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Sports Chaplaincy at the Rugby League World Cup

SCNZ, in partnership with Sports Chaplaincy Australia, is providing Rugby League World Cup chaplaincy in Australia, NZ as well as PNG. Over 20 chaplains will be serving.

England, the USA, and Samoa have their own team chaplains. In addition all match venues have chaplains serving the teams and officials. There are seven chaplains in NZ, covering the matches in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. There are also two chaplains in PNG, and fourteen in Australia. SCNZ board member Andrew Kerr is organising chaplaincy in NZ and Arthur Tane is looking after PNG. Forty one chaplains were recently trained in PNG, with two of them serving at the World Cup.

World Cup chaplaincy organiser, former Penrith Panthers chaplain Steve Stubbings says, “It’s a thrill for local churches to make a contribution to a major event like the World Cup.”

He adds, “I also love seeing big men run into each other!”

Steve met with England team chaplain Antonio Hall, who also has the role of supporting the referees. Antonio is enjoying the experience of working with local chaplains saying, “I’m just so excited to be working internationally with you.”

Steve also says, “I want to say thank you to all the people who have committed themselves to serve at this year’s World Cup.”


Rugby League World Cup chaplaincy in NZ

Auckland: Andrew Kerr and James Poliko

Mt Smart Stadium hosts the opening NZ game, featuring the Kiwis against Samoa on 28 October. They also have a semi-final on 25 November.


Hamilton: Bill Davidson and Brendan Dickinson

Waikato Stadium hosts two matches: Samoa v Tonga on 4 November, and NZ v Tonga on 11 November.


Wellington: Siona Tulia and Paul Martell

Wellington Regional Stadium will host a quarter-final match on 18 November.


Christchurch: Paul Keane

Christchurch Stadium will host the Kiwis against Scotland on 4 November. They also have a quarter-final on 18 November.


Please remember our chaplains in prayer.


View the Rugby League World Cup schedule and results.

Find out more about becoming a Sports Chaplain.

Read more about our Auckland Rugby League World Cup chaplains.

Author Info

Rebecca Hawkins

Rebecca is the Communications and IT Manager for Sports Chaplaincy NZ. In her younger days she played cricket and football with great enthusiasm but very little skill. Now she spends a lot of time supporting her four sons in their sport. She especially loves scoring their cricket matches, which she insists on doing the old fashioned way, with pen and paper.

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