In 2016 New Zealand players account for a large proportion of the world’s best rugby league players, and with every year more and more Kiwis come through to star in both the NRL and Super League.
Before the start of the 2016 season kiwileaguecentral.com is counting down the 50 best New Zealand players on the planet right now. Let’s take a look at spots 50-41.
Konrad Hurrell showed glimpses of his brilliance in a frustrating year. Credit: photosport.nz
50. Konrad Hurrell (Warriors) –...
If you want to play for the Kiwis before your 19th birthday you better have a special toughness about your personality. Kurt Sorensen had plenty of it, and these days along with brother Dane is credited for paving the way for other Kiwis to make a living out of playing rugby league in Australia. kiwileaguecentral.com catches up with Kurt to talk off-field antics, the old days and being a trailblazer.
What’s keeping you busy these days Kurt?
I work in the mines all over the place in...
It’s a Wednesday afternoon in February inside the gym at Mt Smart Stadium and Ali Lauitiiti is having one of those days where he can’t avoid knowing he’s a 36-year-old professional rugby league player.
His left hamstring is giving him trouble and has been for most of the pre-season since he arrived back in Auckland.
It’s a veteran niggle if ever there was one, caused by overworking the tendon across a 17-year career which has seen him represent three clubs in two hemispheres.
It’s sometimes easy to forget about players when they head off to the Super League. Names you once enjoyed watching every week can disappear off the radar and end up plying away in Europe for a number of years before you even realise they are still around.
With that in mind kiwileaguecentral.com have put together a full list of the New Zealanders playing in the Super League this year.
Carlos Tuimavave (centre/standoff)
Fetuli Talanoa (winger)
Iafeta Paleaaesina (prop)
How they stand: Flying high until last Sunday when the Roosters shut them out 24-0, the Warriors sit in seventh place with a favourable run home. After an inconsistent start to the year they have recovered to win six of their last nine, and heading into Round 20 they rank equal third for the most tries scored in the Telstra Premiership. Statistically they also make more line breaks than any other team, but average a competition-high 11 errors per game and complete the third-fewest sets...