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


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

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Love of sport drives Lovett-Hurst

26 March 2015

Blake Foden, Southland Times

It's 4pm and Jack Lovett-Hurst has just arrived home from school.

The 18-year-old quickly changes out of his school uniform into his New Zealand Kiwis rugby league training singlet, and turns on the TV to watch a college basketball game live from the US.

The family loungeroom is lined with photos from over the years, Jack wearing a different jersey in each one.

For the year 13 student, who was born with muscular dystrophy, sport is everything.

"It's about having fun, interacting and meeting new people," Lovett-Hurst said.

"I've played sport pretty much my whole life."

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Tamarua climbs referee ranks

26 March 2015

Auckland’s Rochelle Tamarua will continue her rise up the refereeing ranks this weekend, when she becomes the first NZ woman to run the touchline in the NRL’s Holden Cup competition.

Tamarua will help preside over the Vodafone Warriors v Brisbane Broncos National Youth Competition encounter at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday.

Fellow Kiwis Shane Rehm (referee) and Anthony Elliot (touch) complete that officiating team, with Kena Waikai standing by.

Tamarua was previously part of the NRL squad that performed at the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines in February/March.

Tuivasa-Sheck settles into new role

25 March 2015

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck’s switch to fullback gathered momentum over the NRL weekend, with a performance that suggested he would not be out of place in the Kiwis #1 jersey.

His 252 running metres were the most for the round and a major influence on the Sydney Roosters’ 20-12 victory over Penrith Panthers.

They also caught the eye of NZ Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney.

“Roger is growing into that position really well,” says Kearney, who has begun collating his long list of Anzac Test candidates.

“He’s always a threat with that step that we know he has, but right now, he’s just eating up the football and we get to see more of him.”

Another making the most of his new opportunities is second row Tohu Harris, who has stepped into the Melbourne Storm starting line-up with ryan Hoffman’s move to the Vodafone Warriors.

With two tries, 159 metres and 27 tackles, he was an absolute workhorse in the Storm’s 36-18 victory over Cronulla Sharks.

“He was really good the first week, when he played the full game,” observes Kearney. “With Hoffman not there now, he’s made that left edge position his own.”

Warriors and Kiwis skipper Simon Mannering was Kearney’s other standout performer on a weekend when Ben Matulino (Warriors), Manu Ma’u (Parramatta Eels), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters), Manu Vatuvei (Warriors), Peta Hiku (Manly Sea Eagles) and Issac Luke (South Sydney Rabbitohs) also excelled.

With 150 metres and a game-high 43 tackles, Mannering was the rock in his side’s 29-16 home win over Parramatta.

“Simon is pretty consistent with his performances and I thought that was a pretty good performance, his best of the season so far.”

NZ Kiwis named for this week’s NRL Round Four are:

Parramatta Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Friday, March 27, 9.35pm NZ
Rabbitohs: 4-Bryson Goodwin, 9-Issac Luke

Wests Tigers v Canterbury Bulldogs
Friday, March 27, 9.35pm NZ
Tigers: 13-Martin Taupau, 14-Dene Halatau
Bulldogs: 5-Sam Perrett, 13-Greg Eastwood, 14-Sam Kasiano, 16-Frank Pritchard

Newcastle Knights v Penrith Panthers
Saturday, March 28, 5pm NZ
Knights: 10-David Fa’alogo, 13-Jeremy Smith
Panthers: 3-Dean Whare, 6-Issac John, 8-Sam McKendry, 11-Sika Manu, 12-Lewis Brown, 13-Elijah Taylor

Cronulla Sharks v Gold Coast Titans
Saturday, March 28, 7.30pm NZ
Sharks: 2-Sosaia Feki, 3-Gerard Beale
Titans: 1-Josh Hoffman

St George Illawarra Dragons v Manly Sea Eagles
Dragons: 5-Jason Nightingale, 7-Benji Marshall
Sea Eagles: 4-Steve Matai, 5-Peta Hika, 6-Kieran Foran

Vodafone Warriors v Brisbane Broncos
Sunday, March 29, 2pm NZ
Warriors: 5-Manu Vatuvei, 7-Shaun Johnson, 9-Thomas Leuluai, 10-Ben Matulino, 11-Bodene Thompson, 13-Simon Mannering, 15-Ben Henry
Broncos: 10-Adam Blair, 11-Alex Glenn

Sydney Roosters v Canberra Raiders
Sunday, March 29, 4pm NZ
Roosters: 1-Roger tuivasa-sheck, 5-Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 8-Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 10-Sam Moa
Raiders: 15-Frank-Paul Nu’uasala

North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm
Monday, March 30, 9pm NZ
Cowboys: 13-Jason Taumalolo
Storm: 8-Jesse Bromwich, 11-Kevin Proctor, 12-Tohu Harris