Steve Deane, NZ Herald
Shontayne Hape played international league for the Kiwis and
international rugby for England - until repeated head injuries
ended his career and threatened his future health.
Maitua Feterika's stunning five-try performance in the final
highlighted a successful title defence by Counties Manukau at the
NZ Women's National Tournament at Manurewa's Mountfort Park.
Champions Counties Manukau are showing their opponents a clean
pair of heels in their defence of the NZ Women's National
Tournament title, but face an unexpected challenge over tomorrow's
final stages at Manurewa's Mountfort Park.
Maybe World Cup defeat was the kick up the pants needed by the
NZ Kiwi Ferns.
NZ Kiwis and Warriors skipper Simon Mannering carries some
commanding form into this week's milestone NRL game against
Newcastle Knights, earning the praise of national team coach
While Whangarei and Toll Stadium has been given the tick of
approval by New Zealand Rugby League, this November's test between
the Kiwis and Samoa may not be the end of international league in
The New Zealand rugby league community is saddened by the
passing of Kiwis legend Tom Baxter this week.
Four Nations tickets for NZ games go on sale mid-June, so be in
early to avoid disappointment.
Counties-Manukau will defend their national title on home turf,
when six teams descend on Manurewa's Mountfort Park for the NZ
Women's National Tournament this weekend.
New Zealand Rugby League has re-appointed sitting director John
Bishop and introduced newcomer Tim Gibson to its board for the next