New Zealand Rugby League

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New Zealand Rugby League
New Zealand Rugby League logo
Founded 1910
RLIF affiliation 1948
Responsibility New Zealand
Headquarters Rugby League House, 7 Beasley Avenue, Penrose, Auckland[1]
Key people Scott Carter (Chair)
Phil Holden (Chief Executive)
Men's coach Stephen Kearney
Women's coach Rusty Matua
Competitions National Competition
New Zealand
As of 8 April 2011

The New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league football in New Zealand.[2] The NZRL was founded on the 25 April 1910 in preparation for a tour of Great Britain that same year.[3]

The NZRL administers the Kiwis, the New Zealand national team. Currently they manage the National Competition, a seven Zone national competition played at 15s, 17s and Premier grades. The premier competition is known as the Pirtek National Premiership. They are also responsible for the annual National Secondary Schools tournament, and the NZ Residents 16s and 18s teams and the Junior Kiwis. They have previously managed the now defunct Lion Red Cup and Bartercard Cup competitions.

The NZRL is an incorporated society under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.[2] The current patron of the NZRL is Sir Peter Leitch, who replaced Helen Clark in the role in 2011.[4]


In April 1910, the New Zealand Rugby League was formed for the purpose of administering the new code in New Zealand[5] and "with the blessing of the Northern Rugby Football Union, on the condition that the Auckland District would not have the management of the entire game in New Zealand".[6]



Throughout New Zealand, the sport is administered by seven Zones and has fifteen districts and seven Affiliates.[8]

Legends of League

47 players have been inducted since the Legends of League was introduced in 1995.[9]

See also


  1. "New Zealand Rugby League Contact Details". New Zealand Rugby League. Retrieved 8 December 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  2. 2.0 2.1 SPARC, 2009: 13
  3. Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
  4. Sir Peter Leitch takes over as NZRL patron, 28 March 2011
  5. John Coffey & Bernie Wood (2008). 100 Years: Maori Rugby League, 1908-2008. New Zealand: Huia Publishers. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. SPARC, 2009: 15
  7. Appointments to NZRL Board, 2 June 2012
  8. "NZRL zones". New Zealand Rugby League. Retrieved 22 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Legends of League". History. New Zealand Rugby League. Retrieved 24 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. New legends inducted as part of 100 year celebrations, 4 June 2013

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