Position:          Director, Wellington Rugby League Zone of NZRL

Location:         Wellington Region.

Kō wai mātou |About us

Wellington Rugby League Zone (WRL) is an Incorporated Society responsible for the sport in the Wellington to Ōtaki area. It is responsible for club competitions, representative teams and ensuring coaches, managers, trainers, refs and volunteers are supported. Wellington has local and representative competition, masters, premier and junior teams and nine clubs. WRL also works with colleges in the region delivering ‘Leadership through League’ and the ‘Backyard League Programme’ in primary and intermediate schools.

Due to Covid 19 the region will have challenges in the short term but remains solvent with grants from a range of generous sponsors, NZRL and Sport NZ.

WRL are seeking to appoint three directors due to rotation and retirements, which will see the board at seven members. The board are seeking two directors with independence and one with rugby league passion and knowledge. A succession plan for the Chair is also in play.

WRL has in place an experienced team including a general manager and administrator based in Lower Hutt.

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 area or have a meaningful connection.

Commitment: Board meetings are held first Monday of each month except January, start at 5.30 and end by 7pm. Virtual meetings, AGM and events supporting the development of the sport in the Greater Wellington 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 WRL.

He korero mōu | About you

We are looking for:

  1. Proven track record in governance, sport administration or comparable experience
  2. Financial acumen within a modest budget
  3. A commitment to the kaupapa and community connections
  4. Desire to build the sport in the region
  5. Gender diversity and inclusion are 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.

Any member of the Wellington district league or a club can send their CV for consideration.

WRL would be shortlisting for interview end of July 2020 with a full induction and governance training programme for the preferred candidates.

To apply please send your CV to:

Applications close 24 July 2020.

Director Positions

Upper Central Zone Rugby League is seeking applicants for two Independent Directors and two Rugby League Knowledgeable Director (knowledge of and experience in the sport of Rugby League).

All board members need to understand confidentiality, work collaboratively, possess sound judgment, have good communication and be able to demonstrate leadership ability.

Candidates who have the skill sets set out below and who can bring an element of diversity, particularly gender, to the current board mix will be looked upon favourably by the Appointments Panel.

The Appointments Panel will be assessing candidates against a range of criteria, including but not limited to:

  • A strong connection to the game of rugby league either through playing, administration, management, coaching or other roles within the sport.
  • Clear understanding of governance functions and principles
  • Occupational skills that add value to the Board business
  • A strong network across the business and /or league community

Time commitment and term

As a guide, we expect an average time commitment of 1 to 1.5 days each month per director.

We anticipate the roles starting immediately from 13 July 2020

Terms are four years, and directors are eligible for re-appointment for one further term.

To Apply

To apply for this role please click here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MJSHKNH

The closing date for applications is 26 June 2020.

COVID-19: Welcome Back

June 20, 2020

Welcome back and thank you to all our loyal members, from players, staff and volunteers to all friends, families and supporters.

Your co-operation and patience throughout this challenging time has been invaluable and it has been the collective efforts of all those in our communities that has seen us reach this point.

Thank you to our Zones, Districts and Clubs for the hard work they have undertaken over this period to ensure a safe return to rugby league for all and big welcome also to any new members of our rugby league communities.

Thanks to the generosity of Sky Sport with support from OPRO and Steeden, NZRL is providing a starter pack to all kids (U6-U12) who register online to play Rugby League in 2020. The packs include a Steeden Ball, OPRO Mouthguard, Kiwis and Ferns Poster and a handy bootbag. Kids who registered before the Covid-19 pandemic will also receive a Starter Pack.

As seasons begin to kick off from tomorrow, we encourage everyone to get down and support your local club, but remember to stay home if you’re feeling unwell and continue to practise good hygiene – your health and safety is still paramount.

Once again, welcome back everyone and enjoy your return to the great game of rugby league.


Greg Peters, NZRL CEO


June 8, 2020

While the country readies to move to Alert Level 1 at midnight tonight, NZRL reiterates the fact the ‘Return to Play’ date remains Saturday, 20 June.

Although the long-awaited move to Level 1 is an exciting milestone, player safety remains paramount. The 20 June date provides the needed time for players to condition their bodies to minimise the risk of injury after a long hiatus.

It is important to note that each Zone may have staggered / differing competition commencement dates for junior and senior grades so please refer to your appropriate District for specific Return to Play dates from 20 June.

