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Manly To Play Warriors At AMI Stadium In 2018

The National Rugby League today confirmed that the Manly Sea Eagles will host the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday, June 9, at 5pm, at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.more

Canterbury Greats To Be Honoured At RLWC Games

A special group of New Zealand Rugby League’s greats are to be honoured during the Rugby League World Cup.

Kiwis legends Olsen Filipaina, Kevin Tamati, Tawera Nikau, Brendon Tuuta and Duane Mann, former coach Frank Endacott and tireless servant of the game Sir Peter Leitch will present the match balls for the seven games to be held in New Zealand.more

Tigers' Kuruwaka-Crowe Named in Kiwi Ferns' World Cup Squad

New Zealand’s Kiwi Ferns will assemble mid-November in preparation for their tilt at returning the Women’s Rugby League World Cup to NZ.more

Canterbury 19's squad named

Canterbury Rugby league are proud to announce the team who will be representing Canterbury in the Southern Zone South Island tournament being hosted at QEII park in Christchurchmore

Three Canterbury Juniors Named In Samoa's World Cup Squad

Rugby League Samoa president Tagaloa Faafouina Su'a announced the squad in Samoa on Friday for the tournament, which will be played in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea between 27 October and 2 December.more

Te Wairau Lands NZ Residents Assistant Role

Haeata Community Campus’ rugby league coach Te Iwi Ngaro Wairau has been named assistant coach of the New Zealand Residents team.more

Auimatagi Satisfied With Rebuilding Campaign

Canterbury Bulls coach Andrew Auimatagi supports the concept of a new semi-pro domestic rugby league competition and would like the Bulls to be part of the action.more

Deja Vu For Rockcote Canterbury Bulls Ahead of Akarana Showdown

You could forgive Rockcote Canterbury Bulls coach Andrew Auimatagi for having a sense of déjà vu ahead of this Saturday’s do-or-die NZRL National Premiership clash with Akarana Falcons at Auckland’s Trust Stadium.more

Bulls Boosted By Baxendale's Return

James Baxendale is just back from seven weeks in Europe but he reckons he'll be ready for the Canterbury Bulls' must-win National Provincial Premiership rugby league match in Auckland.more

Cantabrians In The NRL Grand Final

Ahead of Sunday's night's NRL grand final between Melbourne and North Queensland, we recognise the 10 players from the Canterbury region that have previously featured on the game’s biggest stage.more

Rockcote Canterbury Bulls Still Alive After Waikato Win

Canterbury proved too strong for Waikato in their crucial second-round national premiership rugby league clash in Hamilton on Sunday.

The Bulls took out an entertaining contest 32-28 at FMG Stadium Waikato, to stay well in contention for the final in a fortnight's time.more

Sacrifices Worthwhile As Arona Chases NRL Dream

The Rockcote Canterbury Bulls had a familiar face amongst their support crew for Sunday’s NZRL National Premiership opener against Counties Manukau.more

Flashback Friday: Cardinals Upset Cougars in '94 Lion Red Cup Semis

As the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls prepare to take on Waikato – both of whom were gallant losers in week one to the heavyweight Auckland clubs – in the NZRL National Premiership in Hamilton on Sunday, Flashback Friday revisits a high-stakes clash from yesteryear between teams from the regions.more

Todd Ruled Out For Remainder Of Rockcote Canterbury Bulls' Campaign

The Canterbury Bulls have been dealt a big blow with skipper Alex Todd ruled out for the rest of the National Provincial Premiership rugby league season.more

Wilson Thrives After Late Ref Call-up

Jason Wilson’s call-up to control his first televised game at AMI Stadium on Sunday was a watershed moment in his refereeing career, but it wasn’t exactly an ideal lead-in for the Canterbury whistle-blower.more

Counties Manukau Hold Off Resurgent Rockcote Canterbury Bulls

Counties Manukau Stingrays have held off a fast-finishing Rockcote Canterbury Bulls outfit 28-22 in a thrilling NZRL National Premiership opener at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Sunday afternoon.more

Bulls Coach Confident In New-look Spine

A quick scan over the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls’ 2016 team list reveals the extent of the changing of the guard that has been forced upon coach Andrew Auimatagi and his provincial squad this year.more

Flashback Friday: Canterbury Wins The 1985 Rugby League Cup

As the start of the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls' NZRL Premiership campaign draws near, this week's Flashback Friday celebrates the province's memorable 1985 season, in which it clinched the Rugby League Cup.more

Bulls Backing Young Players To Step Up

There is more than provincial pride at stake for the Canterbury Bulls rugby league team with New Zealand Residents jerseys and potential semi-professional contracts in sight in the National Provincial Premiership.

Five Bulls picked up deals with the Warriors reserve grade team or Australian clubs after last year's tournament.more

Rockcote Canterbury Bulls Launch 2017 Campaign In Style

Rockcote’s Ray Whittaker summed it up perfectly when he said, “it seems like only yesterday we were here for another team announcement” – but after a whirlwind year, Hornby Workingmen’s Club again hosted the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls’ season launch on Wednesday night.more

Coaches Thrilled With NZSST Performances

The two Canterbury schools that competed at last week’s New Zealand Rugby League Secondary Schools tournament in Auckland are reflecting on watershed campaigns in their respective grades.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.27

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in the latest round of NRL, ISP and ISC finals matches:more

Sam Brown names an U19 training squad

Click on more to view the details of the extended training squad selected.more

Haeata Go Down To Marcellin in Development Final

Haeata Community Campus’ outstanding maiden New Zealand Rugby League Secondary Schools Tournament campaign has ended with a 30-8 loss to a strong Marcellin College outfit in the development grade final at Bruce Pulman Park in Auckland on Friday.more

Flashback Friday: Lion Red Cup 1994-96

This week’s Flashback Friday revisits a brief, but memorable, pocket of Canterbury Rugby League history – the three-season existence of the Canterbury Country Cardinals and the Christchurch City Shiners in the Lion Red Cup premiership.more

Vale Bevan Olsen

The Canterbury Rugby League community is mourning the loss of one of its finest servants, Bevan Olsen, who passed away on Saturday aged 88.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.26

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 26 of the NRL and the first week of the ISP and ISC finals series:more

Canterbury Schools Primed For NZSST Campaign

This Sunday two Canterbury teams make the pilgrimage up to Auckland for next week’s New Zealand Rugby League Secondary Schools Tournament – one looking to build on an impressive maiden campaign in the premier draw, the other embarking on a historic nudge at the development grade.more

Reon Edwards Named NZRL Chairman

Reon Edwards has been confirmed as the chairman of the NZRL Board at their August meeting. Recently appointed Director Hugh Martyn has been named vice-chair.more

Flashback Friday: Bulls' 2000 Bartercard Card Triumph

With the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls’ 2017 NZRL National Premiership campaign just a fortnight away, Flashback Friday revisits one of the Canterbury provincial side’s greatest triumphs since taking on the Bulls moniker – the 2000 Bartercard Cup success.more

Hornby High School Take Out Junior XIII Final

Hornby High School claimed the inaugural Canterbury Rugby League Junior XIII Year 9 and 10 title with a convincing 40-8 victory over a spirited Haeata Community Campus side at Canterbury Park on Wednesday afternoon.more

Auimatagi: Bulls Spots Still Open For Barbarians This Weekend

Rockcote Canterbury Bulls coach Andrew Auimatagi said all four remaining spots in the squad for the upcoming NZRL National Premiership are still up for grabs, despite some standout individual performances in the revived East v West clash last Saturday.more

Brown Relishing Canterbury Homecoming

No one was more ecstatic with Manly’s decision to bring an NRL fixture to Christchurch for at least the next two seasons than veteran Sea Eagles utility Lewis Brown.more

Junior XIII Final Marks Climax Of Successful Competition

The Junior XIII final between Hornby High School and Haeata Community Campus on Wednesday afternoon marks the culmination of a highly successful debut year for the Year 9 and 10 competition.more

Manly Eager For Long-term Association With Christchurch

The Manly Sea Eagles have committed to playing a National Rugby League home game in Christchurch for the next two years - but are looking at a "10-year-plus" relationship.

Manly chief executive Neil Bare - flanked by Christchurch-born Sea Eagles star Lewis Brown - confirmed the deal at a press conference at Christchurch's AMI Stadium on Tuesday.more

Sea Eagles Commit To Playing NRL Matches In Christchurch

Rugby League’s premier competition is set to return to Christchurch with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles taking a home match to AMI Stadium for at least the next two years.

The Sea Eagles have committed to bringing their home game to Christchurch in the 2018 and 2019 seasons with an option for 2020 additionally.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.25

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 25:more

West Snares Historic Win Over East In Golden Point Thriller

Both teams had a lot to play for in the revived East v West game – the first since 2011.

The East had won each of the previous four match-ups and with five players from the premier champion Linwood Keas in the squad, the side was looking sharp.more

North Defeats South In Inaugural Women's Fixture

The newly instated North v South women’s game lived up to the hype from throughout the week.

Both sides scored early tries but it was not a good day with the boot despite calm conditions with no wind.more

East Out To Protect Unbeaten Record

When the East v West representative clash makes its return at Canterbury Park on Saturday after a six-year absence, the combatants will be playing for pride and passion for their local community, as well as a handful of spots that remain in the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls’ NZRL National Premiership squad.more

Flashback Friday: The Last East v West Clash

Ahead of the return of the East v West representative fixture tomorrow afternoon at Canterbury Park, Flashback Friday revisits the last time the match was played.

East recovered from a 14-point halftime deficit to run out 26-18 winners, keeping their perfect record against West intact.more

Canterbury 9-12's squads announced

Canterbury Rugby league are pleased to announce the 2017 Management and Players selected for the Canterbury 9-12's teams.more

East v West: More Than Just A Trial

This Saturday’s clash at Canterbury Park may not match the glitz and glamour of the NRL’s State of Origin showpiece, but the reinstated East v West game will lack nothing in the pride and passion departments.

Previously played from 2008-11 – with East notching a perfect 4-0 record against West – it is hoped the re-established representative fixture becomes a marquee Canterbury Rugby league eventmore

Cantabrians In The Challenge Cup Final

As Hull FC and Wigan prepare for Saturday's Challenge Cup final at the hallowed Wembley Stadium, we celebrate the history of Cantabrians featuring in British rugby league's greatest occasion.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.24

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 24:more

Halswell RLFC Black Tie Fundraiser

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East v West and Canterbury Bulls Squads

Squads for the East v West clash to be staged at Canterbury Park, Saturday, August 26, and preliminary Canterbury Bulls squad.more

Canterbury 9-12s Black & Red Trials

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Red and Black Report: Edition No.23

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Keas Great Fiso Signs Off With 'Sattler Moment'

Back in 2003, Penrith Panthers lock Scott Sattler etched his name into NRL folklore by chasing down Sydney Roosters winger Todd Byrne and bundling him into touch to turn the grand final.more

Keas Rally To Defend Title With Emphatic Grand Final Triumph

Linwood Keas have won back-to-back grand finals for the first time in the club’s history, powering to a 34-20 triumph in the 2017 Canterbury Rugby League men’s premier decider over archrivals Hornby Panthers at Linfield Park.more

Tigers Clinch Back-to-back Women's Premierships

Papanui Tigers clinched back-to-back Canterbury Rugby League women’s premiership triumphs with a 34-20 win over Linwood Keas in an entertaining grand final at Linfield Park.more

Keas Win Canterbury Cup, Panthers Take Out 16s Decider

Hornby Panthers struck the first blow in the grand final day triple-header against Linwood Keas when their 16s side carved out a 28-22 victory in a thrilling decider at Linfield Park.more

Panthers v Keas: 5 Key Grand Final Match-ups

Panthers v Keas: 5 Key Grand Final Match-upsmore

Flashback Friday: Panthers subdue Tigers to go back-to-back

Ahead of Sunday's grand final blockbuster between Hornby Panthers and Linwood Keas at Linfield Park, Flashback Friday revisits the Panthers' commanding 22-6 victory over Papanui Tigers in the 2010 decider.more

Keas Stand On The Cusp Of History

Defending premiers Linwood stand of the cusp of history in Sunday’s CRL premiers grand final at Linfield Park, aiming to become the first Keas side ever to win back-to-back grand finals.

