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Northern Swords Premier Squad

The 2012 Northland Swords Premier Team has been Selected from the inform players in the Whangarei & Districts Premier 2012 Club Competition. A large squad of 38 players has been intiatally selected. A final squad of 25 will be finalised Mid August.

It is good to see a young crop of past Junior Swords 17s players stamping their mark at Senior level. Included in the squad – are Connor O Sullivan, Ricky Toby, Jayden Hape-Bentley & Tyson Wihongi who have stepped up to senior club level helping their clubs to be in a healthy position in the race for a semi-final spot. Tyson Wihongi has been in try scoring form for the Hikurangi Stags which has helped his cause in being selected to attend the NZRL – 18s Performance camp this week in Rotorua.

Kyle Hool, Logan Pocklington and Innecent Tuamavave-Mau bring experience as original Swords players playing in their 3rd Campaign, combined with 2nd year campaigners, Tawio Davis, Eric Abraham, Troy Aderton, Jack Walker, Vincent Joyce and Richard Koroi bring a good mix of youth and experience. Coming back to the North is Simon Nash who last wore Northland colours in 2006, a young promising player who moved to Wellington to play for the Wellington Orcas his return will definitely provide a lot of experience to our team.

We have a team that will keep building on the performance from the first two years experience and help grow the Swords brand identity for Rugby League in Northland. The Swords first home game is at Toll Stadium on August 26th against Waicoa Bays. The to follow the Swords Campaign Twenty 12 go to



Innecent Tuamavave Hikurangi


Tyson Wihongi Hikurangi


Caleb Henare Hikurangi


Jack Walker Hikurangi


Jarom Wihongi Henare Hikurangi


Moses Cooper Hikurangi


Eric Abraham Hikurangi


Dylan Wihongi Hikurangi


Imran Wihongi Henare Hikurangi


Koro Manawaiti Hikurangi


Jordan Hool Takahiwai


Kyle Hool Takahiwai


Hori Tuhoro Takahiwai


Nick Shuster Takahiwai


Michael Laiman Marist


Hunia Kingi Marist


Jasper Apoua Marist


Tyler Fiaui Marist


Logan Pocklington Wiaroa


Cruise Selkirk Wairoa


Shelford Edwards Wairoa


Robbie Paniora Wairoa


Taaho Kake Wairoa


Here Edmonds City


Alex Salase City


Michael Salase City


Anaru Thompson Moerewa


Jaden Bentley Hape Moerewa


Tawio Davis Moerewa


Richard Karoi Hokianga


Troy Aderton Bay Slayers


Vince Joyce Bay Slayers


Pouri Hohaia Bay Slayers


Simon Nash Bay Slayers


Ricky Toby Muriwhenua


Connor O Sullivan Muriwhenua


Hozay Cruthers Muriwhenua


TePuhi Rudolph Muriwhenua
  Joe Rau Coach
  Edward Irving Manager
  Jon Renes Trainer

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Swords Campaign 2013Swords Campaign 2013

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Rugby League Northland.  Since the beginning of the competition in 2010 the Northern Swords have progressively improved.  2012 showed improvement with some of the following achievements:

  1. None of the squads used more than 25 players
  2. Three main premier players made the step-up from 2012 17s squad – Ricky Toby, Jaden Hape, Tyson Wihongi
  3. We equalled the record of 2011’s two wins, however no dispensations used for 15s – 17s 2012, namely, 15s victory over Mid Central and the 17s victory over Waicoa Bays (17’s first victory!)

However, the Premiers struggled and we have yet to win at Premier Grade. Rugby League Northland is trying to address this issue and as a part of our “Whole of Sport” plan we are working on creating a High Performance Strategy for Northland 2013 – 2015 (with a reassessment in 2015).

The main focus will be on the youth.  At Premier level, Jim Larkin has been given the head coach role.  Jim has a proven success record with Northland age-grade teams and has been responsible for bringing players like Sam McKendry and Elijah Taylor through the grades.  His focus and vision for the Premiers is to bring the younger players through the ranks. In 2012 three players made the step up from 17s to Premiers (Ricky Toby, Jaden Hape, Tyson Wihongi) and Jim hopes to continues this trend.  This year in the RLN Premiership players like, Brodie Palmer (Moerewa), David McCullough and Joachim Edmonds (Hikurangi) are proving that not only they can compete at Premier level but they are some of the stronger performers.

“If you have a look at Premier League in Wellington and Auckland you will find that the bulk of the teams are now made up of 18 – 22 year olds combined with the older journeymen providing support and vision around them. We are developing some good initiatives in Northland around College League and College rep teams – our vision is to get these boys playing 18s and then move into the RLN Premiership.  We have the talent – we just need to upskill the players and our over all coaching structures”  RLN General Manager – Alex Smits said.

Combining with the overall Strategy has been the employment of Jon Renes as the RLN Northland – NorthTec Rugby League Academy.  Jon will also take the role as Director of Coaching.  His role will be to make sure that all three Swords teams work off the same page.  Jon will be linking with NZRL Director of Coaching, Tony Iro, as well as the Warriors, to ensure that best practises are put in place for players and coaches.

Most of the Swords coaching staff have now been confirmed.  New to the 2013 will be the inclusion of selectors with a North and South Selector in each grade to report in to Jon and their respective Head Coach.

Northern Swords 15s Northern Swords 18s Northern Swords Premiers
Head Coach Joe Rau Benson Selwyn Jim Larkin
Manager tbc Avis Stewart tbc
Selector South Free Pitman John Komene Shane Hool
Selector North Tane Kaiwai Jim Larkin Phil Marsh
Trainer Willie Dickson


The Northern Swords play in the NZRL National Provincial competition.  The 17’s and Premiers play over a 6 week period and play fixtures across NZ.  New for 2013 will be the 15’s National Tournament week with a week long residential tournament that will follow the NZRL motto of more than Just a Game incorporation lifestyle and rugby league workshops and League competition in an intense full Rugby League immersion camp!

Key Dates for Swords 2013

Date What Who Where
7th July 2013 RLN Performance Camp 30 players – 15s and 17s invited to attend Kensington Park
16th – 17th July Inter-district Tournament 15s and and 17s Rotorua
25th August Round 1 – Northern Swords vs South Island Scorpions Toll Stadium
30th Sept – 5th Oct 15s National Tournament Week 15s Papakura

Click here for the Northern Swords Draws

NZRL Performance Camp – Sunday 22nd June 2014NZRL Performance Camp – Sunday 22nd June 2014

A BIG THANK You! To everyone who helped out with the RLN Performance Camp.

Over 80 boys put in an awesome effort for a full days worth of training, fitness testing, trails as well as sitting and listening to lectures! Proving that Rugby League is More than Just a Game! Special thanks go to:

• The team at NZRL, Tony Iro, Nadene Conlon, Dean Watkins, Ronni Pereira and Luke Watts.
• Duane Mann from the Warriors
• Jon and Richie from NorthTec who ran the all the fitness testing
• Fraser Haldane from Mitre 10 Mega for cooking over 300 sausages
• Toni Haldane and Chantez Connor for cooking all the boys lunch
• Swords Coaching team – Jim Larkin, Tarei Patuwairua, Mahu Rawiri, Benson Selwyn, Avis Stewart, Willie Dickson, Mark Freeman, Jon Renes, Warren Blackman and Dr Conlin Locke
• To all the RLN Whanau of volunteers who helped get the boys on the field (Parents – coaches you are too numerous to thank!)

You are all simply awesome!

Click here to see more photos in our Gallery, or alternatively, like our Facebook page to see all the photos from the day.

Alex Smits
RLN General Manager