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Panthers outlast Warriors in Christchurch

The Penrith Panthers’ decision to bring their NRL fixture against the New Zealand Warriors had already paid dividends with a sell-out crowd at AMI Stadium and several days of building a mountain of goodwill in the Canterbury community, but the club received the ultimate payoff courtesy of two valuable competition...
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Flashback Friday – Warriors’ miracle win in Christchurch

As Christchurch prepares to host its first NRL fixture in six years – the Round 10 clash between the Penrith Panthers and New Zealand Warriors on Saturday at AMI Stadium – Flashback Friday relives the city’s last taste of top-level rugby league, which featured one of the greatest finishes in...
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Gala dinner provides windfall for junior rugby league

It’s been a watershed week for rugby league in Canterbury, and it continued last night with a gala dinner at Addington Raceway ahead of the NRL clash between the Penrith Panthers and New Zealand Warriors at AMI Stadium on Saturday. News that the Panthers-Warriors match is officially sold out gave...
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Warriors touch down in Christchurch

The Penrith Panthers have been making themselves at home in Christchurch over the past few days, but the Warriors arrived in the city this afternoon determined to prove they are still New Zealand’s team in Saturday’s Round 10 clash at a sold-out AMI Stadium. The Panthers have won the hearts...
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Panthers are kings of the kids in Canterbury

The Warriors are likely to enjoy majority crowd support this Saturday evening at AMI Stadium, but the Penrith Panthers may have convinced a few hundred Canterbury kids to change their NRL allegiances this week. After holding an open training session at Christchurch Boys High School yesterday, the Panthers visited Hornby...
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Panthers break new ground for league at Boys’ High

It’s a school steeped in rugby union history, producing more than 40 All Blacks in its 135-year existence. But the Penrith Panthers broke new ground on Wednesday when the NRL side trained on Christchurch Boys’ High School’s rugby field ahead of their premiership encounter with the New Zealand Warriors at...
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Canterbury squad for the Queens Birthday clash against Auckland Vulcans

Rockcote Canterbury Bulls Coach Andrew Auimatagi and his selectors have named a Canterbury squad to prepare for the Queens Birthday weekend clash with the Auckland Vulcans 21's team. This game will be played on Monday 6th June at Canterbury Agricultural Park with kickoff at 2pm This Canterbury squad has been...
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ARANUI EAGLES 2016 SEASON PREVIEW

The Eagles have missed the finals for the past three seasons, but a strong pre-season performance – reaching the Challenge Cup final, where they went down to a powerful Linwood combination – showed what the side is capable of under incoming coach Christian Swift. Coach: Christian Swift Last season: 6th...
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CELEBRATION LIONS 2016 SEASON PREVIEW

The Lions are rebuilding their squad after the loss of some of the region’s most prominent veterans, but there’s still enough class and experience in their ranks to make an impression in 2016 under new coach Steve Fenika.  Coach: Steve Fenika Last season: 5th (won 5, lost 7, drew 2)...
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HALSWELL HORNETS 2016 SEASON PREVIEW

After taking out the premiership in 2014, the Hornets plummeted to second-last with just three wins last season. But the rebuilding club is confident of rediscovering its competitive edge in 2016. Coach: Rob Faalilo Last season: 7th (won 3, lost 11) Pre-season: “It’s been pretty good. We’ve had really good...
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HORNBY PANTHERS 2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Jed Lawrie takes the head coach reins after serving a long apprenticeship under Brent Stuart, and he’s aiming to maintain the Panthers’ heavyweight status with a strong squad. Canterbury Bulls half Tevin Arona will miss the first half of the season due to concussion, but Hornby boast enough key-position depth...
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LINWOOD KEAS 2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Following their extra-time loss in the 2015 grand final, the Keas have signalled their intentions by taking out the pre-season Challenge Cup. Recently-appointed Canterbury Bulls coach Andrew Auimatagi has a number of key additions at his disposal as the club aims to go one better in the 2016 Masetti Cup....
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