Despite appearing in six straight deciders from 2004-09, and now lining up for their third in a row, the men in green and black have never saluted on grand final day in consecutive years.more

Rested Panthers Primed To Go One Better

Hornby Panthers may still be bristling from their 29-10 loss to Linwood Keas in the 2016 CRL premiers grand final, but they reclaimed something of a psychological edge via a high-quality 22-14 victory over their archrivals in the major semi-final at Murphy Park a fortnight ago.more

Women's Grand Final To Highlight Game's Growth

A key feature of grand final day at Linfield Park is the return of the Canterbury Rugby League women’s premiership grand final as a main curtain-raiser to the men’s premiership decider.

Defending champions Papanui Tigers will take on Linwood Keas at 1pm on Sunday in a rematch of the 2016 grand final, which the Tigers won 44-6.more

Pat Smith's Enduring Legacy

TONY SMITH (no relation) looks back at the career of Pat Smith – who became a Legend of League in rugby league's centennial year.

Smith, a former representative rugby union player, deputised for Kiwis coach Scotty McClymont, whose religious beliefs precluded him from preparing teams for Sunday matches let alone set foot in the ground.more

Linwood v Hornby: The Rivalry Continues

This Sunday’s premiers grand final at Linfield Park will see another chapter of one of Canterbury Rugby League’s greatest modern club rivalries unfold.

Linwood Keas and Hornby Panthers will go toe-to-toe in the decider for the second straight year – and the fifth time in the past 13 seasons.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.22

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 21:more

Linfield Park To Host CRL Grand Final Day

Canterbury Rugby League is pleased to announce 2017 grand final day will be hosted by Linfield Park in Linwood on Sunday, August 13.more

CRL Preliminary Final Wrap: Keas Clinch GF Spot

Linwood Keas have advanced to a Canterbury Rugby League grand final rematch with Hornby Panthers, but the defending champs were taken down to the wire by a gallant Papanui Tigers outfit in a preliminary final thriller at Murphy Park, eventually prevailing 30-24.more

Thompson's Passion For Tigers And League Burns Bright

As the Papanui Tigers prepare for Saturday’s elimination final against the Linwood Keas, local identity and passionate rugby league supporter Nigel Thompson reflects on the club’s resurgence over the last three years of success and provides some thoughts on the direction the game is heading in Canterbury.more

Flashback Friday: Keas Topple Tigers In '08 Decider

As Linwood Keas and Papanui Tigers prepare for a titanic preliminary final struggle at Murphy Park on Saturday, our Flashback Friday segment this week takes you back to 2008, when the same clubs squared off in the CRL grand final.more

Tigers Aim To Turn The Tables On Clinical Keas

After securing a thrilling sudden-death win against Celebration at Murphy Park last Saturday, Papanui coach Shane Endacott is hoping to draw out a complete 80-minute performance from his charges when they confront a mountainous preliminary final task in the shape of Linwood this weekend.more

RLWC 2017 NZ Club Ticket Sales Promotion

RLWC2017 are offering an exclusive opportunity for Rugby League clubs in New Zealand to secure their tickets early, and sit together to see the world’s best!more

Canterbury Juniors Named In NZ Resident 18s & Taurahere Squads

New Zealand Rugby League have named their New Zealand Resident 18s and Taurahere wider squads for their September 23 match-up.more

More Than Just A Game For Mather

Juggling a fiancé, four kids, a full-time job, managing Canterbury and New Zealand Rugby League representative teams, being a part of the players’ organisation, administration and being an epic sideline supporter…you name it, Mel Mather does it.more

Endacott Praises Canterbury Refs For Finals Display

The top four Canterbury Rugby League premiers teams turned on a couple of absolute thrillers in Saturday’s finals double-header, but Frank Endacott said the standout feature of a tremendous day out at Murphy Park was the standard of the refereeing.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.21

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 21:more

CRL Premiers Semi-finals Wrap

Hornby Panthers have built their 2017 campaign on blistering attack, but it was their best defensive effort of the season that underpinned a 22-14 victory over Linwood Keas at Murphy Park to book the first spot in the Canterbury Rugby League premiers grand final.more

Flashback Friday: Tigers Surge To 1992 Title

Each week through the Canterbury Rugby League finals, we'll be revisiting a classic grand final involving one of the top-four clubs of 2017 - beginning with marking 25 years since Papanui Tigers' 1992 premiership triumph.

The ’92 decider pitted two fairytale sides against one another. Papanui had finished last the previous season, while Sydenham collected the wooden spoon in 1990.more

Keas Coach Finds Silver Lining In Canterbury's Big Wet

Last week’s major weather event caused havoc with Canterbury Rugby League’s finals, but if anyone could look on the bright side of the region’s big wet, it was Linwood Keas coach Andrew Auimatagi.

Auimatagi was set to miss the Keas’ showdown with Hornby Panthers last Saturday, away in Rotorua in charge of the New Zealand Residents 16s side.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.20

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Rounds 20:more

Women's Premiership Games are on

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21-22 July - Transfers and Cancellations

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Lawrie Seeking Complete Performance From Panthers

Last year’s grand finalists, Linwood and Hornby, are gearing up for a semi-final blockbuster this Saturday at Murphy Park after streeting the Massetti Cup field in the 2017 regular season.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.18 and 19

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Rounds 18 and 19:more

CRL Premiers Massetti Cup Rd 14 Wrap

Linwood Keas have secured Canterbury Rugby League’s Massetti Cup for the second straight season, finishing top of the table courtesy of a 30-10 victory over Northern Bulldogs on Saturday.more

Weekend 15-16th July - Transfers & Cancellations

We have been advised by the Canterbury City Council that 95% of all Sportsgrounds are closed this weekend. Click on more to see what games are still going ahead.more

Keas Presidents To Honour 'Smiley' In Memorial Game

A quick scan over Saturday’s line-up of Presidents grade games reveals Linwood Keas will default their final-round encounter against Marist Saints – but there’s a good reason for the scheduling change.

With Marist’s blessing, the fixture will be replaced by a tribute match between Linwood Presidents and an Invitational side to mark one year since club icon Craig ‘Smiley’ Holmes passed away aged 5more

Caius Fa'atili Named In NZ 16s Squad

New Zealand Rugby League have named their New Zealand Resident 16s side to take on the Maori Rugby League 17s later this month.more

CRL Premiers Massetti Cup Rd 13 Wrap

Hornby Panthers survived a second-half rally from Celebration Lions at Branston Park in the penultimate round of the Massetti Cup to keep the race for the Canterbury Rugby League minor premiership alive.more

Canterbury 17's representative squad named

Canterbury Rugby League would like to congratulate all the players who have been named in the Canterbury 17's team to compete in the Southern Zone 17's tournament.more

Canterbury 15's representative squad named

Canterbury Rugby league are pleased to announce the squad who will represent Canterbury Rugby League in the Southern Zone 15's tournament next weekend.more

Ninety Up For The Knights

The Riccarton Knights celebrate a mighty milestone this weekend, marking 90 years of existence at Crosbie Park on Saturday.more

Papanui Old Boys Day A New Tradition For The Ages

Papanui Tigers celebrated their second annual Old Boys Day on Saturday – and it’s a recently-initiated tradition that seems destined to become an integral part of the club’s calendar for decades to come.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.17

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 17:more

CRL Premiers Massetti Cup Rd 12 Wrap

The Canterbury Rugby League top four is locked in with two weeks of the regular season remaining after the Massetti Cup’s heavyweights flexed their muscles in a one-sided Round 12.more

The Run Home: Where Your Club Stands

With just three rounds of the 2017 Massetti Cup remaining, the race for the minor premiership, the wooden spoon and the top four remains wide open.

We’ve broken down exactly what each team needs to do to achieve the best possible result after 14 torrid weeks of the regular season.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.16

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 16:more

CRL Premiers Massetti Cup Rd 11 Wrap

Aranui Eagles marked their 2017 club day with a major Massetti Cup boilover in Round 11 of the Canterbury Rugby League premiers competition, upsetting Celebration Lions 26-24 at QEII Park.more

Rolleston Warriors Pumped For Inaugural Club Day

Rolleston Warriors’ introduction into the Canterbury Rugby League family has been an unequivocal success, and the fledging club celebrates another key milestone on Saturday courtesy of its inaugural club day.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.15

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 15:more

Like Father, Like Daughter As Junior Refs Program Launches

Every weekend, without fail, Owen Harvey can be found either running refereeing senior games or watching over his 13-year-old daughter, Chloe, who’s training to follow in his footsteps.

Owen has recently taken on the responsibility of launching a junior referees development program.more

CRL Premiers Massetti Cup Rd 10 Wrap

Linwood Keas have solidified their Canterbury Rugby League premiership credentials with a 26-0 rout of Papanui Tigers in Saturday’s marquee Massetti Cup clash.

The defending champs led 14-0 at halftime at Papanui Domain after running in three tries and added another two in the second stanza, while keeping their own line intact to hold the Tigers scoreless for the second time in 2017.more

Flashback Friday: Todd Breaks Try Drought In 100th Game

The Gold Coast Titans square off against the South Sydney Rabbitohs tonight, giving us the opportunity to mark 25 years – almost to the day – since a historic try scored by one of Canterbury’s finest rugby league products.more

Walk Out With The World's Best at RLWC 2017

This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for 17 kids from your school to walk onto the field with the World's best Rugby League players.more

CRL Legend Series No.5: Ray Haffenden

Linwood, Canterbury and New Zealand Rugby League icon Ray Haffenden was recognised in last week’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby league.

A long-serving fullback for Linwood and Canterbury, Ray went on to make an enormous impact as a coach, manager and administrator.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.14

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 14:more

CRL Premiers Massetti Cup Rd 9 Wrap

After the postponed Round 2 was played on Queen’s Birthday weekend, Saturday’s Canterbury Rugby League premiership schedule saw the same teams square off for the second week in a row – and Round 9 of the Massetti Cup produced four identical results.more

RLWC 2017 Announce Ground Upgrades As Part Of Legacy Program

Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017), with the Christchurch City Council (CCC), is delighted to announce the upgrades of two Rugby League grounds in Christchurch as part of the tournament’s legacy for the local community.more

Canterbury Connection: Manly Sea Eagles

The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles were trail-blazers when it came to attracting Kiwi rugby league talent across the Tasman, starting the trend in the 1960s thanks to the acquisition of some of Canterbury’s greatest players.

The famous club has hosted some of the region’s most iconic rugby league characters through the decades since.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.13

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 13:more

CRL Premiers Massetti Cup Rd 2 Wrap

Celebration Lions’ dream Massetti Cup run came to an abrupt halt on Saturday, hammered 48-6 by Linwood Keas in a top-of-the-table showdown as Queen’s Birthday weekend played host to the rescheduled Round 2 of the competition.more

Canterbury Women Hungry For National Title

The Canterbury Women’s representative team are gearing up to play some of the hardest footy they’ve ever played.

On Wednesday, the squad of 21 were awarded their jerseys and held in high regard for their hard work and commitment.more

Canterbury 17's training squad named

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Canterbury 15's training squad named

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Red and Black Report: Edition No.12

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 12:more

Ton up for Todd

Linwood Keas celebrate their club day tomorrow, and the occasion will be a little bit more special this year as front-row stalwart Alex Todd makes his 100th appearance in the green, black, white and red uniform in the Massetti Cup blockbuster against Hornby Panthers.more

Flashback Friday: Carroll's Origin Debut Match-winner

Ahead of next Wednesday’s State of Origin series opener, Flashback Friday revisits the greatest Origin moment involving a Canterbury-born player – Tonie Carroll’s sensational debut match-winner in the first match of the 1998 series.more

Canterbury Connection: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Despite being namesakes, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have recruited very few Canterbury Rugby League products – but a couple that did turn out for the club had a big impact.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.11

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 11:more

Rockcote Canterbury Bulls Combine Testing 2017

All players are required to meet at the St Thomas of Canterbury College School Hall (69 Middlepark rd, Sockburn) on Wednesday 24th of May at 5:45pm for registration. Players to bring runners and a drink bottle. If there are any issues or questions they can contact team manager Mel Mather on +64 27 530 5280.more

CRL Premiers Massetti Cup Rd 7 Wrap

Linwood Keas and Celebration Lions both extended their Canterbury Rugby League winning streaks to five matches in Round 7, while Hornby Panthers joined the pair at the top of the Massetti Cup ladder with an impressive victory over a fellow heavyweight.more

Flying Lions Staying Grounded After Epic Win

It’s taken Celebration Lions just five games of the Massetti Cup to eclipse their 2016 win tally, which they did last weekend via their heart-stopping 21-20 victory over previously unbeaten Hornby Panthers.more

Year 7 and 8 Schools Comp Makes Its Return

This week marked the return of Canterbury Rugby League’s Year 7 and 8 midweek schools competition, with five schools – Shirley Intermediate, Chisnallwood Intermediate, Breens Intermediate (who had the first-round bye), Casebrook Intermediate and Haeata Community Campus – taking part in 2017.more

Canterbury Connection: Canberra Raiders

Entering the premiership in 1982, the Canberra Raiders have regularly dipped into the New Zealand player market – including the recruitment of some of Canterbury’s most prized rugby league products.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.10

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 10:more

CRL Premiers Massetti Cup Rd 6 Wrap

Another round of stunning Canterbury Rugby League results has shaken up the Massetti Cup ladder.

