Taranaki rugby league team
|Nickname(s)||Wildcats, Rockets, Sharks|
|Ground(s)||Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth|
|Pukekura Park, New Plymouth|
|Competition||NZRL National Competition (Zone)
Rugby League Cup (District)
|Rugby League Cup||1975, 1977-79, 1985, 1999-2000|
The Taranaki rugby league team (also known as the Taranaki Wildcats, formerly the Taranaki Sharks and the Taranaki Rockets) are New Zealand rugby league team that represents the Taranaki Rugby League. They currently compete in the NZRL National Competition (Zonal team) and the Rugby League Cup (District team).
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.
1994-1996: Lion Red Cup
2002-2003: Bartercard Cup
In 2002 and 2003 the Taranaki Wildcats competed in the Bartercard Cup. They were coached by Alan Jackson.
The Wildcats entered the competition in 2002 alongside the Central Falcons. They managed to compete in most games, winning two and with two draws. This was not enough to avoid the wooden spoon but most pundits predicted they would be better for the experience in 2003.
In 2003 they again collected the wooden spoon, only managing to win one game all season.
2008-2009: Bartercard Premiership
Taranaki were part of the Bartercard Premiership in 2008 and 2009, however they were not competitive and finished last and second to last in each year.
2010-Present: National Competition
In 2010, they joined the NZRL National Competition from the defunct Bartercard Premiership.
- "Dream team of century is named". Taranaki Daily News. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
- Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1994, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1994. p.118
- Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.174
- New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p.144