THIS WEEK'S GUEST - 2nd October 2013
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Tawera Nikau

Tawera Nikau has experienced winning an NRL grand final when he was part of the Melbourne Storm's victory in the 1999 NRL season

He played professional league during 1990s and 2000s. A New Zealand international representative forward, he played club football at a number of different clubs in New Zealand, England and Australia during his career. A Waikato and Auckland representative, Nikau played his early club football for the Otahuhu Leopards, York Wasps, Sheffield and Castleford Tigers.

Having already spent several seasons playing in England, during which

time he earned representative honours for his country, from 1996 to 1999, Nikau played in the Australian NRL, spending the 1996-1997 with the Cronulla Sharks, losing the 1997 Super League Grand Final to the Broncos in Brisbane. He joined the Melbourne Storm team in its 1998 inaugural year, helping the team reach a third place finish in the minor premiership. Melbourne also did well the following season and Nikau played at lock forward in the 1999 NRL Grand Final victory over the St. George-Illawarra Dragons. Nikau's performance has been credited with sparking Melbourne's second-half comeback.

From 1999 to 2001, Nikau was under contract with Super League franchise, the Warrington Wolves.

As a player he was known for his high energy, fearless charges and his sometimes terrifying facial expressions while playing. In defence he was often seen to be "everywhere"; making a tackle on one side of the field and the following the ball to complete a tackle on the other.

In 2008 Nikau was inducted as one of the NZRL Legends of League. Nikau is also a Tigers Hall Of Fame Inductee. He won a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award for emerging leaders in 2011.


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