The 2006 New Zealand rugby league season was the 99th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand. The main feature of the year was the seventh season of the Bartercard Cup competition that was run by the New Zealand Rugby League. The Auckland Lions won the Cup by defeating the Canterbury Bulls 25-18 in the Grand Final.
- 1 International competitions
- 2 National competitions
- 3 Australian competitions
- 4 Club competitions
- 5 References
The New Zealand national rugby league team co-hosted the Tri-Nations with Australia. Three tests were played in New Zealand; with the Kiwis defeating Great Britain 18–14 in Christchurch and 34–4 in Wellington and losing to Australia 18–30 in Auckland. New Zealand lost the final, which was played in Sydney, 16–12 to Australia after Golden Point extra time. The first win against Great Britain was discounted after it was discovered that Nathan Fien was ineligible to play for New Zealand. Coached by Brian McClennan, for the Tri-Nations New Zealand included; Roy Asotasi, Adam Blair, Jason and Nathan Cayless, David Fa'alogo, Nathan Fien, Dene Halatau, Shontayne Hape, Stacey Jones, David Kidwell, Simon Mannering, Steve Matai, Frank Pritchard, Tony Puletua, Jerome Ropati, Iosia Soliola, Motu Tony, Tame Tupou, Nigel Vagana, Manu Vatuvei, Brent Webb and captain Ruben Wiki.
Earlier in the year New Zealand had lost the ANZAC Test 12-50 to Australia and lost to Great Britain 14-46 in a June Test match. Jake Webster, Paul Whatuira, Thomas Leuluai, Sonny Bill Williams, Benji Marshall and David Faiumu all appeared in the ANZAC Test but did not make the Tri-Nations squad. Lesley Vainikolo, Willie Talau, Henry Fa'afili, Ben Roberts, Alex Chan, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Ali Lauiti'iti, David Solomona, Robbie Paul, Harrison Hansen and Monty Betham all appeared in the Great Britain Test but did not make the Tri-Nations squad. Clinton Toopi and Louis Anderson appeared in both mid-season Test matches but did not make the Tri-Nations squad.
|Tries: Nigel Vagana
Goals: Stacey Jones 3/3
|Tries: Karmichael Hunt 2|
Goals: Johnathan Thurston 5/6
|New Zealand||18–14||Great Britain|
|Tries: Brent Webb
Goals: Stacey Jones 3/3
|Tries: Paul Wellens|
Goals: Sean Long 2/2
Danny McGuire 1/1
- This match was discounted after New Zealand were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player.
|New Zealand national rugby league team||34–4||New Zealand Residents|
|New Zealand||34–4||Great Britain|
|Tries: Brent Webb 2
Goals: Stacey Jones 5/6
|Tries: Gareth Ellis|
During the Tri-Nations the Kiwis played a New Zealand Residents side in Greymouth and defeated them 34–4. The Residents team included Corey Lawrie, Shane Beyers, David Fisi'iahi, Cliff Beverley, Julian O'Neill, Sala Fa'alogo, Cooper Vuna, George Tuakura and Wayne McDade. Earlier in the year the Residents had hosted a Trans Tasman Quadrangular Series, winning the final against Country 32-18. The Queensland Rangers, New South Wales Country and Jim Beam Cup side all came to New Zealand for the tournament. The Residents side for the tournament included Steve Buckingham, Sala Fa'alogo, Sonny Fai, Fabian Soutar and Miguel Start. The side was coached by David Lomax who was assisted by Sam Panapa.
Auckland hosted the 2006 Pacific Cup, which was won by Tonga. New Zealand Māori finished third. The Māori had already defeated Fiji in a January test match. Later in the season the New Zealand Māori team toured the Cook Islands, losing a three match series 2-1. The New Zealand Māori side was coached by Dean Clark and included Paul Atkins, Jeremiah Pai and Steve Skinnon. Kevin Tamati coached the team in the January match, which included Luke Goodwin.
Rugby League Cup
The 2006 Bartercard Cup was the seventh season of the Bartercard Cup competition run by the New Zealand Rugby League. This season saw substantial change for the Cup as the number of clubs was reduced for the 2006 season from 12 to 10. The New Zealand Rugby League also decided to move towards a franchise model. As a result, there was a large number of clubs affected and all Auckland franchises were reviewed. The major changes were; the Harbour League replaced the Hibiscus Coast Raiders and the North Harbour Tigers, the Waitakere Rangers replaced the Glenora Bears to represent all of Waitakere City, the Auckland Lions replaced the Mt Albert Lions and the Marist Richmond Brothers, the Tamaki Leopards replaced the Otahuhu Ellerslie Leopards and the Eastern Tornadoes and the Northern Storm were formed, to represent Northland. In addition the Wellington Franchise adopted the nickname the Orcas in support of the Southern Orcas National Rugby League bid.
- Northland, who finished last, were coached by Geoff Morton and ran two training squads each week; one based in Whangarei and one based in Auckland. The Storm's first win was 40-22 against Wellington and was dedicated to co-founder, Anthony Murray who had died earlier that week.
- Harbour were coached by Ken McIntosh and included Shaun Metcalf, Shaun Ata, Jeremiah Pai and Artie Shead.
- Waitakere were coached by Bernie Perenara and included Cliff Beverley, Lee Tamatoa, Gavin Bailey, Matt Rua, Karl Guttenbeil, Scott Jones and Boycie Nelson.
