Named Match Official of the Year at last nights NZRL Awards, the
year just keeps getting better for former Kiwi turned rugby league
referee Henry Perenara.
Benji Marshall is in line for the top title while four of his
Four Nations Kiwi team-mates are also short-listed for positional
accolades at the Rugby League International Federation
International Player of the Year Awards.
Auckland Pride followed their win in the Premier grade of the
NZRL National Competition (on October 15) with wins in both the
Nathan Cayless Cup 15s and the Mark Graham Cup 17s finals.
The Kiwis were left empty-handed but put together a
vastly-improved performance in their 12-26 loss to Australia in
Friday night's opening match of the 2011 Gillette Four
English referee Phil Bentham and New Zealand match
official Henry Perenara will referee the opening fixtures of the
2011 Gillette Four Nations.
Vodafone Warriors prop Ben Matulino and Wigan utility
Thomas Leuluai are both back in the Kiwis' line-up for Friday
night's Gillette Four Nations opener against Kangaroos at The
Halliwell Jones Stadium in
Locals maintained the weather was actually quite mild for this
time of year but Kiwi captain Benji Marshall couldn't agree as he
completed a string of media commitments at the official launch of
the 2011 Four Nations in Leeds today.
Coach Stephen Kearney and captain Benji Marshall singled
out the home side for special mention soon after the Kiwis arrived
in England for the defence of the Four Nations title they won last
The Prime Minister John Key and Australian league legend Andrew
'Joey' Johns joined a host of politicians, sports stars and other
well known faces for the opening of Sir Peter Leitch's Sports
Museum at Manurewa today.
NZ Resident 16s played the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS)
rugby league team in a one off game today in front of a good crowd
gathered at Massey Park in Papakura.