The NZRL Academy structure is a development pathway for elite
youth athletes and management staff, aiming to develop a stronger
NZ pathway that keeps our junior athletes at their own homes and
schools for as long as possible, rather than moving to
Ultimately, we want to influence behaviours, disciplines and
attitudes towards being the best that you can be across everything
you do, not just rugby league.
In that regard, educational aspiration and engagement with each
athlete's school will be a pre-requisite to attending
The academies will duplicate the pre-season and in-season
programmes that exist in the New South Wales and Queensland 16 and
18-year age-group competitions.
The key elements are:
Proposed Academy locations are:
Akarana: Western Springs College, Western Springs
Counties-Manukau: Waimahia Intermediate, Clendon
Wellington: Te Waananga, Porirua
Christchurch: NZIS, Riccarton
The cost is $1250, which covers.
NZRL wants to encourage NRL clubs to fund and place any kids
that they may have signed into the academy structure
We have a limited number of scholarships available and these
will be allocated on merit.
Academy Application Form
NZ Univerities coach Kenny
O'Brien has chosen a team of good youth and experience from more
than 60 nominations to play the South Island as a curtainraiser to
the Kiwis v England Four Nations test next month.
"In the end, he has chosen an
exciting young team," says NZ Universities Tertiary Students Rugby
League Council chairman Rodney Moore.
The team includes four players -
Dexter Buchanan, Marrin Haggie, Denzil Hokianga and Nicholas Read -
who went to England last year as part of the New Zealand Student
World Cup side.
The remaining 14 players will
all be making their New Zealand Universities & Tertiary
Students representative debut from eight different university and
tertiary institutions, including six from the Auckland University
Moore says the game is
especially significant for the team, given that Dunedin is the
spiritual home of student league in New Zealand, where the first
university club was formed 60 years ago, along with being the city
where the first ever New Zealand Universities side played in
The team captain will be named
when the team assembles in Dunedin on November 6.
The squad in alphabetical
surname order is:
Coach: Kenny O'Brien
Manager: David Marsh
Event manager: Marama Puketapu (Wellington)
Trainer: Johnny Herewini (Dunedin)
Blockbusting forward Jason Taumalolo and teenage wing Dallin
Watene-Zelezniak have been named for their NZ Kiwis debuts in the
2014 Four Nations opener against Australia at Brisbane's Suncorp
Coach Stephen Kearney has also re-united Keiran Foran and Shaun
Johnson in the halves, with veteran utility Thomas Leuluai starting
Watene-Zelezniak's inclusion is subject to a fitness test on a
foot injury picked up in training early this week. He continues a
proud family tradition in the Kiwis - great-grandfather Steve
Watene is a former national team captain and lends his name to the
NZ Player of the Year award.
"Dallin is an exciting young prospect, who we think will play
many tests for the Kiwis in the future," says Kearney. "He'll be
looking for to this opportunity to step up to the next level, but
we'll have to wait and see how his foot mends up."
Taumalolo finally gets his chance to take the field for the
Kiwis, after filling a non-playing role at the 2012 Anzac Test.
"His performances over the past year, but particularly over the
last two months of the NRL, have been very consistent," says
"Jason's always been there or thereabouts. He had an opportunity
to get picked for the Anzac Test before he injured a shoulder and
he's also been a Junior Kiwi."
Utility Lewis Brown also returns to the side, coming off the
bench, after a three-year absence.
