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New Zealand Rugby Football League

Not to be confused with New Zealand Rugby Union.
New Zealand Rugby League
Founded 1910
RLIF affiliation 1948
Responsibility New Zealand
Headquarters Rugby League House, 7 Beasley Avenue, Penrose, Auckland[1]
Key people Scott Carter (Chair)
Jim Doyle (Chief Executive)
Coach Stephen Kearney
Competitions National Competition
As of 8 April 2011

The New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league football in New Zealand.[2] The NZRL was founded on the 25 April 1910 in preparation for a tour of Great Britain that same year.[3]

The NZRL administers the Kiwis, the New Zealand national team. Currently they manage the National Zonal Competition, a seven Zone national competition played at 15s, 17s and Premiers, as well as many age group and school competitions. 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.[2] The current patron of the NZRL is Sir Peter Leitch, who replaced Helen Clark in the role in 2011.[4]


In April 1910, the New Zealand Rugby League was formed for the purpose of administering the new code in New Zealand[5] and "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".[6]



Throughout New Zealand, the sport is administered by seven Zones and has fifteen districts and seven Affiliates;[8]

Legends of League

47 players have been inducted since the Legends of League was introduced in 1995.[9]

See also


External links

  • Official site

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