NEWS

SELECTED FROM THE NZRL NATIONAL COMPETITION

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

MATCH REPORT

New Zealand Residents vs. England Community Lions

Friday 1 November 2019

Trusts Stadium, Auckland

The much-anticipated fixture was the closing bout of the first-ever England Community Lions tour down under. A spine-tingling haka and a stand-off set the tone; however, it took 20 minutes to get the scoring underway with the Lions claiming first points – signs this would be no easy feat for our Residents.

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

The second half saw the NZ Residents find their dominance as Simon Luafalealo and Penitito Llalio both scored in the first ten minutes. The English Community Lions bit back shortly after however it was Co-captain Tevin Arona who sealed the deal scoring the final try of the match and securing the win 28 – 12.