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Player Aaron Whittaker

Date of Birth
Jul 9, 1968
Birth Location
Christchurch, New Zealand
  1. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
Height (cm)
163 cm
Weight (kg)
80 kg
  1. Halfback
  2. Hooker
Warrior #
Warriors Debut Date
Jul 11, 1997
Warriors Debut Details
July 11 1997, Round 15 vs Adelaide Rams at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia
Warriors Years Active
  1. 1997
  2. 1998
Signed From
Wakefield Trinity
Rep Honours
  1. NZ



Aaron Whittaker (born 9 July 1968) is a New Zealand former professional rugby league footballer. A New Zealand international representative halfback, he played club football in Australia, England and New Zealand.

Whittaker grew up in Christchurch and was a Schoolboy Kiwi in 1983 before becoming part of the dominant Canterbury rugby league side of the early nineties. The side was coached by Frank Endacott and included future stars such as Whetu Taewa, Quentin Pongia and Brent Stuart. In Christchurch he played for two clubs: the Halswell Hornets and the Riccarton Knights.

His form was impressive enough to land a contract in the NSWRL Premiership, signing with the Illawarra Steelers in 1992. Whittaker played in three games for the club, including a try-scoring effort against the Great Britain touring side, returning to New Zealand at the end of the year.

In 1993, Whittaker was selected for the New Zealand national rugby league team. He went on to play thirteen games for the national side, although only three were test matches. During this time, he trained with Gary Freeman and Daryl Halligan and this allowed him to improve his halfback and goal kicking skills. In 1994, he was part of the Kiwis tour of Papua New Guinea. Between 1990 and 1994, he played in 17 games for Canterbury, scoring thirteen tries.

In 1994, he played for the Canterbury Cardinals in the new Lion Red Cup and at the half way stage was the competition's leading points scorer. As a result, he began to attract interest from overseas clubs and agreed to a mid-season transfer, joining Wakefield Trinity. He returned to the Cardinals in the English offseason and played in part of the 1995 Lion Red Cup.

After a spell in England, he returned to New Zealand, signing for the Auckland Warriors. He played eight first grade games for the Warriors in the 1997 and 1998 seasons under the club's new head coach Frank Endacott.

After being released by the Warriors, he returned to local football in Canterbury, playing for his old side the Haswell Hornets. In 2001, he was involved in the South Island team that played the touring French side.

Here’s a recent podcast with Whitt.
It’s quite long but anyone who’s been around the kiwi league scene for a while would enjoy it- esp those from Canterbury.
Also an awesome listen for any young kids out there with a desire to play professional sports- u could not get a better role model.

View: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0wlQEIVyXkL5Aj7USdiFuO?si=7pNAGITNRhegpwmBdkMj6A

Thanks for sharing. Aaron is a great guy and is from a really strong rugby league family!

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