Rugby League Hawkes Bay

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Rugby League Hawkes Bay
Club information
Founded 1911
Current details
Chairman Kevin Tamati

Rugby League Hawkes Bay is the local sporting body responsible for the administration of rugby league in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand. The RLHB run the local club competition and are responsible for the Hawke's Bay rugby league team. They are part of the New Zealand Rugby League's Mid-Central Zone and their players are eligible for the Central Vipers.


Rugby league was first established in the region in 1911 thanks to two former All Golds Jim Gleeson and Edward Tyne.[1] Former All Black David Evans helped persuade three Hawke's Bay clubs; Clive, Ahuriri and Kia Toa, to switch en masse to rugby league and form the basis of the first club competition. Mayor Vigor Brown ensured that rugby league had access to McLean Park.[2] They were admitted to the New Zealand Rugby League that same year.[3]

In the mid-2000s the Hawkes Bay and Gisborne Tairawhiti Rugby League ran a combined club competition called the Eastern Alliance.[4][5]

Rugby League Hawkes Bay celebrated its centenary in August 2011.[6] Former Kiwi Kevin Tamati is the current chairman.[7]

Club history[edit]

1984: Omahu Huias 1986: Omahu Huias 1987: Omahu Huias 1988: Flaxmere Falcons 1989: Flaxmere Falcons 1991: Flaxmere Falcons 1992: Tamatea 1993: Tamatea 1994: Taradale Eagles 1995: Taradale Eagles 1996: Taradale Eagles 1997: Taradale Eagles


  1. ^ John Haynes From All Blacks to All Golds: Rugby League's Pioneers, Christchurch, Ryan and Haynes, 1996. ISBN 0-473-03864-1
  2. ^ David Evans
  3. ^ Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987.
  4. ^ Gisborne team humbled in horror weekend Hawke's Bay Today, 18 April 2005
  5. ^ Mustangs reveal hope for Gisborne after more mismatches Hawke's Bay Today, 2 May 2005
  6. ^ In Touch, July 2011, p.25.
  7. ^ Mixed season ends on high note Hawke's Bay Today, 7 November 2011

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