December 04, 2015
Maori league breakaway in north
The tussle for control of rugby league in the north has been resolved with nine clubs voting to form the Far North Districts Rugby League under the umbrella of New Zealand Maori Rugby League.
Far North spokesperson Hone Harawira says the clubs have given the thumbs up to a draft competition format for 2016, including home and away games for all clubs, a Ngapuhi v Muriwhenua State of Origin series, matches against invitation teams, and the possibility of international games as well.
He says it’s working with former Kiwis and Manley coach Graham Lowe to expand the Kaitaia sports academy to Moerewa and Kaikohe to lift both players’ skill levels and their academic qualifications.
Sport industry training organization Skills Active will advise on qualifying coaches, referees and administrators, and links are also being forged with Hawkes Bay Rugby League and the East Coast Maori Rugby League.
There will also be a coaching clinic from league legend Kevin Tamati.
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