Hornby, Papanui, Linwood and 2017 surprise-packet Celebration are all tied for top spot with four wins and a loss after five outings, while Aranui, Halswell, Northern and Riccarton are in a four-way logjam for fifth with one win and four losses.more

Flashback Friday: Canterbury Upsets 1990 Lions Tourists

In the wake of the Rugby League International Federation’s announcement that Lions, Kiwis and Kangaroos tours are back on the calendar from 2018, Flashback Friday is reliving Canterbury’s last victory over Great Britain.more

Cruz Topai-aveai Signs Cronulla Sharks Deal

Shirley Boys’ High School product Cruz Topai-aveai’s barnstorming form for the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NYC team has earned him a lucrative three-year deal with defending NRL premiers Cronulla Sharks from 2018.more

Canterbury's Women's 2017 Squad Announced

The following players have been selected in the Canterbury Women's squad for next month's national tournament.more

Canterbury Connection: Brisbane Broncos

A powerhouse virtually since entering the premiership in 1988 – winning six premierships in their first 19 seasons – the Brisbane Broncos traditionally avoided dipping into the New Zealand market until fairly recently.more

CRL Premiers Massetti Cup Rd 5 Wrap

In a remarkable afternoon of Massetti Cup action on Saturday afternoon, Celebration Lions and Papanui Tigers overturned eight-point halftime deficits to pull off important wins, while Halswell Hornets came desperately close to snatching a last-minute draw after trailing premiers Linwood by 18 points at the break.more

Kangaroos Dominate Last Anzac Test

The last-ever Anzac Test delivered an all-too-familiar result for New Zealand, with a first-half blitz by Australia laying the platform for a comfortable victory – the green-and-golds’ 17th in 19 mid-season clashes since the inaugural showdown in 1998.more

Papanui Pair Shine On Kiwi Ferns Debut

The Australian Jillaroos reclaimed supremacy in women’s rugby league with a well-deserved win in a typically bruising and absorbing Test against a gallant Kiwi Ferns outfit, but the disappointment of the 16-4 result was tempered in Canterbury by the outstanding debuts of front-rower Bunty Kuruwaka-Crowe and centre Corrina Whiley.more

CRL Farewells Operations Manager Chou Teiwaki

There’s a few heavy hearts around the Canterbury Rugby League offices today, with long-serving Operations Manager Chou Teiwaki finishing up this week to join his family’s property business – after a well-earned break and some quality time with his wife and young son and daughter.more

Flashback Friday: Brown & Duffie Debut in Anzac Test

Australia and New Zealand clash at Canberra’s GIO Stadium tonight in the last-ever Anzac Test.

Flashback Friday this week relives the 2011 midyear trans-Tasman Test, when Christchurch-born duo Lewis Brown and Matt Duffie made their Kiwi debuts together at Skilled Stadium on the Gold Coast in one of the most significant days in Canterbury Rugby League’s recent history on the international stage.more

Endacott's Heroes: 1998 Anzac Test

With the curtain set to close on the Anzac Test’s place on the rugby league calendar, we’re revisiting at the inaugural clash back in 1998, which doubles as one of the greatest wins in New Zealand’s history. WILL EVANS caught up with legendary ex-Kiwis coach FRANK ENDACOTT, whose memories of that special night at North Harbour Stadium remain just as vivid 19 years on.more

Sydenham Swans Determined To Fight On

Sydenham Swans haven’t had a team in the Massetti Cup for a decade, but the Canterbury Rugby League foundation club’s determination to survive and prosper remains as strong as ever.

And fittingly, a former Swans great is leading the open-ended fight for a return to the glory days.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.9

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 9:more

Baxendale leads Hornby to third straight win

The Hornby Panthers will take some stopping in the Canterbury Rugby League premiership based on early-season form.

Jeremy Lawrie's side had their third consecutive win on Saturday, beating the Northern Bulldogs 36-8 to remain the only unbeaten side in the Massetti Cup.more

CRL Premiers Massetti Cup Rd 4 Results

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Brown Named For Star-Studded Samoa

Hornby Panthers junior and Cronulla Sharks utility Fa’amanu Brown has been named in a star-studded Toa Samoa squad for next week’s historic Test against England at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.more

Flashback Friday: Locke's Miracle Finish in Christchurch

As the New Zealand Warriors prepare for a crucial Round 9 encounter against the Sydney Roosters in Auckland this weekend, our Flashback Friday focuses on the clubs' showdown in Christchurch seven years ago.more

Ferns Call-ups Highlight Women's League's Progress in Canterbury

It’s been a watershed week for women’s rugby league in Canterbury, with two local players named in New Zealand’s squad to take on Australia in Canberra on Friday, May 5.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.8

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 8:more

Duffie's Dream ANZAC Day Debut

Ahead of the Melbourne Storm’s traditional ANZAC Day showdown with the New Zealand Warriors, we’re taking a look back at the clubs’ first April 25 clash – and a stunning debut by a Canterbury Rugby League productmore

CRL Massetti Cup Round 3 Wrap

The return of two Canterbury Bulls front rowers gave the Linwood Keas a timely boost as the Canterbury rugby league champions bounced back from a heavy first round defeat to beat the Papanui Tigers.

Linwood lost to early pacesetters Hornby 38-12 on opening day but the subsequent two-week break gave coach Andrew Auimatagi time to get his full squad fit.more

Burnham Chevaliers Built On ANZAC Spirit

April 25, 2015 marked 100 years since the landing of troops, predominantly from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), at Gallipoli Peninsula less than nine months after the beginning of the First World War.more

Flashback Friday: Jason Williams' '94 grand final try

This week Flashback Friday remembers one of the great moments produced by a Cantabrian in an Australian premiership grand final – Canterbury Bulldogs winger Jason Williams' long-range intercept try against the Canberra Raiders in the 1994 decider at the Sydney Football Stadium.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.7

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 7:more

Injury-hit Keas Use Layoff To Their Advantage

They say the best thing about a loss is that it’s only a week until the next game, but circumstances have consigned defending champs Linwood Keas to a frustrating 21-day wait to make amends for their heavy Round 1 loss to Hornby Panthers.more

Canterbury Rugby League seek Sponsorship & Marketing Manager

Canterbury Rugby League are currently seeking a Sponsorship and Marketing Managermore

Red and Black Report: Edition No.6

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 6:more

Flashback Friday: Kiwis edge Lions at Showgrounds to clinch World Cup final spot

With all grades called off this week due to the weather, Flashback Friday recalls a famous match played in even worse conditions.

It what ranks among one of the most dramatic and important Test matches ever staged in Christchurch, the one-off clash between New Zealand and Great Britain at Addington Showground in 1988 had more at stake than the average Kiwis v Lions encounter.more

All Grades Postponed April 7-9

Due to the closure of all Christchurch grounds, all games for grades Nursery through to Premiers scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday have been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.
The 18s games scheduled for Monday will be reviewed on Monday.
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Canterbury Rugby League Directors Required

CRL are seeking two Directors who are passionate about contributing during a time of change and growth.more

World Cup Ref Relishing Club Comeback

Spectators at the Celebration-Papanui Canterbury Cup clash last Saturday may have recognised a familiar face with the whistle, as former World Cup referee Darryn Hopewell ended a 13-year hiatus to make his return to the Canterbury refereeing ranks.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.5

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 5:more

League 4 Life Needs Canterbury's Support

Sir Peter Leitch, aka The Mad Butcher, leads an all-star rugby league cast including Warriors CEO Jim Doyle and former Warriors and Kiwis Test back Jerome Ropati on its way to Christchurch this week to raise funds for the League 4 Life Foundation.

Instigated by Doyle during his time as New Zealand Rugby League CEO, League 4 Life is a charitable organisation.more

CRL Masetti Cup Round 1 Wrap

Hornby Panthers extracted a modicum of revenge with a resounding 38-12 over Linwood Keas in Saturday’s rematch between the 2016 grand final combatants.

The Panthers led 10-8 after a hard-fought first half, with Christian Erick and James Baxendale scoring for last year’s runners-up and Leon Jarden and Danny Latu crossing for the Keas.more

Bulls' Brigades' Departures Create Opportunity For Rugby League Talent

Club pride and Canterbury Bulls jerseys are on the line when the rugby league premiership kicks off for another season.

Canterbury have lost five New Zealand Residents representatives with Matt Sauni (Linwood) and Tevin Arona (Hornby) now part of the Warriors reserve grade squad and Phil Nati (Celebration), Chris Bamford (Linwood), and Nathan Saumalu (Papanui) playing in Australia.more

Rolleston Warriors Primed For Debut

Rolleston has long been synonymous with its roadside sign: ‘The town of the future.’

But the Selwyn district satellite town gets a blast from the past this weekend when the Rolleston Warriors junior teams make their debuts – the first time a rugby league based in Rolleston has competed since the 1990s.more

Flashback Friday: Halswell Snatch Epic '95 Grand Final

With the 2017 CRL premiership just one sleep away, Flashback Friday is celebrating one of the competition's truly epic grand final showdowns, when a shorthanded Halswell side staged an extraordinary comeback to snatch a last-minute 20-19 triumph over Linwood in the 1995 decider.more

Papanui Tigers 2017 Preview

Papanui broke a 17-year premiership drought under coach Shane Endacott in 2015, edging Linwood in an epic extra-time grand final.

But the Tigers fell a couple of notches short of those achievements last year in defending their title, finishing fourth before going down to Hornby in the preliminary final.more

Northern Bulldogs 2017 Preview

After two straight wooden spoons and a winless 2015 campaign, Northern Bulldogs’ resurgence was the feelgood story of last year’s CRL premiership.

They went unbeaten through the first month of the competition, before injuries and a lack of depth caught up with first-year coach Te Hira Niha’s side. A top-four berth could well have been on the cards with a bit more luck falling their way.more

Halswell Hornets 2017 Preview

After dominating the CRL premiership at the start of the decade, it’s been a lean trot for Halswell Hornets in the past two seasons.

The Hornets topped the table in four straight seasons from 2011-14, reaching the grand final in all four years and taking out titles in 2011 and ’14.more

Aranui Eagles 2017 Preview

Aranui Eagles are aiming for a return to the top four for the first time since 2012 – and coach Christian Swift will be relying on the players he blooded during a promising 2016 campaign to break the finals drought.more

Hornby Panthers 2017 Preview

Hornby Panthers, Canterbury Rugby League’s most prolific club with 27 titles, come into 2017 on the back of a convincing grand final loss at the hands of Linwood Keas last season.

But while the pain of that defeat will help spur the Panthers on this year, it’s the success ingrained in the club’s DNA that continues to drives them to maintain high standards year in, year out.more

Riccarton Knights 2017 Preview

The Riccarton Knights haven’t appeared in a grand final since Brent Ringdahl and Aaron Whittaker led them to the 2004 title, but the club has been a model of consistency in recent times.

After three straight seasons qualifying for the top four, however, the Knights face a difficult task retaining their lofty standing in 2017 with up to half of their first-grade line-up departingmore

Celebration Lions 2017 Preview

A high turnover of experienced players has seen Celebration Lions slide down the ladder in recent years.

The 2014 grand finalists landed in fifth the following season, while the departure of Canterbury Bulls prop Chris Bamford, along with sabbaticals taken by the likes of Kyle Leka, Abraham Fonomoa and Francis Tuiletufuga, saw the Lions finish second-last in 2016 with just three wins.more

Linwood Keas 2017 Preview

After surging to CRL grand final glory last year, Linwood Keas are aiming to become the first club since Hornby in 2012-13 to win back-to-back titles.

But Keas coach Andrew Auimatagi says that although taking out this year’s crown will be more difficult than last season’s success, motivation won’t be a problem for his side.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.4

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 4:more

Flashback Friday: Canterbury's First Grand Final

The 2017 club season is just a week away, and it marks a half-century since one of the most notable years in Canterbury Rugby League’s history.

