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Logan Edwards

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Edwards played for the dominating Canterbury provincial side of the early 1990s alongside such talent as Quentin Pongia,Mike Dorreen, Whetu Taewa and coach Frank Endacott. This side continued its success as the Canterbury Cardinals in the 1994 Lion Red Cup. In 1993 he was selected for the New Zealand Kiwis tour of Britain and France.

In 1995 he joined the new Auckland Warriors franchise in the Australian Rugby League. He played fourteen matches for the new club but was not re-signed for 1996.

He was to join the Hunter Mariners in 1996 however the a court ruling during the Super League war stopped the launch of the club until 1997. Having failed to secure a contract he retired from professional League.

  • 1988 - Played for Rochdale Hornets, England
  • 1991 - Played for Oldham Bears, England
  • 1993 - New Zealand Kiwis
  • 1994 - Played for Canterbury Cardinals, New Zealand
  • 1995 - Played for Auckland Warriors, New Zealand
 
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LOGAN EDWARDS – KIWI #645​

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One of the mainstays of Canterbury’s early-1990s golden era, brilliant back-rower Logan Edwards played five Tests for New Zealand and was a foundation Auckland Warrior.

Edwards, an unlucky Junior Kiwis omission the previous year, was just 19 when he scored two tries in Marist-Western Suburbs’ Grand Final loss to Halswell and debuted for Canterbury in 1988. Another Grand Final defeat – this time to Addington – and seven provincial appearances following in 1989 as Edwards’ reputation continued to climb.

Also agile and skilful enough for the centres, Edwards represented Kiwi Colts against the 1990 Great Britain tourists, while he scored eight tries in eight matches for Canterbury and starred in memorable victories over the Lions and Auckland for Frank Endacott’s red-and-blacks.

Spending off-season stints in England with Rochdale Hornets and Oldham, his progress was reflected by a belated Kiwi trial and the Canterbury captaincy in 1991 but injury wrecked his 1992 campaign.

Edwards returned in 1993, however, and was chosen in the Kiwis’ squad to tour Britain and France on the back of his outstanding display in Canterbury’s iconic 36-12 thrashing of Auckland at Addington Show Grounds – a performance that also helped secure a Warriors contract.

The rangy 24-year-old earned his Kiwi spurs off the bench in the tour’s opening match, a Test win over Wales, and starting the following fixture – a loss to Bradford Northern – at loose forward. He also came off the pine in the one-Test win over France among 10 appearances.

Edwards featured in another Canterbury win over Auckland in 1994 and turned out for Canterbury Country Cardinals in the inaugural Lion Red Cup. He toured Australia with the New Zealand Residents team but missed selection in the Kiwis’ squad for the subsequent Papua New Guinea trip in favour of the likes of uncapped tyros Tony Tatupu and Tyran Smith.

Though he was overlooked for the Warriors’ maiden premiership match (he initially played in Endacott’s reserve grade line-up), Edwards ultimately played in 15 of the club’s last 18 first-grade fixtures in 1995 and was an interchange in New Zealand’s two home Tests against France and the series opener against Australia in Brisbane before. Injury ruled him out of contention for the second Test and the end-of-year World Cup.

Edwards was set to join fledgling Hunters Mariners in 1996 but the court injunction preventing Super League going ahead that year left him without a club.

The evergreen forward later helped Riccarton Knights to a historic CRL premiership in 2002, featuring in their record-shattering 54-14 Grand Final victory over Linwood Keas.

LOGAN EDWARDS
NEW ZEALAND (1993-95)

5 Tests – 0 points
8 tour matches – 3 tries (12 points)
-1993 Kiwis tour of Britain and France

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: EDWARDS’ LATE TRY STUNS AUCKLAND​

September 13, 2019 / Will Evans

Ahead of the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls’ opening NZRL National Premiership clash with Akarana Falcons on Saturday, Flashback Friday relives a famous, drought-breaking win by the red-and-blacks over our overbearing archrivals from the north.

Canterbury had only defeated Auckland three times in more than three-quarters of a century: at Monica Park in 1926, at Addington Show Grounds in 1962, and a historic triumph under Gary Clarke’s coaching at Carlaw Park in 1975.

Frank Endacott’s initial 1989 season as Canterbury coach had been a difficult one results-wise, but he blooded a host of young players who went on to underpin the province’s unprecedented success during the early-1990s.

There were few signs Endacott’s side was about to add to its modest list of victories over New Zealand rugby league’s perennial powerhouse in 1990, however, when they crashed to a humiliating 42-2 loss to Wellington just five days out from a daunting assignment against Auckland.

But Canterbury defied their capitulation in the capital to stun even their most optimistic supporters by storming out to a 21-2 halftime lead against Auckland at the Show Grounds. Veteran captain Wayne Wallace and halves Justin Wallace and Phil Smith scored tries, while Mike Culley slotted four goals and Carl Hall snuck in a field goal.

The Auckland side contained four players – Sam Panapa, Dean Clark, Peter Brown and Tawera Nikau – who went on to play in New Zealand’s Test series against Great Britain two months later, as well as former Halswell champion Phil Bancroft, and future Kiwis Richie Blackmore, Iva Ropati and Tony Tuimavave.

The visitors’ class began to shine through in the second half, and with a strong breeze at their backs Auckland had surged to a 22-21 lead with 15 minutes remaining courtesy of four unanswered tries.

Canterbury appeared set to record yet another near miss against Auckland, until mercurial Marist back-rower Logan Edwards (main picture) – who had already tackled himself to a standstill – found the resolve to beat two defenders and cross for the match-winning try.

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Young Canterbury winger Whetu Taewa searches for a gap against Auckland, 1990.

“I’ve waited 12 years for that,” an ecstatic – and relieved – Wayne Wallace said post-match.
“All I’ve managed before (against Auckland) was a couple of draws. But I though we’d blown this one, too.”

The result saw Auckland leave the Rugby League Cup behind in Christchurch.

Of course, that was not Canterbury’s only watershed win in season 1990, which peaked with an 18-10 boilover against Great Britain in June. Thirteen of the heroes from the Auckland upset backed up for win over the Lions, with Aaron Whittaker and Peter Kaisa the new inclusions.

Those results set the tone for the next three years, which included two more wins and a draw against Auckland – culminating in an iconic 36-12 thrashing in the 1993 National Premiership final in Christchurch.

Canterbury 25 (Justin Wallace, Wayne Wallace, Phil Smith, Logan Edwards tries; Mike Culley 4 goals; Carl Hall field goal) defeated Auckland 22 (Warren Mann, Sam Panapa, Tawera Nikau, Taime Tagaloa tries; Phil Bancroft 3 goals) at Addington Show Grounds, Christchurch on April 29, 1990.

CANTERBURY:
Carl Hall, Whetu Taewa, Mike Dorreen, Mark Nixon, Brett Rodger, Justin Wallace, Phil Smith, Ricky Cowan, Wayne Wallace (c), Ron Simanu, Gary Leck, Mike Culley, Logan Edwards. Reserves: Simon Angell, Lance Setu. Coach: Frank Endacott
Source: Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1990 – John Coffey

 

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