The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU), formed in 1892 to administer the game of rugby union at the national level, is charged with fostering, developing, administering, promoting and representing the game of rugby in New Zealand.
More than 80 people are employed at the NZRU's headquarters in Wellington, New Zealand. These roles cover management of our national teams (including the All Blacks), administration of our national competitions, and participation in international competitions including Test matches, as well as assisting community rugby throughout the country. The NZRU has direct relationships with its members, including all 26 Provincial Unions, Investec Super Rugby Franchises, sponsors, and stakeholders such as the New Zealand Government.
The NZRU is one of New Zealand's largest sports organisations, with a team of employees committed to ensuring that our national game is run smoothly and effectively at all levels, all over New Zealand. As a modern, professional sport, rugby encompasses a wide range of activities and functions.
Areas within the NZRU include: Rugby Operations, High Performance Rugby, Community Rugby, Referees, Medical, Marketing and Commercial, Broadcasting, Communications, Legal, Finance, IT, Human Resources.
The NZRU is an incorporated society (New Zealand Rugby Union Incorporated), governed by the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. Unlike a private company, generally, the NZRU is not allowed to make profits and distribute these to its members (the Provincial Unions). When the NZRU does make money and distribute this to its members, these distributions must only be for achieving the goals of the NZRU Constitution. These goals include promoting and developing rugby locally and globally, organising matches, and managing New Zealand’s national teams.