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RED AND BLACK REPORT 2019: EDITION NO.1

Each week the Red and Black Report will keep you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions. NRL Aranui product and 2018 Dally M Rookie of the Year Jamayne Isaako kicked two goals and made 83 metres from 12 runs in the Brisbane Broncos’ season-opening loss…

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ROCKCOTE BULLS PRIMED FOR UNSEASONABLE WARRIORS CHALLENGE AT NGĀ PUNA WAI

January and February are traditionally reserved for Nines tournaments and pre-season club training in Canterbury Rugby League circles. But Saturday’s historic Ngā Puna Wai opener has meant the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls squad spent the early part of 2019 sweating it out in preparation for a showdown with the Warriors’ InTrust Super Premiership team – on…

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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 NGĀ 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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