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You would have to be an idiot to try and predict how a season will go for a team before a ball is even kicked. Luckily we have those in abundance here at kiwileaguecentral.com. Here is our bold, and probably completely wrong, guess at how season 2016 will go for the Penrith Panthers. The under construction sign remained up for a Penrith team who for the last couple of seasons have appeared to be building towards something special. The Panthers played some quality footy in 2016 nonetheless...
Some of the NRL’s most prolific try scorers and bruising forwards make their way into the top 20 on our list of the 50 best Kiwi players in the world right now. Tomorrow we count down the top 10, culminating with the naming of the best New Zealand player around. 20. Adam Blair – Looked rejuvenated under Wayne Bennett despite copping some heavy criticism in the opening weeks of his career as a Bronco. Impressed Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney enough to be named as co-captain of New Zealand, and...
After the 2016 NRL season got underway with the Broncos downing the Eels 17-4, kiwileaguecentral.com’s Christopher Reive shares what he learned from the Round 1 clash. Even the professionals get nervous There were a lot of big signings debuting for their new clubs in this game – Michael Jennings, James Roberts and so on. While we might have been expecting early season fireworks, we got the complete opposite. In the first half alone there were nine errors, while two of the best kickers in...
You would have to be an idiot to try and predict how a season will go for a team before a ball is even kicked. Luckily we have those in abundance here at kiwileaguecentral.com. Here is our bold, and probably completely wrong, guess at how season 2016 will go for the Parramatta Eels. Parramatta were among the biggest on-field improvers from last year, spending parts of the year inside the top eight. For much of the season their attack was fluid and entertaining to watch, with Fijian monster...
You would have to be an idiot to try and predict how a season will go for a team before a ball is even kicked. Luckily we have those in abundance here at kiwileaguecentral.com. Here is our bold, and probably completely wrong, guess at how season 2016 will go for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. With their first-choice fullback missing the opening four months of the competition, and a young halfback playing his first full year in the No.7 jersey, the Doggies experienced a few hiccups...
A bunch of New Zealand’s brightest young talents make the top 20, as kiwileaguecentral.com work towards naming the top Kiwi player in the world right now. 30. Kodi Nikorima – For most of the year he had limited minutes on the field, usually coming on late in games to relieve Andrew McCullough at hooker. But Nikorima showed enough to suggest he has a big future, possessing a good turn of pace and vision for the game. His debut tour with the Kiwis saw him play all four games, including two...
It’s almost go time – off-season moves made, ink dried on new contracts and pre-season trials done and dusted for another year. In any given season some players face higher expectations than others. Christopher Reive highlights five Kiwis around the NRL who have the heat on them and are worth watching, for better or for worse. 5. Benji Marshall We all know what Benji is capable of so there’s always a certain level of suspense when he steps foot on the park. Dragons fans got to see the...
A couple of current Kiwi internationals and some veteran chargers feature on Part 2 of our top 50 list. Check out players 40-31. 40. Frank Paul Nuuausala – Had a couple of standout performances for the Raiders last year, delivering plenty of impact with his ferocious carries of the ball. His aggressive streak continues to be both his greatest strength and weakness in many ways, but ‘Frank Paul the Wrecking Ball’ is one heck of a scary customer. Tim Simona in action for the Tigers at the...
New Zealand players featured prominently among the major NRL ins and outs ahead of season 2016. Take a look as kiwileaguecentral.com ranks the five biggest off-season transfers involving Kiwi players. 5 Peta Hiku (Manly Sea Eagles to Penrith Panthers) He turned down big money from the Warriors in 2014 to remain loyal to Manly, but was unwanted under the new regime at Brookvale Oval. Last year Hiku ran for more metres than any other Sea Eagles back, averaging 131 per game, and at Penrith is...
Struggling to find the building blocks for your NRL Fantasy squad? Here are five New Zealand players you need to have in your team. Simon Mannering Not just the best Kiwi NRL Fantasy player last year, but the best in the entire competition, with his 1,436 total points edging out Cameron Smith for top spot. Mannering plays 80 minutes most weeks and has excellent base stats thanks to his whopping tackle counts. Add to that the fact that he likes to offload and misses very few tackles and you...