3 September 2022
Rotorua Boys Waisake Salabiau and Manurewa’s Sharnyze Pihema spear head the secondary school team of the tournaments for 2022.
A standout in each game for the Rotorua side, Salabiau has been instrumental in his side’s journey to the Premiership final. Tall and quick with nimble feet, the Fijian winger has been a handful for any side he has come up against.
Manurewa half Sharnyze Pihema has taken the competition by storm throughout the week. The running five-eight is tall and robust with deft footwork, which she uses to damage defensive lines. Pihema is not only a wicked talent but is a leader for a Manurewa side looking to capture the Girls Championship title.
Waisake Salabiau is joined by an extremely talented pool of players, including his opposite wing Malakai Cama, St Pauls fullback Sio Kali, St Thomas and South Island 20s half Oliver Lawry, second-rower Rodney Tuipuloto-Vea from De La Salle and Southern Cross’ Elijah Salesa Leaumoana.
The Girls Championship side in 2022 has been dominated by finalists Manurewa High and Auckland Girl’s Grammar. AGGS fullback Braxton Sorensen-McGee is joined by the emerging talent award winner and teammate Giovanni Suani, while Southern Cross’ Shanthie Lui enters the side as the only player not from AGGS or Manurewa.
Congratulations to the following selected for the 2022 NZRL Secondary Schools Tournament Teams.
*Additional inclusions for NZ Schools V NZ Clubs fixture
(Subject to change)
*LS – Livestreamed on nzrl.co.nz
Day 1 to 3
DAY 1: TUESDAY 30 AUGUST 2022
DAY 2: WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST 2022
DAY 3: THURSDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2022
PLEASE NOTE: POOLS AND DRAWS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
DAY 5: SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2022
5th – 6th
1st – 2nd
3rd – 4th
23 August 2021
NZRL is sad to announce the 2021 New Zealand Rugby League Secondary Schools Tournament scheduled to begin Monday, August 30th in Auckland has been called off due to the current Delta Covid-19 outbreak.
This is following the announcement from School Sport NZ cancelling all sanctioned events through until September 6th. NZRL is working with stakeholders to explore all options; however, under these current conditions, the tournament cannot go ahead.
We understand this is hugely disappointing for everyone involved and apologise for the inconvenience caused; however, safety and wellbeing remain paramount.
We encourage everyone to continue to follow Covid-19 protocol so collectively we can return to the rugby league fields when it is safe to do so again.
We thank all our rugby league communities for their ongoing patience and understanding.
11 March 2021
The New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is proud to announce that 2021 will see the much-awaited return of one of our most significant calendar events – the NZRL National Secondary Schools Tournament.
After a two year hiatus, the five-day tournament returns to Auckland’s Pulman Park bigger and better than ever before.
Sixteen schools from across the country will battle it out for the ultimate Secondary Schools Premiership title alongside the Senior Boys Championship and an inaugural Girls Championship involving eight women’s teams for the first time in the competition’s history.
The tournament will commence on Monday 30 August, with the Finals taking place Friday 3 September at Pulman Park.
The competition is a Senior Secondary School Tournament with competing teams entering through their respective Zones / Regional qualifiers. Teams entering the National Secondary Schools Tournament must have a referral from their respective Zone contact.
In conjunction with this tournament and in succession to the inaugural fixture in 2020, New Zealand Rugby League will be selecting a New Zealand Schools (Boys 18s) team to play against New Zealand Clubs (18s) on Sunday 17 October 2021.
Venue – Pulman Park, AucklandCompetition dates: Monday 30 August – Friday 3 September 2021
Senior Boys Premiership– 16 Premier teams – 2 places per Zone (14), plus an additional 2 for Auckland.
Senior Boys Championship– 8 Championship teams – 1 place per Zone (7), plus an additional Auckland School.– Composite schools can also qualify for the Championship tier.
Senior Girls Championship– 8 Women’s teams – 1 place per Zone (7), plus an additional Auckland School.– Composite schools can also qualify for the Championship tier.
If you would like to receive more information, please register your interest here: