New Zealand

  • Team Name
    The Kiwis
  • First Appearance
    1954
  • RLWC2013 Group
    Group B
  • RLWC2013 Opponents
    France, Papua New Guinea, Samoa
  • Last Win
    2008
  • Players to watch
    Jason Nightingale, Issac Luke and Frank Pritchard
Jesse Bromwich
J.Bromwich
Greg Eastwood
G.Eastwood
Kieran Foran
K.Foran
Alex Glenn
A.Glenn
Bryson Goodwin
B.Goodwin
Josh Hoffman
J.Hoffman
Krisnan Inu
K.Inu
Shaun Johnson
S.Johnson
Sam Kasiano
S.Kasiano
Thomas Leuluai
T.Leuluai
Kevin Locke
K.Locke
Issac Luke
I.Luke
Simon Mannering
S.Mannering
Ben Matulino
B.Matulino
Sam Moa
S.Moa
Jason Nightingale
J.Nightingale
Frank-Paul Nu'uausala
F.Nu'uausala
Frank Pritchard
F.Pritchard
Elijah Taylor
E.Taylor
Roger  Tuivasa-Sheck
R.Tuivasa-Sheck
Manu Vatuvei
M.Vatuvei
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
J.Waerea-Hargre
Dean Whare
D.Whare
Sonny Bill Williams
S.Williams

Group B

Sun Oct 27 KO: 6:00pm HALLIWELL JONES STADIUM
WARRINGTON
New Zealand
42-24
Samoa
REPORT
Fri Nov 01 KO: 8:00pm PARC DES SPORTS
AVIGNON
New Zealand
48-0
France
REPORT
Fri Nov 08 KO: 8:00pm HEADINGLEY CARNEGIE STADIUM
LEEDS
New Zealand
56-10
Papua New Guinea
REPORT

Quarter Finals

Fri Nov 15 KO: 8:00pm HEADINGLEY CARNEGIE STADIUM
LEEDS
New Zealand
40-4
Scotland
REPORT

Semi Finals

Sat Nov 23 KO: 1:00pm THE BIG HIT, WEMBLEY STADIUM
LONDON
New Zealand
20-18
England

Final

Sat Nov 30 KO: 2:30pm OLD TRAFFORD
MANCHESTER
New Zealand
2-34
Australia
REPORT

A bit of History

In 2008, New Zealand stunned Australia in front of a partisan crowd at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium to clinch the World Cup for the first time – sweet revenge for a team that had tasted successive defeats in 2000 and 2008. 

Rugby League has been alive and kicking in New Zealand for more than 100 years. In 1907 the legendary Albert Baskerville organised Rugby League’s very first international tour, bringing a New Zealand side to Britain to play against the Northern Union. 

The side included another legend, Australian Dally Messenger, and after losing a nail-biting first international 9-8 against Wales, the illustrious ‘All Golds’ won a three-test series against a Northern Union representative side 2-1. 

While the tour is widely regarded as integral to the establishment of Rugby League in its infancy, back in New Zealand the game is strong in and around the Auckland area – home of the New Zealand Warriors. 

The Warriors play in Australia’s NRL, but there is also a seven-team domestic competition which includes Auckland and six other zones: Northland; Manukau; Upper Central; Mid Central; Wellington and Southern.

Prior to the 2008 World Cup win, the highpoint for New Zealand Rugby League was an astonishing 2005 Tri-Nations Final defeat of Australia. The 24-0 whitewash in a final they were not expected even to reach, briefly made New Zealand world number one.

A year after tasting World Cup glory, the Kiwis under performed in Rugby League’s Four Nations, drawing with Australia before suffering a crucial defeat at the hands of the English. But they remain a potent threat and entertain high hopes of retaining a title that took them so long to earn and that they so richly deserve to hold.