Ray Haffenden

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Ray Haffenden
Playing information
Position Fullback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Linwood (CRL)
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1970–1974 Canterbury 4
1974 South Island 1
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1982–1988 Canterbury 36 20 4 12 56
South Island

Ray Haffenden is a New Zealand rugby league administrator and former player and coach who served as the New Zealand Rugby League's chairman. He currently serves as the NZRL vice-chairman.

Playing career[edit]

Haffenden played for the Linwood Keas in the Canterbury Rugby League competition until he was 32.[1] He played in the Keas' premiership winning teams in 1968 and 1970.[2]

Haffenden played four games for Canterbury and represented the South Island against Great Britain in 1974.[2][3]

Coaching career[edit]

Haffenden coached Canterbury in 1982 and again from 1984, stepping down in 1988 with 20 wins, 4 draws and 12 losses.[4] During this time he also coached the South Island.

In 1989 and 1990 he coached the Junior Kiwis, including a tour of Papua New Guinea. Haffenden also managed the New Zealand Kiwis in 1990 and 1991 under coach Bob Bailey, who he had challenged for the position.[2] He continued to manage the Kiwis under Frank Endacott until 1995.[5]

Administration career[edit]

Haffenden was voted onto the New Zealand Rugby League board in 1992, serving until 1995.[6]

Haffenden later served on the judiciary for Bartercard Cup games and the New Zealand Rugby League judiciary panel. Haffenden is also a life member of the Linwood Keas club in Christchurch.[5]

He was elected back onto the NZRL board and took over as chairman in November 2007.[7] As chairman Haffenden took over in a time of turmoil and oversaw a SPARC review of the NZRL that led to its revamp in 2009. Haffenden's term as chairman ended with the restructure, however he was elected as the vice-chairman.[1][8] Haffenden was part of the independent judiciary following the 2011 Bill Kelly Test match.[9]


  1. ^ a b Jessup, Peter (21 February 2009). "League: Haffenden reflects on a tough report". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Haffenden to guide NZ Rugby League out of crisis". The Press. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987.
  4. ^ Lion Red 1988 Rugby League Annual, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1988. p.p.160-167
  5. ^ a b NZRL Board nzrl.co.nz
  6. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1992 New Zealand Rugby League, 1992. p.4
  7. ^ "Butcher mad about NZ rugby league debt". Sunday News. 9 March 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Ray Haffenden must stand for NZRL election New Zealand Herald, 1 June 2009
  9. ^ Walter, Brad (17 October 2011). "Kiwis prop denies targetting Lockyer's jaw". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 November 2011.