Nigel Vagana

Player Info

Name
Nigel Vagana
Nickname
Pablo, Chicko
Date of Birth
07/02/75
Place of Birth
Auckland, New Zealand
Height
183cm
Weight
87 kg
Nationality
New Zealand, Samoa
Current Status
NRL education and welfare officer
Warriors #
32
Warriors Debut (Date and Match Details)
4th April 1996 vs Western Suburbs Magpies
Junior Club
Richmond
Signed From
Warrington
Position
Centre, Five Eighth
Wikipedia Page
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Vagana
Auckland winger/centre, the cousin of Test forward Joe Vagana, played a season with Warrington in 1997 before returning to the Warriors. He was part of the Auckland Warriors Reserve Grade team that lost in the Grand Final to the Cronulla Sharks. In 1999 Vagana (along with captain Matthew Ridge) was suspended for three matches for ‘man-handling’ the referee in a match against Balmain.

Vagana made his Test debut in 1998. A member of NZ’s World Cup squad in 2000, Vagana has played fullback, centre, winger and five-eighth at Test level.

He joined the Bulldogs in 2001 following the change of ownership of the Auckland club but the move paid dividends, winning the ‘Dally M’ centre-of-the-year award. In early 2002, in a match against Souths, Vagana scored a club record-equalling 5 tries in a match but following the club’s salary cap problems he signed with Cronulla for 2004. Vagana was a regular in the NZ team in ensuing years, often playing five-eighth, and was instrumental in the Kiwis success in the 2005 Tri Nations final. After signing with Souths for 2007 Vagana retired from international football after the Kiwis 16-12 loss to Australia in extra-time in the final of the 2006 Tri-Nations competition.

  • 1995-2008 - Samoa TOA
  • 1996 - Played for Auckland Warriors, New Zealand
  • 1997 - Played for Warrington Wolves, England
  • 1998-00 - Played for Auckland Warriors, New Zealand
  • 1998-06 - New Zealand Kiwis
  • 2001-03 - Played for Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Australia
  • 2002 Dally M Centre of the Year
  • 2004-06 - Played for Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Australia
  • 2007-08 - Played for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Australia

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