With Linwood at the forefront of lobbying, the CRL agreed to introduce a four-team finals series for the first time in 1967, culminating in a grand final being played for the first time.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.3

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 3:more

Endacott Honoured For a Lifetime in League

Few people in the Canterbury Rugby League fraternity are as decorated as Frank Endacott, but the legendary coach received a rare honour recently at the Canterbury Sports Awards as one of eight local sporting stalwarts given a lifetime achievement award.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.2

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 2:more

St Thomas of Canterbury College Win Secondary Schools 9s

It was a case of quality over quantity at the Canterbury Secondary Schools 9s tournament on Thursday, held at Northern Bulldogs’ Murphy Park.

St Thomas of Canterbury College, Hornby High School and Haeata Community Campus were the only three entrants for the tournament, playing each other twice in the round-robin stage before the top two qualifiers squared off in the final.more

Red and Black Report: Edition No.1

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Here’s how they went in Round 1:more

Nati Relishes Second Chance

Phil Nati regrets pulling the pin early on his first foray into rugby league in Australia, but the former Rockcote Canterbury Bulls star is determined to make the most of his second opportunity across the ditch with the Central Queensland Capras.more

Red and Black Report: Cantabs in Australia

Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.

Ahead of Round 1 of the National Rugby League, InTrust Super Premiership (NSW Cup) and InTrust Super Cup (Qld Cup) competitions this weekend, here’s a rundown of where the ex-Canterbury juniors are playing in 2017.more

Rockcote Canterbury Bulls Appointments For 2017

Canterbury Rugby League is pleased to announce the following Rockcote Canterbury Bulls appointments for 2017:

Coach: Andrew Auimatagi
Assistant Coach: Jed Lawrie
Team Manager: Mel Mather
Trainer: Lee Paru

The quartet have all been retained in their roles following the Bulls’ impressive campaign in the 2016 NZRL National Premiership.more

Endacott Urges Fans To Snap Up RLWC Tickets

It may be 270 days until Christchurch hosts the first of its two Rugby League World Cup fixtures, but RLWC 2017 ambassador Frank Endacott is imploring fans to snap up tickets now – or risk missing out.more

World Cup Call To Arms For South Island Kiwis Association

The South Island Rugby League Kiwis Association’s annual Christmas get-together had a distinct World Cup flavour, with 2017 RLWC New Zealand Operations Manager Andrea Nelson and chief ambassador Sir Peter Leitch travelling down from Auckland to address the gathering, while two Canterbury legends were unveiled as local ambassadors.more

Auimatagi reappointed as Rockcote Canterbury Bulls coach

Canterbury Rugby League has reappointed Andrew Auimatagi as head coach of the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.more

NRL Schedule leaves no room for Panthers match in Christchurch

The organisers of this year’s NRL clash between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors are deeply disappointed that the just released NRL schedule for 2017 did not work out to get the Panthers back to Christchurch for 2017.more

Vale Mita Mohi

Canterbury Rugby League is mourning the loss of one its longest-serving players and greatest exponents of front-row play, following the peaceful passing of former Kiwi Mita Mohi in Rotorua on Sunday.more

Nu Brown Primed For Breakout Year

Cronulla utility and Hornby junior Fa'amanu Brown was back in Christchurch for last weekend's highly successful Pacific Series tournament at Wainoni Park, where Commentary Box Sports journalist and Canterbury Rugby League media officer Will Evans caught up with the 21-year-old about the Sharks' NRL premiership success, the off-field troubles of his high-profile teammates, his goals for 2017 and thmore

Pacific Series a Celebration of Rugby League and Culture

Rugby league’s rapid expansion and diversification throughout the South Island in 2016 is further highlighted by the last major event of the year, the inaugural Rugby League Pacific Series tournament.more

CRL Welcomes New Club Capability Manager George Lajpold

George Lajpold has bled black and gold during a lifetime in rugby league, but the Wellington and Randwick Kingfishers legend is relishing the prospect of heading south to join Canterbury Rugby League as its new Club Capability Manager.more

Kiwi Ferns Recognition Caps Watershed Year For Canterbury Women

Women’s rugby league has enjoyed a massive upsurge throughout New Zealand and Australia in recent years, and that trend was reflected in Canterbury during a bumper 2016.more

CRL Celebrates Year of High Achievement at Awards Evening

Celebrating a year of high achievement and looking ahead to an incredibly exciting period of growth and opportunity were the main themes on Canterbury Rugby League’s night of nights, the 2016 Awards Evening, held at Hornby Workingmen’s Club on Friday.more

Canterbury Rugby League Senior Prizegiving Award Winners

A full rundown of the award winners from the 2016 Canterbury Rugby League Senior Prizegiving night, held at Hornby Workingmen’s Club on Friday, October 28.more

Bumper Weekend of Rep Action at Wainoni Park

It’s been a bumper month for representative rugby league in New Zealand, with the National Premiership and Championship competitions wrapping up on Saturday, and the Youth Nationals 15s and 17s tournaments taking place in Rotorua this week.more

Flashback Friday: Cantabrians in NRL Grand Finals

Ahead of Sunday's night's NRL grand final between Melbourne and Cronulla, we recognise the 10 players from the Canterbury region that have previously featured on the game’s biggest stage.more

Bulls Fall Just Short of Final Despite Win Over Falcons

The Canterbury Bulls surged to a remarkable 38-26 come-from-behind defeat of the Akarana Falcons at AMI Stadium, but it was not enough to snare a place in the NZRL National Premiership final alongside the Counties Manukau Stingrays.more

Bulls Put Aside Final Scenario Ahead of Falcons Clash

We needed a calculator to work out the Round 3 permutations that can pitch the Canterbury Bulls into their third straight NZRL National Premiership final, but coach Andrew Auimatagi insists his team has to ignore the for-and-against scenarios if they’re to prevail in Sunday’s daunting home assignment against Akarana Falcons.more

Promising Signs For Bulls In First-up Loss

Canterbury Bulls coach Andrew Auimatagi is taking plenty of positives out of his side’s first outing of the 2016 NZRL National Premiership, despite the 36-22 loss to Counties Manukau Stingrays representing a missed opportunity to take a big step towards qualifying for the final of the revamped competition.more

Stingrays Outlast Bulls In Season Opener

Defending NZRL National Premiership champions Counties Manukau Stingrays opened their campaign with a 36-22 win over a gutsy Canterbury Bulls outfit in a rematch of the 2015 final at Mt Smart Stadium.more

New Skipper Baxendale Primed For Bulls' Campaign

Canterbury Bulls veteran James Baxendale has barely had time to catch his breath from Hornby’s grand final loss to Linwood before heading straight into another representative campaign.

But the added honour of taking over as his province’s skipper has provided the 30-year-old with extra drive for the 2016 NZRL National Premiership.more

Bulls Launch 2016 Premiership Campaign

Pride. Unity. Integrity. Grit.

These are core values the Canterbury Bulls’ 2016 season will be built on, as revealed by new coach Andrew Auimatagi at the team’s season launch on Wednesday night.more

Keas Dedicate Win To 'The Godfather'

A Christchurch rugby league club have celebrated Father's Day by honouring the man they called The Godfather.

Less than two hours after Linwood Keas captain Agaese Fiso lifted the Pat Smith Memorial Trophy at AMI Stadium on Sunday, the Keas stood around Teni Tuli​'s grave in an emotional tribute to their former teammate.more

Keas Score Convincing Grand Final Win Over Panthers

A devastating first-half performance from the Linwood Keas laid the platform for a convincing 29-10 defeat of the Hornby Panthers in the 2016 CRL grand final at AMI Stadium.more

CRL Grand Final Preview

Last year’s grand final loss still stings for the Linwood Keas, but coach Andrew Auimatagi is confident his team will use that experience to their advantage in Sunday’s Massetti Cup decider against Hornby.more

Canterbury Development Primed For All-or-nothing Challenge

Canterbury Development coach Te Hira Niha insists his team needs to put a truncated build-up behind them ahead of Saturday’s do-or-die clash with Auckland Development.more

Christchurch to host the Kiwis in 2017 Rugby League World Cup

Christchurch will host the Kiwis for the first time in 11 years and also stage a Rugby League World Cup quarterfinal in 2017.

Canterbury Rugby League chairman Andrew McCormick hailed the confirmation of the Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) draw as "a boost in the arm" for the sport.

The Kiwis - likely to be led by South Islander Simon Mannering - will play Scotland at AMI Stadium on Nomore

Canterbury Bulls Preliminary training squad

All players are required to attend training on Wednesday the 22nd of June at Bishopdale Park. 6pm start.

If players are unable to attend can they please contact Mel Mather (Manager) - 027 427 8667more

Milestone man Tamatea sets sights on another Knights title

Riccarton Knights legend Shane Tamatea brought up the rare 250-game milestone on Saturday, but typical of the selfless clubman, he was more concerned with the side’s crucial 28-22 win over Northern Bulldogs.more

Baxter brings a lifetime's experience to CRL President role

On the score of experience, along with service to – and passion for – rugby league in Canterbury, few people are better credentialed to take on the role of CRL President than Gary Baxter.more

Flashback Friday - 1992 CRL Grand Final

One of Canterbury Rugby League’s greatest servants, Gary Baxter, was recently announced as the new CRL President. We’ll have a story on the refereeing stalwart later this week, but Flashback Friday takes a look at the 1992 grand final, which Baxter controlled.more

Michael Butson leads Canterbury to representative rugby league win

Former Melbourne Storm junior Michael Butson staked a claim for Canterbury Bulls selection after leading the Canterbury representative rugby league team to a good win over a young Auckland combination.more

Auimatagi excited to blood youngsters against Vulcans

Canterbury Bulls coach Andrew Auimatagi sees Monday’s clash between a Canterbury selection and an Auckland Vulcans Under-21s combination as an ideal opportunity to blood some young players into the representative system, while also rewarding early-season club form.more

Collins brings valuable experience to CEO role

Taking on the Canterbury Rugby League CEO position represents a long-held ambition becoming a reality for Shane Collins, but her vast experience in the management and sporting spheres shape as the perfect fit for the code as well.more

CRL appoints CEO

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Panthers outlast Warriors in Christchurch

The Penrith Panthers’ decision to bring their NRL fixture against the New Zealand Warriors had already paid dividends with a sell-out crowd at AMI Stadium and several days of building a mountain of goodwill in the Canterbury community, but the club received the ultimate payoff courtesy of two valuable competition points from a 30-18 victory.more

Warriors touch down in Christchurch

The Penrith Panthers have been making themselves at home in Christchurch over the past few days, but the Warriors arrived in the city this afternoon determined to prove they are still New Zealand’s team in Saturday’s Round 10 clash at a sold-out AMI Stadium.more

Gala dinner provides windfall for junior rugby league

It’s been a watershed week for rugby league in Canterbury, and it continued last night with a gala dinner at Addington Raceway ahead of the NRL clash between the Penrith Panthers and New Zealand Warriors at AMI Stadium on Saturday.more

Flashback Friday - Warriors' miracle win in Christchurch

As Christchurch prepares to host its first NRL fixture in six years – the Round 10 clash between the Penrith Panthers and Sydney Roosters – Flashback Friday relives the city’s last taste of top-level rugby league, which featured one of the greatest finishes in premiership history.more

Panthers are kings of the kids in Canterbury

The Warriors are likely to enjoy majority crowd support this Saturday evening at AMI Stadium, but the Penrith Panthers may have convinced a few hundred Canterbury kids to change their NRL allegiances this week.more

Panthers break new ground for league at Boys' High

It’s a school steeped in rugby union history, producing more than 40 All Blacks in its 135-year existence.

