Northern Swords Training for Northern Swords 13s

Training for Northern Swords 13s

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Northern Swords 13s Training – Wednesday 7th August – 4pm  – 6pm @ Bluegoose Whangarei.

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Rugby League Northland is seeking applications from people wanting to coach our Swords 13s.  Tournament Plans have yet to be finalised with two options on the table.  The first one is an Inter District Tournament in Palmerston North with the other being an invitational tournament hosted by Waikato JRL in Hamilton.

All applications need to emailed to RLN General Manager, Alex Smits-  including a covering letter with a coaching /managing profile and history by May 31st 2013.

The 13s will have a trial on July 7th as a part of the RLN – NZRL Performance Camp.

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The Swords 14s played Counties Manukau last Sunday and were up 12-10 with 10 minutes remaining. They had a lapse in concentration and unfortunately Counties ran in 3 unanswered tries.

Captain Manny Snooks, led by example topping the tackle count with some bone jarring hits on a much bigger pack, Rex Wiki bent the line every time he carted the ball up and was running like a man possessed. The boys ran to a really structured game plan enforced by coach Jim croft who has done wonders in developing the culture of this team.

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The 15s and 17s are having their final training camp in Okaihau this weekend, with the squads who will be participating in the NZRL National Competition in Rotorua later this month, be named at the conclusion of this camp. The boys will be lucky enough to have the expertise of Australian coaching guru Tom McCafferty, at the camp, who is working closely with the boys.

The camp will be held at Okaihau College and the boys are hoping to go over and support the Swords Premiers side who face the Wellington Orcas this Saturday, they will also hope to watch a bit of the Wharerau 9s tournament.

They depart next Sunday (27th September) for the NZRL National championships where the NZ age group sides will also be selected. Several of our players have already been signed or are in negotiations with NRL clubs so they will want to prove their wares.


Northern Swords – 2015 Coaches, Trainers and Managers RequiredNorthern Swords – 2015 Coaches, Trainers and Managers Required

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Rugby League Northland’s new strategic direction is titled – “Te Iwi Kiwi – Working together to succeed together.” The Northern Swords play in the NZRL National Competitions in the following grades: 15s, 17s and Premiers. The 15s and 17s play in a National Tournament between the 28th September and the 2nd October. While the Premiers play in a 7-week competition from the end of August to Mid October. All competitions have pathways via the NZRL National team pathways. NZRL Residents, NZRL U16s and NZRL U18s.

Head Coaches: Premiers, 15s and 17s

The head coach has overall responsibility for implementing their program to prepare their team to the best of their potential with regard to development and playing of rugby league by the players he/she is allocated. Complimenting this, the successful individuals will have sound processes around talent ID, developing an athlete-centred environment and team management.

The Head Coach will need lead their management team consisting of their assistant coach, manager and trainer.

Head Coaches should be Senior Club Coach qualified or in the process of gaining this certification.

Assistant Coaches: Premiers, 15s and 17s

Assistant coaches must also have sound processes around talent ID, developing team culture and working in a team environment. They must demonstrate leadership throughout the tenure of their appointment and be a mentor for the athletes when required.

They must be able to compliment the vision and objectives of the head coach, utilising their coaching skills, leadership and experience where applicable.

Assistant Coaches should have a minimum Beginner Youth or Senior qualification. Ideally they should be Senior Club Coach Qualified.

Team Manager: Premiers, 15s and 17s

The team manager provides support to the coaches and trainer by attending to all administration matters relating to the team and its players. The manager will be the key person responsible for liaising between the team and RLN. They will accurately manage all financial and logistical requirements for the team by strictly following RLN financial/ travel policy and practices.

There is an expectation that the team manager will provide a detailed review at the end of the campaign/ tour in a timely manner.

Team Managers should have a minimum NZRL Level 1 Managers qualification and or be prepared to undertake the required training before the campaign.

Team Trainers: Premiers, 15s and 17s

Team trainers have responsibilities for developing and implementing programs to ensure the players possess the physical fitness and well-being to reduce the risk of injury. The trainer must show a duty of care towards the players under their charge in terms of lifestyle, nutrition, training and injury prevention. The role will involve mentoring players on making quality choices in terms of nutrition, training and general lifestyle decisions relating to their playing careers and beyond.

Team trainers should have a minimum First Aid Officers qualification and or be prepared to undertake the required training before the campaign.

General Information:

All members of the management team will be role model for the players and other management staff. All management staff will adhere to the NZRL pledge and RLN values.

Successful applicants must be able to travel and have a mobile phone for communication purposes.


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To GROW a bigger and better Rugby League community in Northland.


  • Tuakiritanga – Identity
  • Kotahitanga – Unity
  • Rangatiratanga – Leadership
  • Manakitanga – Responsibility of caring and sharing.

Note: All current roles with the Northern Swords are volunteer roles.

Application for Coaches, Trainer and Manager roles will need to be completed by Friday 20th of March 5.00pm and should be made via a covering letter and Rugby League CV to the RLN General Manager – Alex Smits – email: