New Zealand Māori rugby league team

New Zealand Māori rugby league team is a rugby league representative side made up of New Zealand Māori players. The side represents the New Zealand Māori Rugby league. Like its union counterpart, the rugby league team competes in international competitions.

New Zealand Māori
Team information
Head coachStacey Jones
CaptainAdam Blair
Team results
First international
 Australia 24–14 Māori 
(Sydney, Australia; 1908)
Biggest win
 Māori 64–4  Tokelau
(Ericsson Stadium No.2, Auckland; 2006)
Biggest defeat
 Māori 0–29 Great Britain 
(Auckland, New Zealand; 20 July 1910)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first time in 2000)
Best resultPool Stage

With some controversy, the team participated in the 2000 World Cup as Aotearoa Māori.[1] The Super League International Board had agreed to give a place in their World Cup to the New Zealand Māori team as they attempted to gain allies during the Super League war.[1] Despite that World Cup not taking place, the Rugby league International Federation repeated the offer for the 2000 World Cup when it replaced the Super League International Board following the end of the dispute.[1]


A New Zealand Māori team first toured overseas in 1908 when they visited Australia. This tour was a success, and was followed by another tour to Australia in 1909 and to Great Britain in 1910.

The first game of international rugby league on New Zealand soil was between the Māori and the touring Great Britain Lions of 1910.[2]

A separate body, the Māori Rugby League Board of Control, was formed in 1934 to administer the game in Māori communities.[3] This governing body was later renamed the Aotearoa Māori Rugby League and in 1992 it was registered as an incorporated society.[3]

The Māori have had a wonderful record of beating international touring teams over the years. In 1983 they visited Britain and a side containing future Kiwis stars like Hugh McGahan, Dean Bell and Clayton Friend proved too strong for the amateur opposition they played. For many years, the Māori have competed in the Pacific Cup alongside other teams with a strong presence of New Zealand-based players—Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands, so they thought it was right they should have the opportunity to follow these teams to the World Cup. The invitation to the Māori to take part in the 2000 World Cup came about as a result of promises made to them by the defunct Super League International Board at the height of the Super League war that tore the game apart in the southern hemisphere.

The Māori team has participated in the Pacific Cup (since 1974), Super League's 1997 Oceania Cup, Papua New Guinea 50th Anniversary (1998), 2000 World Cup, World Sevens Qualification (2003) and Pacific Rim (2004) competitions.[3]

The Maori competed against Indigenous Dreamtime team on 26 October 2008 as the curtain raiser to the first match of the 2008 World Cup.[4][5] The Māori team lost 34-26.

In 2010, the Maori team played England at Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland before the 2010 Rugby league Four Nations in New Zealand. After trailing 18-0 at halftime, the Maori came back to draw the match at 18-all.[6]

In October 2013, the side faced the touring Murri Rugby League Team in a two-game series. The Maori side, featuring NRL players Charlie Gubb, Sam Rapira and Bodene Thompson, won the first game 48-18 at Davies Park, Huntly. The second game was played at Puketawhero Park, Rotorua and was won by the Maori side, 32-16.[7][8][9]

In October 2014, the team will travel to Australia to play against the Queensland Maori team at Owen Park, Southport and the Murri Rugby League Team at BMD Kougari Oval, Wynnum.

In 2018 they took part in the NRL Festival of Indigenous Rugby League held in Redfern Sydney against the First Nation Goannas, they were beat 22-16 in a thrilling finish.[10]







2008 squad

New Zealand Māori
2008 squad Coaching staff

Head coach

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

2010 Squad

New Zealand Māori
2010 squad Coaching staff


  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

2013 squad


Team Name Rohe

1. Zebastion Luisi, Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) - Howick Hornets.

2. Thyme Nikau, Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) - Howick Hornets

3. Hiwaroa Grant, Te Arawa (Bay of Plenty) - Taniwharau

4. Rusty Bristow, Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) - Papakura Sea Eagles

5. Ryan Gordon, Tauranga Moana (Coastline) - Otumoetai Eels

6. Cruz Rauner, Taranaki (Taranaki) - Waitara Bears

7. Cody Walker, Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) - Mount Albert Lions

8. Chris Fox, Waikato Maori (Waikato) - Taniwharau

9. Zach Tippins, Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) - Mount Albert Lions

10. Jay Pukepuke, Te Waipounamu (Canterbury) - Halswell Hornets

11. Rulon Nutira, Te Waipounamu (Canterbury) - Hornby Panthers

12. Arden McCarthy, Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) - Pt Chevalier Pirates

13. Dylan Moses, Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) - Pt Chevalier Pirates

14. Chance Tauri, Te Awa Kairangi (Wellington) - Te Aroha Eels

15. Tama Kaha, Te Awa Kairangi (Manawatu) - Levin Wolves

16. Tony Tuia, Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) - Howick Hornets

17. Dominic Bartells, Te Awa Kairangi (Wellington) - Wainuiomata Lions

Coach: Darren Pirini, Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland)

