In light of New Zealand’s move to Alert Level 2 today (not including Auckland) rugby league activity (training and playing) is permitted, ONLY if clubs and facilities can abide by strict health requirements below, until further notice. 

These requirements include what ‘must’ be done such as:  

  • A contact tracing register must be kept for all participants and spectators and able to be accessed quickly. NZRL recommend IDMe app.  
  • Physical distancing is required at all times, this is mandatory for those not participating on the field (2 metres). 
  • As it stands, Rugby League activity must abide by 100 people gathering / spectator limit (subject to Government updates). 
  • Participants should wash and dry their hands before and after playing; equipment should be sanitised and dried before and after playing. No one should be participating (or leaving home) if they show any signs of being sick, displaying symptoms of COVID-19, awaiting a test, or if required to self-isolate.  

NZRL is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to update you with the latest information, subject to ongoing Government updates. 

Please refer to your appropriate District and Club for more specific information on upcoming competitions and fixtures.  

All Auckland rugby league activity (training and playing) remains postponed until further notice, subject to Government updates. 

We appreciate this is an unsettling time, however, we remain vigilant and prepared to tackle this collectively once again. 

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding. 


Manawatu Rugby League has completed its Website upgrade; this includes Individual & team registrations. Manawatu Rugby League is currently planning the 2021 competitions; it is now up to you the Manawatu Rugby League Communities to source players and provide the teams for these competitions, (Simple no Teams no Competition). Manawatu Rugby League has made it easy for local Rugby League communities to enter Individuals & teams into the local competitions. Therefore to assist your local Rugby League communities, they need volunteers to step up and organise. Research shows that Manawatu locals have been organising Rugby League teams for decades dating back to 1924 regardless of the dominance of Rugby Union. The outcome from years of Manawatu Rugby League tirelessly moving competitions and playing dates to suit other codes has resulted in the loss of needed volunteer support. It is now time to re-grow. Research has also found that the past Manawatu Rugby League committee members and team management were predominately made up of retired players wanting to give back to the game and community. This tradition is still upheld at the highest level of Rugby League from NRL to International grades. Manawatu Rugby League upgraded its logo in 2013 to represent the culture of Manawatu Rugby League communities stepping further away from the standard Manawatu logo left by early settlers -  Crest - Castle - British Flag - Lion - Phoenix.


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Though Manawatu Rugby League have had to reduce grades due to limited volunteers, we have still done amazing things for our community,

2018 - Manawatu Mustangs U17 Boys  - Upper Central Tournament Champions - Defeating U17"s Bay of Plenty in the final         - Coach John Tuala

2019 - Manawatu Mustangs U17 Boys  - Upper Central Tournament Champions - Again defeating U17's Bay of Plenty in finals    - Coach John Tuala

2020 - Manawatu Mustangs Premier Men - NZ Warriors Curtain Raiser Champions - Defeating Royal New Zealand Airforce        - Coach John Tuala

The 2020 season was disrupted by COVID19 but has given Manawatu Rugby League the opportunity to reflect on the past three years and plan for 2021, this includes the introduction of Manawatu Maoris that will enable Tamariki, Teina, Rangatahi, Wahine and Tane within the Manawatu region to participate at Maori Tournament's for 2021 and beyond.

  Our Local Rugby League Communities that need your support:

1. Dannevirke

2. Feilding

3. Marton

4. Whanganui

5. Ohakea

6. Kia Ora

7. Tainui

8. Foxton

9. Linton 

10. Levin


Yours in League



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