The last time the Kiwis played Mate Ma’a Tonga was a seismic match-up that launched the Tongan superstars into the top tier of the international Rugby League. Catch up on all the action from this year’s international schedule.
Founded in 1907, New Zealand Rugby League played their first game in 1908, a 9-8 loss toWales. Since then, the Kiwis have become a force to be reckoned with in Rugby League. They have appeared in 15 World Cups – though they have only been champions on one occasion in 2008. Their performance in the 2017 World Cup – where they exited at the quarter-finals – was New Zealand’s worst-ever World Cup result. New Zealand have also been Four Nations champions three times – 2005, 2010 and 2014.
New Zealand’s women’s side – the Ferns – have appeared in five World Cups – the most of any nation. They have lifted the title on three occasions, again the most of any nation.
New Zealand have been a full member of the RLIF since the body’s creation in 1998.