL NZ Resident teams to travel or invite international teams to play here. The New Zealand Schools team will be comprised of identified players from the Auckland Rugby League Secondary Schools competition as well as those who meet the age restrictions and are registered in full-time study

New Zealand Rugby League goals:

•           Rugby league enjoyed by more people

•           A financially sustainable NZ Game

•           Women’s game thriving and enhanced opportunities for women in the game

•           Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns inspirational & aspirational

•           NZRL to be a model modern sports organisation

Through our “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League.

Underpinning this philosophy is The Kiwi Way. 

We are diverse, we call New Zealand home and therefore we are all Kiwis.

We are inclusive, respectful and humble

We are responsible

We are innovative and courageous

We are family first

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Team Manager will be the key person responsible for liaising between the team and NZRL. As part of the management team, you will be a role model for the players and other management staff members. There is an expectation that all management staff will adhere to the NZRL pledge and live these values.

KEY DATES:

Campaign dates:

Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th November 2020; Auckland based

Fixture date:

Sunday 8th November 2020; Auckland

Key Responsibilities:

  • Key logistical contact for team with the NZRL High-Performance team
  • Maintain a current list of players in the squad along with appropriate contact details and health/emergency information
  • Manage all travel, accommodation, apparel and meal requirements for the team
  • Account for and manage all campaign financial matters
  • Assist team management in any reasonable manner to ensure the smooth operation of the team/campaign and match day
  • Where appropriate receive and return team equipment and uniforms to NZRL after the campaign
  • Co-ordinate the team photo with the designated photographer providing full names spelt correctly

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Holds a current and valid NZRL Level 1 Manager’s certificate
  • NZRL Zone 17s or Premier club level experience preferred
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a relevant role
  • The ability to plan and prioritise their own tasks and activities
  • Strong communication and organisation skills
  • Leadership and diplomacy skills

Planning and Reporting:

  • Prepare Report in NZRL prescribed format to be completed within the agreed deadline
  • Assessment of the suitability of suppliers used for Team needs in terms of cost versus quality

Personal Attributes:

  • Shows initiative and determination to finish all duties and specified tasks
  • Highly motivated and determined to achieve any given task and/or challenges that may be faced
  • Flexible and understanding of different cultures and backgrounds when dealing with people
  • Have a ‘can do’ attitude to all tasks and challenges
  • Be honest in all dealings

Application process:

To register interest for the above position, please email your team management C.V and a Cover Letter to the Kiwis & National Teams Manager (Nadene Conlon) [email protected] no later than EOB Wednesday 21st October 2020.

Both Waikato and the Canterbury Bulls both suffered losses in round one of the National Premiership, but Canterbury came out on top with their first win of the competition.  

Within the first few minutes, Canterbury drew first blood scoring their first try off a penalty through Hornby Panthers’ Champ Betham. Waikato were unable to move off their line fast enough to meet the Canterbury offence.

Waikato used their early errors as motivation to keep the pace high which proved a handful for Canterbury. Waikato’s Waka Heke-Sweet caught a perfectly placed kick to answer with a try for the visitors.

Waikato’s momentum slowed off the back of errors across the board. The massive amount of penalties lead to a shift in power, gifting a try to Canterbury’s number 14 Klayton Waikato.  

Canterbury continued to capitalise on Waikato’s mistakes with a controversial try scored by Penitito Ilalio on the dead ball line.

A determined Waikato showed they were not to be written off early, scoring an excellent try by Jordan Tai-Rakena in the corner just before the second half. Waikato closing the gap 16 – 10.

Waikato came back from the sheds firing with a crucial try from Darren Kingi to force the score line closer but was immediately answered by Canterbury’s Vincent Paul Scoring 4 points for his team.

New Zealand Resident’s star Ilalio scored an impressive solo try, his second of the match, after busting and stepping his through the Waikato defence to further extend the Bulls lead.

Frustration began to set in for Waikato with a poor pass collected by Canterbury’s Aaron Fiveash. The stolen pass resulted in a 70 meter try by Fiveash after he put his foot on the gas to outrun 3 Waikato defenders and scored a try in the corner.

Tumatouenga Te Koi scored a consolation try for the Waikato team from an excellent outside in play followed by a try by Pawhare Brown with another momentum shift coming too late in the match.  

The penalty count and offensive pressure from the Canterbury side told the story of this match. Canterbury advancing to round 3 of the competition with the win over Waikato 36 -24.

Canterbury will face the Akarana Falcons next weekend while Waikato take on the Counties Manukau Stingrays in Hamilton. National Competition matches are all available live on Sky Sport.

