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Job Vacancy: RLN General ManagerJob Vacancy: RLN General Manager

Do you have a vision for the future; are you able to lead a champion culture for the Rugby League Community in Northland?

The future for Rugby League in Northland is exciting with a solid foundation in place; the position of Rugby League Northland (RLN) General Manager has become available, can you deliver?

RLN has been a success story, since it was created in 2010, as one of seven Zones formed as part of the restructure of the domestic game in New Zealand. RLN has seen significant growth in playing numbers at both club and school competition level. As a result of this growth, RLN has been able to capture the attention of the wider Northland community that has seen an increased professional profile and the growth of RLN as a business.

With a focus on ‘More than just a game,’ RLN is making inroads in the vibrant social sector in Northland. On the back of this RLN have formed positive relationships with local funding agencies. The foundations are strong, are you able to lead the ongoing growth and success for Rugby League in Northland?

Accountable to the Zone Board, the GM will be responsible for facilitating the RLN Game Plan, ‘Te Iwi Kiwi, Working Together to Succeed Together.’ The GM will also be responsible to the NZRL Community Manager for consistent delivery of the National plan ‘The Playbook’.

To provide the level of leadership necessary to be successful in this role, the General Manager will possess the following attributes:

  • An appreciation of the strategic issues facing sport and the potential for Rugby League to add value to the communities the game serves.
  • The ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with diverse stakeholder groups including core membership, commercial partners and the wider community.
  • A commitment to continuous improvement and an organisational culture where accountability to stakeholders is measured by achievement of clearly defined outcomes.
  • Sound working knowledge of financial reporting and performance management processes in order to provide competent management of Zone operations.
  • Able to maximise revenue generation opportunities via understanding of the sponsorship and/or funding sectors (marketing experience would be an advantage).
  • A strong work ethic and willingness to ‘roll your sleeves up’ to get the job done with limited resources.

This will be a ‘hands on’ role with the primary objective of developing the game within the Zone. Experience and proven performance as a senior manager will be complimented by a management style that reflects RLN’s core values of:

  • Tuakiritanga – Identity
  • Kotahitanga – Unity
  • Rangatiratanga – Leadership
  • Manakitanga – Responsibility of hosting, caring, sharing and giving of our best.


More than just a game

See the below link for the full job description.

Position Description RLN General Manager

Please forward your application with a covering letter to:

or alternatively click here to apply via Seek.

Applications close 27th November 2015

Samoa secure win over Fiji to book trip to WhangareiSamoa secure win over Fiji to book trip to Whangarei

Toa Samoa defeated Fiji 32 – 16 to book their place in the Four Nations Rugby League tournament between NZ, Australia, England and Samoa.  The schedule will see the Samoans taking on the Kiwis at Toll Stadium on November the 1st.

The defeat over Fiji was revenge for Fiji’s defeat over Samoa in the Quarter finals of the World Cup.  Samoa who have always underperformed in the test arena showed on Saturday night that they will be a serious threat in the Four Nations as the defeated the Fijians in an entertaining mix of physical power and slick skills.

Click here to read full news story from AAP.


Competition heats up in the NorthTec Adam Blair TrophyCompetition heats up in the NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy

After only two weeks in, the NABT competition looks to be fierce in both the North and South pool.  The North pool looks to be the closest of all.  Kaitaia College just scraped by a resurgent Northland College, scoring in the final minutes of play to win 20 – 16, to remain unbeaten.  Newcomers, Kura Hokianga beat Brothers 20 – 12 to also remain unbeaten with 1 win and 1 draw.  Okaihau College were the big improvers defeating Whangaroa 32 – 22 in a free flowing try scoring fest.

In the South pool, Whangarei Boys High School (WBHS) have one hand on the top spot already, after their 48 – 4 demolition of defending champions Kamo High School, in a replay of the 2014 Grand Final.  In what could only be described as a game of two halves, WBHS led going into half time 12 – 4, in what was a tough, uncompromising half of football.  However, WBHS turned the screw in the second half, to score 38 unanswered points as they went on a rampage.  Although heavily defeated, Kamo will still be a threat in the competition.  In the other match in the South pool, Dargaville High School bounced back from their round one defeat to win 46 – 18 against Tikipunga.  Bay of Islands had the BYE.

Points Clarification:  In an amendment to previous scores given, the revised score from Round 1, Kaitaia v Okaihau College game is Kaitaia 44 – Okaihau 22 (as opposed to 66-22 previously noted).

This week in Round 3, the match of the round will be between the two unbeaten teams, with Kaitaia College hosting Kura Hokianga. However, the two other games will be close affairs with Whangaroa College hosting Northland College and Brothers hosting Okaihau.  In the South Pool, the match of the round will see Kamo High School hosting Bay of Islands College. This game will go a long way toward deciding second place in the South Pool, while the other match will be a tough challenge for Tikipunga as they host WBHS.  Dargaville have the bye.

The NABT is played over 5 rounds, with the top two in each pool securing a semi-finals place in the NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy, with home game semi-final advantage going to 1st place.  Places 3rd and 4th in each pool will play in the semi-finals of the Northern Swords Shield, the plate division.

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Click here to view latest results



RLN have confirmed the venue for the NABT will be played at Central Rugby Ground at Lindvart Park on Thursday 2nd April.  “With Term 1 being such a short term, it really put us under pressure to come up with a draw that fit.  In years gone by, we have avoided playing the NABT during this week as it is the same week as the Te Tai Tokerau Kapa Haka festival.  However, this year we had no choice. That, combed with having to play the Finals games on a Thursday, has meant that we have had to move our traditional finals venue from Hikurangi to Central Rugby Ground in Kaikohe.  Central Rugby is a quality venue and one that fits the prestige of the NorthTec Adam Blair trophy.’ RLN GM, Alex Smits said.

The finals day plays host to three games of footy with:

  • 3rd and 4th playoff at 1.00pm
  • Final Northern Swords Shield 2.30pm
  • Final NABT 4.00pm

NABT XIII v Warriors Development – Saturday, 28th March

2015 will be the third year that the NABT XIII will play the Warriors Development Squad.  Players will trial on Sunday, 15th March for a place in a 20-man squad, to take on the Warriors best players below their U20s Squad.  The fixture will be a played at Central Rugby Ground at Lindvart Park, as part of the RLN MultiKai Cooker Premiership Festival of League, with the Hokianga Pioneers hosting the Moerewa Tigers.