Under Alert Level 1, social distancing and contact tracing are no longer required, however, it is still good practise for Clubs to display QR codes re the NZ COVID Tracer app for those in the community who wish to continue to keep a “digital diary”.

At Alert Level 1, gathering restrictions will also be lifted, however, it is still important to continue to practise good hygiene measures using the sanitation packs provided to each club.

If you’re sick, stay home.
If you have cold flu symptoms, call your doctor.
Wash your hands.
Sneeze or cough into your elbow.
Disinfect surfaces – using sanitation packs provided to each club.
If you have underlying conditions, talk with your GP about precautions.
Isolate immediately if told so by authorities.
We once again thank you all for your continued understanding throughout the entire COVID-19 period. We look forward to seeing our rugby league communities safely return to the field again soon.

May 26, 2020

On Friday, May 29, New Zealand Rugby League will enter the ‘Prepare to Play’ phase for a minimum of three weeks, in light of yesterday’s announcement that gathering numbers permitted for grassroots sport will increase to 100 people come lunchtime Friday.

During the ‘Prepare to Play’ phase, rugby league contact and non-contact training is permitted only for clubs that can abide by the Government health and safety and gathering requirements.

Competition rugby league remains postponed during this three-week ‘Prepare to Play’ period as NZRL in liaison with the Zones and Districts aim to re-commence with competition rugby league on Saturday, June 20 (subject to change).

It is important to note the further three-week postponement of competitive rugby league provides time for players to condition their bodies from light training through to full contact, minimising risk of injury after a long hiatus, as player safety remains paramount.

NZRL also stresses the fact that clubs should not rush to return to training if they are not ready and continue to use this ‘Prepare to Play’ period to properly ensure their facility can abide by all mandatory health requirements.

These requirements include what ‘must’ be done such as contact tracing, physical distancing and hygiene and sanitation measures. Clubs will be provided with a checklist and supporting information to assist with the required return to play planning.

The ‘Prepare to Play’ period is the second phase of a three-phased approach return to rugby league; Get Ready, Prepare to Play and Return to Play. This approach is based on the Government recommendation of a considered return to community sport.

NZRL in liaison with the Zones and Districts will provide further update over the next three weeks regarding the final ‘Return to Play’ phase.

We thank you all for your continued understanding during this time and look forward to seeing our rugby league communities safely return to the field again soon.

NZRL COVID-19 Level 2 Prepare to Play Checklist

NZRL has developed the prepare to play rugby league checklist below to support clubs to prioritise and assist the safe delivery of rugby league for participants and supporters.

Club checklist_prepare to play – print version


Contact tracing protocols MUST be in place and able to be accessed quickly for all participants and spectators before we resume rugby league training and competition.

Contact tracing is the identification of individuals that have come into contact with people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and it is a fundamental precaution taken against the spread of the virus in the community.


Rugby league clubs who are able to open at Alert Level 2 will be required to maintain a register of participants and spectators to assist the Ministry of Health’s efforts at contact tracing.

The register

  • can be hard copy (see template below) or electronic
  • MUST record all individuals who have visited your facility.
  • MUST include the following information for each individual: Date, Time, Full name, Address, Phone & Email addresses.

Guidance issued by the Ministry of Health requires:

  • that these details should be kept for four weeks
  • the information collected may only be used for the purpose of contact tracing at the request of the Ministry of Health or local district health boards.

Care should be taken in the maintenance of the guest register, with the following issues being addressed:

  • Transparency: Individuals must be made aware of the reason for the register, and what will happen to the information.  It is suggested that the following wording be used:

“This information is being collected to assist in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be given to the Ministry of Health and/or the District Health Board on request in the event that it is required for contact tracing purposes. We will not use it for any other purpose, and will destroy it after four weeks. It will be kept here at [name of the establishment]. You have a right to access and correct any information we hold about you.”

  • Security: Keep the information safe, in a locked area and think about how to prevent individuals seeing the information provided by others on the register, e.g. could you cover the others’ details when later individuals sign in?
  • Retention and disposal: Securely dispose of the register after four weeks.  Do not just throw it in the bin.
  • Use: The sole purpose of the register is for contact tracing.  Do not use the information for any other purpose, such as building your mailing list.
  • Disclosure: Do not give the register to other parties, or let individuals flick through it.