The Counties Manukau Stingrays Women’s team kick off the inaugural Sky Sport NZRL National Women’s Tournament at Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub in Christchurch. 

After a shaky start to the match exchanging penalties between teams, Counties Manukau’s Amber Kani stepped her way through the Canterbury side to take the first points of the match. Pahu Kani quickly followed her cousin to score her own try in the corner just three minutes later. 

Platinum Marsters scored her first try on debut for Counties Manukau, the third try scored in just 11 minutes taking the lead over Canterbury 14 points to nil. 

Kerehitina Matua stormed through the opposition with her own 70-meter run to score an excellent solo try for the Stingrays but was unable to convert her own try through the windy conditions.

Stingray’s dominance on the left edge continued with a second try for Pahu Kani. 

Charlotte Butler crashed through the Canterbury defence to set up teammate Krystal Rota to score a try on the 28th minute. Butler then followed through scoring a try for herself a few minutes later to close out the first half of the match 30 – 0.

Counties Manukau started the second half with a barrage of tries. NRLW premiership winner and Kiwi Fern Maitua Feterika scored back to back tries within two minutes for the Stingrays. Canterbury were given opportunities to change the tone of the match but ill-discipline, some excellent defence from the Stingrays, and a try from Kararina Wira-Kohu shut down any momentum Canterbury were able to create. 

With only 20 minutes to go in the match, Feterika scored her hat-trick for the Stingrays after an exemplary set. Points for the Stingrays kept ticking over through the remainder of the match, tries going to Alexis Thompson, another for Feterika, Rota, and Pahu Kani scoring another two tries.

The Counties Manukau Stingrays ease their way into the second round of the competition taking the win over Canterbury with a total of 16 tries for the Stingrays. The final score was 66 – 0.

The Stingrays will face the Akarana Falcons and Canterbury take on Mid Central Vipers in round 2 next weekend. 

The National Premiership kicks off this weekend and for the first time will run alongside the Sky Sports NZRL National Women’s Tournament. Before the action begins, take a look at some exciting talent to keep your eye on when they take the field this weekend.

Canterbury Bulls:

The Canterbury Bulls have seven rookies all under 21 preparing for their Premiership debut. The promising young players have worked through the South Island Scorpions Youth setup to finally reach pinnacle representative rugby league for their zone. Some of these boys include Sincere Harraway, Chanel Feala, Klayton Waikato alongside Caius Fa’atili who returns from Queensland due to COVID-19. The former NZ 16s and current 18s Representative Fa’atili is no stranger to New Zealand Rugby League, representing St Thomas, Hornby Panthers and made his debut as one of the youngest players in the competition in 2019 at 17 years old Fa’atili was a difference-maker for the Bulls during the 2019 national campaign.

Andrew Auimatagi has also selected Betham Champ, Nicholas Evans, Puia’I Patu-Vaega’au and Zac Riley as part of his 23-man squad.

The Bulls will have a new half combination from the previous two seasons, with 2019 New Zealand Resident players Brad Campbell having moved to Australia and Tevin Arona out injured.

Akarana Falcons:

New Zealand Resident 16s Head Coach Phil Gordon takes the reins from long standing Keith Hanley to Coach Akarana.

Setu Tu scored 15 tries out of 15 appearances in 2019 for Warriors New South Wales Cup team.

2019 New Zealand Resident

Eiden Akland joins Francis Ledger who topped the Premiership scoring table in 2019 with 38 points.

A raft of experience joins the team this year, players having been through the 20s NRL programmes or State Cup competitions in Australia. Most recently Preston Riki with 47 games for the Warriors at 20s and NSW Cup level. Isiah Vagana has 18 games under his belt for the Warriors 20s. Cole Waaka, Bostyn Hakaraia, Eiden Akland, Caleb Uele, Raymon-Ramoni Tuaimalo Vaega and Kalani Peahairangi-Charlie all with a mix of NRL 20s and NSW Cup experience.

Apirana Pewhairangi who moved back to New Zealand in 2019 from the English club London Broncos. Apirana made his professional debut in 2013 for Parramatta Eels and went on to gain international honours for Ireland earning 5 caps and went to compete in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Waikato:

Tumatauenga Te Koi at only 18 years old this year scored a hat-trick in Waikato Rugby League Grand Final playing for Turangawaewae. Turangawaewae went on to beat Taniwaharau 20 – 10.

Mikaere Beattie is expected to bring his experience playing for North Devils and Ipswich Jets in the Queensland competitions. He has returned to the Waikato team having played his 2019 season in Auckland.

