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Tony Kidd


Tony Kidd is a Secondary School Teacher in Canterbury having taught at Hornby High School and and St Thomas of Canterbury College. He first played rugby league in the Waikato playing for Frankton Albions, and then for the Kawarau Bears in Otago and the Wakatipu Giants in Southland. Tony then moved to Christchurch where he was involved in playing and coaching at Sydenham, University, Riccarton and Hornby.

Tony has a long history of growing the game of Rugby League in schools and have been involved in founding clubs in Southland (The Wakatipu Giants) and Canterbury (University of Canterbury) and helping resurrect the Foxton Rebels in the Manawatu.

He took on the role of CRL Board Chairperson in 2019.

Having a passion for rugby league and wanting to make  difference to rugby league in the community, Tony has the vision, ability and grassroots support to help grow our game.


Matt Ioane

Matt dabbled in local rugby league as a player with the Papanui Presidents grade team, while his son currently plays in the Tigers juniors.

Graduating from the University of Canterbury in 2002 with a Bachelor of Commerce, Matt was involved with many community-based services while working for Work and Income NZ.

He has been employed in the recruitment sector since 2006, holding several management and director roles.


Sol Smith

A tireless servant for rugby league in Canterbury as a player, coach and administrator, Sol’s experience and passion for the game are invaluable assets to the CRL board.

Sol played rugby league for 25 years from juniors through to premiers level and represented Canterbury A before injuries forced him to hang up the boots. After attaining coaching qualifications, he has been at the forefront of establishing and organising several new teams (USO XIII, RL Samoa South Island), successful events (USO vs BRO, Pacific Series) and charity matches. Sol also served on the Aranui Eagles’ committee for five years and was the club’s president from 2017-19.

Sol has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years in roles of governance, advisory, advocacy, administration and support, including with the Christchurch City Council for more than 10 years as a Community Development Advisor.


Nick Cooke

Nick’s extensive commercial experience, coupled with his love of sport, has encouraged him to seek the opportunity to give back to grassroots sport for the integral part it has played in his life.

A qualified chartered accountant, most of Nick’s day-to-day commercial work centres around helping organisations become better businesses. He has been a director/shareholder at World Gym Limited and Ellison’s Aluminium & Canterbury Aluminium, General Manager at Harrington’s Breweries and Site Leader at Lion NZ.

Nick gets enormous enjoyment out of helping a team of people identify a problem, put a plan together and then succeed. Understanding the role sporting organisations play in our society, how important they are to our communities and the intrinsic benefits they provide is behind Nick’s ambition to join the Canterbury Rugby League board.


Chris Ferguson

While completing his studies at the University of Canterbury, Chris landed a position at New Zealand Cricket to promote the game to young Kiwis, as well as working with district associations and cricket clubs around the country on their governance and operations.

In 2011 Chris joined the International Cricket Council, developing and implementing strategy to grow the sport across its 95 associate and affiliate member countries. In most of these nations cricket is a minority sport, but as a direct result of Chris’ strategic planning, global participation grew from 500,000 to 1.4 million in just four years.

These days Chris has his own business, Strategic Management NZ, where his mission is to provide small businesses with the functionality of big business – within a small business budget. He is passionate about all sports and developing plans to grow and sustain sports over a long period of time.


Tala Kele

Tala had a long and successful rugby union career as a player, representing the Canterbury provincial team and playing over 300 games for Marist-Albion. But more recently he has established a  valuable association with local rugby league through his roles as coach, trainer and manager with Linwood Keas 18s and Women’s Premiership teams, and South Island Scorpions and Canterbury 17s and 19s rep sides.

As well as working in the construction sector, Tala has previously been employed in both local and central government.

Tala’s previous roles include positions with the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs and the Canterbury Development Corporation, which provided him with a sound understanding of political analysis and dissemination.


Daisy Lavea-Timo

Daisy Lavea-Timo has played for the Canterbury Women’s and local club teams and is a keen advocate and mentor for women and rangatahi.

Graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 2018, Daisy’s professional background works across the NGO, business, government, education and community sectors as well as being a consultant.

She holds several management and director roles and as the 2017 NZ Slam Poetry Champion, she went on to perform 2 poems at TEDx Christchurch 2018.  One about getting her traditional Samoan “Malu” tattoo and the other poem “WHAKAMANA”, is an anthem to the fierce wāhine in her Rugby League Team. 


Wally Wilson

Wally started playing rugby league as a ten year old for Linwood in 1962 and played through all the age groups making Canterbury Representative teams throughout the grades.

In 1969 he captained the Under 17s Canterbury and Southern Zone teams and went on to be selected for the Under 17s Kiwi team. 

In 1971 he had his first season for the Linwood Premiers and played over 400 games for the Keas over 15 seasons.  He then hung up his boots and retired from playing and started coaching.

He played his first game for the Canterbury Rugby League senior representative team in 1972 and was the captain for many years.  Over his 45 plus games for the province he was very fortunate to be coached by Cary Clark in 1975 when they won the N.P.C and Rothmans Cup beating Auckland at Carlaw Park.

He played in the Australian Amco Cup Competition in 1976 when Canterbury was invited, and then later with the South Island side when they won the district Championship.

Wally was also selected in the Kiwi team under coach Ces Mountford in the 1981 test series win over France that was played in New Zealand.

A selector for the Canterbury team which was coached by Frank Endacott in the early 1990’s.  He then took over the coaching role when Frank joined the Warriors in 1994 and went on to win the N.P.C Championship Final over Auckland.

He was a board member of the CRL Junior Board and then the Senior Board of Control in the mid to late 90’s.

Outside of rugby league he has held many positions on boards such as Chairman of Canterbury Surf Life Saving , Board Member of N.Z Surf Life Saving, and Chairman of the Board at South Brighton School.

Wally still has a lot to give to the game which has been a major part of his life and he is very proud to have received  a Queens Service Medal for services to Rugby League and Surf Life Saving in 2011.

This was not only an award for him but to his family whom have been such a great support team over many years.


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