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Player Kodi Nikorima

Full Name
Kodi Nikorima
Date of Birth
Apr 3, 1994
Birth Location
Palmerston North, New Zealand
  1. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
Height (cm)
174 cm
Weight (kg)
82 kg
  1. Fullback
  2. Five-Eighth
  3. Halfback
  4. Hooker
Warrior #
NRL Debut Date
Mar 13, 2015
NRL Debut Details
2015, Round 2, Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla Sharks
Warriors Debut Date
May 11, 2019
Warriors Debut Details
2019, Round 9, St George Illawarra
Warriors Years Active
  1. 2019
  2. 2020
  3. 2021
  4. 2022
Wavell State High School
Signed To
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Signed From
Brisbane Broncos
Junior Club/s
Aspley Devils, Pine Rivers Bears
Previous Club/s
Brisbane Broncos, New Zealand Warriors, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Redcliffe Dolphins
Current Club
Redcliffe Dolphins
Rep Honours
  1. NZ
  2. NZ Maori
Rugby League Project
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Kodi Nikorima (born 3 April 1994) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays as a five-eighth, halfback and fullback for the Dolphins in the National Rugby League (NRL).

He previously played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the New Zealand Warriors and the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL. He has represented New Zealand and captained Māori All Stars at international level.

Nikorima was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and is of Māori and Irish descent. He moved to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia as a 12-year-old.

Nikorima played his junior rugby league for the Aspley Devils and the Pine Rivers Bears (where he won a competition). He was educated at Wavell State High School, before being signed by the Brisbane Broncos. His younger brother Jayden Nikorima is also a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a five-eighth for the Melbourne Storm in the NRL.

From 2012 to 2014, Nikorima played for the Brisbane Broncos' NYC team, playing 67 games, scoring 40 tries and kicking 9 goals for 178 points.

In February 2014, Nikorima was selected in the Broncos runners-up 2014 Auckland Nines squad. On 5 October 2014, Nikorima played for the Broncos in their 2014 NYC Grand Final against the New Zealand Warriors, playing at fullback and scoring a try in the 34-32 loss. On 18 October 2014, Nikorima played for the Junior Kiwis against the Junior Kangaroos, playing at fullback and scoring a try in the 15-14 win at Mt Smart Stadium.

In January and February, Nikorima played for the Broncos in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines. In Round 2 of the 2015 NRL season, Nikorima made his NRL debut for the Broncos against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, playing off the interchange bench in the Broncos' 10-2 win at Remondis Stadium. On 28 April, he was named as 18th-man for New Zealand against Australia in the 2015 Anzac Test. On 12 May, he re-signed with the Broncos on a one-year contract. In Round 20 against the Gold Coast Titans, he scored his first NRL career try in the Broncos' 34-0 win at Suncorp Stadium. On 4 October, he played off the interchange bench in the Broncos' 17-16 golden-point extra-time loss to the North Queensland Cowboys in the 2015 NRL Grand Final. He finished off his debut season in the NRL having played in 20 matches and scoring 1 try for the Broncos. On 9 October, he was selected in the 23-man New Zealand squad to tour England. He was one of four members of Brisbane's grand final team to be included in coach Stephen Kearney's squad for the three-test tour and one of six rookies to have received an international call-up by the Kiwis. On 2 November, he made his international debut against England, playing off the interchange bench in the Kiwis' 12-26 loss at KC Stadium. In the second test of the series, he was chosen to start at halfback over fellow rookie Tuimoala Lolohea, in the Kiwis' 9-2 win at London Olympic Stadium. On 14 November, in the third and final test match against England, Nikorima kept his starting halfback spot for the Kiwis in their 14-20 final loss at DW Stadium.

On 6 May, Nikorima played for New Zealand against Australia in the 2016 Anzac Test, starting at five-eighth after being originally named on the interchange bench in the Kiwis' 16-0 loss at Hunter Stadium. In Round 17 against the Melbourne Storm, he dislocated his shoulder during the first half, where he played the rest of the match with the injury. After the match, he was ruled out for the rest of the year. On 7 September, he extended his contract with the Broncos for a further 2 years, until the end of the 2018 season.He finished the 2016 season having played in 16 matches and scoring 2 tries for the Broncos.

Nikorima spent the early rounds of the season playing in the QLD Cup for the Norths Devils before making his first appearance for the Broncos in Round 6 against the Sydney Roosters, playing off the interchange bench in the 32-8 win at Suncorp Stadium. When Broncos first choice halfback Ben Hunt was sidelined with a hamstring injury for 5 matches, Nikorima was selected to fill in at halfback and it come with great success resulting with the Broncos winning 5 matches in a row and him scoring 4 tries in that period of time. On 5 May 2017, Nikorima played for New Zealand in the 2017 ANZAC Test against Australia where he played off the interchange bench in the 30-12 loss at Canberra Stadium. On 17 July 2017, Nikorima extended his contract with the Broncos to the end of the 2020 season. Nikorima finished the 2017 NRL season with him playing in 19 matches and scoring 7 tries for the Broncos. On 5 October 2017, Nikorima was named in the 24-man New Zealand Kiwis squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. In the Kiwis first pool match against Samoa, Nikorima scored his first international try for the Kiwis in the 38-8 win at Mt Smart Stadium. Nikorima finished the Kiwis disappointing campaign with him playing in 3 matches and scoring 1 try.

Nikorima played as halfback in every game of the three match Kiwis tour of England in the northern autumn. He scored a try and was awarded man of the match in the Kiwis's 34-0 drubbing of England that was the final game.

After playing seven games for the Broncos in 2019, Nikorima was told that he wouldn't be guaranteed a position in the halves. The New Zealand Warriors had expressed an interest in him as a half, and Nikorima said that they had offered "a future for me in the position I want to play." Nikorima was granted an immediate release by the Broncos and signed a two and a half year contract to play for the Warriors. His first game for his new club was their 26-18 victory over St George Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Nikorima made 19 appearances for the New Zealand Warriors in the 2020 NRL season and 21 games in the 2021 NRL season.

On 9 May, Nikorima signed a two-year deal to join South Sydney effective immediately. Nikorima made his club debut for South Sydney against his former club New Zealand in a 32-30 victory at Suncorp Stadium in round 10 of the 2022 NRL season. He played a total of 15 games for South Sydney in the 2022 NRL season including all three of the club's finals matches as they reached the preliminary final, in which Souths lost 12-32 to eventual premiers Penrith.

In 2023, Nikorima made his club debut and scored a try for the Dolphins in round 3 against the Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium. In round 12, he scored a try in the Dolphins' 16-24 loss to the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium.

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