"Central Falcons" redirects here. For central zone rugby league team, see
Manawatu rugby league team
Manawatu rugby league team are a rugby league team that represents the Manawatu Rugby League in New Zealand Rugby League competitions. They have previously been nicknamed the Mustangs and between 2002 and 2007 competed in the Bartercard Cup as the Central Falcons.
Manawatu has a strong domestic scene and clubs compete in the "Western Alliance" region alongside
History [ edit ]
Rugby league in the region was first recorded in 1957. However it was not until 1971 that Manawatu had its first ever registered win, against
Bay of Plenty 24 - 19. The season remains the team's most successful. [1 ]
Lion Red Cup [ edit ]
In 1996 a Manawatu team was entered into the
Lion Red Cup, replacing the Auckland Warriors' Colts. They were called the Manawatu Mustangs. This team was coached by Peter Sixtus.
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Bartercard Cup [ edit ]
Central Falcons were a franchise in the now defunct Bartercard Cup rugby league competition. They represented the Central North Island of New Zealand, playing home games in Palmerston North and Levin and were run by the Manawatu Rugby League. They were coached by former Kiwis international David Lomax.
They entered the competition in 2002 alongside the
Taranaki Wildcats. They had a close relationship with the New Zealand Army and its base at Waiouru. In 2006 two New Zealand Warriors were assigned to the club; Micheal Luck & Steve Price.
Notable players included:
Jesse Royal, Ricky Thorby and Russell Packer.
The side never made the finals and in the final season collected the
wooden spoon. The club's best result was in 2005 when it finished Ninth out of Twelve teams.
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References [ edit ]