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.
Zealand Residents vs. England Community Lions
1 November 2019
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
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.