Recognising NZRL living legends

30 March 2015


New Zealand Rugby League is now inviting life member and distinguished service nominations for 2015.

These are prestigious honours that are not awarded lightly, nor earned as of right. They are awarded for long, well-documented and meritorious service.

Recipients must have, during their time, advanced or improved the game of rugby league significantly, such that their contribution is widely recognised as outstanding.

Recipients should have introduced policies or initiatives that have made a significant impact, either at national or district/zonal level.

Ideally, recipients should be life members at both club and district/zone level first, before being considered at national level.

The criteria for distinguished service award nomination are similar in spirit to life membership, but aimed at district/zone service.

Recipients should have demonstrated an ability to impart knowledge or experience for the benefit of others at varying levels of the game.

Nomination Process

Please complete the attached form with relevant details on the individual. Include as much material as you can to give the awards committee a complete understanding of their involvement and contribution to the game.

If the nomination is coming from a club or district league, please forward the form to your zone for endorsement.

Under the NZRL constitution, nominations may only come from zones or associates. This will require approval by the zone board.

The Associates are:

Masters of Rugby League New Zealand

New Zealand Maori Rugby League

New Zealand Rugby League Kiwi Association

New Zealand Universities & Tertiary Students Rugby League Council

New Zealand Women's Rugby League

New Zealand Defence Forces Rugby League

Nominations close March 31.

Life Member & Distinguished Service Nomination Form

RIP Neville Denton

30 March 2015

New Zealand Rugby League and the NZ Kiwis community extend their condolences to the family of former international wing Neville Denton, who died last Friday.

Denton was Kiwi #359, making his debut at fullback against Australia at the 1954 World Cup in France.

He would go on to play 13 tests over the next nine years, scoring five tries and kicking a goal, and was a regular contributor to an era where New Zealand compiled the best international win-loss record from 1960-64.

Denton also attended the 1960 World Cup and scored New Zealand's only try in his final appearance on the 1963 tour of Australia.

Later, he coached the NZ Marist side and served as NZ Marist selector.

Marino to guide Orcas

30 March 2015

Darryl Marino has been appointed to coach the Wellington Orcas for the next two seasons.

Marino comes with extensive experience and success in his 16 years as a rugby league coach, including three Wellington premierships with the Randwick Kingfishers (2001. 02. 12) and three Stephen Kearney Cup college titles with Taita College, where he has coached for six years.

“I am genuinely honoured to be appointed to this role," says Marino. "WRL has more than 100 years of proud rugby league history, and has produced some great players and moments in the game, so it is a role I hold in high regard.

"I am excited about working alongside the many talented athletes in Wellington. I hope that, together, we can make this a side that all of our clubs and the wider rugby league community can be proud of.”

Marino’s credentials also include being named the 2013 Coach of the Year at the Hutt Valley Sports Awards and head coach of the New Zealand U17 men’s softball team.

“We are excited to have Darryl on board for the next two years at least," says WRL general manager Jason Hemson.

"His experience and success as a coach speaks for itself, and we will endeavour to give Darryl and the team all the support available to enable them to reach their potential.”

The Orcas achieved just one win from six games in their 2014 NZRL Premiership campaign, accounting for Northern Swords 38-14 at home in their season opener.

Stallions seek 2015 rep staff

27 March 2015


Upper Central Zone is inviting applications for staff positions in its representative programme.

The roles are physiotherapist and assistant trainer for the Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions seniors, assistant trainer for the Colts 17s, and assistant coach and assistant trainer for Colts 15s.

These are volunteer positions that will play a critical role in the development of players in not only the team itself, but also the zone's player talent pool.

These roles are required to take an active lead role in the UCZ's performance programme in 2015.

The appointments panel will be assessing candidates against a range of criteria including:

  • Holds appropriate qualifications as required by NZRL
  • Relevant experience with teams
  • Knowledge of and interest in the development of rugby league
  • Understanding of UCZ values - integrity, respect, leadership, courage and passion
  • Commitment and availability

The Upper Central Zone (UCZ) is the zonal body of New Zealand Rugby League that leads, develops, fosters and promotes rugby league throughout the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Coastline and Gisborne districts.

The Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions and Colts teams represent the zone in the NZRL National Premiership Competition and NZRL National Youth Tournament.

The UCZ has a NRL partnership with the Brisbane Broncos, who will actively support our performance pathway programmes throughout the year. As part of this partnership, suitable team officials will have the opportunity to travel to Brisbane to learn from the best at the end of the season.

See below for position descriptions. Should you have any queries whatsoever, feel free to contact UCZ general manager Sash Stosic on 0212706975.

If you would like to pursue a pathway in rugby league and have the necessary attributes, please email a full rugby league CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to or alternatively you can post it to:

Sash Stosic
General Manager
NZRL Upper Central Zone
PO Box 13355
Tauranga 3141

Applications close: Friday, March 27. Early application is encouraged.

For more information on the UCZ and Wai-Coa-Bay teams, check out

Assistant Coach Position Description

Assistant Trainer Position Description

Team Physio Position Description

Kearney set for next RLWC

27 March 2015

NZ Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney will lead the men’s national side into the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, after masterminding last year’s successful Four Nations campaign.

New Zealand Rugby League has extended Kearney’s existing contract, due to end this year, for a further two years.

The former Kiwis captain was first appointed in 2008, when he guided the team to World Cup glory, so the new extension will see him become the first national coach to spend an entire decade at the helm.

When Kearney leads the Kiwis into the Anzac Test on May 1, he will become the longest continuously serving national coach.

Previously, Frank Endacott coached from 1994-2000, while Scotty McClymont’s tenure spanned 1938-52, but included years where no teams played during World War II and two other teams toured without coaches appointed.

“After the disappointing end to the 2013 World Cup, I think we recognised the need to rebuild the Kiwis culture,” says NZRL chief executive Phil Holden.

“We were pretty confident that Stephen was still the right man for that job, but needed to put the right structures around him to help him succeed.

“Winning the Four Nations showed that we are on the right track and it’s appropriate that we give Stephen some job security, so he can build towards the next World Cup.”

Beyond the Anzac Test at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, the Kiwis also face an end-of-year tour to England and another trip to the Northern Hemisphere to defend their Four Nations crown next year.

NZRL has also revealed the Kiwis Anzac Test jersey, featuring the official Anzac poppy emblem and gold trim to the traditional black-and-white design.

“We recognise that the black jersey is a powerful image and something our players aspire to wear, so we don’t want to tinker with it too much,” says Holden.

“But this is obviously the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, and we wanted to pay respect to that important piece of New Zealand and Australian history in a tasteful way.

“Gold is a colour that has been important in Kiwis history – our first national side were known as the All Golds – so this seemed like a subtle way of making this particular jersey distinctive, without compromising our values.”


Born June 11, 1972 at Paraparaumu
Height 1.91m
Weight 103kg
Position Second row
Kiwi # 640
Playing career Wellington 1991, Western Suburbs (NRL) 1992-94, Auckland Warriors (NRL) 1995-98, Melbourne Storm (NRL) 1999-2004, New Zealand 1993-2004
Coaching career Parramatta Eels (NRL) 2011/12, New Zealand 2008-
Youngest NZ test captain at 21, NRL Premiership 1999, World Cup (coach) 2008, Four Nations titles (coach) 2010 & 2014


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