2 November 2020

New Zealand Rugby League is pleased to announce the following players have been selected to represent the New Zealand Residents who will take on the NZ Māori Residents this Sunday, 4 pm at Mt Smart Stadium.

The last time the two met was in 2017 where the NZ Māori Residents came away with a 22 – 16 victory.

The NZ Residents squad consists of the best players from the NZRL National Men’s competition; many who have already achieved professional or international rugby league success.

NZRL congratulates the following players:

Alex ToddCanterbury Bulls
Chase BernardAkarana Falcons
Dallas McEwanWellington Orcas
Emeliano MikaeleCounties Manukau Stingrays
Francis Leger Akarana Falcons
Jacob Paulo Counties Manukau Stingrays
Johnson PeriUpper Central Stallions
Jordan Te Aho Akarana Falcons
Keanu DawsonWaikato Mana
Mathew TuitamaAkarana Falcons
Matiu Stone Dunn Akarana Falcons
Michael Ki Akarana Falcons
Patrick SipleyAkarana Falcons
Penitito IlalioCanterbury Bulls
Preston RikiAkarana Falcons
Ray Tuimalo-VaegaAkarana Falcons
Sam Fa’apitoAkarana Falcons
Samuel NatiCounties Manukau Stingrays

NZRL National Men’s Premiers Akarana Falcons, front 10 of the 18 Residents players after convincingly defending their title with a 64-18 win over Counties Manukau over the weekend.

Akarana captain and NZ Resident veteran Francis Leger took home MVP of the Men’s Premiership competition and MVP of the final.

2018 Sonny Fai medallist and Warriors player of the year (Flegg and Intrust) Preston Riki gets the call up alongside teammate and former Wynnum Manly Sea Eagle, Patrick Sipley.

Canterbury and Linwood teammates Penitito Ilalio and Alex Todd return to the side after featuring in last year’s Residents campaign.

“We have some undeniable talent across the park,” says NZRL CEO Greg Peters.

“It’s exciting we are able to showcase this with the much-anticipated clash against the NZ Māori Residents come Sunday, especially with all that’s happened with Covid, it’s great to see this come to light.

“The talent on display across the Men’s Premiership competition this year was quality and it’s evident by the calibre named in this team. I have no doubt this will be a tough and passionate affair! Congratulations to our NZ Residents.”

The NZ Residents face the NZ Māori Residents this Sunday 4 pm following the NZ Schools v Clubs match at Mt Smart Stadium.

It is a gold coin entry donation to Mt Smart on the day; otherwise both games will be televised live on Sky Sport 4.

September 17, 2020

Mt Smart Stadium is set to host a jam-packed weekend of rugby league action as the inaugural NZRL Schools v Clubs (18s) match followed by an NZ Residents v NZ Māori Residents game have been scheduled for Sunday, November 8, following the Kiwi Ferns v Fetū Samoa Test the day prior.

The inaugural NZRL Schools v Clubs game (18s) will kick-off at 2 pm at Mt Smart followed by the NZ Residents v NZ Māori Residents match at 4 pm. Thanks to Sky Sport both games will be televised live.

The NZ Residents squad will consist of the best players from the NZRL National Men’s competition kicking off on October 3.

The last time the two met was in 2017 where the NZ Māori Residents came away with a 22 – 16 victory over the NZ Residents squad.

NZRL CEO Greg Peters says; “To see our NZ Residents and NZ Māori Residents face each other once again is an exciting milestone, it will be a tough clash with plenty of passion and a great way to finish off a specular weekend of rugby league action at Mt Smart.

“The Residents selection is an important accolade and increases the standard of competition for our National Competition.  This match will showcase New Zealand’s best grassroots talent from up and down the country, and it’s great to work with NZ Māori Rugby League (NZMRL) again to produce a quality rugby league event.”

NZMRL Chairman, John Devonshire, is delighted that a Māori Residents side will be taking on the NZ Residents in November.

“It is a win-win scenario for both organisations, and it’s great to see the two sides come up against each other. The NZRL premiership competition will take on extra meaning for the players and the ability for our tuakana tournament side to have a live match is awesome.

“The sides have played previously with a break last year due to the touring English side, a game where NZ Māori dominated with a solid victory. I always look forward to these games and more importantly, the opportunity for our players that support our tuakana tournament to put on the Māori jersey.”

The NZRL Schools v Clubs match set for a 2pm kick off prior to the Residents game, is the first of its kind and will act as a key development pathway for New Zealand 18 players.