But the Penrith Panthers broke new ground on Wednesday when the NRL side trained on Christchurch Boys’ High School’s rugby field ahead of their premiership encounter with the New Zealand Warriors at AMI Stadium on Saturday.more

Canterbury squad for the Queens Birthday clash against Auckland Vuclans

Rockcote Canterbury Bulls Coach Andrew Auimatagi and his selectors have named a Canterbury squad to prepare for the Queens Birthday weekend clash with the Auckland Vulcans 21's team. This game will be played on Monday 6th June at Canterbury Agricultural Park with kickoff at 2pmmore

RICCARTON KNIGHTS SEASON PREVIEW

After two seasons back in the top-four picture, Chris Hansen and the Knights – with a relatively stable squad and a couple of handy acquisitions from the union ranks – are aiming to take the next step this year.more

PAPANUI TIGERS SEASON PREVIEW

The Tigers broke a 17-year title drought under the tutelage of Shane Endacott in 2015, but the local legend knows he has a tough task ahead of him leading a new-look line-up to back-to-back premierships.more

NORTHERN BULLDOGS SEASON PREVIEW

Coming off consecutive wooden spoons and a winless 2015 season, a promising pre-season campaign has signalled the beginning of a new era for the proud Bulldogs.more

LINWOOD KEAS SEASON PREVIEW

Following their extra-time loss in the 2015 grand final, the Keas have signalled their intentions by taking out the pre-season Challenge Cup. Recently-appointed Canterbury Bulls coach Andrew Auimatagi has a number of key additions at his disposal as the club aims to go one better in the 2016 Masetti Cup.more

HORNBY PANTHERS SEASON PREVIEW

Jed Lawrie takes the head coach reins after serving a long apprenticeship under Brent Stuart, and he’s aiming to maintain the Panthers’ heavyweight status with a strong squad. Canterbury Bulls half Tevin Arona will miss the first half of the season due to concussion, but Hornby boast enough key-position depth to overcome that setback.more

HALSWELL HORNETS SEASON PREVIEW

After taking out the premiership in 2014, the Hornets plummeted to second-last with just three wins last season. But the rebuilding club is confident of rediscovering its competitive edge in 2016.more

CELEBRATION LIONS SEASON PREVIEW

The Lions are rebuilding their squad after the loss of some of the region’s most prominent veterans, but there’s still enough class and experience in their ranks to make an impression in 2016 under new coach Steve Fenika.more

ARANUI EAGLES SEASON PREVIEW

The Eagles have missed the finals for the past three seasons, but a strong pre-season performance – reaching the Challenge Cup final, where they went down to a powerful Linwood combination – showed what the side is capable of under incoming coach Christian Swift.more

Glover humbled by CRL life membership

Life membership to any organisation is recognition of a person’s long service and monumental contribution.

But despite a premier-grade refereeing career spanning 27 seasons – and giving up countless hours on the field and behind the scenes for the sport he loves – Mike Glover was floored by his recent life membership honour from Canterbury Rugby League.more

New addition to the CRL Board

At the 2016 Canterbury Rugby League AGM, held at the Celebration Lions Centre last night, clubs elected Craig Reynolds and Llew Timpson to the Board of Canterbury Rugby League.more

Warriors NYC coach praises Pitama's input

After a luckless first season in Auckland, Northern Bulldogs product Sheldon Pitama is starring for the Warriors’ NYC side, captaining a new-look squad as the perennial heavyweights cope with a higher-than-usual turnover.more

Ex-Chevalier Tevaga's NRL debut caps meteoric rise

Jazz Tevaga added his name to the list of Christchurch-born rugby league players to crack the NRL on Sunday, making a memorable debut at hooker for the Warriors in their brave Round 3 loss to Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium.more

Auimatagi unveiled as new Canterbury Bulls coach

The Board of Canterbury Rugby League is pleased to announce Andrew Auimatagi as the new Head Coach of the Canterbury Bulls for the 2016 season. Andrew takes over from Darrell Coad who coached the Bulls to two grand finals and a championship win during his two years in the job but who did not reapply for the role. Andrew will guide the Bulls into the NZRL's new national competition which in a deparmore

Whitehead and Coll made SI Kiwis Association life members

FORMER KIWIS World Cup captain Tony Coll and long-serving secretary Bill Whitehead were elected life members of the South Island Kiwis Association at the biennual meeting in Christchurch last Friday. It was held at 1966-68 Kiwis scrum-half Gary Clarke’s impressive rugby league museum, situated at his business, Gary Clarke Plastics.more

Panthers' involvement heralds long-term benefits for code in Canterbury

Christchurch hosted rugby league royalty on Friday, and the visit by Penrith Panthers GM Phil Gould heralded an ongoing bounty for the code in Canterbury.more

CRL Legend Series No.4 - John Coffey

John Coffey has documented the rich history of rugby league in Canterbury and New Zealand more extensively than any other person, but he has also become part of its fabric himself. New Zealand’s most prominent rugby league journalist, historian and author, West Coast-born Coffey covered rugby league, cricket and other sports for The Press for 44 years (1963-2007).more

NRL PATHWAY PLAN MUSIC TO NZRL EARS

Months of behind-the-scenes negotiations between NZRL and its Australian counterpart have paid dividends, with the NRL prioritising the trans-Tasman pathway in its plans for future player development.more

McIlwrick thriving on Sharks opportunity

Players like Matt McIlwrick are the lifeblood of any first-grade squad. They may not attract the plaudits or the fanfare of their superstar teammates – or even command a spot in the top 17 every week – but hardworking, versatile and ultra-professional types like McIlwrick are invaluable, filling in whenever and wherever needed during the long grind of the NRL season.more

NZRL AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Prop Jesse Bromwich, lock Tohu Harris and fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck are the big names contending for Kiwis Player of the Year at the 2015 NZRL Awards.more

Bulls management positions

Due to the fact that NZRL have yet to finalise what the National Premier Competition will look like in 2016, CRL / SNZ has decided to extend the period of time that it will accept applications for the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls Coaching and management positions until Friday 29th January 2016.more

HOLDEN RESIGNS AS NZRL CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Even as he steps down as New Zealand Rugby League chief executive, Phil Holden has shown the same integrity he brought to the role for almost three years.more

Chief Executive Vacancy

Canterbury Rugby League Chief Executive Vacancymore

CRL Legend Series No.3 - Frank Endacott

Frank Endacott has dedicated most of his life to serving rugby league in New Zealand, becoming an icon of the code in the Canterbury region.more

Canterbury teenagers combine study with pursuit of NRL dream

Canterbury teenagers Jope Moala and Caleb Tohovaka represent the new breed of emerging athlete, combining study at the New Zealand Institute of Sport in Christchurch with their rugby league training as the pair focus on their ultimate goal of securing an NRL contract.more

Ferns bolter Yasmin Puru-Tongia chases higher honours

At just 19 years of age, Yasmin Puru-Tongia was the only Canterbury player named in the Kiwi Ferns’ training squad at the conclusion of the women’s nationals in Rotorua last month – but the breakthrough call-up has made her even more determined to knuckle down and realise her full potential.more

Bulls reflect on great season after final disappointment

The pain of a heavy defeat in the NZRL National Premiership final is still stinging, but the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls will eventually look back on their title defence with fond memories after making important progress and blooding a stack of talented newcomers.more

Flashback Friday - Bulls' 2000 Bartercard Cup triumph

As the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls prepare to take on Counties-Manukau Stingrays in tomorrow’s NZRL National Premiership final at Mt Smart Stadium, Flashback Friday is commemorating 15 years since the Bulls’ triumph in the 2000 Bartercard Cup competition.more

Bulls adopt siege mentality ahead of Auckland final

The first part of the job has been taken care of – qualifying for the NZRL National Premiership final – but Rockcote Canterbury Bulls coach Darrell Coad knows vast improvement is required from his side if they are to reverse their home loss to Counties-Manukau Stingrays a fortnight ago and successfully defend their title at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.more

Canterbury 13s shine at NZRL Nationals in Palmerston North

The future of rugby league in our region looks bright if the performances of the Canterbury team in the NZRL 13s Nationals in Palmerston North last week is any gauge.

The Canterbury 13s finished runners-up in the tournament, progressing through the round-robin phase undefeated, before narrowly going down to Wellington in the final.more

Bulls aim to get back on track in the far north

The previously unbeaten Rockcote Canterbury Bulls, decimated by injuries to key-position players, were toppled from their perch at the head of the NZRL National Premiership table and given a wake-up call last Saturday, courtesy of a 26-20 loss to Counties-Manukau Stingrays at AMI Stadium.more

Bulls go down to Stingrays in AMI Stadium thriller

A late fight-back by the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls was not enough to run down an impressive Counties-Manukau Stingrays outfit, going down 26-20 in a thriller at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.more

Grand final specialist' Tofilau gears up for biggest stage yet

Ken Tofilau is still three months shy of turning 20, but the elusive winger/fullback has already proven to be a lucky charm in senior rugby league deciders over the past two seasons.more

Bulls confident ahead of crunch match despite key injuries

The Rockcote Canterbury Bulls’ backs are against the wall with two of their in-form spine forced out of this weekend’s crunch match against Counties-Manukau Stingrays, but coach Darrell Coad remains confident the players coming into the key positions are up to the task.more

Flashback Friday: Cantabrians in Australian premiership grand finals

Brisbane Broncos rookie Kodi Nikorima, who began his rugby league journey with Burnham Chevaliers as a youngster, will come off the bench on Sunday night to become the 10th Canterbury product to appear in an Australian premiership grand final.more

Jim Doyle forecasts bright future for Warriors, CRL during Christchurch visit

Despite a disastrous end to their 2015 campaign, the future of the New Zealand Warriors appears to be in safe hands – and rugby league in Canterbury is set to reap the benefits of the NRL club’s progress.more

Canterbury takes out South Island 19s tournament in Burnham

The South Island 19 Years Interdistrict Rugby League Tournament, which was played at Coronation Park in Burnham, Christchurch, concluded yesterday with the below results.more

Higher honours beckon for Erwin Sauni after blistering start to Bulls campaign

There’s been no shortage of standout players during the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls’ unbeaten start to their NZRL National Premiership title defence, but one player’s performances have been more eye-catching than the rest: utility-back Erwin Sauni.more

Front-running Bulls refocusing after patchy win

The Rockcote Canterbury Bulls have one foot in the NZRL National Premiership final, but coach Darrell Coad is determined to ensure the competition front-runners don't take their foot off the pedal over the remaining three rounds.more

Dominant Bulls swamp spirited Vipers at AMI Stadium

The Canterbury Bulls remain unbeaten at the top of the NZRL National Premiership table, defeating a spirted Central Vipers outfit 68-14 in Christchurch on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts scored 12 tries to three in an open and entertaining clash at AMI Stadium.more

Bulls' new-look spine takes shape

The NRL finals are full swing, and the common denominator between all six clubs that remain in the premiership race is a blue-chip halves pairing.

Brisbane has surged into title favouritism on the back of the brilliance of Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford, who each scored decisive tries in last Saturday's gripping win over North Queensland.more

Bulls buoyant, but a hard road still ahead

The Rockcote Canterbury Bulls are unbeaten and clear at the top of the NZRL National Premiership table after three rounds, putting away fellow heavyweights Akarana Falcons 34-18 at AMI Stadium on Sunday in their first home match of the season.more

Rockcote Canterbury Bulls thump Akarana Falcons at AMI Stadium

The Rockcote Canterbury Bulls have taken a huge step towards retaining their NZRL National Premiership crown, notching 34-18 defeat of fellow heavyweights Akarana Falcons in Round 3 at Christchurch’s AMI Stadium.more

Flashback Friday - Canterbury upsets Auckland 1990

As the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls gear up for their crunch home clash with Akarana Falcons at AMI Stadium this Sunday, Flashback Friday celebrates 25 years since one of the most momentous victories in Canterbury's rugby league history – a 25-22 boilover to claim the Rugby League Cup from Auckland in Christchurch in 1990.more

Bulls wary of 'vulnerable' Falcons

Rockcote Canterbury Bulls coach Darrell Coad has dismissed suggestions the heavyweight Akarana Falcons are ripe for the picking ahead of Sunday's NZRL National Premiership blockbuster after a disjointed start to the northerners' 2015 campaign.more

Bulls' solid start impresses coach Coad

The Rockcote Canterbury Bulls achieved their main goals on their hit-and-run mission to Tauranga last weekend according to coach Darrell Coad: getting off to a winning start, blasting out the cobwebs and giving their fledgling combinations time to develop.more

Flashback Friday - Canterbury thumps Bay of Plenty twice in 1991

As the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls prepare for the first match of their 2015 NZRL National Premiership defence against Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions in Tauranga on Saturday, Flashback Friday rewinds to the 1991 season, when the Frank Endacott-coached Canterbury side gave Bay of Plenty a touch-up at home and away.more

NZRL National Premiership - Round 1 wrap

With time up on the clock, Wellington half Bronson Marino kicked a 29-metre penalty to secure a 32-32 draw with Akarana Falcons to open the 2015 NZRL National Premiership at Papakura.more

