2023 Men's Fox Memorial Premiership

Qualifiers (Stage 1 – 3 Weeks from April 15)

The sixteen teams that made of the 2021 Fox Premiership and Championship will be split into four pools using a snake format based on the 2021 competition standings. Due to the 2022 structure and participation agreement, the results from the most recent season cannot be used.  This honours the commitment ARL made to Clubs before the start of the revised structure for 2022.

Teams will play each other once over three weeks, the top three from each pool will qualify for a twelve team Fox Memorial, and the bottom team will compete in the Sharman Cup.

Round Robin (Stage 2 – 11 Weeks from May 6)

The Fox Memorial Premiership will consist of the twelve qualifying teams from Stage 1. All Fox Memorial Premiership teams will complete one round robin, facing each opponent once. The draw will be done at random. There will be a bye for Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

Finals Series (Stage 3 – 3 Weeks, Grand Final on August 19)

The twelve team Premiership will split into two separate finals series with the top six playing for the Fox Memorial Shield, and bottom six playing for the Fox Championship Cup. The top two teams for each will receive a bye in the first round, before facing the week one winners in a Grand Final bid.

Promotion & Relegation

The Sharman Cup will follow a similar format from May 6th with the bottom pool teams and all other Premiership teams. The top four from the 2023 Sharman Cup will automatically qualify for the 2024 Stage 1 Qualifiers.

Note: Teams in Stage 1 will play a total of 15-17 games in the 2023 season


Auckland’s inter-club rugby league championship winners have since 1931 been the recipients of the Fox Memorial Shield, named in honour of Edward Vincent Fox.

Fox was an outstanding member of pre-war North Shore backlines and represented Auckland against the 1914 England touring team before enlisting in the army.

While overseas he was awarded the Military Medal and promoted to the rank of sergeant but suffered leg wounds that ended his playing career.

The indomitable Fox was appointed to the Auckland Rugby League executive and became an Auckland and New Zealand selector upon return from WW1.

Fox Memorial Shield History