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Kato Ottio dies aged 23

Papua New Guinea international Kato Ottio has passed away suddenly, aged 23. A prolific try-scorer in the New South Wales Cup, Ottio had signed with Super League club the Widnes Vikings for 2018, following a two-year stint with the Canberra Raiders. In a statement, Widnes confirmed Ottio had developed a sudden health issue while training […]

Leaked messages revealed after prop sacked for playing union

Txt messages allegedly sent between former Featherstone prop Darrell Griffin and their head coach John Duffy have added a strange twist to the saga, following the forward’s sacking for playing rugby union Griffin was dismissed by Rovers for a ‘serious breach of contract’, following the discovery that he had made three unauthorised appearances for the […]

Nuuausala’s future unknown

There is confusion over the playing future of former Kiwi international Frank-Paul Nuuausala, after Western Suburbs coach Matt Lantry told the Newcastle Herald that the enforcer will be at his club by the end of next week. It reports Nuuausala’s family are already living back Down Under and verbal terms have been agreed with the […]

Frank Pritchard career highlights

Former Kiwi international Frank Pritchard has called it a day, marking the end of a career which saw him represent New Zealand in 26 Tests and Samoa on eight occasions. At club level the powerful back-rower was part of Penrith’s 2003 NRL winning squad and played in subsequent Grand Finals with the Bulldogs in 2012 […]

Pritchard a no-show for Eels

Former Kiwi international Frank Pritchard failed to show up for his scheduled return to training on Wednesday for the Parramatta Eels, adding weight to rumours that he will retire. Pritchard’s contract with the Eels expired last season, but Matt Logue from The Daily Telegraph reports he has been given the opportunity to return and fill […]

Watch: Krisnan Inu talks Widnes signing

Former Kiwi international Krisnan Inu has given his first interview since signing with the Widnes Vikings in the Super League for 2018. (Photo: widnesvikings.co.uk).

The best bits of 2017

With 2017 all but done, we’re taking a look back at some of the best parts of the year that was. Here’s kiwileaguecentral.com’s best of the best. (Photo: NRLPhotos). Best new thing The Toronto Wolfpack. Who would have thought rugby league would ever exist, let alone prosper, in Toronto? It was great to see Kiwi/Canadian […]

Kiwis snubbed in World XIII

The Kiwis’ abysmal 2017 Rugby League World Cup campaign has been reflected in the World XIII, with no New Zealand presence. (Photo: NRLPhotos). The World Champion Kangaroos account for eight positions in the Rugby League World magazine selection, which is judged by 12 rugby league journalists spread between the northern and southern hemispheres. Former Kiwi […]

Hedi Moani-Kafoa Q&A

Hedi Moani-Kafoa is a promising teenage footy player with one remarkable difference. The south Auckland-raised Otahuhu College graduate has won a national secondary schools competition and this year caught the attention of plenty with some huge performances in Queensland state competitions, doing it all with only one hand, having been born without a right hand. […]