ELECTRONIC REGISTER: NZRL recommends IDMe, a web app that provides a touch-free method for recording the attendance of all people at rugby league trainings and games. IDMe avoids traditional sign-in methods such as a Guest Book (paper/pen) or touchscreen iPad since people don’t want to touch a surface that others have touched. Also, traditional sign-in methods are normally not appropriate for facilities, events, or games where a number of people may congregate within a relatively short space of time, since they can cause queues and delay access.

See IDMe’s website http://id.idme.co.nz/about for more information – it’s free for ALL New Zealand sports organisations.


All players, team staff and supporters who attend training will

  • need to contact trace using one of the methods outlined above.
  • Ensure that you have a system for contact tracing that works for your facility and organisation before training commences e.g. each team manager is responsible for checking in players, team staff and supporters who attend training.


All players and team staff will use online team sheets in LeagueNet as their method of contact tracing on game days.  Click here for support note on how to enter team sheets or here to watch a recorded webinar.

Supporters who access your facility, including fields and clubrooms,

  • MUST use one of the methods outlined above.
  • Ensure that you have a system for contact tracing that works for your facility and organisation before play commences e.g. a COVID champion is identified in each team and helps their team’s supporters check in. Could your “be a sport” ambassador do this?

Should there be a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case among someone who visited your facility, you should contact Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 hotline on 0800 358 5453.  Health authorities will then decide whether to contact anyone else linked to the suspected or confirmed case.

If you need any further details or have any further queries regarding contact tracing and the Privacy Act 1993 please contact the Privacy Commissioner on 0800 803 909 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm).

NZRL_Contact Tracing FORM – print version


17s National Youth Tournament Final

5 October

Puketawhero Park, Rotorua

Akarana 30  Counties 26 

Applying early pressure on attack must have been the game plan for Akarana who sent a strong message to their opposition from the get go.

A cross field kick from Akarana had their no.2 winger Asoleilei score in the left corner in the first few minutes, a tricky conversion scored by their half to take the score to 6-0 in the opening minutes.

The classy stepping game of Counties’ Paea Fotu had him dodge three players from Akarana on his way to the left hand corner where he levelled the scoreboard after another difficult conversion, this time from the South Aucklanders.

With increasing momentum, the boys in red were back near the try-line, a slick offload sending Counties across the line again for their second four pointer – score 10-6.

Then came another beauty cross field kick from Akarana which sat up just in time for their winger to score in a similar fashion to his first of the match, a successful conversion sending Akarana out to a 12-10 lead.

Counties replied with a try of their own under the posts minutes later regaining the lead with the scoreboard reading 16-12. That was backed up by another try shortly after as the teams headed into halftime, Counties up 22-12.

The second half started much like the first, with a bit of Akarana flare in the shape of two tries in several minutes successfully converted to put the boys in blue out in front, 24-22.

A kick chase from Akarana had spectators on the edge of their seats, catching Counties off guard slapping another six points on the scoreboard after yet another successful conversion, 30-22.

The exemplary defence of Akarana was held on their own line for almost eight minutes before Counties’ countless attempts at crossing the line were shut down.

Counties were then faced with a ‘must score’ set in the dying minutes of the game which they delivered on scoring in the right hand corner, score 30-26. One final miracle was needed if they were going to score in the final minute to overtake Akarana. But back-to-back title wins were not to be for Counties, Akarana enjoying a sweet 30-26 victory taking home the 2018 17s National Youth Tournament title.

Man of the Match – Jyris Glamuzina

Merit Team:


















17s Results:


Akarana 30 Counties 22


Southern 16 Auckland Vulcans 26


Wellington 14 Wai-Coa-Bay 25


Central 26 Northern 14

We are hitting the road and bringing grassroots livestreams to your backyard showcasing a variety of New Zealand’s regional rugby league talents.

Stay tuned on the New Zealand Rugby League Facebook page each weekend to catch finals actions. First up we will be in New Plymouth for the Paddock to Plate Butchery Taranaki Rugby League Premiership Grand Final.

Keep an eye out for the team from Pirtek who will also be at each game giving away lots of freebies.

  • Otago Premier Men’s Final – July 7 University Oval 5 Livestream from 2pm
  • Northland Premier Men & Womens Final – July 28/29
  • Wellington Premier Men’s Final – August 4
  • Waikato Premier Men’s Final – August 11
  • Bay of Plenty v Northland Premiership Qualified – August 18
  • Canterbury Premier Men & Womens Final – August 26

A dominant New Zealand performance in the second and final Test against Great Britain on Saturday night saw the Kiwis win 23-8 and secure their first series victory over the Lions in 21 years.

