April 15, 2021, 8 a.m.
The winter sports season is underway with the TRL starting as NZ's 2nd largest men's rugby league club competition, second only to Auckland.
This follows after last season saw only seven teams return to competition after the nationwide level 4 Covid-19 lockdown.
Two of the TRL founding clubs that were knocked out of competition, the Aupōuri Repo and the Ngāti Kahu Sharks, returned to the field in Te Kao for the start of the 2021 season on the weekend for the fist time since the Covid-19 lockdowns.
There are hopes to revive the junior's rugby league competitions but to do it properly will need resources, structure and making sure they can get to the games and enjoy playing the sport.