Rugby League Northland

Who manages Rugby League in Northland?

Duane Fyfe – General Manager
M:  021 994 494

Duane started at Rugby League Northland in January 2016 and is responsible for overseeing the growth of Rugby League in Northland.  This involves securing finance to ensure sustainability, helping clubs develop, developing player pathways and promoting the game in general.  Duane brings a background of leadership and logistics management to the role. Having held senior management positions in the NZ Defence Force, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport sectors. Duane served in the NZ Army for more than 20 years where he achieved Warrant Officer Class One rank. Duane also brings 10 years’ experience in Rugby League administration having held positions as General Manager Canterbury Rugby League, Manager for NZ Army Rugby League, Junior Kiwis, NZ Residents and Liaison for the Kiwis.


Phillip TanaPhillip Tana – Development Manager

M:  021 775 392

Born and raised in the small Kaipara town of Maungaturoto, from a family of seven brothers and 3 sisters. Like most large families, music and any sport on offer were the main activities in the household.

My wife Karla is a Primary School teacher at Maungaturoto, and my 3 boys (Jordan – 21, Kalem – 19 and Danyon -18) keep us busy with their studies and various sports (Rugby League, Basketball, Soccer, Touch Rugby, Squash and Tennis).

My working life has been 4 years at University, 11 years in the Banking Industry and 13 years in the Dairy Industry. This experience has allowed me to develop different skills around planning and managing of projects and people.

Coaching began for me when my boys first played soccer for Hibiscus Coast in the early 2000’s. I did not know much about the sport, but enjoyed every minute of it. As they got older and played different sports, I found my coaching skills developed with them. The pinnacle of my coaching career to date being National Squash Club Titles in 2013 and 2014.

I am passionate about Northland and Northland Sport. The opportunity to develop and grow Rugby League in Northland excites me and is a challenge I am looking forward to. I believe “More than just a game” holds key guiding principles to show case all that is great about Rugby League too the Northland Community.


Benson SelwynBenson Selwyn – Development Officer
021 278 6975






Valarie Uilou – Competition, Communication & Admin Manager
: 09 437 9640

Valarie started at Rugby League Northland in January 2017 and is responsible for the Leaguenet system and manages all administration and communication including the website and Facebook pages.  Originally from Kati Kati, Valarie has spent the last 10 years in Sydney and has worked for local Rugby League Clubs as well as managing the Parramatta Eels Talent Squads.  She brings to Northland a wealth of experience in Rugby League administration and extensive knowledge of the Leaguenet database system as well as being an accredited Sports Trainer and Club Coach.  Valarie has a real passion for the game and is looking forward to working with the local rugby league community.