After emerging 12-8 winners in a dour affair a week earlier in Auckland, the Kiwis found their attacking mojo in Christchurch with returning playmaker Shaun Johnson a leading contributor, terrorising Great Britain’s makeshift left edge which included regular five-eighth Blake Austin playing on the wing.

Having run out of specialist outside back, coach Wayne Bennett named Austin on the wing following the late withdrawal of Zak Hardaker with a shoulder injury on Friday.

Another standout for the home side was Jamayne Isaako who scored 11 points via four penalties, a conversion and a late field goal.

The Brisbane winger was playing his first Test in his hometown of Christchurch with his terminally ill father Taai watching on from the crowd.

The Kiwis led 16-2 at half-time thanks to tries from Joseph Manu and Shaun Johnson, along with eight points off the boot of Isaako.

Earlier New Zealand got the scoring started thanks to a penalty in front of the posts, which came after Austin dropped a Johnson bomb and gifted them back-to-back sets with the ball.

But three minutes later Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was ruled to have taken too long to leave a tackle and Gareth Widdop locked things up with a penalty of his own.

Despite bringing in another towering bomb sent his way, Austin was promptly bundled into touch and on the next set centre Joseph Manu made the Lions pay, bouncing out of a three-man tackle to slam the ball down.

Isaako then landed two penalty goals in the space of four minutes to stretch the Kiwis’ lead to 10-2 on the half hour.

Cleary out to prove a point after being dropped from the national team for the first time in his career last week, Johnson earned a repeat set with a pinpoint long kick into the in-goal area and then produced a brilliant individual run to score New Zealand’s second.

After standing up Elliott Whitehead with some dazzling footwork the Sharks playmaker weaved his way over, with Isaako converting for a 16-2 lead at the break.

More points following in the second spell for the Kiwis, and after getting his side into attacking position with a powerful run where he broke five tackles, Ken Maumalo scored his fifth Test try with an athletic finish in the corner.

Trailing 20-2 with half an hour to play Great Britain needed something to spark them to life, and got it in the way of a late Josh Jones offload which resulted in a try to Josh Hodgson.

Widdop converted to reduce the deficit to 12, but hopes of building momentum were thwarted when Alex Walmsley dropped the ball 10 metres off the Lions’ line on the very next set.

Great Britain were twice denied tries by video referee Henry Perenara inside the final 20 minutes.

First John Bateman was found to have missed the ball on a desperate effort to ground it before the dead ball line, before Jake Connor was ruled to have knocked on in the lead up to a would-be try nine minutes from time.

With any hope of a comeback now lost, Great Britain were dealt one final blow when Isaako slotted a field goal and another penalty to stretch the final deficit.

The Lions have little time to lick their wounds, with a clash against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby awaiting them next Saturday.

Check out our new Official NZ Kiwis Playlist!

This playlist is a compilation of our player’s favorite songs during the COVID lockdown period. Make sure to give it a follow.




The National Championship final between the Wellington Orcas and the Otago Whalers set the scene on a cold afternoon at the new Canterbury Rugby League home ground, Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub. The Wellington Orcas completed a successful campaign to take the win over the Otago Whalers 38-28.


Congratulations to the Wellington Orcas who have taken out the NZRL Championship with a 38-28 win over the Otago Whalers #TheKiwiWay📸 photosport.nz

Posted by New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) on Friday, 4 October 2019


The Akarana Falcons were reigning premiership champions coming into the finals, prepared to play a passionate and undefeated Canterbury Bulls team on their home turf.


From the moment the whistle blew, there would be nothing between the two teams until clever play set up Captain Francis ledger’s opening try on the eighteenth minute to put first points on the board.


The Bulls would soon strike back off a nice play from the outside backs. Canterbury number four, Jope Tagicakiau had a magnificent offload to teammate Regan Stanton who scored a try in the corner. Stanton again took the opportunity to score another try, proving the fine-looking left edge was a real threat to the Akarana defence, closing the gap between the teams.


Akarana Hooker Josiah Afu would score before half time with a successful conversion to take the lead into the second half over Canterbury.


Akarana’s number nineteen Nalu Tuigamala, was the first to score in the second half extending their lead but Ledger would miss the conversion off the posts. The match was still within reach for Canterbury at 16-10 with twenty minutes remaining. Akarana would deny the hosts any opportunity to take the lead for the rest of the match with a bombardment of tries from the visitors. Brilliant attack from Akarana created opportunities and eventually tries for Afu and Solomon Vasuvulagi.