NZRL Premiership Preview

NZRL Premiership Previewmore

Flashback Friday - Cantabrians in the Challenge Cup final

As Leeds Rhinos and Hull Kingston Rovers prepare for Saturday's Challenge Cup final at the hallowed Wembley Stadium, Flashback Friday celebrates the history of Cantabrians featuring in British rugby league's greatest occasion.more

Flashback Friday - Canterbury's memorable 1985 campaign

As the start of the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls' NZRL Premiership title defence draws near, this week's Flashback Friday celebrates 30 years since the province's memorable 1985 campaign, in which it clinched the Rugby League Cup.more

Bulls vital to South Island Rugby League's growth

Southern Zone Rugby League General Manager Steve Martin has reinforced the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls' importance to the code's growth in the South Island, and believes the Bulls' recent successes have justified the board's decision to replace the South Island Scorpions with the Bulls as Southern Zone's representative in the NZRL Premiership.more

Auimatagi pleased with Canterbury Development's first outing

Canterbury Development coach Andrew Auimatagi saw plenty of positive signs in his recently-assembled outfit's 24-12 win over Otago Whalers in Dunedin in their opening match of the South Island competition.more

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Todd powers back into Bulls

Alex Todd’s work ethic has brought the raging Bull back into favour.
His non selection in a Canterbury Bulls training squad earlier this year raised a few eyebrows, but it might be Bulls coach Darrell Coad’s first masterstroke of the season as a fired up Todd looks for redemption.more

Bam Bam' ready to rip in for Bulls' title defence

Rockcote Canterbury Bulls captain Chris Bamford's club season didn't quite go according to plan, missing the latter rounds through injury as his Celebration Lions side dipped out of finals contention, but the veteran is primed for another huge representative campaign as he attempts to lead the new-look Bulls squad to another NZRL Premiership title.more

Coach Coad confident in Bulls' back-to-back bid

Rockcote Canterbury Bulls coach Darrell Coad is certain his team's extended lead-in to this year's NZRL Premiership – and his own less hectic schedule – will provide the defending champs with an excellent opportunity to win consecutive titles.more

Rockcote Canterbury Bulls officially launch 2015 campaign

The Rockcote Canterbury Bulls officially launched their 2015 NZRL Premiership campaign during an evening with sponsors and supporters at Hornby Working Men's Club on Tuesday.more

Rockcote Canterbury Bulls announce 2015 squad

Rockcote Canterbury Bulls coach Darrell Coad has announced his 24-man squad for their 2015 NZRL Premiership title defence.

Veteran forward Chris Bamford will again captain the squad as one of 14 players that spearheaded the Bulls' 2014 triumph, alongside the likes of Kyle Leka, James Baxendale and vice-captain Agaese Fiso.more

Tigers break 17-year drought to win CRL Grand Final

Papanui captain Izic Placid says a pre-game visit from the club's last champion team inspired the Tigers to their first Canterbury grand final vidtory for 17 years.
The Tigers clawed their way back from an 8-0 deficit to clip the Linwood Keas' wings 20-14 after extra-time in freezing conditions at AMI Stadium on Sunday.more

Tigers' tale in a league of its own

Team manager and sponsor Nigel Thompson is proud of the Papanui Tigers’ progress from rugby league cellar dwellers to grand finalists in the space of three seasons.

Thompson, a Christchurch car dealer, has endured some sideline jibes about how Papanui has bought a team by raiding other clubs’ ranks.more

Flashback Friday - Keas topple Tigers in 2008 Grand Final

As Linwood Keas and Papanui Tigers prepare for a titanic CRL Grand Final struggle this Sunday, our Flashback Friday segment this week fittingly takes you back to 2008, when the same clubs squared off in the decider.more

Keas primed for one last effort for fallen brother

Linwood's feat in reaching the Grand Final just two months after the tragic death of club legend Teni Tuli is truly one of the most inspirational and poignant stories in Canterbury Rugby League's century-long narrative, but the Keas are gearing up for one more mighty effort for their spiritual leader.more

Tigers back on track ahead of Grand Final showdown

Papanui's momentous table-topping campaign was in danger of coming to a gut-wrenching anti-climax after a shock 56-4 finals thrashing at the hands of Linwood, but a hard-fought 26-16 preliminary final victory over in-form Riccarton last Saturday has provided the Tigers with another crack at the Keas – and an opportunity to snare the club's first Canterbury Rugby League Grand Final win since 1998.more

Wounded Tigers looking to bounce back from semi-final demolition

Two weeks is a long time in Rugby League – a reality Papanui Tigers are still coming to terms with as they prepare for their preliminary final showdown with Riccarton Knights on Saturday. With one round of the regular season remaining, the Tigers were still unbeaten and had already wrapped up the minor premiership.more

Knights keeping a lid on emotion ahead of preliminary final blockbuster

Riccarton Knights coach Chris Hansen and his buoyant charges celebrated their momentous elimination semi-final upset of highly-fancied Hornby last Saturday, but they were quick to put the watershed victory behind them and switch their attention to this weekend's intriguing preliminary final showdown with minor premiers Papanui.more

Flashback Friday - Halswell's incredible '95 Grand Final comeback

The Canterbury Rugby League season is in the grips of finals fever, so Flashback Friday is celebrating 20 years since one of the competition's truly epic Grand Final showdowns when a shorthanded Halswell side staged an extraordinary comeback to snatch a last-minute 20-19 triumph over Linwood in the 1995 decider.more

Flashback Friday - Kiwis clinch WC final spot in Christchurch

This week's Flashback Friday recalls one of the most dramatic and important Test matches ever staged in Christchurch, the one-off clash between New Zealand and Great Britain at Addington Showground in 1988.more

Flashback Friday: Bill Noonan creates history in Australian premiership

To coincide with the NRL's Heritage Round, Flashback Friday honours the historic achievement of Canterbury Rugby League product Bill Noonan, who became the first New Zealander to appear in an Australian premiership Grand Final in 1974.more

Flashback Friday - Canterbury upsets Great Britain at the Showgrounds

In the wake of the announcement that the Canterbury Bulls will be returning to their spiritual home, Rugby League Park, in 2015, Flashback Friday revisits one of Canterbury Rugby League's greatest days at the venue.more

Devon Construction Ltd to sponsor Canterbury Bulls mascot

Canterbury Rugby League (CRL) is proud to announce Devon Construction Ltd has officially come on board as a sponsor in 2015.

Devon Construction Ltd will sponsor the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls' official mascot, which will be named Devon throughout the team's 2015 campaign.more

Flashback Friday - Jason Williams' 1994 Grand Final try

This week Flashback Friday remembers one of the great moments produced by a Cantabrian in an Australian premiership Grand Final – Canterbury Bulldogs winger Jason Williams' long-range intercept try against the Canberra Raiders in the 1994 decider at the Sydney Football Stadium.more

CRL Grand Final & Canterbury Bulls back at Rugby League Park

Canterbury Rugby League is excited to announce the code will be returning to its spiritual home, Rugby League Park in Addington, in 2015.

After negotiations between Canterbury Rugby League and the Christchurch Stadium Trust, the CRL club Grand Final and all three of the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls' home games in the upcoming National Premiership will be staged at AMI Stadium.more

Flashback Friday - Mel Cooke's brilliant Test debut

This week's Flashback Friday goes all the way back to 1959 and the Test debut of the player recognised by many as Canterbury's greatest Rugby League product, the mercurial loose forward Melville Lance Cooke.more

CRL Legend Series No.2 - Gary Clarke

Throughout the season, we'll be featuring Canterbury Rugby League's past playing and coaching greats in a series of in-depth interviews.

The second Canterbury legend profiled in our series is Gary Clarke, who enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a player, coach and selector in the local club scene, and at representative level for Canterbury, South Island and New Zealand.more

Flashback Friday - Canterbury v Australia 1965

Flashback Friday this week commemorates 50 years since Canterbury's sole match against Australia, when the provincial side took on the star-studded 1965 tourists in Christchurch.more

The Frontrunner makes generous contribution to junior footy

The Canterbury Rugby League community has been blown away by the generosity of local sporting goods store The Frontrunner, which gave away 50 pairs of boots to junior Rugby League players at its Sydenham store on Tuesday afternoon.

Enthusiastic youngsters from all 15 Canterbury Rugby League clubs poured into the store on Colombo Street after schoolmore

Flashback Friday - Warriors v Roosters in Christchurch, 2010

As the New Zealand Warriors prepare for a crucial Round 14 encounter against the Sydney Roosters in Auckland this weekend, our Flashback Friday focuses on the clubs' showdown in June five years ago, which doubles as the most recent NRL match to be staged in Christchurch.more

CRL Legend Series No.1 - Shane Endacott

Throughout the season, we'll be featuring Canterbury Rugby League's past playing and coaching greats in a series of in-depth interviews.

First in the series is Shane Endacottmore

Linwood Keas honour Teni Tuli with stirring win

Uriah Tuli is the last person to wear the Linwood Keas No 12 jersey.

The courageous 12–year–old, wearing his fathers jersey, led the Linwood premiers onto Linwood Park through an emotional guard of honour for a game that will always be remembered as his father's 300th for the Keas.

Marsden Mateni Tuli, 42, known as Teni, died of a suspected heart attack at training on Tuesday night.more

Flashback Friday - North v South Challenge Series 1996

The oft-visited concept of a 'Kiwi Origin' series has been floated in recent weeks by legendary coach Graham Lowe and prominent administrator Jim Doyle, with New Zealand's recent dominance on the international stage triggering calls for our own version of Australia's annual State of Origin extravaganza.more

100th anniversary of inaugural Canterbury v West Coast match

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first Rugby League match between Canterbury and West Coast. On June 3rd, 1915, Canterbury defeated West Coast 30-16 at Victoria Park in Greymouth – thus beginning the most storied provincial association in New Zealand Rugby League history.more

Canterbury Selection defeated by Auckland Vulcans Development

Canterbury Selection went down 32-8 to an impressive Auckland Vulcans Development side in a spirited clash at Crosbie Park on Queen's Birthday Monday.

The touring Under-21s outfit, who warmed up with a comprehensive 48-6 win over West Coast on Saturday, led 18-4 at halftime and went on with the job to complete a seven-tries-to-two result.more

NZRL Board draws from zones

Kiwis legend Tawera Nikau and Canterbury RL chairman Reon Edwards are one step away from securing spots on the New Zealand Rugby League board of directors next month.

The pair have been nominated by an independent appointments panel to fill two elected director vacancies on the board, after five short-listed candidates were interviewed this week.more

Flashback Friday - Canterbury trounce Auckland in 1993 final

Ahead of the Canterbury Selection v Auckland Vulcans Development clash at Crosbie Park on Monday, it is only fitting that this week's Flashback Friday pays tribute to one of Canterbury's most famous victories over the North Island heavyweights – the unforgettable thrashing at the Addington Showgrounds in the 1993 provincial championship final.more

Canterbury Selection line-up to take on Auckland Vulcans Development

The Coaching and Management team of the Canterbury Selection have announced an 18 man squad to take on Auckland Development Team on Monday 1st June 2015, 12.30pm kick off at Crosbie Park.more

Canterbury Rugby League farewells Development Officer David McMeeken

It is with a heavy heart that Canterbury Rugby League farewells Development Officer David McMeeken, who moves to Hamilton this week to take on a role with the Upper Central Zone of the NZRL and Sport Waikato as the Rugby League SportForce Development Officer.more

Hillmorton High overcome Hornby High in Star Cup's third round

HILLMORTON High School’s seniors have held off a valiant comeback from Hornby High School to get their first win of The Star Cup, 40-30.

