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College League – Year 9 and 10 Challenge Cup – 9-A-Side Tournament

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May 16th (South teams @Kensington Park) and May 17th (North teams @ Kaitaia College), will see the second edition of the RLN Challenge Cup for Years 9 and 10. Following on the back of the NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy, we are in the process of confirming participants. If all the colleges enter, that have said would enter, we will have 15 colleges participating. This is a massive growth from 4 in 2012!!

The Challenge Cup will initially be competed for in the North and South Zones with the top 3 from the North and the top 3 from the South coming together later in the year to find a Northland champion.

It’s not too late to enter – North contact is Tane Kaiwai –; South contact is Joseph Rau –

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Rugby league is a sport for all New Zealanders, played from the grassroots level to the international stage. The sport is ‘more than just a game’; it is part of the social fabric of our country and has a critical role in developing young men and women in some of our most at risk communities.

The NZRL Board is responsible for ensuring sound governance practices and processes, setting clear goals and measurable targets within the sport of rugby league in New Zealand. The NZRL Board comprises seven directors, with four independent ‘Appointed Director’ positions and three rugby league knowledgeable ‘Elected Director’ positions. An independent Appointments Panel manages the director recruitment process for ‘Appointed’ and ‘Elected’ directors.

The NZRL Appointments Panel is charged with ensuring the NZRL Board has collective skills and experience in commerce, finance, marketing and knowledge of and experience in the sport of rugby league. Board members also need effective decision-making skills, well developed relationship-management skills and sound judgment.

The Appointments Panel is seeking applications for two Appointed Directors and one Elected Director. All Board positions are for a term of three years.

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