Search on for NZRL zone directors

06 March 2015

NOMINATIONS DUE MONDAY

NZRL is seeking applications for board directors on behalf of an independent appointments panel that manages the recruitment process across the country's seven administrative zones.

All board positions are for a term of three years.

Rugby league is a sport for all New Zealanders, played at the grassroots and on the international stage.

The sport is "more than just a game" - it is part of the social fabric of our country, and has a critical role in developing young men and women in some of our most "at risk" communities.

The game's domestic governance model is based on seven geographic zones:

  • Northland
  • Akarana (comprising North Harbour, Waitakere & Auckland Central)
  • Counties-Manukau
  • Upper Central (comprising Bay of Plenty, Gisborne & Waikato)
  • Mid Central (comprising Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, Taranaki & Wanganui)
  • Wellington
  • Southern (entire South Island)

The independent appointments panel is charged with ensuring the zone boards have collective skills and experience in commerce, finance and marketing. Board members will also need to have effective decision-making skills, well-developed relationship-management skills and sound judgement.

The boards are responsible for ensuring sound governance practices and processes, and setting clear goals and measurable targets within the sport of rugby league in New Zealand.

Applications forms can be downloaded here.

All applications will be treated in strict confidence and must include a CV, covering letter and a completed application form.

Applications close 5pm, Monday, March 9.

National teams roles up for grabs

06 March 2015

LAST DAY TO APPLY

New Zealand Rugby League is seeking suitably qualified coaches, managers and trainers for the NZ 16s, NZ 18s and the Kiwi Ferns women.

These positions will a fixed-term basis and will be finalised with the successful candidates.

The women have been locked in for an Anzac Test curtainraiser in Brisbane on May 1, the 18s will face Australian Schools in October, but no fixtures have been confirmed for the 16s yet.

The coaches will prepare individuals and the team for their best possible performance for the duration of their campaign. To perform these roles successfully, the coaches must perform all requirements in these job descriptions to a high standard.

The head coach, supported by their assistant coach, has overall responsibility for implementing NZRL philosophies with regard to development and playing of rugby league by the players he/she is allocated.

Complimenting this, the successful individuals will have sound processes around talent ID, developing an athlete-centred environment and team management.

The head coach has a key leadership and mentoring role for the team, having a significant impact on player development, player motivation and overall playing performance of the team.

The head coach will demonstrate the ability to effectively lead and manage individuals, team and staff, while meeting the desired outcomes set out in this job description.

Assistant coaches must also have sound processes around talent ID, developing team culture and working in a team environment. They must demonstrate leadership throughout the tenure of their appointment and be a mentor for the athletes when required.

The ability to effectively lead and manage individuals, and meet the targets set in conjunction with the head coach and NZRL is essential to the success of this assistant's role.

They must be able to compliment the vision and objectives of the head coach, utilising their coaching skills, leadership and experience where applicable.

Due to the nature of these teams, the coaches must have the ability to travel nationally and internationally.

The team manager provides support to the coaches and trainer by attending to all administration matters relating to the team and its players.

The manager will be the key person responsible for liaising between the team and NZRL. They will accurately manage all financial and logistical requirements for the team by strictly following NZRL financial/ travel policy and practices.

There is an expectation that the team manager will provide a detailed review at the end of the campaign/ tour in a timely manner.

All members of the management team will be role model for the players and other management staff. All management staff will adhere to the NZRL pledge and live these values.

The successful applicant must be able to travel and will need a current NZ driver's licence and have a mobile phone for communication purposes.

Team trainers have responsibilities for developing and implementing programmes to ensure the players possess the physical fitness and well-being to reduce the risk of injury and to deliver the coaches game plan

The trainer must show a duty of care towards the players under their charge in terms of lifestyle, nutrition, training and injury prevention. The role will involve mentoring players on making quality choices in terms of nutrition, training and general lifestyle decisions relating to their playing careers and beyond.

Team trainers need to be able to tailor their programmes to reflect the age and ability of the players they are training.

Applications should be emailed to admin@nzrl.co.nz by 5pm on Friday, March 6, 2015.

NB: Candidates will be shortlisted by March 9, with interviews to be held from Friday, March 13 in Auckland.

