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Aaron Whittaker

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Born and bred in Christchurch. Part of the Canterbury team coached by Frank Endacott that dominated local league in the early 90's. Was signed by the Steelers in 1992 where he played 3 games before returning to NZ to play for Canterbury. Went to England for 2 seasons before returning home to sign with the Warriors where he scored one try in the 8 games he played. Returned to Christchurch after retiring from professional league.

1992 - Illawarra Steelers
1994–95 - Canterbury Cardinals
1994–95 - Wakefield Trinity
1997–98 - Auckland Warriors
 
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AARON WHITTAKER – KIWI #648​

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Aaron Whittaker’s promise was apparent early, winning selection in the New Zealand Schoolboys 15 Years team in 1983. The 21-year-old Halswell playmaker – a member of the club’s premiership-winning side in 1988 – broke into the Canterbury representative side in 1990 and featured in a memorable win over the touring Great Britain Lions.

Further recognition came the following season courtesy of selection in the Kiwi Colts and President’s XIII teams that defeated France, leading to a contract with the burgeoning Illawarra Steelers in the NSWRL premiership for 1992.

The presence of Dale Fritz, Michael Neil and NSW Origin halfback John Simon restricted Whittaker to two first-grade appearances early in the season for the finals-bound Steelers – both off the bench, against ’91 Grand Finalists Canberra and Penrith – but he partnered Neil in the halves in an 11-10 loss to Great Britain midseason, scoring a try.

Returning to Christchurch in 1993, Whittaker starred in the Hornets’ CRL premiership success and scored seven tries in eight games for Frank Endacott’s all-conquering Canterbury outfit, revelling in a famous 36-12 thrashing of Auckland at Addington Showgrounds.

Whittaker’s performances on the domestic scene saw him leapfrog the likes of Winfield Cup halves Stu Galbraith and Ali Davys for a spot in the Kiwis’ squad to tour Britain and France at the end of ’93.

Whittaker played nine matches on tour (scoring three tries, seven goals and three field goals) and was sensationally pitched into the halfback role at the expense of captain and legendary halfback Gary Freeman for the third Test against Great Britain, a 29-10 loss at Headingley. He was named man-of-the-match after a 35-6 thrashing of heavyweight club Leeds, scoring a try and kicking four goals and a field goal.

Freeman returned for the one-off Test in France, but Whittaker’s versatility paid off when he came off the bench in both Tests for the Kiwis – now coached by Endacott – in Papua New Guinea in 1994.

Whittaker was a prolific point-scorer for Canterbury Cardinals in the 1994-95 Lion Red Cup competitions and spent the bridging off-season with English club Wakefield Trinity. He was also named Canterbury Rugby League’s Player of the Year in ’94.

Eager to bring more experienced and level-headed players into the fold, Auckland Warriors recruited the likes of Whittaker and fellow Cantabrian Shane Endacott for 1996, largely to bolster the club’s reserve grade side and mentor the club’s young up-and-comers.

Again reuniting with coach Frank Endacott, Whittaker skippered the Warriors’ reserve grade side to the 1996 Grand Final, scoring a try and two goals in a gallant 14-12 loss to Cronulla.
At the end of the year Whittaker captained a New Zealand XIII to a 30-22 upset of the Great Britain tourists, but – as at club level – Warriors halves Gene Ngamu and Stacey Jones blocked his path to a Test recall.

With Endacott taking over the first-grade reins from John Monie midway through 1997, Whittaker broke into the Warriors’ first-grade side for the first time by coming off the bench in a late-season win over Adelaide – his only appearance in the top flight that year. He then led the Warriors to the Super League reserve Grand Final, where they went down to Canterbury.

An injury to Test hooker Syd Eru during the 1998 NRL season saw Endacott call upon Whittaker again, firstly giving him a run off the bench against Newcastle, then starting him in the No.9 jumper for six straight rounds.

Whittaker kicked a field goal in a 25-14 win over Canberra and scored his maiden first-grade try in a nail-biting 15-14 eclipse of Penrith. But Eru returned a week later and Endacott’s demise as coach at the end of the season effectively ended Whittaker’s Australian premiership career.

He headed back south, however, representing his province again in 1999 and helping Halswell to back-to-back Grand Final wins in 1999-2000.

Switching to Riccarton, Whittaker smashed all manner of CRL Grand Final records with a 32-point haul that included five tries in a 54-14 demolition of Linwood. He was the 36-year-old linchpin as the Knights surged to a second title in three years in 2004, cementing his status as a modern Canterbury Rugby League icon.

Brother Jeff, a former Halswell stalwart, Canterbury and South Island age-group rep and long-serving coach and administrator, is a Canterbury Rugby League Life Member.

AARON WHITTAKER
NEW ZEALAND (1993-94)

3 Tests – 0 points
8 tour matches – 3 tries, 7 goals, 3 field goals (29 points)
-1993 Kiwis tour of Great Britain and France
-1994 Kiwis tour of Papua New Guinea


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Not sure what line of work he is doing but found a pic of him from October 2014 on the Halswell Hornets Rugby League Club facebook page...

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Whit works at Coles in robina town center (gc)
That photos from the masters tournament we had here last year.
Harps ( the other guy in the photo ) posted that to wind the halswell folk up coz he was playing for pap.

Thanks Defence. Wasnt sure about Aaron though his Facebook page says he's living in the Gold Coast...

If anyone can help us update Aaron Whittaker current status please let us know thanks...
 
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If anyone can help us update Aaron Whittaker current status please let us know thanks...
Still on the Gold Coast.
Sold his Jim’s mowing business not long ago and laboring at the moment.
Been involved with the currumbin eagles for a few years- coaching, training etc.
The ultimate pro actually enjoys a good beer these days too (never drank in his playing days- his body was his temple and all that).
 
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Was able to get a reply on messenger from Aaron...​

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