Queensland prop Steph Hancock will lead the Jillaroos out at
Eden Park next weekend when her side take on the NZ Kiwi Ferns in a
three-match series as part of the Dick Smith NRL Auckland
Coach Steve Folkes has named 14 players who were a part of
November's test match against the Ferns in Wollongong, and also
included Kellye Hodges and Nikki Richards to make up a 16-woman
Hancock, who made her debut as captain in Wollongong, will be
joined by forwards Brittany Breayley, Heather Ballinger, Kezie
Apps, Vanessa Folaiki, Ruan Sims, Richards and Julie Young, and
backs Sam Hammond, Karina Brown, Jenni-Sue Hoepper, Annette
Brander, Ali Brigginshaw, Maddie Studdon, Hodges and the versatile
Deanna Turner, giving Folkes' squad strength and speed.
"It's an honour to once again be selected to captain Australia
in women's rugby league and we are extremely excited to be involved
in this year's Auckland Nines," says Hancock.
"It is a fantastic opportunity for us to be able to play in
front of up to 45,000 fans each day, something we have not done
Folkes says his side were very much looking forward to the
challenge of coming up against the Ferns, who have the home-ground
advantage in Auckland.
"After a camp in Wollongong at the end of last year the team
know each other well now. They put in some hard work and having
that prior preparation should certainly help us," he said.
"These women have shown a lot of commitment to make themselves
available for the Nines, they are excited and will no doubt put in
their best performance."
Jillaroos Nines Squad: Kezie Apps, Heather Ballinger, Annette
Brander, Brittany Breayley, Ali Brigginshaw, Karina Brown, Vanessa
Foliaki, Sam Hammond, Steph Hancock, Kellye Hodges, Jenni-Sue
Hoepper, Nikki Richards, Ruan Sims, Maddie Studdon, Deanna Turner,
Check out teams for the NRL Auckland Nines here.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE TODAY!!!!
New Zealand Rugby League is searching for a new football and
high performance general manager to oversee strategies, initiatives
and programmes across the game.
The position, most recently held by former Kiwi Tony Iro, is
based at Rugby League House in Auckland. While its most
high-profile responsibility is managing the NZ Kiwis programme, the
full-time role will also oversee all other national teams and
Among the key duties are:
• Owning NZRL high performance plan and initiatives, reviewing
and developing appropriate pathways, programmes and structures to
position NZRL at the forefront of international elite
• Developing and maintaining talent development, player
management and support programmes across all elite areas of the
game, covering 16s, 18s, Junior Kiwis, Kiwi Ferns and Kiwis
• Managing and leading the NZRL Taurahere and national academy
• In conjunction with the community general manager, developing
and delivering the national football calendar to ensure NZRL game,
growth and reach objectives are delivered
• Delivering the football content within the annual NZRL
football calendar, and all NZRL-run tournaments and competitions,
particularly the national secondary schools and youth (15s and 17s)
tournaments, and the national premiership
• Convenor of selectors for the Kiwis team and manager of the
national selection panel.
• Providing leadership and management to the Kiwis Head Coach
and Kiwis management support team, and being the key interface
between the team and the NZRL executive
• Leading and driving the "Te Iwi Kiwi" heart/performance
standards and cultural values for all national representative
teams, particularly the Kiwis
• Representing NZRL high performance at RLIF, NRL, RFL, HP Sport
NZ, and any other relevant national and international forums
Salary package is structured to attract high-quality candidates,
who must be able to travel throughout New Zealand and
internationally on a regular basis.
Please send a one-page cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm, January
& High Performance GM Position Description
The Counties Manukau Zone board formally advises that the zone's
fifth general meeting & convention will be held on Wednesday,
March 11, 2015.
The general meeting is called in accordance with the Counties
Manukau Zone constitution, Section 13.3 - Notice of Annual
When: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Where: Howick Rugby League Club, Paparoa Road, Howick
If a club wishes to submit any items to be considered under
general business, these matters should be submitted in writing to
zone general manager Kasey King at least 20 business days before
the annual meeting.
Therefore, the submission close-off date is 4pm on February 11,
Please address any general business to:
Counties Manukau Zone of NZRL
PO Box 12 712, Penrose
or email email@example.com
To assist with planning for the meeting and to ensure a quorum is
present, clubs are asked to complete the attached registration form
and submit it to the general manager by February 18, 2015.
If you have any queries on the election process, please contact
chairman Trevor Gill on 021 995 263 or Kasey King on 021 275
of Elected Directors
Director Nomination Form
Director Application Form
Golden Boot winner Shaun Johnson faces strong challenges from
national captain Simon Mannering and prop Jesse Bromwich for 2014
NZ Kiwis Player of the Year.
The international player categories will attract most attention
at next Wednesday's NZ Rugby League Awards function at Auckland's
Johnson was a Kiwis standout during last year's Four Nations
triumph and received the prestigious Golden Boot from Rugby League
World magazine in December.
But his achievements in the black jersey will have been weighed
against Mannering's outstanding form across the entire season, when
he was named Vodafone Warriors Player of the Year for the fourth
time, and Bromwich's elevation among the best front rowers in the
The awards panel have voted on their finalists in each of the 11
keenly contested categories.
Honours for Kiwis Rookie of the Year came down to a contest
among fullback Peta Hiku, second row Jason Taumalolo and prop Marty
Taupau, all big contributors to the Four Nations success.
In a year when new Kiwi Ferns coach Rusty Matua introduced
several rookies to the national team, veteran Sarina Fiso is up
against newcomers Teuila Fotu-Moala and Atawhai Tupaea for Women's
Player of the Year.
With a spotlight on women's contribution to rugby league next
week, fittingly, the female volunteer category attracted the most
nominations, while 18s Player of the Year proved to be the closest
Finalists for the player categories are:
Kiwis Player of the Year - Jesse Bromwich (Melbourne Storm),
Shaun Johnson (NZ Warriors), Simon Mannering (NZ Warriors)
Kiwis Rookie of the Year - Peta Hiku (Manly Sea Eagles), Jason
Taumalolo (North Queensland Cowboys), Martin Taupau (Wests
Junior Player of the Year - Bradley Abbey (NZ Warriors), Nelson
Asofa-Solomona (Melbourne Storm), Sam Lisone (NZ Warriors)
16s Player of the Year - Dylan Clark (Upper Central), Rory
Ferguson (Southern), Morgan Harper (Upper Central)
18s Player of the Year - Erin Clark (Akarana), Reuben Porter
(Akarana), Ken Tofilau (Southern)
Domestic Player of the Year - Jethro Friend (Counties Manukau),
Ken Tofilau (Southern), Cody Walker (Akarana)
Women's Player of the Year - Sarina Fiso (Counties Manukau),
Teuila Fotu-Moala (Counties Manukau), Atawhai Tupaea (Counties
Awards will also be presented for Match Official of the Year,
Male & Female Volunteer of the Year and Grassroots Club of the
NZ Rugby League is pleased to advise that Dan Keepa has
been seconded as national coaching manager for three
Dan is already based at the national office with his role
as Counties Manukau coaching and development officer, and fills a
position left vacant when Dean Watkins became national talent
development manager late last year.
His primary tasks will be:
Welcome aboard, Dan.