Taranaki Rugby League

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Taranaki Rugby League
Club information
Nickname(s) Sharks
Founded 1908
Current details

Taranaki Rugby League is the local sporting body responsible for the administration of Rugby league in the Taranaki region of New Zealand. The TRL are represented by the Taranaki rugby league team. They are in the Mid-Central zone along with the Manawatu Rugby League.

Regional Senior Competition[edit]

Five Taranaki senior clubs compete in the Western Alliance, alongside five clubs from the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Taranaki clubs in the Western Alliance include:


The Taranaki Rugby League was founded with the help of Adam Lile, one of the members of the 1907-1908 "All Golds" tour.[1]

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In 2008 the Taranaki Rugby League named its Team of the Century: Dave Watson; Babe Hooker; Ron McKay; Willie Talau; Ernest Buckland; Tony Kemp; Issac Luke; Bruce Gall; Howie Tamati; Wille Southorn; Graeme West; Adam Lile; Barry Harvey. Bench: Jack McLeod; Fred White; Lance Moir; Jim Parker; Charles Hunt.

Referee of the century: Graham Church. Coach of the century: Alan Marshall. Player of the century: Wille Southorn.[2]

Lion Red Cup[edit]

Main article: Taranaki Rockets

Between 1994 and 1996, the Taranaki region was represented by the Taranaki Rockets in the Lion Red Cup competition. The Rockets were notable for having Willie Talau on their roster, who now competes in the European Super League with St. Helens.

Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Position Finals
1994 22 10 1 11 481 536 -55 21 Sixth N/A
1995 22 2 1 19 339 770 -431 5 Eleventh N/A
1996 22 11 0 11 516 438 33 22 Seventh N/A

Bartercard Cup[edit]

Main article: Taranaki Wildcats

Taranaki was represented in the Bartercard Cup competition for two years by the Taranaki Wildcats. They finished in last place both seasons, before folding at the completion of the 2003 season.

Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Position (Teams) Finals
2002 16 2 2 12 334 636 -302 6 Wooden Spoon (Twelve) N/A
2003 16 1 0 15 262 932 -670 2 Wooden Spoon (Twelve) N/A

National Provincial Competition[edit]

Taranaki Rugby League were awarded a place in the new six-team National Provincial Competition which began in 2008. In the first season the team finished in sixth place.

Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Position Finals
2008 5 0 0 5 96 262 -116 0 Sixth N/A
2009 5 1 0 4 86 212 -126 2 Fifth N/A


  1. ^ John Haynes From All Blacks to All Golds: Rugby League's Pioneers, Christchurch, Ryan and Haynes, 1996. ISBN 0-473-03864-1
  2. ^ "Dream team of century is named". Taranaki Daily News. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 

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