- Auckland were coached by Brian McClennan and included Misi Taulapapa, Malo Solomona, Shannon Stowers, Malo Solomona, Anthony Swann, David Fisiiahi, Miguel Start, Daniel O'Regan, Fabian Soutar, Steve Buckingham, Sala Fa'alogo, Wayne McDade and Julian O'Neill.
- Tamaki were coached by Dean Clark and included Paul Atkins, George Tuakura, Constantine Mika, Leeson Ah Mau and Cooper Vuna.
- Counties Manukau were coached by Gary Kemble and included Kimi Uasi, Sonny Fai, Willie Wolfgramm and Marvin Filipo.
- The Waicoa Bay Stallions included Sam Rapira, Isaac John and Lance Hohaia.
- Central were coached by David Lomax and included Ricky Thorby and Russell Packer. The Falcons played a game in New Plymouth, the first Bartercard Cup match in the region since the Taranaki Wildcats were excluded from the competition at the end of the 2003 season.
- Wellington were coached by Paul Bergman and included Mose Masoe, Ben Matulino, Alehana Mara and Meli Koliavu.
- Canterbury were coached by Phil Prescott and included Shane Beyers, Richard Villasanti, Lusi Sione, Joseph Pombo and Corey Lawrie.
|Counties Manukau Jetz||18||9||1||8||522||458||64||19|
|Waicoa Bay Stallions||18||5||2||11||494||662||-168||12|
The playoff system used was the McIntyre Final Five System. This meant that:
- Canterbury and Waitakere (being second and third respectively) got a double-chance, as did the Auckland Lions (minor premiers) and the other team that got to play in the Qualification Semi-final (Canterbury).
- The Auckland Lions, being the minor premiers, did't have to play until the Qualification Semi-final.
- Basically, the higher you were on the table, the easier your road to the Grand Final was.
|Qualifying finals||Semi finals||Preliminary final||Grand Final|
|Canterbury Bulls||14||Auckland Lions||25|
|2||Canterbury Bulls||26||Canterbury Bulls||30||Canterbury Bulls||18|
|3||Waitakere Rangers||20||Tamaki Leopards||6|
|4||Tamaki Leopards||25||Tamaki Leopards||25|
|Elimination Play-off||Tamaki Leopards||25||Counties Manukau Jetz||12||Mt Smart Stadium|
|26 August||Preliminary Semifinal||Canterbury Bulls||26||Waitakere Rangers||20||Rugby League Park|
|Elimination Semifinal||Tamaki Leopards||25||Waitakere Rangers||24||North Harbour Stadium|
|3 September||Qualification Semifinal||Auckland Lions||27||Canterbury Bulls||14||Western Springs Stadium|
|Preliminary Final||Canterbury Bulls||30||Tamaki Leopards||6||Mt Smart Stadium|
|Tries (Auckland)||1: K.Wright, R.Wigg, M.Start|
|Tries (Canterbury)||1: S.Hurrell, C.Fraser, L.Fanene|
|Goals (Auckland)||6: S.Buckingham|
|Goals (Canterbury)||3: S.Hurrell|
|Field Goals Goals (Auckland)||1: S.Buckingham|
|Venue||Mt Smart Stadium|
National First Division
Auckland won the National First Division championship. They were coached by Sam Panapa and defeated Wellington 32-14 in the final at Wise Park. Canterbury and Waikato also competed. The squads were limited to players that had played less than three Bartercard Cup matches that season.
The Mount Albert Lions won the Fox Memorial trophy, the Rukutai Shield (minor premiership) and the Roope Rooster. The Lions defeated the Papakura Sea Eagles, 49–6, in the final. Mangere East Hawks won the Stormont Shield.
Hornby won the Canterbury Rugby League title.
Turangawaewae defeated the Pikiao Warriors in the Waicoa Bay championship.
The Paikea Whalers defeated EITSA 42-18 to win the Eastern Alliance championship.
- "The Fat Controllers keep eyes trained on series cashflow". Sydney Morning Herald. 23 October 2006. Retrieved 5 December 2008.
- Four Bulls make Residents[dead link], The Press, 30 October 2006
- Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4, p.p.349-350.
- Rangers Campaign Gets Underway Archived 13 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine QRL Official Site
- Residents cane the Toads The Daily Post, 22 June 2006
- 2006 International Rugby League Results & Tables Rugby League International Scores
- John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 334. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2.
- Debut in Lions den[dead link] The Press, 24 March 2006
- The Storm 'grows depth'[dead link] The Press, 1 April 2006
- Thousands farewell Ngati Haua stalwart The Northern Advocate, 22 May 2006
- Bartercard Cup Rd 4 teams & fixtures Archived 8 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine New Zealand Rugby League, 14 April 2006
- Bartercard Cup Rd7 - Fixtures and Teams Archived 8 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine New Zealand Rugby League, 12 May 2006
- Bartercard Cup Rd 12 preview and teams Archived 23 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine leagueunlimited.com, 16 June 2006
- Coach talks up his pride [dead link] The Press', 27 March 2006
- Reinforced Lions to face Bulls[dead link] The Press, 5 August 2006
- Stallions coach hopes teamwork will win rematch [dead link] Waikato Times, 10 June 1994
- Top rugby league returns to Taranaki [dead link] Taranaki Daily News, 4 August 2006
- Focus on footy brings balance to Falcons Dominion Post, 24 March 2006
- Villasanti leads charge for Bulls [dead link] The Press, 24 April 2006
- Whalers leave EITSA floundering Hawke's Bay Today, 21 August 2006
2005 Bartercard Cup
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2007 Bartercard Cup