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LEWIS BROWN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Riccarton Knights junior and former Canterbury Bulls representative Lewis Brown has announced his retirement after a decade-long career in the NRL. The 32-year-old utility played 198 first-grade games for the Warriors, Penrith and Manly since making a belated debut in 2009, scoring 34 tries. Brown played 15 Tests for the Kiwis from 2011-16. Kiwi veteran…

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CRL’S NGA PUNA WAI OPENER ON TRACK DESPITE RAIN DELAYS

Canterbury Rugby League’s eagerly anticipated February 23 debut at its new Nga Puna Wai home will go ahead as scheduled, despite the weather’s recent attempts to a throw a spanner in the works. Twice the average rainfall in November threatened to derail the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls’ clash with the Warriors’ InTrust Super Premiership side, delaying…

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SOUTH ISLAND TALENTS FLY WITH MANLY SEA EAGLES

Two of the South Island’s brightest rugby league prospects, Jaedon Wellington and Callum Donaldson, are this week getting a unique taste of the NRL during a week-long camp at the Manly Sea Eagles. The invitation to come to Manly’s training base on Sydney’s northern beaches is the direct result of the club’s commitment to play an annual home match in Christchurch…

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BIG CAST OF CANTABRIANS UP FOR NZRL AWARDS

The 2018 NZRL Awards finalists have been named and there is a healthy representation from Canterbury Rugby League’s ranks up for prestigious honours. At international level, Jamayne Isaako and Sui Pauaraisa have been shortlisted for the Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns Rookie of the Year awards respectively. Domestically, Rockcote Canterbury Bulls captain James Baxendale is up for the NZRL Premier Player of…

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JUNIOR KIWIS AND FERNS GALLANT IN TRANS-TASMAN DEFEAT

Canterbury products Jordan Riki and Sui Pauaraisa made excellent international debuts for the Junior Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns respectively, but both endured defeat in thrilling clashes against their Australian counterparts.  Australia has edged out New Zealand in a 26-24 women’s Test thriller at Mount Smart Stadium. The Kiwi Ferns fought back from an early 12-point…

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WARRIORS HOLDING 2019 JERSEY FLEGG TRIALS

The Warriors have put out a nationwide call to players for their 2019 NSWRL Jersey Flegg (Under-20s) squad, with Junior Warriors open trials to be held on the weekend of October 27-28 in Auckland. The club is encouraging all talented and driven players to trial, primarily focusing on the Under-17 (2001) and Under-18s bracket (2000), but…

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CANTERBURY PRODUCTS FEATURE IN KIWIS, FERNS AND JUNIOR KIWIS SQUADS

It’s a proud day for Canterbury Rugby League, with Sui Pauaraisa named to make her Kiwi Ferns debut, Jordan Riki chosen in the Junior Kiwis squad, and Jamayne Isaako and Kodi Nikorima retained for the Kiwis ahead of New Zealand’s triple-header against its Australian counterparts on October 13 at Mount Smart Stadium. New Zealand has…

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NU BROWN STARS AS BULLDOGS WIN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Hornby Panthers junior Fa’amanu Brown has played a starring role as ISP premiers Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs thumped ISC champs Redcliffe Dolphins 42-18 in the InTrust Super State Championship at ANZ Stadium on NRL grand final day. Brown, who made nine first-grade appearances off the bench for Canterbury in 2018 after joining the club from Cronulla in…

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