General Nathan Fien Retires

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After 14 years and 272 games in the NRL, St George Illawarra halfback Nathan Fien announced his retirement on Thursday.

The 2010 premiership winner, who was at the centre of the `Grannygate' controversy over his eligibility to play for New Zealand in the 2006 Tri Nations campaign, made his debut with North Queensland in 2000 before moving to the Warriors in 2005 and the Dragons in 2009.

Fien, 34, will play in the Illawarra local competition next year but his days in the NRL will end with a round 26 match against the Warrior at WIN Stadium with the joint venture out of finals contention.

"I feel really fortunate to have had the career and opportunities that rugby league has presented me with," Fien said.

"I am extremely grateful to everyone who has helped me along the way, from the start that the Cowboys gave me, the opportunity to cement a place in first grade at the Warriors and the opportunity be a part of the Dragons and win a premiership.

"Whilst I believe that I could have played on at the NRL level, the timing is right for me to step back from the NRL.

"The Dragons have recruited really well for next season, they are in good shape and I am really pleased to be able to stay involved in the game I love and the area through the Thirroul Butchers."

A hooker for the majority of his career Fien was thrust into the halves by coach Steve Price and the Mt Isa junior has consistently struggled to spark the Dragons attack.

The club has brought Melbourne's Gareth Widdop and Canberra's Sam Williams for the 2014 season, a move that would have forced Fien's hand.

A bench player for St George Illawarra in their 2010 grand final win, Fien will perhaps be best remembered for the 2006 `Grannygate' saga.

Despite playing one game for Queensland in 2001 Fien played for the Kiwis during the 2006 Tri Nations despite being ineligible to do so.

He claimed eligibility based on the grandparent rule before it was later revealed it was based upon his great-grandmother.

Fien, legitimately qualified to play for New Zealand in 2007 through residency rules but not before the Kiwis were stripped of Tri Nations points and NZRL chairman Selwyn Bennett resigned over the incident.

Fien played 20 Tests for the Kiwis.

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Danpatmac

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272 games in 14yrs is a good effort.... especially considering his size and playing a lot in the 9.

Without wanting to drag up another conversation... it does put Ropati's 140 in 10yrs into perspective.
 
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Bluecat again

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I have followed Fiens career since the early days in Queensland. Funny how you (or at least I do ) notice some players more than others. Maybe never a marquee player he still played State of Origin and was part of both a premiership and a World Cup winning team. When he left the Warriors I started watching St George games to see how he went. A good solid player who always tried hard
 
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Paleaaesina2the20

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He absolutely tackled his heart out when he pulled on the Kiwi's jersey, and anyone that was apart of the World cup winning side is alright by me.

Having said that, a friend of mine who works at the Waihopai spy base says that satellite footage shows a couple of the grubbers he put into the in goal in his last season for the Warriors are still rolling.
 
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ryno

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Best Fien moment for me was when he was giving Cameron Smith an earful after the Michael Witt try!
 
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Bluecat again

Bluecat again

Best Fien moment for me was when he was giving Cameron Smith an earful after the Michael Witt try!
Haha good memories :) Witt holding the ball in the air and Ray Warren shouting for him to " put the ball down son" and Smith on his hands and knees unable to believe it and Fien telling him he had better believe it. I just watched it again on youtube. The sort of moment that keeps me coming back
 
ramps

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wish the warriors held on to him a bit longer.. he was a solid hooker that could kick out of dummy half.. something we have missed for a couple years
 
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snake77

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Was good when we were in the opposition 20 and he use to dart out from dummy half with player running through giving him options or we'd push it out wide.

When we signed Friend I was hoping we would use more plays around dummy half considering how he use to carve us up doing that when he was at the Titans.

Good luck to Nathan Fien for the future had a great career was a good servant for out club.
 
Hitman82

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I've always been a big fan of Fien, one of my favourite league bogans! Big heart and extremely competitive. I wish him all the best for the rest.
 
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mt.wellington

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I've always been a big fan of Fien, one of my favourite league bogans! Big heart and extremely competitive. I wish him all the best for the rest.
Liked him and always thought he was dependable enough. I thought he should have been re-signed here and also thought it was great to see him get signed by Wayne Bennett, kick on at the Dragons and score a try in the Grand Final. Great to see him giving back by being a player/coach. I feel not a lot of players do that enough.

Anyway, enjoy your post NRL life Fein. You were a loyal Warrior and Kiwi. Thanks...

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2010 Grand Final vs Roosters. Fein scores a try and goes on to win the game to get his NRL ring.​
 
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surfin

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Haha good memories :) Witt holding the ball in the air and Ray Warren shouting for him to " put the ball down son" and Smith on his hands and knees unable to believe it and Fien telling him he had better believe it. I just watched it again on youtube. The sort of moment that keeps me coming back
Without wanting to drag up another conversation about mud players, remind me again of the blokes name that made the initial break that started that try, Jerome Robati or something like that.:rolleyes:
 
Miket12

Miket12

Without wanting to drag up another conversation about mud players, remind me again of the blokes name that made the initial break that started that try, Jerome Robati or something like that.:rolleyes:
Jerome Mudpati ;)
 
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Miket12

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Careful I don't want Hitman82 to moderate me all over again. I've just gotten the creases out of my profile.
Considering how he told me my site mana had decreased yesterday after I mentioned an ab's liking mate, I expect this too get moved/removed soon
 
surfin

surfin

Considering how he told me my site mana had decreased yesterday after I mentioned an ab's liking mate, I expect this too get moved/removed soon
That's a little harsh, there's nothing wrong with admiring a nice set of 6 pack ab's. :confused:
 
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kos

All the best Nathan. A good solid 100% player who always tried his best.
And a Kiwi born in that good Aotearoa town of Mt Isa in our West Island.
 
Sebastian

Sebastian

All the best Nathan. A good solid 100% player who always tried his best.
And a Kiwi born in that good Aotearoa town of Mt Isa in our West Island.

Gee that West Island produces some talent. Not as good as the main land of course. But some pretty decent players have managed to rise above their surroundings. :troll:
 

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