Keanu Dawson a Backrow/Prop who has represented the NZ 18s as captain and has played under the New Zealand Maori Rugby League as well as reserve grade for NZ Warriors and 20s and for Titans in Australia.

Counties Manukau Stingrays:

Alfred Smalley will bring his experience from the NSW Cup and 20s with Manly Sea Eagles to the Stingrays.

Connor Purcell came off a solid 2019 season representing the NZMRL and NZ Residents against the English Community Rugby League Lions.

All National Premiership and Sky Sport NZRL National Women’s Tournament matches will be live on Sky Sport throughout October.

Every month with the help of Pirtek, we celebrate a volunteer who has contributed immensely to rugby league and their community. The tough Covid-19 period has not stopped Shayne Wassel of the Takahiwai Rugby League club from providing tireless support to the local team. Congratulations to Shayne, our September Pirtek Volunteer of the Month.

A single father to four kids who all play Rugby League, Shayne can often be found at Takahiwai Rugby League club selling sausages, setting up for the day or fixing a goal post or a broken fence.

He also coaches and manages various club teams on top of coaching an international grade representative side. Shayne places huge importance on the local game and continuously gives back to the footy club and local community.

He has several mild disabilities including mild deafness, speech impediment and blindness in one eye; however, that doesn’t hold him back!

“His smile and huge sense of humour are well noticed throughout Northland. As well as being very welcoming and supportive to new parents and players he is consistently there to support them along their rugby league journey,” says nominator Ari Carrington.

Chris Bourke, General Manager at Pirtek says, “Shayne Wassel is a standout Pirtek Volunteer of the Month recipient for a multitude of reasons and is a great representative for the Takahiwai club. 

“Shayne appears to take life’s challenges on the chin and puts his children, others and Rugby League well in front of himself. The other contributing strength to Shayne’s character is that he welcomes newcomers to the Rugby League community, which has a great impact on the continuity of our great game.”

Shayne epitomises our ‘Kiwi Way’ and ‘More Than a Game’ values and is a well-deserved recipient of Pirtek’s Volunteer of the Month Award.

The extension of restrictions which limit gatherings to 10 people in Auckland has forced the cancellation of the remainder of the season for all Auckland Rugby League grades.

The Government announced last Friday that level 2.5 restrictions – which include the gathering limit of 10 – would be extended through until at least September 16 in Auckland, ruling out a possible return to play on September 12-13.

The decision – which has the full backing of the ARL Board of Directors – means all grades from U13 up are now cancelled, with mini/mod (U6-U12) grades having already been cancelled last week. 

No winners will be declared for any grades.

Auckland Rugby League CEO Greg Whaiapu said as well as running out of time to safely complete the season before the impending New Zealand Rugby League National Competitions and the start of the summer sports season, the ARL has an obligation to prioritise the health and safety of all participants.

“It’s unfortunate news to be delivering and an outcome none of us wanted,” Whaiapu said. 

“In making this decision we considered, among other things, the fact that teams have not been able to complete contact training for several weeks due to the restrictions in place, and therefore would be put at a higher risk of suffering injury if asked to return straight into games.

“While we pushed the proposed return to play date back as far as we could, the reality is there is no longer enough weeks left to safely complete our season either. 

“At this point I’d like to acknowledge the work of our clubs and the people involved with them, through what has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone.”

This cancellation applies to club grades only and at this stage does not impact planned Auckland Rugby League representative games or Kiwi Tag modules scheduled for later in the year.

CANCELLED | It's the news we didn't want to deliver, but COVID-19 restrictions have forced the cancellation of the season for ALL GRADES. Full details below.

Posted by Auckland Rugby League on Saturday, 5 September 2020

Thanks to Pirtek, each month we look to celebrate a volunteer who has contributed immensely to Rugby League and their community. Although the second wave of COVID-19 put a temporary pause on rugby league activity in Auckland, this hasn’t stopped the selfless efforts of our volunteers throughout the year. Congratulations to our August Volunteer of the Month, Polu Paselio. 

Polu Paselio of the Pt Chevalier Pirates is a volunteer referee and known for his consistency and fairness. So much so he’s sought after by countless teams due to the fact he always exercises good judgement, takes time to explain the rules to each side before the match and is clear and well communicated on the field.  

Polu recently was asked to ref last minute for a U10’s away match at Waitemata; without hesitation, he grabbed his boots from his car and refereed despite horrible conditions and only sporting his t-shirt. 

