Category: Northern Swords

Northern Swords Women 2020Northern Swords Women 2020

Calling all ladies in Northland who are interested in playing for our Northern Swords Women Team on 17th – 18th October at Bruce Pullman Park, Papakura, Auckland.

Players must be turning 18 this year be eligible to Play Swords Women.

Please leave you name and contact details below in comments or with Teri –

We will be in-touch shortly with more details

2019 Swords Team Officials Applications2019 Swords Team Officials Applications

Rugby League Northland (RLN) invites applications for Head Coach, Team Manager, Assistant Coach and Team Trainer positions for the following teams.

The appointment of all positions will be for a one (1) year period.

Considerations: When applying for any positions please indicate if you are available for all dates listed below:

Northern Swords 17’s: 

Northern Swords Tournament July TBC

Swords vs Akarana game September TBC

National Tournament 6th – 12th October – Rotorua

Northern Swords 15 Boys: 

Northern Swords Tournament July TBC

Swords vs Akarana game September TBC

National Tournament 6th – 12th October – Rotorua

Northern Swords 15 Girls: 

North Island Districts Tournament 10th – 12th July – Rotorua

Northern Swords 13 Boys and Girls

North Island Districts Tournament 7th – 9th July – Rotorua

Police Vetting: To abide by legislative requirements RLN police checks are undertaken for all volunteer appointments to RLN.  As part of this recruitment we are requesting the attached Police Vetting Form is completed and attached to your application.

If you would like to apply for any of these positions, please fill out the attached application form and email your CV along with a covering letter to Cori Paul, RLN Development Manager at

Please note that these positions are voluntary and unpaid.

Application closes on Wednesday 20th March 2019.

Northern Swords Teams travel to Rotorua to compete in the North Island District TournamentNorthern Swords Teams travel to Rotorua to compete in the North Island District Tournament

2018 saw 5 Northern Swords Teams travel to Rotorua to compete in the North Island District Tournament.

Swords 13s and 15s Girls
For the first time ever, Swords had two girls teams competing in the 13s and 15s competition. Both teams had minimal playing experience prior to the tournament, but this did not prevent them playing with commitment and passion. All credit to Joe, Jon, Ruihi, John, Macca and Dana for their tireless effort in bringing players together and training them in such a short time frame.
To all the girls who played – thank you so much. Our entire community is so proud of you. Being an “Original” is unique and takes courage and commitment to be part of something new.

The following girls made the North Island Districts Merit team:
13 Girls

  • Paea Uilou
  • Neveah Whittaker

15 Girls

  • Brooklyn Sergeant

Swords 17, 15 and 13 Boys
New Management Teams and players selected from the Far North to the Kaipara created a new buzz around the boys teams this year. The performance of the teams speak for themselves with the 13s winning the competition, 15s placing second and the 17s playing a quality of game that Manu, Bronson and Junie know will prepare them well for the Nationals in October.

17 Boys announced in the North Island Districts Merit team were:

  • Eruera Shelford
  • Terry-Jack Smart

Frank, Matt and Denise had a very skilful, powerful and fast 15s team that was only beaten by eventual tournament winners Bay of Plenty. Injuries and an extra game on the last day did not work in our favour for the finals, but the fighting spirit can not be under estimated in this team. Come October, I know 15s team will not be lacking preparation with the current Management Team behind them.

15 Boys announced in the North Island Districts Merit team were:

  • Hone Boyce
  • Lance McHugh

Vern, Maka and Xaviana – what an experience they created for the boys in this team. Trainings, Marae stays, team rules, fun court sessions combined with commitment and hard work saw success on and off the field. I can truly say, winning of the tournament happened months ago at the first team meeting when Vern and Maka told the boys being in the Northern Sword was an honour and that we play for our clubs, region and people – and to never forget this. The winning of the tournament belongs to the team, but the joy and pride it brought belongs to everyone in the Northland Rugby League Community!!

13 Boys announced in the North Island Districts Merit team were:

  • Isoua Hotere-Sosopo
  • Xavier Tenboom
  • Hare Pou-Walker
  • Tamihana Sergeant

To end, the behaviour and performance of all our teams on and off the field was impressive. They represented our region with so much heart, humility and focus that anyone from the region would proudly say “I am a Sword, I am from Northland”.


Swords 13’s boys & Swords 13’s/15’S girls Official AppointmentsSwords 13’s boys & Swords 13’s/15’S girls Official Appointments


RLN are proud to announce the following appointments for our Regional Swords Teams to compete at the North Island and National Tournaments for 2018.

Swords 13s Boys:
Verne Wilson Coach
Maka Siafa Trainer
Xaviana Waerehu Manager

Swords 13s Girls:
John Komene Coach
Macca Tawha Trainer
Dana Phillips Manager

Swords 15s Girls:
Joe Rau Coach
(tbc) Trainer
Ruihi Turner Manager

Please join us in wishing them and their teams all the best for the coming season.