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Auckland rugby league team

Not to be confused with Auckland Warriors.
Auckland
Club information
Nickname(s) Akarana Falcons
Founded 1908
Current details
Ground(s) Mount Smart Stadium
Cornwall Park
Coach(s) Brent Gemmell
Competition New Zealand Rugby League
Records
Premierships 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2008, 2010, 2011
Minor premiership 2010, 2011
Rugby League Cup 1910-21, 1924-26, 1928-29, 1950-59, 1960, 1961, 1964-68, 1986-89, 1991, 1995-96, 2008-09, 2012-present

The Auckland rugby league team is the team which traditionally represents all of the clubs which play in the Auckland Rugby League competition. As well as a senior men's team there are also Auckland representative teams throughout the various age groups such as under 15s, under 17s, under 19s and under 21s.

Under the new zone scheme introduced in 2010 the Auckland team represents North, East and West Auckland while South Auckland is represented by the Counties Manukau rugby league team. The zone team is named the Akarana Falcons.[1]

History

Auckland played its first game on 24 August 1908 when they took on Wellington at Victoria Park, Auckland in the first provincial game of rugby league in New Zealand.[2]

In 1975 when the French national team was in New Zealand for the World Series, they played a match against Auckland on 13 June and lost 3-9 at Carlaw Park in front of 10,000.[3]

Auckland also hosted the 1992 touring Great Britain Lions.

Auckland has played against several touring teams over the years though once the Auckland Warriors started playing in 1995 it diluted the standard of the side and they have not played against full international sides in recent years.

Auckland beat Australia, England and France in the space of 21 days in 1977. A feat which the Warriors commemorated by wearing replica strips in their Round 24 clash with the Manly Sea Eagles on the 26th of August, 2007. Happily, the Warriors won 36-14 in front of a packed Mount Smart Stadium.

Auckland also beat the touring Australian side in 1989 by 26 points to 24 at Carlaw Park.

Auckland participated in the Amco Cup in the 1974-1980 and 1984-1985 seasons.

Current Auckland teams

The Auckland Vulcans currently represent Auckland in the NSW Cup while the Akarana Falcons participate in the Albert Baskerville Trophy. This team represents the Hibiscus Coast Raiders, Richmond Bulldogs, Mt Wellington Warriors, Ponsonby Ponies, Glenora Bears, Ellerslie Eagles, Mt Albert Lions, Te Atatu Roosters, Bay Roskill Vikings, Northcote Tigers, Marist Saints, East Coast Bays Barracudas, Pt Chevalier Pirates, Waitemata Seagulls, Glenfield Greyhounds, New Lynn Stags and the Waiheke Rams.[4]

Colours

Auckland representative sides traditionally wear a blue jersey with a white double 'V', in the same style of the New Zealand Kiwis jersey but with blue instead of black, this is still the jersey worn by the Auckland Vulcans NSW Cup team.

Results

New South Wales results

Record versus touring teams

1919

1920

  • Auckland 24 Great Britain 16

1935

1935

  • Auckland 7, Great Britain 9 (Carlaw Park)

1946

  • Auckland 18, Australia 36 (Carlaw Park)

1949

  • Auckland 18, Australia 36 (Carlaw Park)

1953

  • Auckland 4 Australia 26 (Carlaw Park)

1954

  • Auckland 5 Great Britain 4

1955

  • Auckland 17 France 15

1960

  • Auckland 14 France 5

1961

  • Auckland 13 Australia 8 (Carlaw Park)

1962

  • Auckland 46 Great Britain 13

1965

  • Auckland 2 Australia 18 (Carlaw Park)

1969

  • Auckland 15 Australia 14 (Carlaw Park)

1971

  • Auckland 15 Australia 14 (Carlaw Park)

1974

  • Auckland 11 Great Britain 2

1975

  • Auckland 6 Australia 17 (Carlaw Park)
  • Auckland 9 France 3 (Carlaw Park)

1977

  • Auckland 19 Australia 15 (Carlaw Park)
  • Auckland 17 France 0
  • Auckland 14 Great Britain 10

1980

  • Auckland 7 Australia 21 (Carlaw Park)

1981

  • Auckland 20 France 10

1985

  • Auckland 10 Australia 50 (Carlaw Park)

1988

  • Auckland 30 Great Britain 14

1989

  • Auckland 26 Australia 24 (Carlaw Park)

1990

  • Auckland 24 Great Britain 13

Other matches

1949, Auckland Colts 16 Australia 30 (Carlaw Park)

1984, Auckland 16 Great Brittian 14 (Carlaw Park)

References

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