Polu is well respected in the community and always puts the game and its players before himself. 

Chris Bourke, General Manager at Pirtek, says, “We are very pleased to see a referee receive a nomination for the Pirtek Volunteer of the Month, as referees tend to be the forgotten ones that do an amazing job keeping our Rugby League games progressing.  
 
“Polu Paselio as volunteer referee selflessly gives up his time for what has to be one of the hardest roles to undertake within the Rugby League community. Not only being there when required to undertake the refereeing role, Polu has to be fit, fast and fair with a great knowledge of the game. Volunteers like Polu can have an amazing influence on our young Rugby League players which generates respect for those that embark on those tough roles.  
 
“Polu Paselio is a very well deserved winner of the Pirtek Volunteer of the Month.” 

Nominations are now open for Pirtek’s September Volunteer of the Month. https://nzrl.co.nz/more-than-a-game/volunteer-of-the-month/  

Volunteers will be chosen based off how well they demonstrate our Kiwi Way values: 

We are family first – stronger together. 

Innovative and Courageous – punch above our weight. 

We are responsible. 

We are inclusive, respectful and humble. 

Each winner receives $200 worth of vouchers. 

#TheKiwiWay #MoreThanAGame 

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    Backrower Jordan Riki will make his NRL debut for the Brisbane Broncos against the Raiders in Canberra on Saturday night.

    Riki, a former Junior Kiwis Captain, was impressive for the Maori All Stars earlier this year after being a surprise call-up for the 30-16 win over the Indigenous All Stars.

    The 20-year-old from Christchurch is a physical and strong ball runner, with an offload and footwork. Riki started as a Hornby Panthers junior and a star player for St Thomas of Canterbury with a long list of NZRL honors including 2016 NZ 16s Player of the Year. Brisbane Broncos eventually signed Riki after immense competition in recruiting him after finishing school in 2017, Riki played a game of Intrust Super Cup for Norths Devils in 2018 before playing 15 games in 2019. Riki started at lock for the Devils in their only game this year, after an unexpected call up to the Aotearoa Maori team.

    Riki joins Daejan Asi, Emry Pere, Asu Kepaoa, Connelly Lemuelu, Eliesa Katoa, Jaxson Paulo and Jackson Ferris as New Zealand NRL debutants this season.

    UPDATE: August 12, 2020 

    In light of New Zealand’s move to Alert Level 2 (not including Auckland) rugby league activity (training and playing) is permitted, ONLY if clubs and facilities can abide by strict health requirements below, until further notice. 

    These requirements include what ‘must’ be done such as:  

    • A contact tracing register must be kept for all participants and spectators and able to be accessed quickly. NZRL recommend IDMe app or Government COVID Tracer app.
    • Physical distancing is required at all times, this is mandatory for those not participating on the field (2 metres). 
    • As it stands, Rugby League activity must abide by 100 person gathering / spectator limit (subject to Government updates). 
    • Participants should wash and dry their hands before and after playing; equipment should be sanitised and dried before and after playing. No one should be participating (or leaving home) if they show any signs of being sick, displaying symptoms of COVID-19, awaiting a test, or if required to self-isolate.  

    As of the 24th of August, it is mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport.

    NZRL is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to update you with the latest information, subject to ongoing Government updates. 

    Please refer to your appropriate District and Club for more specific information on upcoming competitions and fixtures.  

    All Auckland rugby league activity (training and playing) remains postponed until further notice, subject to Government updates. 

    We appreciate this is an unsettling time, however we remain vigilant and prepared to tackle this collectively once again. 

    Thank you for your co-operation and understanding. 

    Thanks to Pirtek, each month we look to celebrate a volunteer who has contributed immensely to Rugby League and their community. The COVID-19 pandemic put a temporary pause on this for 2020, however, we are back and kickstarting this great initiative again with our July Volunteer of the Month, Simon Watson.

    For the past three years, the Glenfield Greyhounds have been bumped off their home ground, Sunnynook No.1, as the park underwent significant field renovations. As a result, retaining team numbers and club registrations became a real challenge. While this may have overwhelmed and wiped out some clubs, Simon Watson, Glenfield Greyhounds Club Chairman, has been steadfast in his commitment and advocacy for the future of the Greyhounds.

    He has established community partnerships with nearby organisations, connected with schools and relentlessly questioned the District on the strategic growth imperatives for the North Shore. This extensive community engagement has been coupled with the physical tasks of game day as Simon ensures they are carried out seamlessly and safely for his members and visitors to the club, while also wearing whatever hat is needed at any stage of the week. While Club Chairman may be his official title, he is also the tech guy, the barman, the club hire contact and field logistics coordinator.