NZRL is a proven performer on the world stage and as a community leader dedicated to affecting social change within our community through sport.

Our vision: Te Iwi Kiwi - build a stronger family, community & game

Our mission: To serve & lead our people to success through rugby league "more than just a game"

Our Values: Integrity, respect, leadership, courage, passion

National Team Head Coach Postion Description

National Team Assistant Coach Position Description

National Team Manager Position Description

National Team Trainer Position Description

Register now for English tix pre-sale

06 March 2015

TWO MORE DAYS TO REGISTER

Planning your trip to England for the NZ Kiwis tour in November? Pre-sales for the three tests open in a week's time for just two days.

To secure the best seats, register online here this week.

On Sunday (UK time), you'll receive exclusive detals of kick-off times and ticket prices via email.

The next day, you'll have the chance to claim your seats before the rush.

Public ticket sales begin on Wednesday, March 11.

 

NZ v England November 1 KC Stadium, Hull
NZ v England November 7 Olympic Stadium London
NZ v England    
November 14    
DW Stadium, Wigan

 

NZ Rugby league would like to thank partners Pirtek, BLK and Rivera for their support of the NZ Kiwis programme.

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Jills squad prepares for Kiwi Ferns

06 March 2015

Four newcomers have been included in a preliminary Australian Jillaroos squad ahead of their test match against the NZ Kiwi Ferns in May.

Indigenous All Stars players Latoya Billy, Casey Karklis, Mahalia Murphy, and Tallisha Harden will join the Jillaroos for the first time, when a 21-strong squad goes into camp at the end of this month.

A final squad of 18 will then be selected for the test match on May 1 at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium in the curtainraiser for the 2015 ANZAC Test between the Kangaroos and the Kiwis.

Jillaroos coach Steve Folkes said it was important to keep injecting new players into the women's squad.

"These girls all performed outstandingly well for the Indigenous All Stars and deserve their selection," he said.

"Mahlia Murphy, at fullback, was a standout, Latoya has some great pace out on the wing and Casey Karklis showed a good kicking game. While these girls are relatively young, they provide options for us in the Jillaroos side and I think they all have a future."

"If they impress in the camp, they will certainly be considered for the test match. Either way, it is a great experience, especially for the younger players, to be part of the camp - to enhance their development and become familiar with the other players."

A familiar face to the Jillaroos outfit, Karyn Murphy, will be making a return, but this time in a coaching role, joining Steve Folkes as assistant coach.

The former Australian and Queensland State of Origin player brings a wealth of experience, and Folkes is looking forward to having her on board.

"She has been in the women's game for a long time now and is still heavily involved, so her opinion and knowledge will be very helpful," he said.

"She also knows a lot of the girls well - she's even played with some of them - so it is great to have someone who has those established relationships and I look forward to having her on board."

Headed up by captain Stephanie Hancock, the remainder of the Jillaroos squad includes players who have gained significant experience recently in the Four Nations curtainraiser match and during the NRL Auckland Nines.

Folkes said the future was looking strong for Australian women's rugby league.

"The support the Jillaroos have received in recent times has been fantastic, and the fact that we are able to hold a training camp in the lead up to this test match gives us a great advantage," he said.

"We can pre-empt game situations, and really focus on our attacking and defensive styles.

"The women's game has received fantastic exposure in recent times and hopefully it will encourage other women to consider rugby league as a participation sport."

Jillaroos performance squad to go into camp on March 27 on the Gold Coast:

Alex Sulisi (Sydney), Ali Brigginshaw (Ipswich), Annette Brander (Brisbane), Brittany Breayley (Brisbane), Casey Karklis (Stradbroke Island), Deanna Turner (Mackay), Elianna Walton (Sydney), Heather Ballinger (Cairns), Jenni-Sue Hoepper (Cairns), Karina Brown (Gold Coast), Kezie Apps (Bega), Latoya Billy (Thursday Island, Torres Strait), Mahalia Murphy (Sydney), Renae Kunst (Mackay), Ruan Sims (Sydney), Sam Hammond (Sydney), Steph Hancock (Brisbane), Simaima Taufa-Kautai (Sydney), Tallisha Harden (Gold Coast), Tarah Westera (Brisbane), Vanessa Foliaki (Sydney)

 

NZ Kiwi Ferns v Australia Jillaroos May 1 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

 

NZ Rugby League would like to thank patner New Generation Lifestyle for its support of the NZ Kiwi Ferns programme.

