Veteran forward Adam Blair continued to stake his claim for a
return to the NZ Kiwis with another strong performance in the NRL
over the weekend.
Blair (Kiwis #732) turned in another barnstorming display for
the Wests Tigers in their 21-18 victory, running for 145 metres and
making 30 tackles.
Having already caught the eye of coach Stephen Kearney with his
form this season - his third with the Tigers - Blair (28) is again
knocking on the door of national selection.
Since switching from Melbourne Storm that year, he has struggled
to meet the expectations of Wests fans, but has now become a key
element in the club's surprise 5-2 start to the season.
"He was again outstanding and it's no co-incidence that the
senior guys in that team, like Blairy, have been playing great,"
"I think it always takes a while to get used to a new
environment and the timing of him arriving at Wests wasn't good
"He's had to deal with a change of coaching and different
styles, but things have become more settled for him now. He's part
of a young, hungry team and he's able to focus on the things he
Another to continue his great form was five-eighth Kieran Foran,
who now faces an anxious battle for fitness leading into next
week's Anzac Test in Sydney.
Foran (Kiwi #757) was arguably the star of Manly's 26-21 win
over North Queensland Cowboys, scoring a try and running for 115
metres, but tweaked a knee in the process and has been ruled out
for his club this weekend.
Early signs are that Foren may be out for as long as four weeks,
but Kearney is taking a "wait-and-see" attitude to his on-field
general and intends giving him every chance to make the playing
line-up for May 2.
"Mr Consistency" Jason Nightingale (Kiwi # 747) was another to
catch the coach's eye, scoring an acrobatic try and running 167
metres for St George-Illawarra in their 20-10 result over the NZ
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appointed director positions and three rugby league-knowledgeable
elected director positions. An independent appointments panel
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Here's a chance to rub shoulders with some some of the biggest
legends of the game when a host of rugby league personalities
gather to raise money for a great cause.
The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust is
hosting a fundraising luncheon for the League 4 Life foundation at
the Ellerslie Events Centre on May 9.
There will be a mystery guest speaker and the MC is Knight of the
Realm, Sir Peter Leitch. A number of past Kiwis players will be in
attendance including Stacey Jones, Ruben Wiki, Roger Bailey, Graeme
West, Hugh McGahan, Dane O'Hara, Gary Clarke, Monty Betham, Gary
Prohm, Jerry Seuseu, Duane Mann and Dean Bell.
Ex Kiwis coaches Bob Bailey, Graham Lowe, Brian McClennan will
also be there.
A charity auction will take place and items going under the
hammer include the boots worn by Benji Marshall in his last ever
game for the Kiwis.
Whoever successfully bids for a signed Vodafone Warriors jersey
will also get the chance to meet his or her favourite player.
Where: Guineas Room, Level 3, Ellerslie
When: May 9, 2014
Buy a table (for ten) and receive two tickets to the Warriors v
Raiders match at Eden Park on May 10, 2014.
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details of this fantastic event
Whangarei, Dunedin and Wellington have early opportunities to
show they're ready for 2017 Rugby League World Cup fixtures, when
they host games in this year's Four Nations tournament.
New Zealand Rugby League will stage three clashes in the
international showpiece, including the final at Westpac Trust
Stadium on November 15.
The NZ Kiwis face a Pacific Island team - either Fiji or Samoa -
at Whangarei's Toll Stadium on November 1 and England at Forsyth
Barr Stadium in Dunedin on November 8.
They will kick off their campaign against archrivals Australia
in Brisbane on October 25, as a curtainraiser to England taking on
the Pacific champions.
"Bearing in mind we will be co-hosting the World Cup with
Australia in four years, this is a great opportunity for us to show
our capability," says NZRL chief executive Phil Holden. "But it's
also a huge challenge, both on and off the field.
"On one front, we may be up against the other three
semifinalists from last year's World Cup, with England, in
particular, itching to avenge their semifinal loss to us at
"And then we're looking for Wellingtonians to show their passion
for rugby league and support what promises to be a memorable
"Auckland has already shown it's ready for major World Cup
fixtures, after successfully hosting the NRL Nines. Wellington
prides itself as a sporting Mecca and we're confident local fans
can also support an international spectacle of this calibre."
Tickets will go on sale next month. Sign up to the NZRL database
here to register for pre-sale information.
The full Four Nations schedule is:
Australia v New Zealand, Brisbane
England v Fiji/Samoa, Brisbane
New Zealand v Fiji/Samoa. Whangarei
Australia v England, Melbourne
New Zealand v England, Dunedin
Australia v Fiji/Samoa, Wollongong
With only three weeks until the Anzac Test in Sydney, NZ Kiwis
coach Stephen Kearney is encouraged by the performances of players
in contention for team spots.
"For me, there were a few that stood out," he reflects on Round
Six of the NRL.
Incumbent Kiwis five-eighth Kieran Foran (Kiwi #757) showed he's
is rounding into form at just the right time to take on the
Kangaroos, running for 117 metres in Manly's 24-4 romp over
"A couple of weeks ago, he had a game where he had been injured
and came back to run for 150 metres, and was really good," says
"He played really well again on the weekend, which is really
positive from a New Zealand point of view."
Another making a strong bid for inclusion is veteran forward
Adam Blair (Kiwi #732), who made 26 tackles in West Tigers' 16-4
upset of North Queensland Cowboys.
"With the way the Tigers are going at the moment, I've seen Adam
playing football that first earned him a Kiwis jersey a few years
ago," says Kearney.
And St George centre Gerard Beale was also impressive, clocking
up 154 metres in the Dragons' heartbreaking 24-28 loss to Melbourne
Storm after the final siren last night.
"Some of his defensive plays were really good," marvels
But one player who seems unlikely to line up for the Kiwis on
May 2 is Frank Pritchard (Kiwi #718), who missed last year's World
Cup final through injury and tore a pectoral muscle (chest) in the
Canterbury Bulldogs' 21-20 nailbiter over the NZ Warriors.
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