    This month, the Greyhounds celebrated the reopening of Sunnynook Park with an open community club day on Saturday 26 July. Simon coordinated an inclusive, entertaining event for all ages and marked the occasion with some morning formalities that included staff and Board members from Devonport-Takapuna Local Board and Auckland Rugby League. While the DJ entertained in the background and everyone enjoyed watching games back on Sunnynook No.1, Simon could be seen setting up flags, greeting sponsors and even stopping to thank the local rubbish removers for the contribution they were making to the day.

    Ever humble and extremely hearty, Simon is invaluable to the game and truly epitomises ‘The Kiwi Way’.

    Chris Bourke, General Manager at Pirtek says, “As with all of our Rugby League volunteers Simon exemplifies the embedded hunger they have for the success of the game of Rugby League at a local level, and the sacrifices they make in their personal lives to ensure the teams are well looked after.

    “With the significant disruptions we have had this year and coupled with the significant changes to the Greyhounds home ground, many people may have given up their support. Simon has gone above and beyond normal volunteering and with his community engagement to ensure the continuity of the game in this key location.

    “Congratulations on the re-opening of Sunnynook Park and congratulations to Simon Watson for being an integral part of this process. Simon is a well deserving winner of the Pirtek Volunteer of the Month for July 2020.”

    Volunteers will be chosen based off how well they demonstrate our Kiwi Way values:

    We are family first – stronger together.

    Innovative and Courageous – punch above our weight.

    We are responsible.

    We are inclusive, respectful and humble.

    Each winner receives $200 worth of vouchers.

    #TheKiwiWay #MoreThanAGame

    Nominations are now open for Pirtek’s August Volunteer of the Month.

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      It was a try fest at Whenuapai Air Force base as the Royal New Zealand Air Force took on the NZ Police Open Men’s at the annual Heroes Rugby League Tournament.  

      The NZ Police opened the scoring with a strong run down the right edge to make it 6 – 0 after 15 minutes. Ill-discipline from the Air Force gifted possession back to the Police as they stumbled over for their second only moments after.  

      Strong meters up the middle saw the Police back in the opposition 20 and a dummy half duck under the posts resulted in the Police extending their lead to 16. 

      The battle up the middle evened out as the Air Force found their feet, a couple of impressive line breaks saw the Air Force in good attacking position. The Air Force soon capitalised on their attacking momentum and mounted their first points with 10 to go in the first half.  

      The Police force hit back impressively earning a repeat set, however, a forward pass cut their attacking efforts short. Some ill-discipline from the Police saw the Air Force back on their goal line as they barged over to make it 10 – 16 at half time. 

      The Police were quick to open the scoring in the second half extending their lead back to 10 however the Air Force quickly answered back. A conversion miss by the Air Force meant they still trailed by 6 with 30 to go.  

      The Police then stepped up a gear for the remainder of the half scoring five back to back tries impressively extending their lead by 28.  

      Despite the momentum shift, the Air Force bounced back off some good meters up the middle barging over for their fifth try. Strong defence then earned the Air Force more attacking possession as superb support play saw them score the final try of the match.  

      Final score – Royal New Zealand Air Force (24) v NZ Police Open Men’s (48) 

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      First nameSurnameRegionClub
      FrancisLegerAkaranaPt Chevalier
      SimonLuafalealoAkaranaGlenora
      SalaFalelua-MalioAkaranaMt Albert
      JosiahAfuAkaranaNorthcote
      DavidBhanaAkaranaNorthcote
      EidenAcklandAkaranaMt Albert
      SiligaKepaoaAkaranaPt Chevalier
      MattiTuitamaAkaranaPt Chevalier
      PenititoIlalioCanterburyLinwood
      JopeTagicakibauCanterburyRiccarton
      TevinAronaCanterburyHornby
      BradCampbellCanterburyHornby
      MichaelButsonCanterburyNorthern Bulldogs
      AlexToddCanterburyLinwood
      GeronimoDoyleCountiesOtahuhu
      ConnorPurcellCountiesOtahuhu
      NicholasHalaliloCountiesMangere East
      JeromeFloodWaikatoNgaruawahia
      RoleFirst nameSurnameRegion
      Head CoachAndrewAuimatagiCanterbury
      Assistant CoachPhilGordonAkarana
      Assistant CoachSpencerTaplinCounties
      Head TrainerJamieWilliamsonCounties
      ManagerAlanaLockhorstSouthland

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