1981 New Zealand rugby league season
The 1981 New Zealand rugby league season was the 74th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand.
New Zealand defeated France twice. New Zealand included; Fred Ah Kuoi, Ray Baxendale, Mark Broadhurst, Tony Coll, Olsen Filipaina, captain Mark Graham, James Leuluai, Michael O'Donnell, Dane O'Hara, Gary Prohm, Alan Rushton, Howie and Kevin Tamati, Shane Varley, Graeme West, Dennis Williams and Wally Wilson.
The South Island lost to France 16-12 at the Addington Showgrounds. The South Island included Bernie Green, captain Ray Baxendale, Wayne Dwyer, Barry Edkins and Wayne Wallace. France also defeated Central Districts, New Zealand Māori and Northern Districts. Auckland defeated France 20-10 at Carlaw Park. Auckland included; Nick Wright, Gary Prohm, Marcus Pouesi, James Leuluai, Dane O'Hara, Ron O'Regan, captain Shane Varley, Lyndsay Proctor, Les Beehre, Pat Poasa, Kevin Schaumkel, Tom Conroy and Ian Bell. Reserves; Gary Kemble and Mark Gillespie.
Rugby League Cup
Mt Albert won the Auckland Rugby League's Fox Memorial Trophy, Rukutai Shield, Stormont Shield and Kiwi Shield. They defeated Glenora 18-7 in the Fox Memorial Grand Final. Otahuhu won the Roope Rooster, Ellerslie won the Sharman Cup and Richmond won the Norton Cup.
John Ackland (Mt Albert) won the Lipscombe Cup, Ron O'Regan (City Newton) won the Rothville Trophy, Kevin Schaumkel (Glenora) and Marcus Pouesi (Mt Albert) won the Bert Humphries Memorial, Emil Vaafusuaga (Otahuhu) and Dean Bell (Manukau) shared the Tetley Trophy, Dennis Williams (Glenora) won the Painter Rosebowl Trophy and Mike McClennan (Mt Albert) won the Hyland Memorial Cup.
Kevin Tamati played for Randwick.
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