Jillaroos named for Anzac showdown

21 April 2015

An Australia Jillaroos squad of 18 has been named to play against the NZ Kiwi Ferns in the curtainraiser to the 2015 ANZAC Test in Brisbane next week.

Jillaroos coach Steve Folkes met with New South Wales women’s coach Mat Head and Queensland women’s coach Brad Donald to select the side.

The focus for selection was on individual performances of the 23 players who attended the training camp on the Gold Coast last month, along with form in the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars clash and Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines earlier this year.

“We’ve picked a combination of youth and experience, with four girls from the Indigenous All Stars team who were all standouts and have a great future ahead of them,” Folkes said.

“Our last few matches against the Kiwis have been very marginal losses, we have been doing the right things, but it just comes down to small moments and that’s something we will be really working on for Brisbane.

“Stephanie Hancock has shown great leadership qualities during her time as captain and I’m pleased to announce that she will continue in that role.”

Captained by Queensland prop Hancock, four new players will pull on the green and gold for the first time - Indigenous All Stars Mahalia Murphy, Tallisha Harden, Latoya Billy and Casey Karklis.

Twenty-one-year-old Murphy, who started playing rugby league as a student at The Hills Sports High School in Sydney, will come in at centre.

“It means a lot to be named for the Jillaroos,” Murphy said. "Over the last two years, I have taken rugby league very seriously and I've made a lot of sacrifices to get to this point.

"It is pretty full on. I work two jobs, train before work in the morning and then again at night, after I've finished work.

"My partner is a personal trainer and has been a huge source of inspiration for me. He has really pushed me, and has been a big factor in my improvement and performances over the last couple of years.”

The Jillaroos v Kiwi Ferns match will be one of three fixtures at Suncorp Stadium on May 1.

The New Zealand and Australian defence force clash will kick off the action, with the women’s game to preview the 2015 ANZAC Test between the Kangaroos and Kiwis.

2015 Jillaroos Squad

1 Samantha Hammond
2 Karina Brown
3 Annette Brander
4 Mahalia Murphy
5 Latoya Billy
6 Jenny-Sue Hoepper
7 Ali Brigginshaw
8 Stephanie Hancock (capt)
9 Brittany Breayley
10 Heather Ballinger
11 Kezie Apps
12 Renae Kunst
13 Ruan Sims
14 Vanessa Foliaki
15 Tallisha Harden
16 Casey Karklis
17 Simaima Taufa-Kautai
18 Alex Sulisi

Savory remembered as Gallipoli hero

20 April 2015

Ian Heads, The Sunday Telepgraph

The short, extraordinary sporting career of Charles Savory spanned the Tasman, imposing a firm footprint on both rugby codes and within the square ring of boxing and wrestling.

The big bloke from the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn was the Sonny Bill Williams of his time, pushing even SBW into the shade with the drama and controversy of a brief, incident-packed life that ended by a Turkish shell at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula, on May 8, 1915.

In the years before the 26-year old Lance Corporal Savory sailed to Gallipoli to "play the other game", he had represented both New Zealand and a famous Australasian team at rugby league.

The combined elements of Charlie Savory’s sporting career, with its tragic finale, almost defy belief.

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Varsities set annual meeting

20 April 2015

In accordance with the NZ Universities & Tertiary Students Rugby League constitution, the NZUTSRL council formally advises that its annual meeting has been scheduled for next month.

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 10am
Wellington campus, NZ Institute of Sport, Westpac Stadium
105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington

If any affiliated universities or institutions wish to submit any items to be considered under general business, remits or have any nominations for the council, these matters should be submitted in writing to the NZUTSRL secretary before the annual meeting.

The submission close off date is Sunday May 10, 2015, 5pm. Correspondence can be sent to the secretary at the NZUTSRL, PO Box 1903, 7 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea Wellington, 6011.

Under the accordance of rule 14.2, if a delegate is unable to attend the annual meeting, a proxy may be appointed by that delegate’s member.

The secretary must be notified of that appointment in writing no later than five business days before the annual meeting.

Purpose and business of the annual meeting

  • Receive and adopt the council’s annual report and statement of accounts for the past year;
  • Re-appoint elected councillors for the second year of their two (2) year term and vote towards any new prospective councillors.
  • Election of Office Bearers
  • Adoption of new constitution
  • General Business

Dream trip to Anzac Test

17 April 2015

Fancy a trip to Dreamworld, plus all the international footy you can shake a stick at?

Queensland Tourism and the NRL have combined to sweeten the deal for the Anzac Test weekend in two weeks.

The NZ Kiwis will seek their third straight win over the Kangaroos on May 1 at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, with the Kiwi Ferns and the NZ Defence Force playing curtainraisers against their Aussie counterparts.

The next day, the Junior Kiwis take on the Junior Kangaroos as part of a triple bill at Gold Coast’s Cbus Stadium, which will also include Fiji v Papua New Guinea and Samoa v Tonga.

Rugby league fans can now secure a pass for both nights, plus a visit to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, for A$60 (children) and A$80 adults.

That’s a great deal!

Also available are offers that package just the Brisbane tests/Dreamworld or just the Gold Coast tests/Dreamworld.

Come support your NZ teams … can they achieve a sweep of victories?

Simply click on the relevant tab below to book your tickets.

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What does it take to be The Rookie?

17 April 2015

The NRL, in conjunction with Channel 9 and McGuire Media, has launched a new reality TV show called "The NRL Rookie", which will perform a global search to discover new talent capable of playing rugby league at the highest level.

During 2015, the NRL, supported by Telstra, will assemble a group of potential rookies who have what it takes to play in the NRL. They will live in a Sydney house and undergo an intense training programme, coupled with a variety of challenges to demonstrate their strengths and ability, and transform them into the elite sportsman.

As the show progresses, the number of rookies will be reduced on a weekly basis and will culminate with thewinner being awarded a professional contract with an NRL club.

A guaranteed NRL contract, it's the greatest prize in Australian sport!

"The NRL Rookie" will broadcast in 2016, and will find a player the NRL recruiters have never seen or have missed.

Right now, somewhere out there in Australia, New Zealand or on distant shores is a weekend warrior, a man playing in a local club, but dreaming of an NRL career – that man will be the winner of "The NRL Rookie".

Visit nrlrookie.com for more information and to apply.

In order to be eligible for the programme, NRL rookies must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be at least 20 years of age
  • The applicant must never have been on an NRL first grade top-25 squad list or played an NRL first-grade game
  • The applicant must not have played a second-tier NRL match (NSW/QLD Cup) or a Holden Cup U20's in any of the last three seasons (being 2013-15)

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have the required physical attributes and sporting prowess to advance to the trials stage.

Applicants from other sports are welcome as long as they can demonstrate that they have what it takes to be an NRL superstar of the future.

Four national trials will be conducted during June to identify the candidates who will feature on the show. Those trials will likely take place in Sydney, Auckland, Townsville and Brisbane, with dates and venues to be confirmed in the near future.

The series aims to benefit to everyone involved in rugby league from grassroots through to the NRL clubs, by:

  • Broadening the appeal of rugby league to increase participation in existing and new markets
  • Promoting rugby league as a way of bringing people together and enriching their lives
  • Connecting communities as entrants are selected and showcased in their local context
  • Global PR opportunities for the rugby league clubs of the selected NRL rookies
  • Showcasing what it takes to play rugby league at an elite level
  • Motivating young players to achieve their dreams
  • Educating the community about health and fitness
  • The winning rookie's rugby league club will receive $25,000 (AUD) to use for kit, equipment or a clubhouse makeover