Founded in 1907, New Zealand Rugby League played their first game in 1908, a 9-8 loss to Wales.
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 has been a full member of the RLIF since the body’s creation in 1998.