"I feel like this group has a good balance about it and we've
certainly trained very well over the last couple of days, so you
can feel the combinations starting to come together." says
Saturday, October 25
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
England: 1-Sam Tomkins, 2-Josh Charnley,
3-Kallum Watkins, 4-Michael Shenton, 5-Ryan Hall, 6-Gareth Widdop,
7- Matty Smith, 8-George Burgess, 9-Josh Hodgson, 10-James Graham
(captain), 11-Liam Farrell, 12-Joel Tomkins, 13-Joe Westerman,
14-Daryl Clark, 15-Brett Ferres, 16-Tom Burgess, 17-Chris Hill
Samoa: 1-Tim Simona, 2-Antonio Winterstein,
3-Ricky Leutele, 4-Joey Leilua, 5-Daniel Vidot, 6-Ben Roberts,
7-Kyle Stanley, 8-Sam Tagaetese, 9-Michael Sio, 10-David Fa'alogo,
11-Frank Pritchard, 12- Leeson Ah Mau,
13-Josh McGuire, 14-Pita Godinet, 15-Jesse Sene-Lefao, 16-Isaac
Liu, 17-Mose Masoe, 18-Dunamis Lui
Referee - Gerard Sutton, touch - Jason Walsh, Anthony
Elliot, video - Henry Perenara
New Zealand: 1-Peta Hiku, 2-Jason Nightingale,
3-Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 4-Dean Whare, 5-Dallin Watene-Zelezniak,
6-Kieran Foran, 7-Shaun Johnson, 8-Jesse Bromwich, 9-Thomas
Leuluai, 10-Adam Blair, 11-Simon Mannering (captain), 12-Kevin
Proctor, 13-Jason Taumalolo, 14-Lewis Brown, 15-Greg Eastwood,
16-Martin Taupau, 17-Tohu Harris, 18-Suaia Matagi
Australia: 1-Greg Inglis, 2-Josh Mansour,
3-Michael Jennings, 4-Dylan Walker, 5-Daniel Tupou, 6-Daly
Cherry-Evans, 7-Cooper Cronk, 8-Aaron Woods, 9-Cameron Smith
(captain), 10-Sam Thaiday, 11-Beau Scott, 12-Ryan Hoffman, 13-Greg
Bird, 14-Robbie Farah, 15-Aidan Guerra, 16-Josh Papalii, 17-Corey
Parker, 18-Boyd Cordner, 19-David Klemmer, 20-Sione Mata'utia
Referee - Phil Bentham, touch - Robert Hicks, Grant Atkins,
video - Ian Smith
David Long, Stuff
There's none of that panicking around the Kiwis camp this week
that's usually there before a big game in Australia.
For the Anzac test each April, Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney has
to cram in as much as he can in the two training sessions he gets,
but with a longer lead-in time, the team have settled in well on
the Gold Coast in preparation for Sunday's test against the
Kangaroos in Brisbane.
So much so that, after a strenuous 100-minute training session
yesterday, they boys were let off the leash to try out the rides at
the Dreamworld theme park with the 19-year-old sensation Dallin
Watene-Zelezniak the keenest to try out the stomach churning ride,
Learn more about the NZ Kiwis' Four Nations campaign
at stuff.co.nz #goodstuff
Canterbury Bulls have scored a seven try to two over the
Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions in the Pirtex National Premiership final at
Mt Smart Stadium.
The Bulls eventually won the game 40-8, but it wasn't as easy as
most first thought and Wai-Coa-Bay battled strongly in testing
There had been plenty of contention over who should be in the
final before kick-off, with the Bulls strong favourites for the
title and showing why in the first 20 minutes of the game.
In torrential rain, the Bulls scored first through Erwin Sauni,
followed by Toi Sepuloni and then Bruce Havea for an 18-0 lead
after 20 minutes.
Showing strong resolve, Isaac Robinson replied for Wai-Coa-Bay
in the corner to signal his side was in the game.
Canterbury came back with a try through some good hands to Ken
Tofilau, converted by Sepuloni for a 24-4 lead.
Not to be outdone, the Stallions came back for an unconverted
try to John Koko, via a nice darting run and a dummy.
That was the end of the first half, and it, no doubt, gave the
Bulls a big scare and the Stallions plenty of pride.
The second spell saw another try to Sepuloni and also to
talented teen Cyrus Timo-Latu. Sepuloni converted them all for six
in a row.
He couldn't quite convert the seventh try, scored by Manu Weepu
in the 64th minute, but he had a game that was worthy of the praise
from coach Darrell Coad.
"Sepuloni has done a lot of work off the field and outside of
normal practice hours, and it shows today," said the first-time
"We started well, but dropped intensity near the end of the
first half. All-in-all, I'm really happy with the completion rate,
and so happy for the boys and for me too.
"League is in my blood and I'm so happy with the win."
PIRTEK NZRL NATIONAL PREMIERSHIP FINAL
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Saturday, October 18
Canterbury Bulls 40 (Toi Sepuloni 2, Manu
Weepu, Cyrus Timo-Latu, Ken Tofilau, Erwin Sauni & Bruce Havea
tries; Sepuloni 6 goals) Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions 8
(Isaac Robinson & John Koko tries); HT: 24-8