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
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
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
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
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
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
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’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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Canterbury Rugby Leaguemore
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
July 01, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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