Rugby League Northland is pleased to announce the employment of Joe Rau to the position of Development Officer. Joe will be responsible for delivery of the NZRL Program Backyard League, as well as providing coaching development support for local clubs and schools.
The employment of Joe is just rewards after several years of service to Rugby League in Northland. Hailed as a future star in 1995 Joe was rewarded with a two year contract with the newly formed Auckland Warriors. As life has it the script doesn’t always go to plan with circumstances forcing him back to Northland and Rugby League taking less of a priority.
Like all League stalwarts he couldn’t ignore the draw of the game for too long, becoming a dominant full back/centre in the Northland WildboarsBartercard Cup team. In 2007 Joe took the coaching/player reins at Hikurangi Stags taking them to a Northland Premiership in 2009/2011. Not only has Joe developed a successful team at the Stags, but at the same time he has also developed a Galaxy touch club with six teams.
Joe’s employment as a Development Officer doubles the size of RLN Development Team. Joe joins Richard Koroi (Mid to Far North Development Officer), both Joe and Richard demonstrates RLN ability to provide pathways in League, both promising young players who ended up taking a another pathway in Rugby League.
RLN would like to acknowledge the support we receive from our community partners – ASB Community Trust, Oxford Trust, Sport Northland and Kiwi Sport.