With only ten minutes to go Canterbury set up for a last-ditch attempt to attack the line. Akarana defence was tested by the do or die attitude from the Canterbury side but in the end, was no match for the reigning champs.


Akarana came away with the win in the end, beating Canterbury and retain their Premiership title with a convincing win. The final score 28 – 10.


Congratulations to the Akarana Falcons who have taken out the NZRL Premiership Competition with a 28-10 win over the Canterbury Bulls. #TheKiwiWay📸 photosport.nz

Posted by New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) on Friday, 4 October 2019


Canberra second rower Joseph Tapine has been brought onto the bench to replace Vodafone Warriors forward Adam Blair for the Kiwis’ first Test against England at Hull’s KCOM Stadium (2.30pm kick-off local time).

The 46-Test veteran Blair took a knock to his right knee in a training session in Wigan on Wednesday.

He ran extensively at training yesterday but head coach Michael Maguire has decided to leave him out this week, bringing in Tapine for his ninth Test.

Tapine’s place in the 19-man squad has been taken by Vodafone Warriors utility Peta Hiku.



2.30pm, Saturday, October 27, 2018

KC Stadium, Hull



1 DALLIN WATENE-ZELEZNIAK (Penrith Panthers) captain

2 KEN MAUMALO (Vodafone Warriors)

3 ESAN MARSTERS (Wests Tigers)

4 JOSEPH MANU (Sydney Roosters)

5 JORDAN RAPANA (Canberra Raiders)

6 SHAUN JOHNSON (Vodafone Warriors)

7 KODI NIKORIMA (Brisbane Broncos)

8 JESSE BROMWICH (Melbourne Storm)

9 BRANDON SMITH (Melbourne Storm)


11 KEVIN PROCTOR (Gold Coast Titans)

12 ISAAC LIU (Sydney Roosters)

13 JAMES FISHER-HARRIS (Penrith Panthers)


14 KENNY BROMWICH (Melbourne Storm)

15 LEESON AH MAU (St George Illawarra Dragons)

16 MARTIN TAUPAU (Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles)

19 JOSEPH TAPINE (Canberra Raiders)



18 JAHROME HUGHES (Melbourne Storm)

21 PETA HIKU (Vodafone Warriors)



By Sydney Morning Herald

The last remaining member of St George Illawarra’s drought-breaking NRL premiership side still at the club, Jason Nightingale, has announced his retirement.

New Zealand international Nightingale, 31, has confirmed he will hang up the boots at the end of the season. He will front a press conference alongside Dragons coach Paul McGregor on Thursday morning.

The one-club winger, who has played 265 NRL games, is the last remnant to the joint venture’s title-winning side from 2010, which was crafted by Wayne Bennett.

The 33-test veteran would have easily eclipsed Dragons assistant coach Ben Hornby (273) as the most capped St George Illawarra player of all time if he had chosen to extend his career into a 13th NRL season.

But he can still equal Hornby’s mark if St George Illawarra, clinging to a top four spot, make the grand final and Nightingale plays every match for the remainder of season.

Renown United junior Nightingale, who debuted in 2007, temporarily lost his starting spot midway through this season and has been used as a utility off the bench at times, but has been reinstated to the flank in recent weeks.

He trails only Matt Cooper and Brett Morris as the most prolific try-scorers in the history of St George Illawarra.

He will also retire as a member of one of rugby league’s most exclusive clubs, players to have featured in 250 NRL matches, more than 30 internationals, scored 100 tries and won a premiership.

The others are Billy Slater, Darren Lockyer and Brad Fittler. Nightingale’s exit will pave the way for the Dragons to use highly-rated teenager Zac Lomax, Jordan Pereira or Kurt Mann on the wing on a more regular basis in 2019.

Nightingale’s announcement adds another star to the retiring class of 2018, which already includes Slater, Johnathan Thurston, Luke Lewis, Ryan Hoffman, Sam Thaiday and Simon Mannering.


Press conference: Jason Nightingale announces his retirement from the Dragons at the end of the 2018 season.#redv

Posted by St George Illawarra Dragons on Wednesday, 8 August 2018




Following the conclusion of the Talent Development Programme, New Zealand Rugby League is excited to announce the 25-man squads for the NZ16s Residents and NZ18s Residents. Congratulations to all of those selected.

Fixtures and more information on these teams will be released in the coming week.

NZ Residents 16s Wider Squad

NZ Residents 18s Wider Squad