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New Zealand Men

Nickname: Kwiws |

New Zealand Men

Nickname: Kwiws |
host venues

IRL Ranking :
1st

head coach

Head Coach:
Michael Maguire

Captain

Captain:
Benji Marshall

Appearances

World Cup Appearances:
15 (1954, 1957, 1960, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1985-88, 1989-92, 1995, 2000, 2008, 2013, 2017)

Best Results

World Cup Best Result:
Champions/Winners – 2008

host venues

RLWC2021 Host Town:
York

Team Bio

Rugby league has played a significant part in New Zealand sport for over 100 years, dating back to 1907 when the first ever New Zealand Rugby League international team toured Great Britain and played their first ever competitive match on the 1st January against Wales. Since the formation of the sport within the country, New Zealand has played an integral role in the history of International Rugby League, with New Zealand being second only to England to compete in international competition.  

Having had all this steep history with the sport, it took until 2008 for New Zealand to win the Rugby League World Cup for the first time, beating Australia in the final. This triumph made New Zealand only the third different team to win the Rugby League World Cup, alongside Australia and New Zealand. The current world number one ranked side will be a huge presence amongst the tournament, and with their traditional performing of the ‘haka’ before the start of each game, they are a team you won’t want to miss watching.

The current squad mostly comprises of players playing in the Australian Rugby League competition (NRL), since the domestic New Zealand league is semi-professional. Although, the first professional New Zealand club team, the Auckland Warriors, was added to the NRL in 1995. A total of 823 players have represented New Zealand in Rugby League across the 114 years since the team's first international game.

Schedule

Men's Group C

NZL

Sun 16
October

19:30

Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington

LEB

Men's Group C

NZL

Sat 22
October

19:30

MKM Stadium, Hull

JAM

Men's Group C

NZL

Fri 28
October

19:30

Headingley Stadium, Leeds

IRE

News

Salford City Roosters officially open their brand new clubhouse

The club secured £434,863, one of the largest grants ever awarded from the Rugby League World Cup 2021 CreatedBy RLWC2021 capital grants programme.

RLWC2021 closes London Stock Exchange to celebrate new tournament schedule

RLWC2021 Ambassadors Oliver Thomason and Jodie Cunningham were joined by Rugby League legends, including Shaun Wane and Martin Offiah MBE, for the closing ceremony.

Full Schedule revealed and tickets available now for 2022

All 18 original host town and cities remain involved with, all tournament finals now to be played in Manchester with Manchester Central set to host the wheelchair final.

Bigger and better. New schedule and tickets on sale from 9am Friday

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 officially begins today (15 November) as we can confirm the 61-match schedule will be revealed in full on Friday 19 November at 9am GMT.

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