The 2005 New Zealand rugby league season was the 98th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand. The main feature of the year was the sixth season of the Bartercard Cup competition that was run by the New Zealand Rugby League. The Mt Albert Lions won the Cup by defeating the Canterbury Bulls 24-22 in the Grand Final.
The New Zealand Kiwis played Australia at Auckland's Ericsson Stadium as part of the Tri-Nations. New Zealand lost this match 26-28 but went on to win the tournament, defeating Australia 24-0 in the final at Elland Road. Earlier in the year New Zealand had lost the ANZAC Test, 16-32. Coached by Brian McClennan, for the Tri-Nations New Zealand included; Louis Anderson, Roy Asotasi, Nathan Cayless, David Faiumu, Awen Guttenbeil, Shontayne Hape, Lance Hohaia, Stacey Jones, David Kidwell, Ali Lauiti'iti, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Frank Pritchard, Tony Puletua, Paul Rauhihi, David Solomona, Motu Tony, Clinton Toopi, Nigel Vagana, Manu Vatuvei, Brent Webb, Jake Webster, Paul Whatuira, Bronson Harrison and captain Ruben Wiki. Jerome Ropati, Matt Utai, Benji Marshall, Thomas Leuluai, Wairangi Koopu, Dene Halatau and Jamahl Lolesi played in the ANZAC Test but did not tour. Daniel Anderson coached the Kiwis in the ANZAC Test before resigning in June and being replaced by McClennan.
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||Australia||28–26||New Zealand||Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 15,400 
In February a New Zealand Residents team competed in the St Marys Invitational Sevens tournament in Sydney. The Team included Paul Atkins and Charlie Herekotukutuku A full Residents team then played against a New South Wales Country side and a Jim Beam Cup selection in October. The team was coached by Phil Prescott and included Shane Beyers and Corey Lawrie.
The New Zealand Māori side hosted the Cook Islands in October, the three match series was drawn 1-all and broadcast live on Māori Television. The New Zealand Māori were coached by Tawera Nikau while Kevin Iro coached the Cook Islands. The New Zealand Māori included Weller Hauraki, Kaine Manihera, Herewini Rangi and Aaron Heremaia while Cook Islands team included George Tuakura and Marty Mitchell.
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The 2005 Bartercard Cup was the sixth season of the Bartercard Cup competition run by the New Zealand Rugby League. The Mount Albert Lions claimed their third and final premiership, as in 2006 they were replaced by the Auckland Lions.
|Mt Albert Lions||16||12||0||4||570||326||244||24|
|Counties Manukau Jetz||16||11||0||5||445||379||66||22|
|North Harbour Tigers||16||10||0||6||508||323||185||20|
|Hibiscus Coast Raiders||16||9||2||5||512||362||150||20|
|Otahuhu Ellerslie Leopards||16||9||0||7||442||412||30||18|
|Marist Richmond Brothers||16||8||2||6||399||387||12||18|
|Waicoa Bay Stallions||16||3||0||13||368||620||-252||6|
|Qualifying Finals||Semi Finals||Preliminary Final||Grand Final|
|1||Mt Albert Lions||24|
|Canterbury Bulls||34||Canterbury Bulls||22|
|2||Canterbury Bulls||36||Mt Albert Lions||39||Mt Albert Lions||24|
|3||Counties Manukau||18||Counties Manukau||22|
|4||North Harbour Tigers||30||North Harbour Tigers||30|
|Elimination Play-off||North Harbour Tigers||30||Hibiscus Coast Raiders||20|
|Preliminary Semifinal||Canterbury Bulls||36||Counties Manukau Jetz||18|
|Elimination Semifinal||Counties Manukau Jetz||32||North Harbour Tigers||30|
|Qualification Semifinal||Canterbury Bulls||34||Mt Albert Lions||24|
|Preliminary Final||Mt Albert Lions||39||Counties Manukau Jetz||22|
The Canterbury Bulls lost the grand final when Fabian Soutar scored for Mt Albert in the last second of the match.
|Mt Albert Lions||24|
|Tries (Mt Albert Lions)||2: P.Ah Van|
|1: R.Baxter, P.Fisi'iahi, F.Soutar|
|Tries (Canterbury Bulls)||1: J.O'Brien, T.Pelenise, D.Metcalf, C.Lawrie|
|Goals (Mt Albert Lions)||2: S.Buckingham|
|Goals (Canterbury Bulls)||3: J.O'Brien|
The Manurewa Marlins won the Fox Memorial trophy while the Papakura Sea Eagles won the Rukutai Shield (minor premiership). Manurewa, who were coached by Rusty Matua and player-coach Richie Blackmore won the Grand Final 34-24 over Papakura.
The Howick Hornets won the Sharman Cup (Division Two).
Linwood won the Canterbury Rugby League title.
Turangawaewae won the Waicoa Bay grand final.
2004 Bartercard Cup
2006 Bartercard Cup
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