This inaugural fixture is set to stick as an annual event in which the NZRL Schools team will comprise of players actively playing in the NZRL National Secondary school competition and the NZRL Clubs team selected from District, Zone and National Youth programmes.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the National Secondary School Competition and NZRL Youth tournament were cancelled for 2020; however, players identified in the NZRL wider squad for the New Zealand Resident 18s back in February will make up the majority of the selections for this year.

The New Zealand Schools team will be comprised of identified players from the Auckland Rugby League Secondary Schools competition as well as those registered in full-time study.

The New Zealand Clubs team will consist of identified players who have competed in a meaningful club competition in 2020.

Unfortunately, initial NZ 18s fixtures against England Academies and Fiji Schoolboys had to be called off due to COVID-19 border restrictions.

NZRL GM of Football and High Performance, Motu Tony says; “This Schools v Clubs match will act as an important pathway going forward for our young and aspiring Kiwi talent, so it’s great to see this fixture come to light even despite the COVID setbacks.

“We were disappointed the NZ18s fixtures had to be called off, but our talented 18 players are still able to get a run in what will hopefully develop into a staple calendar event for NZRL.

Due to the ongoing implications of the Covid-19 outbreak, New Zealand Rugby League regrets to advise that all NZRL run representative competitions and tournaments have been called off for the remainder of the year.

Community and Club competitions and trainings are still currently postponed until May 2 with that date to be reviewed in due course.

Due to the current uncertain revenue lines, these representative competitions would place too big of a financial burden on the Zones. International rugby league has also been cancelled for the foreseeable future, and NZRL has ceased all non-essential expenditure.

Greg Peters, NZRL CEO, “We are extremely disappointed that these competitions will not happen in 2020, but unfortunately, it was a decision that had to be made for the financial longevity of our game.

“Due to the extensive consequences of this pandemic across the code, we have had to make some significant short term sacrifices in order to see the game thrive long after this virus is contained.

“The impact and influence rugby league has is felt widespread both on and off the field. Although unprecedented, this decision was made fully with the longevity of our game in mind and the important role it plays within our communities.”

NZRL will provide a further update on club and community competitions in due course. Once lockdown restrictions are lifted, the focus will be on getting the grassroots game operating as quickly as possible.

A spine-tingling haka and a stand off set the tone for the much-anticipated match between the Community Lions and NZ Residents. It took 20 minutes to get the scoring underway as Connor Dwyer ran a clean line untouched through the Residents goal line defence to put first points on the board for the Community Lions.

The NZ Residents however hit straight back capitalising on an offside penalty as co-captain Francis Leger went over to give the home side their first points making it six a piece with 15 to go.

There were some big defensive displays by both teams throughout the half and for the majority, both teams were evenly matched in the middle, however, the Kiwis gained the upper hand and steamroll over the line in the last five to make it 12-10 at the break.

Moving into the second half the NZ Residents displayed their dominance and scored two tries within the first 10 minutes. The first two tries were scored by Simon Luafalealo, and Penitito Llalio respectively.

The English Community Lions proved they couldn’t be caged and bit back scoring a try as a result of the NZ Residents giving away a crucial penalty on their goal line.

Co-captain Tevin Arona scored the final try of the match securing the win and effectively taming the English Community Lions 28 – 12.

 

New Zealand Rugby League is pleased to announce the following players have been selected to take on the England Community Lions tomorrow night at Trusts Stadium in Auckland.

This Residents squad is made up of the best from the NZRL National Men’s competition, many of whom have already achieved professional or international rugby league success.

Co-Captain Tevin Arona represented the Cook Islands in the recent Rugby League World Nines competition following a stand out season for Canterbury in the NZRL Premiership. David Bhana is no stranger to the professional league, before his retirement due to injury two years ago, he captained the Warriors U20s, the Junior Kiwis in 2013, was named in the NRL 20s team of 2013, played professionally for the Newcastle Knights and has also represented NZ Māori.

Akarana playmaker, Aiden Ackland, has played 33 times scoring 62 points for the Warriors Jersey Flegg / Holden Cup team and Head Coach Andrew Auimatagi, coached the Canterbury Bulls to the NZRL 2019 Premiership final this year and also doubled as Linwood Keas’ Head Coach, guiding them to victory three years running.

This sought after fixture will be the closing bout of the first-ever England Community Lions tour down under. The game is set to kick of 6:30pm and will be televised live on SKY Sport.

The side is Co-Captained by Akarana’s Francis Leger and Canterbury’s Tevin Arona.

