Rugby League Northland

 Who manages Rugby League in Northland?

16Phil Marsh – General Manager

M:  021 2472 458


Hailing from Utakura the birth place of The Hokianga Pioneers, Phil has been involved in the game of league for a very long time.  Rugby league runs through the veins of his whanau with the involvement of his father who played and coached Premier Rugby League in Auckland.  Phil is married with three daughters all of whom support his appointment and his passion for the game.

Phil has played and coached from grassroots to National level, and as a Manager of a local Community Enterprise for over 15 years has gained valuable knowledge on how to run an organisation to best meet the needs of its stakeholders.

With his knowledge of the local communities and people this will hugely contribute in achieving growth and support of the game of Rugby League in Northland.


Phillip TanaPhillip Tana – Development Manager

M:  021 775 392

Born and raised in the small Kaipara town of Maungaturoto, from a family of seven brothers and 3 sisters. Like most large families, music and any sport on offer were the main activities in the household.

My wife Karla is a Primary School teacher at Maungaturoto, and my 3 boys (Jordan – 21, Kalem – 19 and Danyon -18) keep us busy with their studies and various sports (Rugby League, Basketball, Soccer, Touch Rugby, Squash and Tennis).

My working life has been 4 years at University, 11 years in the Banking Industry and 13 years in the Dairy Industry. This experience has allowed me to develop different skills around planning and managing of projects and people.

Coaching began for me when my boys first played soccer for Hibiscus Coast in the early 2000’s. I did not know much about the sport, but enjoyed every minute of it. As they got older and played different sports, I found my coaching skills developed with them. The pinnacle of my coaching career to date being National Squash Club Titles in 2013 and 2014.

I am passionate about Northland and Northland Sport. The opportunity to develop and grow Rugby League in Northland excites me and is a challenge I am looking forward to. I believe “More than just a game” holds key guiding principles to show case all that is great about Rugby League too the Northland Community.


Benson SelwynBenson Selwyn – Development Officer
021 278 6975






Valarie Uilou – Competition, Communication & Admin Manager
: 09 437 9640

Valarie started at Rugby League Northland in January 2017 and is responsible for the Leaguenet system and manages all administration and communication including the website and Facebook pages.  Originally from Kati Kati, Valarie has spent the last 10 years in Sydney and has worked for local Rugby League Clubs as well as managing the Parramatta Eels Talent Squads.  She brings to Northland a wealth of experience in Rugby League administration and extensive knowledge of the Leaguenet database system as well as being an accredited Sports Trainer and Club Coach.  Valarie has a real passion for the game and is looking forward to working with the local rugby league community.