JOB TITLE: NZRL Rest of Aotearoa 16’s Girls Head 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 and Head of Women’s Rugby League



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 NZRL Rest of Aotearoa 16’s Girls representative team contributes to the female pathway, which leads to and includes the NRLW and NZRL Kiwi Ferns.


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 coach will play an integral part in helping players forge a pathway to discover their true greatness. It is essential to understand that all NZRL coaches have the opportunity to enhance the way a player thinks, acts and feels about the game by providing a positive experience both on and off the field.

The Coach will prepare individuals and the team for their best possible performance for the duration of their campaign. To be successful in this role, the Head Coach must perform all requirements in this job description to a high standard. The coach has a significant impact on player development,  wellbeing, motivation and the overall playing performance of the team. Ensuring that the pride and integrity of the jersey are upheld through the team’s day-to-day activities will also be part of the coach’s ongoing responsibilities. The Coach must demonstrate the ability to lead and manage individuals and staff effectively while meeting the desired outcomes in this job description. It is important to remember that this age group is transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. Hence, a variety of coaching methods are essential to meet the needs of each player.




  • The NZRL Rest of Aotearoa 16’s Girls team will be selected from the NZRL National Youth Tournament (from players that have registered and played at the NZRL National Youth Tournament ).
  • The NZRL Rest of Aotearoa 16s Girls Team will play an ARL 16s Girls Representative side.


Team Selection dates

2nd October – 6th October 2022– Taupo

Campaign dates:

Date Friday 21st October – 24th October

Venue – QBE Stadium – North Harbour




Key Responsibilities:


  • Develop, compile, and communicate schedule in consultation with relevant NZRL and Team personnel


  • Advise team management and NZRL on equipment requirements specified in relation to training, conditioning and game day


  • Coordinate and manage all staff and their delivery in the football programme
·         Demonstrate personal credibility, honesty & integrity


  • Ensure that training sessions are well structured and maximise the usage of time and resources available. Provide training sessions that enhance the player’s skill development and understanding of the game


·         Provides regular, accurate and meaningful feedback to players on areas for improvement and monitors progress during the campaign through individual Player Development Plans


  • Submit a detailed Coach’s review at the end of the relevant 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


  • Participate in any debrief process, research or data-gathering exercise requested by NZRL.





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 U18s 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 & 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) dan.keepa@nzrl.co.nz no later than EOB Friday 23rd September 2022 (The successful coaching staff will be required to undergo the NZRL Police Vetting protocols)