|New Zealand Rugby League|
|Headquarters||Rugby League House, 7 Beasley Avenue, Penrose, Auckland|
|Key people||Reon Edwards (Chair)|
Greg Peters (Chief Executive)
|Men's coach||Michael Maguire|
|Women's coach||Kelvin Wright|
As of 13 Jul 2020
The New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league football in New Zealand.The NZRL was founded on 25 April 1910 in preparation for a tour of Great Britain that same year.
The NZRL administers the New ZealandKiwis, the New Zealand national team. Currently they manage the NZRL National Secondary Schools Tournament, the NZRL Women's National Tournament and the NZRL National Youth Tournament, a seven Zone national competition played at 15s, 17s grades. The premier competition is known as the National Premiership and in 2016 a new National Championship will be launched. They are also responsible for elite pathway programmes including the NZ 16s and NZ 18s teams, the NZ Taurahere and the Junior Kiwis. They have previously managed the now defunct Lion Red Cup and Bartercard Cup competitions.
The NZRL is an incorporated society under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.The current patron of the NZRL is Sir Peter Leitch, who replaced Helen Clark in the role in 2011.
In April 1910, the New Zealand Rugby League was formed for the purpose of administering the new code in New Zealandand "with the blessing of the Northern Rugby Football Union, on the condition that the Auckland District would not have the management of the entire game in New Zealand".
Throughout New Zealand, the sport is administered by seven Zones and has fifteen districts and seven Affiliates.
47 players have been inducted since the Legends of League was introduced in 1995.
2012 Inductees (Wellington centenary)
2013 Inductees (Canterbury centenary )
Rugby league in New Zealand dates to the beginning of the sport in England.
George Tuakura is a former Cook Islands international rugby league footballer who played as a prop in the 2000s and 2010s. He played at representative level Cook Islands, and at club level for the Central Comets in the Queensland Cup,.
Dean Bell, also known by the nicknames of "Mean Dean", and "Deano", is a New Zealand former professional rugby league footballer, and coach. A New Zealand international representative centre, he played his club football in England, Australia and New Zealand, but most notably with Wigan, with whom he won seven consecutive Challenge Cup Finals, a Lance Todd Trophy, and a Man of Steel Award. He later coached English club Leeds for two seasons. He is a member of the famous Bell rugby league family that includes George, Ian, Cameron, Glenn, Cathy Bell and Clayton Friend.
Canterbury Rugby League is the regional body that administers rugby league in Canterbury, New Zealand. CRL manages local competitions from senior level down to age group competitions. Canterbury Rugby League also manages the Canterbury rugby league team which represents the region in New Zealand competitions. Previously teams have competed in the Bartercard Cup and Lion Red Cup. The CRL is currently part of the South Island Zone which includes the Tasman, West Coast, Otago and Southland regions.
Desmond Henry White is a New Zealand former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1940s and 1950s. A record-breaking goal-kicking fullback, he was named amongst the country's finest players of the 20th century. His total for points scored in all matches (61) for the Kiwis is a record 467. He won championships with Auckland's Ponsonby club and his total of 794 points is the all-time club record.
The 2008 New Zealand rugby league season was the 101st season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand. The main feature of the year was the inaugural season of the Bartercard Premiership competition that was run by the New Zealand Rugby League. Auckland won the title by defeating the Canterbury Bulls 38–18 in the Grand Final.
David Walter Lomax is a New Zealand rugby league coach and former player who represented New Zealand. He is the brother of another international, John Lomax.
The 2009 New Zealand rugby league season was the 102nd season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand. The main feature of the year was the second season of the Bartercard Premiership competition that was run by the New Zealand Rugby League. The Canterbury Bulls won the minor premiership and then the premiership by defeating Auckland 26–20 in the Grand Final.
The 2005 New Zealand rugby league season was the 98th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand. The main feature of the year was the sixth season of the Bartercard Cup competition that was run by the New Zealand Rugby League. The Mt Albert Lions won the Cup by defeating the Canterbury Bulls 24-22 in the Grand Final.
The New Zealand Residents are a New Zealand rugby league football representative side that is selected from players competing on teams based in New Zealand, as compared to expat Kiwis competing with clubs based in other countries.
Clifford Raymond Johnson was a New Zealand rugby league footballer who has been named one of the finest the country produced during the 20th century. An international representative, he played mainly as a prop forward.
The National Competition is the top-level rugby league competition run by the New Zealand Rugby League. In 2010 the competition replaced the Bartercard Premiership following a Sparc funded review and restructure of the New Zealand Rugby League. Since 2016 the competition has consisted of a four-team national championship and a four-team national premiership with a promotion and relegation between the two divisions.
Fletcher Roy Christian is a New Zealand former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s and 1970s. A centre, he captained New Zealand in the sport. Christian also captained the New Zealand Māori rugby league team.
Phillip Charles Orchard was a New Zealand rugby league footballer who represented New Zealand in the 1972 and 1975 World Cups. He was later named in the New Zealand Rugby League's Team of the Century. His brother Robert was also a New Zealand representative.
Desmond Alfred (Des) Barchard is a New Zealand former rugby league footballer, and coach who represented and coached New Zealand. Barchard was the coach of the Kiwis in the 1968 and 1972 World Cups.
Travers Harry Hardwick was a New Zealand rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played representative rugby league (RL) for New Zealand and coached them in the 1960 World Cup.
Ray Kenway Haffenden is a New Zealand rugby league administrator and former player and coach who served as the New Zealand Rugby League's chairman. He currently serves as the NZRL vice-chairman.
Keith George Bell was a New Zealand former rugby league footballer who represented New Zealand in the 1957 World Cup. He played for and coached numerous sides and was heavily involved with the Ponsonby Ponies.
Colin O'Neil is a New Zealand former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and coached in the 1970s. He represented New Zealand in the 1968 and 1970 World Cups.