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


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


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.


  • 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) dan.keepa@nzrl.co.nz no later than EOB Thursday 16th September 2021 (The successful coaching staff will be required to undergo the NZRL Police Vetting protocols)