Hillmorton speedster Crusader Gali opened the scoring with a 40-metre burst down the sideline before touching down in the corner, while halves Philadelphia To’omalatai (Halswell Hornets) and player of the day Mohe Honisi were a treat all night.more

State of Origin fever set to grip NZ again

For thousands of Kiwis, staying up late on three winter Wednesday nights every year is a religion. State of Origin has cultivated an enormous following in New Zealand over its 35 seasons, spiking sharply when legendary Kiwi Test coach Graham Lowe steered Queensland to an epic series triumph over New South Wales in Wally 'The King' Lewis' final campaign in 1991.more

Canterbury products starring in the professional ranks

Canterbury is a proud Rugby League breeding ground, and many players who were either born here or played junior football in the region are currently starring in professional competitions. We've compiled profiles of Canterbury products who are plying their trade in the NRL, Super League and NYC premierships in 2015.more

Canterbury Rugby League eager for referee recruits

You can't have a game without a ref, and the Canterbury Rugby League Referees Association, in conjunction with the CRL, are eager to encourage more people to get involved in Rugby League refereeing in our region.more

Flashback Friday - NZ v GB at QE II Park, 1990

This week’s Flashback Friday commemorates 25 years since one of the most memorable Rugby League internationals ever staged in Christchurch – the third Test of the 1990 series between New Zealand and Great Britain at the now-defunct Queen Elizabeth II Park at New Brighton.more

Aranui continues winning start

ARANUI HIGH School’s senior league side have picked up where they left off, beating Hillmorton High School 44-24 in their second Star Cup game.more

Coad and Auimatagi accepted into Sport NZ PCA program

Canterbury Bulls coach Darrell Coad, and Linwood Keas and Canterbury Development coach Andrew Auimatagi, have been accepted into the 2015/16 intake for the Sport New Zealand Performance Coach Advance (PCA) program.more

Flashback Friday - South Island beats Australia at the Showgrounds

Flashback Friday celebrates 35 years since South Island’s memorable 12-11 upset of all-conquering Australia at the Addington Showgrounds in 1980.more

Teni Tuli to celebrate 300-game milestone for Linwood Keas

Linwood Keas engine-room stalwart Teni Tuli is on the verge of an extraordinary milestone – if he emerges unscathed from this weekend’s clash with Northern Bulldogs, the 42-year-old will make his 300th premier appearance for the club on May 23 against Halswell Hornets.more

Canterbury Rugby League proud to announce Accessman as 2015 sponsor

Canterbury Rugby League (CRL) is proud to announce Accessman, New Zealand’s leading access equipment hire company, has officially come on board as a sponsor in 2015.more

Bulls expect to field stronger squad to defend national title

Coach Darren Coad is already putting the Canterbury Bulls through their paces and is confident the national champions will have a stronger squad to defend their title.

Coad is "excited" about the Bulls' propsects in 2015 and is encouraged by the high standards displayed by the top team in the Canterbury premiership.more

Aranui & St Thomas get The Star Cup off to rousing start

ST THOMAS of Canterbury College and Aranui High School met on Monday night at Denton Oval for two Star Cup rugby league clashes.
The two schools are regarded as the best in the region, and will represent Canterbury at the national tournament later this year.more

Flashback Friday - Cardinals and Shiners 1994-96

This week’s Flashback Friday revisits a brief, but memorable, pocket of Canterbury Rugby League history – the three-season existence of the Canterbury Country Cardinals and the Christchurch City Shiners in the Lion Red Cup premiership.more

2015 Canterbury Rugby League training squad

The Coaching and Management team of the Canterbury Bulls have announced an initial training squad of Canterbury based players to prepare for the up coming National Competition. All players will be eligible to be selected for an up coming pre-season fixture against an Auckland selection side on Monday 1st of June 2015. First training is Wednesday 6th May 2015; 6.30pm at NZIS Building (66b Wharenuimore

Flashback Friday - Brown & Duffie debut for the Kiwis

The No.1 spot in the Rugby League world rankings goes on the line at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Friday night when defending Four Nations champions New Zealand take on World Cup holders Australia. Flashback Friday this week relives the 2011 midyear trans-Tasman Test, when Christchurch-born duo Lewis Brown and Matt Duffie made their Kiwi debuts together at Skilled Stadium on the Gold Coast.more

Flashback Friday - Tonie Carroll's 'Anzac' odyssey

In keeping with the spirit of Anzac Day and tomorrow’s 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, this week’s Flashback Friday is dedicated to the only player in the last century to have played Rugby League for New Zealand and Australia, Christchurch-born Tonie Carroll.more

Canterbury Rugby League proud to announce Mai FM as new sponsor

Canterbury Rugby League (CRL) is proud to announce Mai, New Zealand’s foremost Hip Hop and RnB radio station, has officially come on board as a sponsor in 2015.more

Burnham Chevaliers built on Anzac spirit

For one Canterbury Rugby League club, Burnham Chevaliers, Anzac Day takes on extra importance. Founded in 1984, the Chevaliers are predominantly based around the Burnham Military Camp.more

Season Preview Pt 2: Hornby, Celebration, Northern, Riccarton

We caught up with the coaches of Hornby Panthers, Celebration Lions and Riccarton Knights, and the president of Northern Bulldogs, ahead of Round 2 of the 2015 season to get their thoughts on how their team has tracked in the pre-season, their goals for the year, the players to watch out for and their take on the opening round’s action.more

Flashback Friday - Kidwell silences Mason

Flashback Friday this week relives one of the rare times Auckland-born Mason was silenced on the paddock – by Canterbury product David Kidwell during the 2006 Tri-Nations competition. Kangaroos enforcer Mason drew the ire of the Kiwis by smiling and mouthing off during the pre-match haka at Mt Smart Stadium, but then-Melbourne hit-man Kidwell dealt out his own form of justice during an explosivemore

Tigers bare teeth in easy opening victory

Papanui's off-season recruitment paid dividends when they opened the Canterbury rugby league premiership with an exciting win over Linwood.more

Season Preview Pt 1: Halswell, Papanui, Linwood, Aranui

We caught up with the coaching staff of Halswell Hornets, Papanui Tigers, Linwood Keas and Aranui Eagles ahead of the opening round of the 2015 season to get their thoughts on how their team has tracked in the pre-season, their goals for the year and the players to watch out for.more

Flashback Friday - Tigers and Warriors in Christchurch

The New Zealand Warriors host Wests Tigers in a key Round 6 NRL clash at Mt Smart Stadium this Saturday night. Wests Tigers, and one half of the joint venture Balmain, have a strong connection with Christchurch. The clubs staged the first four of the five premiership matches the city has hosted against the Warriors, taking their home games on the road.more

Hornby Panthers set for Centenary celebrations over Easter

Hornby Rugby League club is gearing up for a huge Centenary celebration over Easter weekend, featuring catch-ups, parties, a gala dinner and, of course, plenty of footy.more

Flashback Friday - Canterbury's foundation Warriors

The New Zealand Warriors mark their 20th anniversary this Sunday with a clash at Mt Smart Stadium against the Brisbane Broncos – the team they played in an absolute thriller on premiership debut in Round 1 of 1995.

This week’s Flashback Friday takes a look at the contribution of former Canterbury players to the Auckland Warriors’ inaugural ’95 campaign.more

Hornets' Thacker Shield victory builds confidence for title defence

Halswell Hornets claimed the prized Thacker Shield on Saturday with a comprehensive 46-14 defeat of the West Coast Invitational XIII at Wingham Park in Greymouth.more

Canterbury Rugby League volunteers rewarded by Lotto NZ

Several of Canterbury Rugby League’s tireless brigade of volunteers have been recognised for their efforts by Lotto New Zealand’s ‘Thank a Sport Maker’ reward and recognition programme.more

Flashback Friday - Canterbury v West Coast 1989

In honour of this weekend’s Thacker Shield clash between Canterbury Rugby League premiers Halswell Hornets and a West Coast Invitational XIII at Wingham Park, our inaugural Flashback Friday segment features a memorable encounter between archrivals Canterbury and West Coast at the same venue in 1989.more

Hornets head west for Thacker Shield clash

Canterbury Rugby League premiers Halswell Hornets make the trek to Greymouth this weekend to take on a West Coast Invitational side for the famed Thacker Shield.more

Vale Keith Roberts

The New Zealand and Canterbury Rugby League community mourned the loss of one of its finest servants last week following the passing of former Kiwis halfback, and prominent coach and selector, Keith Roberts on March 11, aged 83.more

League titles for St Thomas

St Thomas of Canterbury College recently won the junior secondary school rugby league 9s to add to the title their senior side won.more

Bulldog spirit rises from Chch earthquake's rubble

If an award is ever struck for sporting resilience and perserverance the Northern Bulldogs rugby league club would be ultimate grand finalists.more

Vale Peter Yaxley

It is with great sadness to inform the rugby league community in Canterbury the passing of Peter Yaxley.more

Sydenham Swans rugby league club selling headquarters

After taking a heavy tackle in the earthquakes. A Christchurch rugby league club is now hoping to score in the property market, as LIZ MCDONALD reports.more

Blowing the whistle at the NRL Nines

Imagine having to boss around Shaun Johnson, Manu Vatuvei, Dave Taylor or Issac Luke.more

New boss for Canterbury rugby league

The Canterbury Rugby Football League's new chief executive, Terry Williamson, will be charged with helping find the sport a new home.more

Two major prizes for Canterbury Rugby League at NZRL awards

Canterbury rugby league has started the year on a high with Hornby winning the New Zealand club of the year and former Canterbury Bulls fullback Ken Tofilau honoured as New Zealand domestic player of the year.more

Mannering caps landmark year

NZ skipper Simon Mannering has captured NZ rugby league's top honour for 2014, taking out the Kiwis Player of the Year category at tonight's national awards.more

Kiwi Ferns debutants set for Nines

Auckland’s Georgia Hale and Manawatu’s Janna Vaughan will make their NZ Kiwi Ferns debuts, when they take the field for the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park later this month.more

Crowdfunding fuels teenager's rugby league dream

The first leg of Seth Keepa-Tauamiti's professional sporting dream is locked in as a crowdfunding venture nears $10,000.more

Delivering values both on and off the field

Established in 1912,Canterbury Rugby League has been a beacon for
participants and followers of the game alike.more

Cyrus Timo-Latu signs U-20 deal with Cowboys

Rising Canterbury rugby league talent Cyrus Timo-Latu might bump into his idol, Johnathan Thurston, next year.more

NZRL Residents 2014

NZRL Residents 2014more

Off-field drama doesn't diminish Bulls glory

Canterbury Bulls, 2014 national rugby league champions*.more

Canterbury Bulls win appeal and will play final

The Canterbury Bulls rugby league team will be in the national grand final after winning an appeal, but they still aren't sure who they'll be playing.more

From jail to Gold Coast - one man's redemption

For six long years Jaye Pukepuke languished on his prison bed watching rugby league on television with a growing sense of frustration.more

Canterbury run in 19 tries in rout

Regardless of the protest result, Canterbury Bulls vice-captain Corey Lawrie believes respectability has been regained this season.more

Bulls' finals hopes rest on appeal verdict

The Canterbury Bulls' rugby league season might not be over after all.more

Bulls under pressure after Stingrays strike

The Canterbury Bulls task of qualifying for the national rugby league premiership final just became tougher.more

Experienced trio to bolster BullsThe Canterbury Bulls received a welcome boost ahead of their pivota

The Canterbury Bulls received a welcome boost ahead of their pivotal national rugby league premiership clash with Counties Manukau.more

Mundy hat-trick sinks Orcas

Former footballer Jack Mundy had a debut to savour - scoring a hat-trick of tries as the Canterbury Bulls gained an untidy 46-28 win over the Wellington Orcas at Denton Oval on Saturday.more

We can do it again says Bulls veteran

Canterbury Bulls veteran Aga Fiso sees strong parallels between this year's side and their championship-winning counterparts from 2009.more

Young Timo-Latu making his mark

Cyrus Timo-Latu's stock is on the rise.more

Strong schools side for NSW game

Player of the tournament Erin Clark (Manurewa High School) and finals Most Valuable Player Junior Pauga (Kelston Boys High School) feature in the NZ Secondary Schools team selected from this month's national championship at Papakura.more

The Notebook's Group Nine Team of the Year

NO SURPRISES here - Weissel Medal contenders Lou Goodwin and Glenn Dumbrell have topped the poll for The Notebook's Group Nine Team of the Year.more

Weepu redeems himself as Bulls upset Falcons

Canterbury Bulls two-try hero Manu Weepu more than made up for a costly missed tackle in the Bulls' 26-20 come-from-behind national rugby league premiership victory over the Akarana Falcons at Denton Oval on Saturday.more

Bulls skipper Bamford fired up to face Falcons

No New Zealand rugby league side fires up Canterbury Bulls skipper Chris Bamford more than Auckland.more

League stalwart's nights at the round table

Will Tafua doesn't miss a beat.