2014 squad


  • 1 Steve Waetford - Auckland Vulcan's NSW Cup Auckland
  • 2 Thyme Nikau - Howick Hornets Fox Memorial Auckland
  • 3 Rusty Bristow - Papakura Sea Eagles Fox Memorial Auckland
  • 4 Zebastion Luisi - Howick Hornets Fox Memorial Auckland
  • 5 Tee Mahe - Glenora Bears Fox Memorial Auckland
  • 6 Cody Walker - Mount Albert Lions Fox Memorial Auckland
  • 7 Jody Henry - Brisbane North Devils Queensland Cup Brisbane
  • 8 Sam Rapira - NZ Warriors NRL Auckland
  • 9 Kurt Kara - Newtown Jets NSW Cup Sydney
  • 10 Charlie Gubb - NZ Warriors NRL Auckland
  • 11 Bodene Thompson - West Tigers NRL Sydney/ replaced
  • 12 Rulon Nutira - Hornby Panthers Canterbury Christchurch
  • 13 Scott Jones - Canberra Mounties NSW Cup Canberra
  • 14 Hamiora Mihaka - Taniwharau Waicoa Hamilton
  • 15 Tony Tuia - Howick Hornets Fox Memorial Auckland
  • 16 Jay Pukepuke - Halswell Hornets Canterbury Christchurch
  • 17 Kouma Samson - NZ Warriors Holden Cup Auckland

2018 Squad

New Zealand Māori
2018 squad Coaching staff
  •  1 Kurtis Rowe - FB
  •  2 Ozzy Tuwhangai - WG
  •  3 Shane Kiel - CE
  •  4 Jayden Horo (c) - CE
  •  5 Waka Wanahi - WG
  •  6 Jake Jackson - FE
  •  7 Manaia Rudolph] - HB
  •  8 Spike Teo - PR
  •  9 Brad Clark (c) - HK
  • 10 Rulon Nutira - PR
  • 11 Carne Doyle Manga - SR
  • 12 Jesse Malcom-Dinsdale - SR
  • 13 Piki Rogers - LK
  • 14 Reuben Taylor
  • 15 Cowen Epere
  • 16 Dayne Welsh
  • 17 Maximillian Napa
  • 18 Kyle Tuapuka
  • 19 Reubenn Rennie

Head coach

  • Mark Horo

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

2019 NRL Harvey Norman All-Stars

The 2019 All Stars match was the eighth annual representative exhibition All Stars match of Australian rugby league. The match was played between the Indigenous All Stars and the Māori All Stars for the first time, the match was played in Victoria's AAMI Park. The Indigenous All Stars won 34-14

2019 squad

New Zealand Māori
2019 squad Coaching staff

Head coach

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


Year New Zealand Māori
Winners Score Runners-Up
1908 Australia 24-14 New Zealand Māori
1910 Great Britain 29-0 New Zealand Māori
1922 New Zealand Māori 28-18 Auckland
1922 Sydney Metropolis 77-13 New Zealand Māori
1922 New South Wales seconds 31-14 New Zealand Māori
1922 New Zealand Māori 23-22 Queensland
1922 Toowoomba 26-6 New Zealand Māori
1922 Ipswich 20-3 New Zealand Māori
1922 Queensland 31-19 New Zealand Māori
1922 Sydney Metropolis 38-0 New Zealand Māori
1922 New Zealand Māori 25-15 New South Wales Country team
1990 New Zealand Māori 24-13 Australian Aborigines
1992 New Zealand Māori 36-24 Australian Aborigines
1992 New Zealand Māori 44-12 Australian Aborigines
1997 Australian Aborigines 38-20 New Zealand Māori
1997 New Zealand Māori 46-10 Tonga
1997 New Zealand Māori 32-12 Fiji
1997 New Zealand Māori 34-6 Papua New Guinea
1997 New Zealand XIII 20-15 New Zealand Māori
2000 New Zealand Māori 17-16 Scotland
2000 Samoa 21-16 New Zealand Maori
2000 Ireland 30-16 New Zealand Māori
2002 New Zealand Māori 50-6 Tonga
2006 New Zealand Māori 64-4 Tokelau
2008 Indigenous Dreamtime 34-26 New Zealand Māori
2010 New Zealand Māori 18-18 England
2013 New Zealand Māori 40-18 Murri
2013 New Zealand Māori 32-16 Murri
2014 New Zealand Māori 46-22 Murri
2018 First Nation Goannas 22-16 New Zealand Māori
2019 Indigenous All Stars 34-14 New Zealand Māori

See also


  1. Wilson, Andy (26 October 2000). "Maori role-model army signal intent". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  2. John Coffey; Bernie Wood (2008). 100 Years: Maori Rugby League, 1908-2008. New Zealand: Huia Publishers. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  3. Sarah Leberman; Chris Collins; Linda Trenberth (2005). Sport business management in Aotearoa/ New Zealand (2 ed.). Thomson Learning Nelson. p. 69. ISBN 9780170128964. Retrieved 11 October 2009.
  4. "World Cup moved to end of season". BBC Sport. 4 May 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  5. Dawson, Cushla (14 June 2008). "NZ Maori name coaching staff for World Cup curtain raiser". Rugby League World Cup.
  6. "England escapes with draw against Maori". ABC News. October 16, 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  7. "NITV". Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  8. "NZ Māori comeback victory". Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2014-10-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. Stanton, Tanisha. "First Nation Goannas triumph over New Zealand Maori". Tanisha Stanton. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-13. Retrieved 2014-10-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-13. Retrieved 2014-10-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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