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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has become the first New Zealand Warriors and just the second Kiwi ever to win the Dally M Medal. (Photo: NRLPhotos). Tuivasa-Sheck topped the tally in a dramatic final round of voting, edging out Newcastle Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga and Cronulla’s Valentine Holmes. Tuivasa-Sheck polled 29 points, overtaking Ponga in the final round. Tuivasa-Sheck wins 2018 #DallyM Medal:https://t.co/vX9PpAEfDW#NRL pic.twitter.com/pHSdvCfoBm — NRL (@NRL) September 26, 2018 Other...
Veteran New Zealand Warriors back-rower Simon Mannering has today announced his retirement from international rugby league, ruling him out of contention for the Kiwis’ one-off Test against England at the Mile High Stadium in Denver on Saturday, June 23. After representing the Kiwis in 45 Tests since his 2006 debut, the 31-year-old said the time was right to step aside. “Going into the World Cup last year I sort of had it in the back of my mind that it would be my last campaign playing for...
The Kiwis crashed out of the Rugby League World Cup with a limp 4-2 loss to Fiji on Saturday, and their coach David Kidwell and captain Adam Blair, seem to think it was the fault of fans and media. In honour of that bizarre claim, here’s a list of 10 things which made the Kiwis’ World Cup campaign one of the worst tournaments in their history, none of which were caused by a fan or journalist. (Photo: NRLPhotos). 1: Force you to base your entire tournament around a philosophy of “Kiwi...
Everyone loves a Kiwi, and here’s the proof. We list every player with a New Zealand link who will take the field in the opening weekend of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup for teams other than the Kiwis. Samoa Ken Maumalo (born in Auckland) Joseph Paulo (born in Auckland) Ben Roberts (5 Tests for Kiwis) Junior Paulo (born in Auckland) Jazz Tevaga (born Auckland, Junior Kiwis) Sam Lisone (born in Auckland, Junior Kiwis) Frank Pritchard (27 Tests for Kiwis) Leeson Ah Mau (born in Auckland...
After three years as assistant coach, David Kidwell has been appointed to guide the NZ Kiwis into next year’s Rugby League World Cup as head coach. Kidwell (Kiwi #679) will fill the role on a full-time basis, replacing predecessor Stephen Kearney, who was named Vodafone Warriors head coach earlier this week. His first assignment will be next month’s test against Australia in Perth and the Four Nations tournament in England. “I feel humbled and privileged to be named head coach of the...
Twenty-three players have been named in the first instalment of NZ Kiwis wider-squad selections for the test against Australia next month and subsequent Four Nations campaign in England. The group, drawn from clubs that did not make the 2016 NRL playoffs, features eight who have yet to play for the national side – Manly prop Addin Fonua-Blake, Warriors utility David Fusitua, Warriors centre Solomone Kata, Warriors prop Sam Lisone, Sydney forward Isaac Liu, Wests centre Tim Simona...
New Zealand will host seven Rugby League World Cup 2017 games, with the Kiwis potentially playing home fixtures right up to the final at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on December 2. (Photo: photosport.nz). In the official draw announced today, the world #1 NZ team, looking to recapture the trophy they won in 2008, open their campaign against Samoa at Mt Smart Stadium (October 28), face Scotland in Christchurch (November 4) and take on Tonga (November 11) in Hamilton. Christchurch and...
Every week of the Intrust Super Premiership, NSWRL.com.au pick the best performers of the previous round. Here’s who impressed us most in Round 1. 1 – Brad Abbey (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs) Nineteen-year-old Abbey was understandably overlooked as Brett Morris’s Bulldogs replacement in favour NSW VB Blues representative Will Hopoate, but in the meantime he has the chance to make the Intrust Super Premiership position his own. With a number of solid kick returns, the former New Zealand...
Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney’s decision to leave Benji Marshall out of his touring squad has been exposed as England eased to a 26-12 win in the first test in Hull. With test regulars Shaun Johnson, Kieran Foran and Thomas Leuluai all unavailable for the tour, former test captain and Dally M Player of the Year runner-up Marshall loomed as the obvious replacement to provide experience and class in the halves. But for some unexplained reason Kearney overlooked the Dragons half, opting instead...
Kiwis squad named by coach Stephen Kearney for the three-test series against England. Gerard Beale (Sharks), Adam Blair (Broncos), Jesse Bromwich (Storm), Lewis Brown (Panthers), Alex Glenn (Broncos), Tohu Harris (Storm), Peta Hiku (Sea Eagles), Jordan Kahu (Broncos), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Roosters), Isaac Liu (Roosters), Tuimoala Lolohea (Warriors), Issac Luke (Rabbitohs), Ben Matulino (Warriors), Sam Moa (Roosters), Jason Nightingale (Dragons), Kodi Nikorima (Broncos), Kevin Proctor...
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