New Zealand Rugby League

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 25 April 1910 in preparation for a tour of Great Britain that same year.[3]

New Zealand Rugby League
Founded1910; 111 years ago (1910)
IRL affiliation1948
ResponsibilityNew Zealand
HeadquartersRugby League House, 7 Beasley Avenue, Penrose, Auckland[1]
Key peopleReon Edwards (Chair)
Greg Peters (Chief Executive)
Men's coachMichael Maguire
Women's coachRicky Henry
CompetitionsNational Competition
New Zealand
As of 21 Jan 2021

The NZRL administers the New Zealand Kiwis and the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns. Currently they manage the NZRL National Secondary Schools Tournament, the NZRL Women's National Tournament and the NZRL National 20's Competition, a seven Zone national competition played at 16s, 18s grades. The premier competition is known as the National Premiership and the National Championship which is a tier below. NZRL launched the Inaugural National 20's Competition in 2021 as a new pathway for developing elite talent, this includes 2 teams from Auckland, Auckland Blue and Auckland White, Wai-Coa Bay, Central Districts, Northland and South Island. 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.[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.[7]

Legends of LeagueEdit

47 players have been inducted since the Legends of League was introduced in 1995.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "New Zealand Rugby League Contact Details". New Zealand Rugby League. Archived from the original on 7 November 2004. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b SPARC, 2009: 13
  3. ^ Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
  4. ^ Sir Peter Leitch takes over as NZRL patron, 28 March 2011
  5. ^ John Coffey & Bernie Wood (2008). 100 Years: Maori Rugby League, 1908-2008. New Zealand: Huia Publishers. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2.
  6. ^ SPARC, 2009: 15
  7. ^ "NZRL zones". New Zealand Rugby League. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Legends of League". History. New Zealand Rugby League. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  9. ^ New legends inducted as part of 100 year celebrations, 4 June 2013

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