On Saturday afternoons, the Canterbury Bulls representative is a rugby league wrecking machine. In the evenings, he swaps hit-ups for headphones as a DJ at Christchurch nightspot, Cargo Bar.more

Pirtek NZRL National Premiership - Bulls wary of wounded Wai-Coa-Bay

Canterbury Bulls coach Darrell Coad certainly isn't underestimating rivals Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions, despite their inauspicious opening performance in 2014 Pirtek NZRL National Premiership last weekend.more

Young Bull Ken Tofilau making big strides

Ken Tofilau thought he was too inexperienced to be selected for the Canterbury Bulls.more

Former Warrior Corey Lawrie back in Bulls pack

Canterbury Bulls veteran Corey Lawrie is back for another season in the red and black jersey. He spoke to BRENDON EGAN about his rugby league journey.more

Academies set to nurture NRL aspirants

Canterbury Rugby League hope a proposed new Christchurch-based player academy will better prepare young South Island players for moves to NRL clubs.more

Bulls buy into booze ban

The Canterbury Bulls have adopted an alcohol ban for away trips this season as they seek to clean up rugby league's image.more

Bam Bam named to lead the Bulls

Experienced frontrower Chris Bamford has been named captain for the Canterbury Bulls' national rugby league premiership campaign.more

Four Nations set stage for NZ teams

This year's Rugby League Four Nations will provide the catalyst for five New Zealand representative sides - not just the NZ Kiwis - to showcase their talents on the international stage.more

Hornets sting Lions for title in grand final

It was third time lucky for the Halswell Hornets after they shook off two successive heartbreaking grand final losses to claim one in dramatic fashion over the Celebration Lions at Denton Park yesterday.more

Halswell Hornets win minor premiership again

The Halswell Hornets won the Canterbury Rugby League minor premiership for the fourth consecutive year after pipping the Celebration Lions by a point.more

Top four confirmed for premiership playoffs

The Canterbury rugby league premiership semifinalists have been found and defending champions Hornby have missed the cut.more

Gundagai sign prop Vincent Brown to bolster forward pack

GUNDAGAI appears to have bolstered its forward pack with a fresh player signing as it chases an elusive Group Nine premiership.more

Tigers roar extinguishes Dragons fire

The Gundagai Tigers had their second biggest win of the Group Nine rugby league season as they trounced the Temora Dragons 44-0 at Anzac Park yesterday.more

Kiwi teen Brown benefits from Carney demise

Christchurch teenager Fa'amanu Brown has benefited from Todd Carney's bizarre demise at the Cronulla Sharks, with the promising utility named to replace the sacked playmaker at five-eighth against the Sydney Roosters on Saturday.more

The Star’s series profiling some of Canterbury’s winter sports coaches continues today with Andrew Auimatagi, coach of the Linwood Keas and the St Thomas of Canterbury College rugby league sides. Andrew Voerman takes a look at how he operates.more

A Vision for the Future of Sport and Recreation

From your favourite mobile device or desktop, you can now access via http://www.sportcanterbury.org.nz/spacesplacespeople/ - a living document which has been developed by the Sport and Recreation Earthquake Leadership Group.more

BULLS TEAM SONG/CHANT

The Bulls are looking for a team song or chant they can belt out following winning performances in this years National Championship.more

Lions improve chances for playoff spot

The Celebration Lions all but locked up a top-two spot in the Canterbury Rugby League premiership after their 46-14 demolition of Hornby at Cuthberts Green on Saturday.more

Latest game update for Saturday 14th June 2014

Due to the closure of some of the league grounds we’ve had to cancel all games for the 6 Years up to 12 Years grade.more

Game update

We are waiting on more details regarding the state of the fields.
Once we know if they will be ok to use this weekend then we will post another message. Thanksmore

John Coffey honoured with QSM

On behalf of the Canterbury Rugby League Board and our Rugby League community, we would like to congratulate John Coffey on his QSM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours over the weekend.more

Aranui's chase for a berth in the finals remains alive

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Fa'amanu Brown to make NRL debut with Sharks

Christchurch-born teenager Fa'amanu Brown is poised to make his NRL debut as former Kangaroos and New South Wales representative Todd Carney's latest replacement at five-eighth for the Cronulla Sharks.more

New blood boosts Bulls in shield win

The new Canterbury Bulls coach was pleased with his rookies after a 38-18 win over the Wellington Orcas in the Centenary Shield rugby league match at Porirua.

The Press - Tony Smithmore

New sheriff in town - NZRL

Maybe World Cup defeat was the kick up the pants needed by the NZ Kiwi Ferns.more

"The Star Secondary Schools Rugby League Cup"

Canterbury Rugby League and The Star have joined forces in creating "The Star Secondary Schools Rugby League Cup".more

Sauni bags four in Hornets' comeback - A.Morgan

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Mother's memory spurs Canterbury league star - T.Smith

Former Canterbury rugby league player Penani Manumalealii says the memory of his mother, who died in a car crash near Christchurch, inspired his three-try performance for Samoa last weekend.more

Bang, bang for Bam Bam in switch - T.Smith

Canterbury Bulls and former New Zealand Residents rugby league player Chris Bamford reckons he used to be a street scrapper as a kid - but he's now embarking on a professional boxing career.more

Kiwis rookies in key Anzac roles

NZ Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney has named international debutants Ben Henry and Isaac John to the pivotal hooker and stand off positions for the Anzac Test against Australia in Sydney on Friday.more

CANTERBURY GIRLS ORIGIN SERIES

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Kiwi-raised Nu Brown to play for Samoans

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Canterbury Bulls Squad Announced

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Hornets hold on to beat Panthers - A.Morgan

The Halswell Hornets erased some of the pain of losing the last two grand finals after they inflicted their own medicine on the Hornby Panthers in their 26-20 victory at Halswell Domain on Saturday.more

NZRL Media release - Six rookies among Anzac Kiwis

NZ Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney has named six newcomers to his national team to face Australia in next Friday's Anzac Test at Sydney's Allianz Stadium.more

Likely risers going toe to toe - A.Morgan

Expected big improvers Papanui and Celebration headline an intriguing opening round of premier-grade Canterbury Rugby League action this afternoon.more

Carter surrenders NZRL helm

NZ Rugby League chairman Scott Carter is stepping down from his leadership roles with the game’s domestic and international bodies.more

NZRL Press Release 20 March 2014 - League leads education initiative

Best known for its exploits on the field, NZ Rugby League has an exciting opportunity to showcase its programmes in the community over the next two weeks.more

Press Release, 20 March 2014 - Canterbury Rugby League Referees and Crown Lift Trucks Join Forces.

Canterbury Rugby League (CRL) is delighted to announce Crown Lift Trucks as the major sponsor of the CRL Referees for the next two (2) years.more

Coad steps up to Bulls coach T.Smith

New Canterbury Bulls rugby league coach Darrell Coad is confident there is enough talent in Christchurch to get the team back on top of the national pedestal.more

NZRL Press release - 19 March 2014:Bromwich, JWH & Hoffman catch Kearney's eye

Melbourne Storm prop Jesse Bromwich's standout performance in this week's NRL round has impressed NZ Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney and helped earn him a four-year contract extension with his club.more

PRESS RELEASE - 19 March 2014: CANTERBURY BULLS COACH APPOINTED

Canterbury Rugby League and the Southern Zone of New Zealand Rugby League announce the appointment of Darrell Coad as the head coach of the Canterbury Bulls for the 2014 National Competition to replace former coach Mike Dorreen who stepped down from the role after two years in charge.more

Kiwi international re-signs with Melbourne Storm M.Woods

Family comes first for Jesse Bromwich who says he never contemplated leaving the Melbourne Storm.more

Want to play rugby league?

Want to play rugby league? Maybe play for the Kiwis and pursue a career in the NRL one day? Even the stars have to start somewhere and that's by joining a local rugby league club.more

Tigers signings ready to make their mark

Gundagai Tigers signings Rulon Nutira and Matthew Sauni have wasted no time since arriving in town last Sunday, with the duo starting training with the Group Nine rugby league club on Tuesday and being inducted for work yesterday.more

CRL Press Release - 3 March 2014

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From prison to the penthouse - Suaia Matagi by David Long

The Warriors have pulled off a major coup on the eve of the new NRL season after locking powerhouse prop Suaia Matagi into a new three-year contract.more

Time for Warriors coach to prove his worth by DAVE LONG

For most coaches, the first year in a job is about finding your feet and moulding the squad to how you want it.more

CANTERBURY RUGBY LEAGUE UPDATE

Reflections on a busy couple of weeks here in Canterbury for Rugby Leaguemore

NZ, Australia to co-host 2017 World Cup

Rugby league’s wave of popularity gathers more momentum this week with the decision to award the 2017 World Cup to New Zealand and Australia as co-hosts.more

Stephen Kearney holds on to Kiwis coach job By D.Long & A. Lawton

Stephen Kearney has survived an arduous post-World Cup review and will be retained as the head coach of the Kiwis.more

Sharks Community Days

The Cronulla Sharks took a slight detour on route to the Auckland nines and decided to pay a brief encounter to the rugby league community in Canterbury.more

Sharks in NZ - Day 2

The Sharks got out to six local area Christchurch Schools on Wednesday in a continuation of their community and promotional work in the Canterbury District of New Zealand.more

Hornby boy mixing it with Sharks' guns

Nu Brown is back in town as the proud Hornby product prepares to live his NRL dream and play in the Auckland Nines with "the big boys".more

CANTERBURY RUGBY LEAGUE EMPLOYS NEW DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Canterbury Rugby League is pleased to announce the arrival of David McMeeken as its Rugby League Development Officer.more

NEW CRL LOGO

Canterbury Rugby League launches new logomore

DINE WITH THE SHARKS

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Kangaroos win RLWC2013

The Kangaroos had one of those days when they could do little wrong - and they wound up with a 34-2 victory before a record crowd of more than 74,000 at Old Trafford in Manchester.more

Kiwis named for RLWC2013 final

Stephen Kearney has named his 19-man squad for Saturday's Rugby League World Cup final against the Kangaroos at Old Trafford, Manchester.more

WILLIAMS CROWNED RLIF INTERNATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Manchester, UK November 27, 2013 - Sonny Bill Williams was tonight named Rugby League International Federation Player of the Year for 2013. The New Zealand and Sydney Roosters forward received the sport’s most prestigious individual honour at the RLIF’s gala dinner at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, where he was joined by many of the stars of Rugby League World Cup 2013.more

Tonihi returns to Bulls side for final By T.Smith

The Canterbury Bulls will welcome back a former favourite for their final game of the 2013 National Provincial Premiership rugby league competition.more

Bulls run over luckless Vipers By T.Smith

Dynamic Dan Moevao led the Canterbury Bulls' rampage in their crushing 82-12 win over the hapless Central Vipers in the national rugby league premiership.more

Mel Cooke Trophy

The South Island Rugby League Kiwis Association and Canterbury Rugby League (CRL) have joined forces in the creation of a new trophy to honor Mel Cooke.more

On-and-off Bulls too flat, says Dorreen By T.Smith

Coach Mike Dorreen admitted the Canterbury Bulls' 44-22 defeat to the Wellington Orcas was almost a carbon copy of last week's loss in Auckland.more

Akarana too strong for Bulls By T Smith

The Canterbury Bulls' National Premiership rugby league title challenge is over after they crashed to a second consecutive defeat in the Albert Baskerville Shield competition.more

NZ Residents 16s and 18s to Play Australia Named

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Why players shouldn't be allowed to dodge paying

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Exciting start to National Premiership By A. Goile

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Bulls no match for Stingrays By T.Smith

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Canterbury Rugby League Partners with Steeden

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Aranui out to upset at nationals By B.Egan

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Stand-out debut for winger

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Bulls ready to run through Swords By T.Smith

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Bulls uncover 'diamond in the rough' By T.Smith

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Code convert's 'got the bug' By T.Smith

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League still Canterbury's most passionate sport T.

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Calls for more games at park By T.Smith

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Panthers pounce with thrilling win By T.Smith

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Hornby kicker seals thriller By A. Morgan

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Hornets coach could sting old mentor in grand fina

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'Big unit' key to Panthers' bid for success-Morgan

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Running of the Bulls again at Addington by T.Smith

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Panthers to play Hornets in final A.Morgan

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Rugby Park ready to welcome league By T.Smith

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Hornby keep out fast-finishing Celebration

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Celebration seal final playoff spot By A. Morgan

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Hornets odds-on for minor premiership By A.Morgan

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Draw keeps Linwood Keas on top By Anthony Morgan

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Aranui upset at Controversial finish by Anthony Morgan

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Brawling clubs hit with fine

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Linwood, Halswell open up buffer by Anthony Morgan

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Hornets avenge grand final loss by Anthony Morgan

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Canterbury Bulls to make comeback

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Boyd turns on the magic as Keas own Panthers by Anthony Morgan

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Celebrations in order for long-standing league clubs by Tony Smith

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Thacker Shield Revival

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Young SI Stars Stake NRL Claims by Tony Smith

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