FLASHBACK FRIDAY: ADDINGTON’S LAST PREMIERSHIP

Addington Magpies made a long-awaited return to senior men’s competition last weekend, playing their first Division One game since 2018 – and marking the milestone with a 40-38 victory over Riccarton Knights. Flashback Friday marks 35 years since the proud club’s last Canterbury Rugby League premiership triumph. Canterbury’s oldest club, Addington was established in 1913…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: WARO-RAKAU ROUTS PAPANUI TO CLAIM THACKER SHIELD

Our first Flashback Friday of 2024 marks a milestone anniversary of one of the greatest West Coast Rugby League club achievements of the 1990s. At Saturday’s historic CRL Whitehead Plumbing & Gas Men’s Premiership season-opening clash at Wingham Park between Greymouth Greyhounds and Halswell Hornets, the 1994 Waro-Rakau Hornets will assemble to celebrate 30 years…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: CANTABRIANS IN NRL GRAND FINALS

Ahead of Sunday’s night’s NRL grand final between Penrith Panthers and Brisbane – where Hornby Panthers junior Jordan Riki will join a select group – we recognise the 10 players from the Canterbury region that have previously featured on the game’s biggest stage. Bill Noonan – Canterbury-Bankstown (1974): Simultaneously becoming the first New Zealander to…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: BROADHURST FAREWELLS TEST ARENA IN ICONIC LANG PARK UPSET

The rugby league world’s attention is fixated on Suncorp Stadium for Saturday’s blockbuster NRL preliminary final between Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors. Flashback Friday goes back 40 years to the previous incarnation of the venue, the hallowed Lang Park, as one of Canterbury’s greatest players farewelled the Test arena in a watershed victory for…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: JIMMY HAIG – OTAGO & CANTERBURY LEGEND

Ahead of Sunday’s crunch NZRL National Premiership clash between Otago Whalers and SENZ Canterbury Bulls in Dunedin, Flashback Friday celebrates the only player to represent the Kiwis from both provinces – dual international and legendary halfback of the 1940s and ’50s, Jimmy Haig. Haig was the first player to represent New Zealand in rugby union…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: BULLS OVERRUN LEOPARDS FOR INAUGURAL BARTERCARD CUP TITLE

As the SENZ Canterbury Bulls prepare for a crucial NZRL National Premiership showdown with Auckland Vulcans at Ngā Puna Wai on Sunday, Flashback Friday revisits one of the Canterbury provincial side’s greatest triumphs since taking on the Bulls moniker – the 2000 Bartercard Cup success. Coached by Gerard Stokes, Canterbury finished second in the 22-round…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: EDWARDS’ LATE TRY STUNS AUCKLAND

Ahead of the SENZ Canterbury Bulls’ opening NZRL National Premiership clash with Counties Manukau Stingrays on Saturday at Ngā Puna Wai, Flashback Friday relives a famous, drought-breaking win by the red-and-blacks over our archrivals from the north. Canterbury had only defeated Auckland three times in more than three-quarters of a century: at Monica Park in…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: MEL COOKE’S BRILLIANT TEST DEBUT

Ahead of the Mel Cooke Trophy being awarded for the 10th time to the standout player in Sunday’s Grand Final, this week’s Flashback Friday goes back 64 years to the Test debut of the player recognised by most as Hornby’s – and indeed Canterbury’s – greatest rugby league product, the mercurial loose forward Melville Lance…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: BROWN SENDS WARRIORS INTO GRAND FINAL

As the finals series in CRL’s 2023 senior competitions get underway this weekend, Flashback Friday relives arguably the greatest finals moment in the Australian premiership involving a Canterbury product. Lewis Brown, a grand final winner with Riccarton Knights and a Canterbury Bulls rep as a teenager, played 198 NRL games for the Warriors, Penrith and…

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