NZ RESIDENTS
No. FIRST NAME LAST NAME
1 Geronimo DOYLE
2 Simon LUAFALEALO
3 Francis LEGER
4 Jope Tagicackibau
5 Penitito lLALIO
6 Tevin ARONA
7 Brad CAMPBELL
8 Alex TODD
9 Josiah AFU
10 Connor TAURUA-PURCELL
11 Nicholas HALALILO
12 Matti TUITAMA
13 Michael BUTSON
No. RESERVES
14 Eiden ACKLAND
15 Jamel HUNT
16 Siliga KEPAOA
17 David BHANA
18 Jerome FLOOD

 

NZ RESIDENTS TEAM STAFF
Coach Andrew Auimatagi
Ast Coach Phil Gordon
Ast Coach Spencer TAPLIN
Manager Alana Lockhorst
Head Trainer Jamie WILLIAMSON
Physio Arianne CAROLL
Co-Captain Francis  LEGER
Co-Captain Tevin ARONA

 

This weekend is jam-packed with New Zealand Rugby League action at all levels, as the Residents take on the England Community Lions tomorrow night closely followed by the much-anticipated clash between the Great Britain Lions and Kiwis on Saturday 2nd November. The Kiwis and the NZ Residents enjoyed an opposed training session earlier in the week.

New Zealand Rugby League is pleased to announce the following players have been selected to represent the New Zealand Residents team who will take on the England Community Lions on November 1st at Trusts Arena in Auckland.

The game will be televised live on SKY Sport with kick-off scheduled for 6:35pm.

First name Surname Region Club
Francis Leger Akarana Pt Chevalier
Simon Luafalealo Akarana Glenora
Sala Falelua-Malio Akarana Mt Albert
Josiah Afu Akarana Northcote
David Bhana Akarana Northcote
Eiden Ackland Akarana Mt Albert
Siliga Kepaoa Akarana Pt Chevalier
Matti Tuitama Akarana Pt Chevalier
Penitito Ilalio Canterbury Linwood
Jope Tagicakibau Canterbury Riccarton
Tevin Arona Canterbury Hornby
Brad Campbell Canterbury Hornby
Michael Butson Canterbury Northern Bulldogs
Alex Todd Canterbury Linwood
Geronimo Doyle Counties Otahuhu
Connor Purcell Counties Otahuhu
Nicholas Halalilo Counties Mangere East
Jerome Flood Waikato Ngaruawahia

 

Role First name Surname Region
Head Coach Andrew Auimatagi Canterbury
Assistant Coach Phil Gordon Akarana
Assistant Coach Spencer Taplin Counties
Head Trainer Jamie Williamson Counties
Manager Alana Lockhorst Southland

This Residents squad is made up of the best from the NZRL National Men’s competition, many of whom have already achieved professional or international rugby league success.

Canterbury’s Tevin Arona was just named in the Cook Island Nines squad and will take the field this coming weekend in the inaugural World Nines. David Bhana is no stranger to the professional league, before his retirement due to injury two years ago, he captained the Warriors U20s, the Junior Kiwis in 2013, was named in the NRL 20s team of 2013, played professionally for the Newcastle Knights and also represented NZ Māori.

Akarana playmaker, Aiden Ackland, has played 33 times scoring 62 points for the Warriors Jersey Flegg / Holden Cup team and Head Coach Andrew Auimatagi, coached the Canterbury Bulls to the NZRL 2019 Premiership final this year and also doubled as Linwood Keas’ Head Coach, guiding them to victory three years running.

The sought after fixture will be the closing bout of the first-ever England Community Lions tour down under. The England Community Lions will also come up against a North Island Championship Selection at Owen Delany Park in Taupo on October 24 and the New Zealand Māori Residents XIII team in Rotorua on Sunday, October 27.

Greg Peters, CEO of NZRL, says this fixture will further showcase the undeniable regional talent on offer.

“It’s extremely exciting to see a team of such calibre named, not only for the players but for the game in general. The more opportunities we give to our local players and coaching staff, the better the game gets and to come up against a quality international side is a bonus. Congratulations to all who made the team.”

The first weekend of November will be jam-packed with New Zealand Rugby League action at all levels, as the Residents take on the England Community Lions on Friday 1st closely followed by the much-anticipated clash between the Great Britain Lions and Kiwis on Saturday 2nd November.

The New Zealand Residents consists of the best from the NZRL National Men’s competition, many of whom have already achieved professional or international rugby league success.

2019 saw the return of the New Zealand Residents team and with that, the excitement around the depth and quality of New Zealand’s grassroots talent.

