Coaches, we want your feedback

04 March 2015


It's time to have your say as a coach in our rugby league community.

The NZRL coaching and development department has created a quick and easy survey to gauge what our community coaches feel they need to further their development and understanding of what it takes to be a rugby league coach.

The survey also gives community coaches a chance to highlight what you think we've done well and where you feel we could make improvements to the coaching structure.

Looking forward to what we predict the game will look like in five years' time, it is important that we seek accurate feedback from you to ensure we are able to top up your already expanding coaching tool box.

The survey is only 10 questions long and most of those are multi choice, so it won't take up too much of your time and it is completely confidential.

Fill out our online survey form here - the deadline is March 4.


Dan Keepa
NZRL coaching manager

Heart of He Tauaa

04 March 2015

Don Wright, Southland Times

Former president Frances Wharepapa, the only woman to have been honoured with life membership of the club and a committee member for the last 20 years, is the love and life of Southland's most recently successful rugby league club He Tauaa.

She is also the Southland Times Legend of Sport this week.

Frances is living proof that her favourite sport is not solely a men's domain and is proud to be manager of the He Tauaa senior team which has won the last two Southland championships.

Needless to say, she is a familiar figure on the touchlines on Sunday club days during winter.

With her clipboard and stat sheets in hand she plays a big part in compiling vital player statistics that later form the basis of feature end-of-season awards for tackler and player of the day.

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National teams roles up for grabs

02 March 2015


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 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

02 March 2015

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 Stadiu, 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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League, touch team up in Southland

27 February 2015

Logan Savory, Southland Times

Southland District Rugby League and Touch Southland have teamed up to deliver their sports into primary schools in Southland.

The two sports organisations have linked to share a development officer.

The development officer will spend the summer months delivering touch into primary schools and rugby league in the winter months.

Southland District Rugby League chairwoman Cheryl Officer said it made sense for the two sports organisations to work together.

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