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Swords set new course in north

06 March 2015

Rugby League Northland is recruiting advisory panelists, as well as coaching and management staff, as part of its new strategic direction with the Northern Swords representative programme.

As rugby league in Northland has developed, the Swords have enjoyed mixed results. The age-grade teams have had some success, with several players gaining contracts in Australia, but the senior team has struggled and has not reached its potential.

The Northern Swords represent Northland as a region and, as such, need to reach the potential that is natural to Northland.

As a part of RLN's future strategy, it has created a Northern Swords advisory panel that will help drive the future direction of the representative programme.

As such, RLN is calling for applicants to join in that quest.

The panel will consist of two RLN board members, with one as chairperson, two club representatives - one from the Mid to Far North and one form the South - up to four independent members, plus the Swords coaching staff and the RLN general manager.

It will meet monthly to set strategies for

  • player development
  • financing the programme at all levels
  • club engagement
  • recruitment
  • calendar of events

As part of this new direction, Rugby League Northland is also advertising for the following positions in its rep programme.

Head coaches - Premiers, 15s & 17s

The head coach has overall responsibility for implementing their programme to prepare their team to the best of their potential with regard to development and playing of rugby league by the players he/she is allocated.

Complimenting this, the successful individuals will have sound processes around talent ID, developing an athlete-centred environment and team management.

The head coach will need lead their management team, consisting of assistant coach, manager and trainer.

Head coaches should be senior club coach-qualified or in the process of gaining this certification.

Assistant coaches - Premiers, 15s & 17s

Assistant coach must also have sound processes around talent ID, developing team culture and working in a team environment.

They must demonstrate leadership throughout the tenure of their appointment and be a mentor for the athletes when required.

They must be able to compliment the vision and objectives of the head coach, utilising their coaching skills, leadership and experience where applicable.

Assistant coach should have a minimum beginner youth or senior qualification.  Ideally, they should be senior club coach-qualified.

Team managers - Premiers, 15s & 17s

The team manager provides support to the coaches and trainer by attending to all administration matters relating to the team and its players.

The manager will be the key person responsible for liaising between the team and RLN.

They will accurately manage all financial and logistical requirements for the team by strictly following RLN financial/ travel policy and practices.

There is an expectation that the team manager will provide a detailed review at the end of the campaign/ tour in a timely manner.

Team Manager should have a minimum NZRL Level 1 Managers qualification and or be prepared to undertake the required training before the campaign.

Team trainers - Premiers, 15s & 17s

Team trainer has responsibilities for developing and implementing programmes to ensure the players possess the physical fitness and well-being to reduce the risk of injury.

The trainer must show a duty of care towards the players under their charge in terms of lifestyle, nutrition, training and injury prevention.

The role will involve mentoring players on making quality choices in terms of nutrition, training and general lifestyle decisions relating to their playing careers and beyond.

Team trainers should have a minimum First Aid Officers qualification and/or be prepared to undertake the required training before the campaign.

All members of the management team will be role model for the players and other management staff. All management staff will adhere to the NZRL pledge and RLN values.

Successful applicants must be able to travel and have a mobile phone for communication purposes.

Vision

Creating opportunities in Northland through rugby league - "it's more than just a game".

Mission

To grow a bigger and better rugby league community in Northland.

Values

  • Tuakiritanga - Identity
  • Kotahitanga - Unity
  • Rangatiratanga - Leadership
  • Manakitanga - Responsibility of caring and sharing

Note:  All current roles with the Northern Swords are volunteer roles.

The Northern Swords play in the NZRL national competitions in 15s, 17s and premiers. The 15s and 17s play in a national yournament betweenSeptember 28-October 2.

Premiers play in a seven-week competition from the end of August to mid October.

All competitions have pathways via the NZRL national teams - NZ Residents, 16s & 18s.

Application for any of the above roles will need to be completed by 5pm, Friday, March 20 and should be made via a covering letter and rugby league CV to RLN general manager Alex Smits, email alex.smits@nzrl.co.nz.