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

The New Zealand Residents team will play the England Community Lions on November 1st at Trusts Arena in Auckland. A sought after fixture that will end the first-ever England Community Lions tour down under.

The Residents squad will make up the best from the NZRL National Men’s competition and the match will be broadcast live on SKY Sport.

NZRL is in need of a high-quality team to ensure a successful campaign for the boys in Black & White.

If this is of interest, please see below for job descriptions and how to apply –

 

POSITION DESCRIPTIONS:

2019 NZ Residents Head Coach

2019 NZ Residents Assistant Coach

2019 NZ Residents Team Manager JD

2019 NZ Residents Trainer

 

Application process:

Click on the below online link to fill out the questionnaire and attach your CV and cover letter.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019NZRLResidents

Application closing date – September 23rd 2019

New Zealand Rugby League is pleased to announce the New Zealand Residents team will play against the England Community Lions on November 1st at Trusts Arena in Auckland.

The game will be televised live on SKY Sport and is set to Kick off at 6:35pm.

The Residents squad will make up the best from the NZRL National Men’s competition, taking place from September 14th to October 5th. This match will showcase New Zealand’s highest quality grassroots players as they take on England’s best community names.

The sought after fixture will be the closing bout of the first-ever England Community Lions tour down under. The England Community Lions will also come up against a North Island Championship Selection at Owen Delany Park in Taupo on October 24 and the New Zealand Māori Residents XIII team in Rotorua on Sunday, October 27. All games will be televised live on SKY Sport.

Greg Peters, CEO of NZRL, says this fixture will further showcase the undeniable regional talent on offer.

“Our National Men’s competition brings out the best of our grassroots talent from up and down the country and now that we’re adding in the Residents selection as something else to play for, the standard of the competition will only increase.

“It’s extremely exciting, not only for the players but for the game in general. The more opportunities we give to our local players, the better the game gets and to come up against an international side is a bonus. The Community Lions tour in itself is a great milestone for our game, now coupled with the inclusion of the Residents match – our game is in an exciting place.”

The first weekend of November will be jam-packed with New Zealand Rugby League action at all levels, as the Residents take on the England Community Lions on Friday 1st closely followed by the much-anticipated clash between the Great Britian Lions and Kiwis on Saturday 2nd November.

The NZRL Residents squad will be announced at the conclusion of the NZRL National Men’s Competition.

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Honey Hireme reign supreme at the 2018 New Zealand Rugby League Annual Awards announced on Sky Sport’s Kiwi League Show tonight.

Waerea-Hargreaves (Kiwi #755) had one of his best seasons in the black and white jersey, accumulating over 130 run metres for all four end-of-season Test matches in England, and proved crucial in the Kiwis historic 26-24 win over Australia.

Michael Maguire says: “As a senior player within the Kiwis camp, Jared put a lot of time into discussing the growth of the Kiwi team. He has immense passion towards where he wants to see the black and white jersey and this is a real quality of his,”

“Off the back of his brilliant season in club land, he was in a good position to play his best footy for the Kiwis and that’s exactly what he did. His experience has been invaluable in mentoring younger players to step up into international rugby league,” Maguire says.

The powerhouse prop capped off his 2018 NRL season with his second NRL premiership win, a title he was able to share with Kiwis teammate Joseph Manu (finalist for Kiwis Rookie of the Year).

In one of the biggest years to date for women’s rugby league, Honey Hireme was hard to go past when it came to crowning the Kiwi Ferns Player of the Year, an award she won back in 2012. As co-captain of the Kiwi Ferns alongside veteran teammate Laura Mariu, she crossed the ditch to play for the St George Illawarra Dragons in the inaugural NRL Women’s Premiership, an experience she says has benefitted her game.

“The addition of this year’s NRL competition was great for the women’s game. The fact that we could all come together in Kiwi Ferns camp following four weeks of competing in the elite space, was hugely beneficial when it came to pulling on the black and white jersey against the Jillaroos,”

“The more we can play at the top level, the better our game gets. I’m grateful for receiving this award but would also like to recognise the efforts of the other finalists (Kimiora Nati and Aieshaleigh Smalley) and our Kiwi Ferns teammates, my family for their undying support, management and coaching staff,” she says.

The Kiwis Rookie of the Year award was picked up by Kiwi #810 Ken Maumalo, a player who earnt his Kiwis call-up in June at Mile High Stadium before going on to play in all five 2018 Kiwis Test matches, scoring four tries. His impressive season with the Warriors and Kiwis attracted high praises from coach Michael Maguire and rightfully so, given he amassed 15 tackle breaks and 801 run metres over the three Tests he played against England.

