2013 New Zealand rugby league season

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The 2013 New Zealand rugby league season was the 106th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand. The main feature of the year was the National Competition run by the New Zealand Rugby League. The competition was won by the Akarana Falcons, who defeated the Counties Manukau Stingrays 22-12 in the final.

The New Zealand national rugby league team competed in the 2013 ANZAC Test in addition to the end of year World Cup.

International competitions[edit]

The New Zealand national rugby league team played the annual ANZAC Test against Australia at Canberra Stadium on 19 April, losing 12-32.[1][2] The squad was Josh Hoffman, Sam Perrett, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Dean Whare, Jason Nightingale, Kieran Foran (c), Shaun Johnson, Jesse Bromwich, Issac Luke, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Frank Pritchard, Kevin Proctor, Alex Glenn, Bench: Elijah Taylor, Sam McKendry, Ben Matulino, Tohu Harris. Captain Simon Mannering was ruled out on the day of the test, with Glenn replacing him in the starting side and Harris joining the bench. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was the reserve.[3][4]

At the end of the year the Kiwis participated in the 2013 World Cup, where they made it to the final and lost to Australia 2-34. The tournament was hosted in England, Wales, France and Ireland.[5] The Kiwis played a warm up game against the Cook Islands side, winning 50-0. The match was not an official test match and featured a six-man bench and an unlimited interchange.

The New Zealand Māori side hosted the Murri Queensland Indigenous team. Coached by Darren Pirini, the squad consisted of Steve Wateford, Thyme Nikau, Rusty Bristow, Zebastian Luisi, Tee Mahe, Cody Walker, Jody Henry, Sam Rapira, Kurt Kara, Charlie Gubb, Bodene Thompson, Rulon Nutira, Scott Jones, Hamiora Mihaka, Tony Tuia, Jay Pukepuke and Kouma Samson.[6]

The Junior Kiwis lost 26-38 to the Junior Kangaroos at WIN Jubilee Oval on 13 October 2013. The side included Kurtis Rowe, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Jeremy Hawkins, Ngani Laumape, David Fusitua, Tuimoala Lolohea, Mason Lino, Albert Vete, Manaia Cherrington, James Taylor, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Joseph Tapine, David Bhana (c). Interchange: Mitch Clark, David Minute, Zach Docker-Clay, Takai Moeakiola.

The Kiwi Ferns competed in the Women's World Cup, losing the final for the first time. As part of the Festival of World Cups, New Zealand also sent a tertiary and defence force teams.

The NZRL's player of the year was Kieran Foran.[7]

National competitions[edit]

Rugby League Cup[edit]

Auckland were the current holders of the Rugby League Cup but did not defend the trophy during the season.

National Competition[edit]

2013 was the fourth year of the National Competition.

Season standings[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA Pts
Counties Manukau Stingrays 6 6 0 0 1 294 118 14
Akarana Falcons 6 5 0 1 1 266 88 12
Wellington Orcas 6 4 0 2 1 204 110 10
Waicoa Bay Stallions 6 3 0 3 1 184 204 8
Canterbury Bulls 6 2 0 4 1 212 168 6
Northern Swords 6 1 0 5 1 96 252 4
Central Vipers 6 0 0 6 1 64 380 2



Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
Counties Manukau Stingrays 12 - 22 Akarana Falcons 21 October Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Australian competitions[edit]

The New Zealand Warriors spent their 19th first grade season in the Australian competition, playing in the National Rugby League.

The Junior Warriors again competed in the Holden Cup, while the Auckland Vulcans competed in the NSW Cup.

Club competitions[edit]


The Auckland Rugby League competition began on 30 March and ended on 18 August when the Point Chevalier Pirates defeated the Mount Albert Lions 24-22 in the grand final.[10] The Sharman Cup was won by the Richmond Rovers who defeated the Otara Scorpions 18-14 and the Mount Wellington Warriors defeated the Glenfield Greyhounds 39-10 to win the Phelan Shield.

Zebastian Luisi was named the player of the year, Point Chevalier's Matiu Love-Henry was the rookie of the year, Mount Albert's James Blackwell was the competitions top try-scorer and Mount Albert's Cody Walker won the Lance Painter Rose Bowl as top goal scorer.[11]


The University Hunters defeated the Randwick Kingfishers 22-10 to win the Wellington Rugby League competition.


The Hornby Panthers won the Canterbury Rugby League grand final with a 22-20 win in overtime over Halswell. It was the first game of rugby league to be played at Christchurch's Rugby Park.[12]

Addington, Sydenham and Linwood all celebrated their centenaries during the season.[13]


Taniwharau defeated Hamilton City Tigers 18-16 at Resthills Park, Hamilton.


The Hikurangi Stags won the Whangarei City & District rugby league title, by defeating the Takahiwai Warriors 36-26 at Toll Stadium, Whangarei.[14][15]


  1. ^ Canberra to host 2013 Anzac league test stuff.co.nz, 15 August 2012
  2. ^ Luckless Kiwis bemoan video ref rulings stuff.co.nz, 20 April 2013
  3. ^ Foran looks to brain not brawn to defeat rivals New Zealand Herald, 19 April 2013
  4. ^ Kiwis captain Mannering out of Anzac test stuff.co.nz, 19 April 2013
  5. ^ 2013 Rugby League World Cup to visit Ireland and France The Guardian, 28 November 2011
  6. ^ New Zealand Maori Invitation XIII to play Murri Queensland Indigenous Side. nzrl.co.nz, 9 October 2013
  7. ^ Fairfax (10 December 2013). "Kieran Foran named NZRL player of the year". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  8. ^ Rivals able to merge for Akarana powerhouse stuff.co.nz, 8 September 2013
  9. ^ National Competition nzrl.co.nz
  10. ^ a b c d e f Team Lists Archived 2 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine aucklandleague.co.nz, 30 March 2013
  11. ^ ARL Annual Awards Dinner aucklandleague.co.nz, 15 August 2013
  12. ^ Panthers pounce with thrilling win By T.Smith sportingpulse.com, 12 August 2013
  13. ^ Celebrations in order for long-standing league clubs stuff.co.nz, 30 March 2013
  14. ^ northernadvocat, Mike Dinsdale Mike Dinsdale is Northern Advocate deputy editor mike dinsdale@nzme co nz (2013-08-11). "League: Stags rally to deny Warriors". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  15. ^ "Northland Premier League final". Māori Television. Retrieved 2018-02-27.