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Luisa Avaiki Appointed As The New Head Of Women’s Rugby League In New Zealand


Former Kiwi Ferns World Cup-winning Captain and current Head Coach of the WNRL Warriors team, Luisa Avaiki, will assume the role as Head of Women’s Rugby League after being granted a Prime Minister’s Scholarship.

New Zealand Rugby League confirmed the announcement and is proud that Avaiki, who has been involved in rugby league for more than three decades dating back to her Kiwi Ferns debut in 1995, will drive the women’s rugby league strategy throughout New Zealand.

“Luisa has already contributed so much to rugby league, she’s an inspiration to many of the women who play our game and she has an undeniable passion for what she does; therefore we couldn’t think of a better person to take on this new role,” CEO of NZRL, Greg Peters, said.

“We’re extremely lucky to have someone of her calibre on board, especially during a time of such important growth.”

Sporting the Black and White jersey, she’s lifted the Women’s Rugby League World Cup three times (2000, 2003, 2008), two of them as captain and this year, she was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2019 New Years Honours for her ongoing services to rugby league and the women’s game.

Luisa has held development and welfare roles at both the Melbourne Storm and New Zealand Rugby League, just recently as the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Manager.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute further to the women’s game and it highlights NZRL’s dedication to seeing our female game thrive at all levels,” Avaiki said.

“It’s exciting to see the women’s game experience significant growth I’m really looking forward to what we’ll be able to achieve for all girls across the country involved in rugby league.”

Luisa will work closely with NZRL zones and districts, further strengthening the female game at a community level right the way through to the elite pathways, at the same time, still continuing as the Kiwi Ferns Assistant Coach and Warriors NRLW Head Coach.

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