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Issue 46 – October 2017


Kia Ora Rugby League Whanau,


The end of an intense representative season finished last Friday with our 15 and 17 year old Northern Swords teams both finishing the week long National Youth Tournament with the Fair Play award for their respective grades in Rotorua. It marks a year in which we doubled the amount of representative teams participating in a variety of tournaments and competitions. From the Ruben Wiki Cup that started in February for our 16’s and 18’s, the reformed 13 year old team that competed at North Island tournament and for the first time in 25 years, a Northland Women’s team representing at National Tournament. These were additional teams and opportunities for Northland Rugby League players to test themselves against the some of the best teams and players in the country.


Our Northern Swords Premier team went agonizingly close to competing in the NZRL Championship competition with a four point loss against Bay of Plenty being the difference but such is sport. The team under the stewardship of new Head Coach Neville Rogers thrived in the environment that he and his team staff created so much so additional non-competition matches were arranged. An Auckland representative side from their Sharman Cup grade and an Auckland Invitational Women’s team paid a neighbourly visit for a great afternoon of skilful footy and Northern hospitality of a Hangi, which was requested by our visitors and obliged by the Horahora RL Club who generously hosted on our behalf.


Meanwhile in the back offices, New Zealand Rugby League have drafted the next four year strategic plan to take the game through to 2021 and are visiting the Zones presenting it to Zone Boards for feedback. Once the NZRL plan is confirmed the Rugby League Northland (RLN) plan will be reviewed to ensure that we in Northland are aligned with the National plan that fits best within our region.


All eyes are now focused on the upcoming Rugby League World Cup being co-hosted in Aotearoa and with some controversial defections from the New Zealand and Australia sides that will see our Pacific Island neighbours boasting some formidable forward packs. The first game, in less than a fortnight, will pitch our Kiwis against the might of Samoa at Mount Smart, Auckland on Saturday 28th October. RLN is pleased to announce a complimentary return ride on a chartered bus for our Clubs but seats are limited so please check out the opportunity that will be on our Facebook page and website in a day or two.


Whilst October normally signals the end of football for locals the Masters Rugby League (for over 35 year olds) National tournament is being played in Rotorua strategically scheduled between the quarter and semi-finals of the World Cup matches 20 – 24 November. With an International flavour there will be teams from England, Scotland, Pacific Islands and of course Australia competing in this social event and for the first time a Women’s Masters grade will be added. A Women’s Masters team from Northland will be representing as well as the Portland Men’s team.


We hope you enjoy the festival that is the Rugby League World Cup as it will be at least another 12 years before the tournament is held again in the southern hemisphere with the UK (2021) and North America (Canada and USA) for 2025 already been announced.


Nga Mihi

Duane Fyfe


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