“Both Ken and Jared are two players that are hungry for the Kiwis jersey to reach new heights and that’s pleasing,”

“It has been really enjoyable coaching Ken, the more he plays, the more he grows so I look forward to seeing what he does next year,” Maguire says.

Joining Maumalo in playing her first Test at international level, Onjeurlina Leiataua has been rewarded for her break out season with the Warriors women’s team, and the stellar part she played in the Kiwi Ferns narrow loss against the Jillaroos at Mt Smart Stadium this year. These achievements saw her pick up Kiwi Ferns Rookie of the Year.

Promising youngster, Isaiah Papali’i wins Junior Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, having been awarded Warriors Rookie of the Year and receiving his Kiwis debut in England after leading the Junior Kiwis in their match-up against the Junior Kangaroos in October.

This year’s award winners showcase players and match officials performing at the pinnacle of rugby league, as well as community representatives and volunteers who prove to be the backbone of grassroots rugby league in New Zealand.

New Zealand Rugby League wishes to congratulate the award winners from all 13 categories below:

Pirtek Female Volunteer – Karen Gibbons Karen Gibbons (Akarana, Auckland)

Pirtek Male Volunteer – Lawrence Erihe (Mid Central, Manawatu)

Grassroots Club of the Year – South Pacific Raiders (Southern, Otago)

Domestic Coach of the Year – Keith Hanley (Akarana, Auckland)

Match Official of the Year – Paki Parkinson (Upper Central, Bay of Plenty)

NZ 16s Player of the Year – Sione Moala (Counties Manukau, Auckland)

NZ 18s Player of the Year – Tyler Slade (NZ Warriors)

Domestic Premier Player of the Year – Francis Leger (Akarana, Auckland)

Kiwi Fern Rookie of the Year – Onjeurlina Leiataua (NZ Warriors)

Kiwis Rookie of the Year – Ken Maumalo (NZ Warriors)

Kiwis Fern Player of the Year – Honey Hireme (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Kiwis Player of the Year – Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters)

NZRL are now open to receiving applications of interest for the roles of Head Coach for the New Zealand Resident 18s and the Junior Kiwis.

Applications close for the NZ RESIDENT 18S HEAD COACH & JUNIOR KIWIS HEAD COACH roles at 5pm on Friday 29 June 2018.

Successful shortlisted applicants must be available to interview on Thursday 5 July or Friday 6 July 2018

Junior Kiwis Head Coach Job Description, click here

NZ Resident 18s Head Coach Job Description, click here

If you are interested in the roles please send your covering letter and coaching CV to: [email protected] before the allocated time and date.

If you have any questions or queries please contact Gary Peacham: 021 274 6975 or email: [email protected]

NZRL are now open to receiving applications of interest for the roles of Head Coach for the New Zealand Resident 16s and the Kiwi Ferns.

Applications close for the NZ RESIDENT 16S MANAGER, ASSISTANT COACH and TRAINER roles at 5pm on Thursday 10 May 2018.

Successful shortlisted applicants must be available to interview on Thursday 17 May 2018

Applications close for the KIWI FERNS MANAGER, ASSISTANT COACH and TRAINER roles at 5pm on Thursday 17 May 2018.

Successful shortlisted applicants must be available to interview on Thursday 24 May 2018

To view job descriptions for all of these roles, please see the NZRL Careers page here.

If you are interested in the roles please send your covering letter and coaching CV to: [email protected] before the allocated time and date.

If you have any questions of queries please contact Gary Peacham: 021 274 6975 or email: g[email protected]

A committed second half effort from the NZ Maori side saw them turn a half time six point deficit into a six point win.

The NZ Residents (NZR) were the first to score with a try to Jordan Tuarae, his second try and a second conversion from winger Aaron Jolley had the NZR up 12-nil mid way through the half.

Manaia Osborne scored for the NZ Maori and fullback Patrick Herbert kicked the first of his three conversions to bring the score back to 12-6 before the NZR kicked a 40/20 right on half time.
Only spirited defence from the NZ Maori prevented NZR from converting this into points.

After half time momentum swung the other way and while the NZ Residents struggled with injury and substitutions, the NZ Maori dug deep to score 16 unanswered points and lead 22-12 before a late try by the NZR brought the score to 22-16.

NZ Residents: 16 Cole Waaka, Jordan Tuarae (2) tries; Aaron Jolley 2 goals

NZ Maori: 22 Dean Kouka-Smith, Royden Gillett, Manaia Osborne, Piki Rogers tries; Patrick Herbert 3 goals