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Round one of the 2019 NZRL Premiership kicked off last weekend with Counties thrashing Waikato and Canterbury beat Akarana.

 

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On 17/09/2019 at 06:17, kiwis 13 6 said:

Round one of the 2019 NZRL Premiership kicked off last weekend with Counties thrashing Waikato and Canterbury beat Akarana.

 

Whats the standard and what sort of crowds would they get?

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there are 4 Representative teams in the 2019 NZRL Premiership, Akarana & Counties are both from Auckland region, Waikato is area surrounding Hamilton in North Island and Canterbury from the South Island. Below this level there are North Island Championships featuring Wellington, Manawatu, Taranaki, Coastline and Norhtland.  South Island Championships featuring Southland, West Coast, Otago, Aoraki, (With Tasman having a break this year). The winners from North and South then playoff, the winner gets a promotion relegation game with the lowest ranked NZRL Premiership side.

Players are selected for these representative sides from each regions club football competitions. Former NRL player David Bhana played for Akarana in above video others have played for NZ Residents, NSW & Queensland Cups, NRL Under 20's level. NZRL Premiership is the where players are selected from for the NZ residents side. Crowds at games probly watched by 200 - 300 people but have a look at the links above to see full game coverage.

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6 hours ago, kiwis 13 6 said:

Canterbury have earned themselves a home final after beating Counties 24 - 22

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/116184300/canterbury-to-host-first-national-rugby-league-grand-final-for-10-years

What’s this new home of Canterbury Rugby League about? I thought they had quite a large stadium there, which the union lot rented off them?

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1 hour ago, DoubleD said:

What’s this new home of Canterbury Rugby League about? I thought they had quite a large stadium there, which the union lot rented off them?

Canterbury Rugby League gave use of the old Addington showgrounds / Rugby league park to Rugby Union as the Canterbury Crusaders Super rugby side were without a home after the Christchurch Earthquakes destroyed Lancaster park. In exchange the local council has built Nga Puna Wai sports hub as home of Rugby League in Canterbury the main ground has a capacity of 3,500, TV standard floodlights, artificial turf and several other fields for rugby league at the same facility. Theres a link on Canterbury Rugby League Facebook page with Frank Endacot talking about the new ground and an interview with Canterbury Bulls Captain taken from the Kiwi League show last week if your interested.

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11 minutes ago, kiwis 13 6 said:

 

Canterbury Rugby League gave use of the old Addington showgrounds / Rugby league park to Rugby Union as the Canterbury Crusaders Super rugby side were without a home after the Christchurch Earthquakes destroyed Lancaster park. In exchange the local council has built Nga Puna Wai sports hub as home of Rugby League in Canterbury the main ground has a capacity of 3,500, TV standard floodlights, artificial turf and several other fields for rugby league at the same facility. Theres a link on Canterbury Rugby League Facebook page with Frank Endacot talking about the new ground and an interview with Canterbury Bulls Captain taken from the Kiwi League show last week if your interested.

Thanks, will have a look. Does Canterbury RL no longer own that stadium then that the union lot use?

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13 minutes ago, DoubleD said:

Thanks, will have a look. Does Canterbury RL no longer own that stadium then that the union lot use?

Not sure of exact ownership details but I believe Canterbury Rugby League is still able to stage Test matches and NRL games at whatever silly sponsors name they are giving to the old Addington Showgrounds / Rugby league park these days. Otherwise Nga Puna Wai will be fine for Canterbury Club games and Canterbury Bulls rep games.

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11 minutes ago, kiwis 13 6 said:

Not sure of exact ownership details but I believe Canterbury Rugby League is still able to stage Test matches and NRL games at whatever silly sponsors name they are giving to the old Addington Showgrounds / Rugby league park these days. Otherwise Nga Puna Wai will be fine for Canterbury Club games and Canterbury Bulls rep games.

Hopefully they’ve just leased it to the yawnion lot

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Just now, DoubleD said:

Hopefully they’ve just leased it to the yawnion lot

Honestly think Canterbury Rugby League did a selfless thing for the wider community as Crusaders super rugby side draws 15,000 people every other week and had no where else to go after the earthquake. I believe the ground was leased by CRL from the council and in exchange for CRL giving up rights as major tenant the council have built a new facility for CRL at Nga Puna Wai Sports hub. 

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Akarana beat Canterbury 28 - 10 to win the NZRL Premiership

NZRL really needs to do more promoting and organizing of there flagship competition press release on there web site couple of days before the comp starts and before the final is not enough and need to find a major sponsor for this comp. But SKY TV have done well covering the Competition & making games quickly available to watch on youtube. 

 

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