New Zealand Rugby League

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Not to be confused with New Zealand Rugby Union.

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 Kiwis, the New Zealand national team. Currently they manage the National Competition, a seven Zone national competition played at 15s, 17s and Premier grades. The premier competition is known as the Pirtek National Premiership. They are also responsible for the annual National Secondary Schools tournament, and the NZ Residents 16s and 18s teams 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.


  • 1 History
  • 2 Staff
  • 3 Zones
  • 4 Legends of League
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


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



Throughout New Zealand, the sport is administered by seven Zones and has fifteen districts and seven Affiliates.

Legends of League

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

See also

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  • Rugby League in New Zealand
  • New Zealand Kiwis
  • Bartercard Cup


External links

Competition Teams

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