JOB TITLE: NZRL Whaanui 16s Girls 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: National Coaching & Development Manager, Head of Womens Rugby League 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 aspirational experiences and opportunities for the tamariki and rangatahi to participate in rugby league. The NZRL Whaanui 16’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 role of NZRL Whaanui 16s Girls team Assistant 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 is expected to perform their role with professionalism and integrity. They will support the Head Coach by analysing the team’s strengths and work-ons to contribute to their game strategies. The assistant coach is very important in creating a successful team as they support the Head Coach to enhance the team’s capabilities. They are required to possess sound rugby league knowledge and work collaboratively with the Head Coach to achieve successful outcomes on and off the field.


Connectivity with players and staff and flexibility are crucial skills for an assistant coach to possess because players have unique needs as people and athletes at this stage of their lives.


An assistant coach is required to be an effective leader but also a team player when required. These duties include assisting the Head Coach in managing individuals to meet the desired targets. The assistant coach will also assist in reviewing and evaluating the team and individual performance against key performance indicators.


This assistant coach position will cover the NZRL Aotearoa Whaanui Girls campaigns.




  • The NZRL Whaanui 16’s Girl’s team will be selected from the NZRL National Youth Tournament (from players registered and played at the NZRL National Youth Tournament).
  • The NZRL Whaanui 16s Girls will play an ARL 16s representative team


Team Selection dates

24th Sept – 26th Sept 2023 – Taupo

Campaign dates:

Date  20th Oct- – 23rd Oct 2023

Venue – Bruce Pulman Park  – Auckland


Key Responsibilities:


  • Assist in the development of the campaign plan and undertake any set tasks associated with the plan in consultation with the Head Coach, NZRL and Team personnel and contribute to the milestone reporting


·       Support and assist the Head Coach in cataloguing gear and equipment requirements specified in relation to training, conditioning and game day


·       Support the delivery of the football programme


·       Support and contribute with the Head Coach to ensure training sessions are well structured, maximise the usage of time and resources available and provide drills and practices that enhance the player’s skill development and understanding of the game


·       In conjunction with the Head Coach, provide regular, accurate and meaningful feedback to players on areas for improvement and monitor progress during the campaign


  • Develop and maintain relationships with all other members of the management team and NZRL staff


  • Be actively engaged in personal development (suggested by NZRL) that is relevant to the position


•     Assist at the end of campaign review (for both campaigns)



Skills and Qualifications:


•           Senior Club Coach qualified no earlier than 2015

•           A minimum of 3 years experience in a Head Coach position at U18’s / Secondary School or above

•           A minimum of 2 years experience in a coaching position at U18’s or above

•           The ability to plan and prioritise their tasks and activities

•           Strong communication and organisation skills

•           Thorough knowledge of different coaching styles, approaches and techniques

•           A sound understanding of Rugby League at a National and international level (NZ)

•           Understand the characteristics and needs of the athletes being coached in relation to their stage of development



Planning and Reporting:


•           Submit training details and game plan/book within a set timeframe

•           Provide weekly work-in-progress meetings with relevant football and NZRL staff

•           Prepare a report in NZRL-prescribed format to be completed within the agreed deadline


Personal Attributes:

•           Highly motivated and determined

•           Consultative and collaborative

•           Can coach the Kiwi Way by possessing positive relational and performance character strengths

•           Team focused

•           Enables others to perform their roles to the best of their ability

•           Possesses a Hauora approach to developing people


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) at no later than EOB Friday 16th  September 2023 (The successful coaching staff will be required to undergo the NZRL Police Vetting protocols)