Internationals NZRL keen for young Kiwis to stay in New Zealand


Kiwi league boss keen to keep OZ in in loop


New Zealand Rugby League CEO Jim Doyle has unveiled a bold plan to win over the bosses of the 15 NRL clubs based in Australia.

Doyle and NZRL football manager Tony Kemp will fly across the ditch on Wednesday to meet Phil Gould and Penrith Panthers officials.

It will be the first of many meetings scheduled with NRL clubs in the coming months and Doyle said the intention was to sell the key decision-makers on what was happening in New Zealand.

"We want to build stronger relationships with the NRL clubs," Doyle said.

"We want to convey to them what the NZRL is doing and the pathways we are creating, the camps we are holding over here, and to talk about our national competitions and everything like that. It's so that they can get a better understanding that we are now building the game over here and creating pathways for players, coaches and referees.

"We are doing that so that when the time comes where there are meetings where they are discussing certain things that are going to affect us, they will be supportive of us because they know what we are trying to do rather than having no idea."

Doyle said he hoped the Australian NRL clubs would realise that the days of signing young Kiwi players and immediately moving them to Australia to complete their development were over.

"In the past few years, New Zealand rugby league hasn't really had any pathways or opportunities and therefore the NRL clubs have come across here, found a really good 16-year-old, and they've had no choice but to take them to Australia," Doyle said.

"There haven't really been any high-level high-performance camps like now.

"One of the key things, we are hoping, is that when those NRL clubs identify those really good 15 and 16-year-olds they will leave them here from now on.

"They won't take them across to Australia and take them away from their families where they can go off the rails.

"They will leave them here with family because they know they will go through a good system over here."

Doyle, meanwhile, said he was extremely confident the proposed Kiwi Origin concept, which will see Australian and Auckland-born Kiwis take on their national team-mates born in other regions of New Zealand, would begin in 2013.

"We've been working with the NRL and pushing them for quite some time to get it going," Doyle said.

"We've talked to Stephen Kearney, we've talked to Benji Marshall, and we've gone through it with them and they are all very supportive of it as a concept.

"It will help raise the profile of the game here and will obviously help the NZRL get additional income so we can reinvest it into our grassroots."

The New Zealand Origin match would take place once a year from 2013 onwards.


Didn't this happen a few weeks ago?

Although there are benefits with keeping players in NZ with family and friends there are also many benefits im having them taken away from their current working class areas where theer can be too many other distractions. The standard and style of football in Sydney would also be higher than here.

In theory the idea has merit however for every player who gets home sick and retuns (i.e. Tana) there is also examples of players who have thrived being out of NZ (SBW, Benji).


I can think of numerous examples of players that would not be in 1st grade if they hadn't moved to Australia. Ben Murdoch was a fat 130kgs before he left for Keebra and the Tigers. There's no way he'd have ever made it if he'd stayed here. FPNs another. Other's got a chance here that they may not have got in Australia. It depends on the player themselves and not necessarily their environment.

kiwi's 13-6_old

it would be good if nz had half a dozen programs like keebra park standard for jrs to stay in the country.... but that take some funding and capable people to run the programes

with the kiwi origin im all for it except having auckland combined with aussie born kiwi's is a joke what if there parents were from christchurch or hamilton... surely the aussie kiwi's can play for where there parents come from... plus league struggles outside of auckland why should auckland also get all eligablie aussie born kiwi's bit of weird one!!!! take the cayless brothers for example there grandparents i read still live in wellington why should they have to play for auckland.. somewhere they may not have any ties to at all? how is that an origin?
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