Tawera Nikau

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Sunday, 1st January, 1967
Current Age
51 years and 197 days

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Lock Of The Year
1998

Biography

Crunching NZ Test forward was an important part of Cronulla’s success in the 1997 Super League season. A veteran of English club football (York, Sheffield and Castleford) Nikau made his Test debut against Great Britain in 1990. Nikau last represented his country in the ANZac Test in 1997 but declined to play for the Kiwis because of a feud with team-mate Richie Blackmore. In 1998 he was recruited by the Melbourne Storm and was a driving force in the infant club’s grand final win in 1999. The following year he signed with Warrington and captained the Maori squad in the World Cup competition. At the end of the 2001 season Nikau planned to return to the Sharks and renew his association with former Melbourne coach Chris Anderson but the death of his wife in England saw him return to NZ where he coached Waikato to premiership victory. Nikau later lost his right leg in a motorbike accident and his courageous battle to overcome these tragedies is outlined in his 2004 autobiography, Standing Tall.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New Zealand 1990-94, 1997 19 4 -   - 16 9 9 1 47.37% Match list
New Zealand Maori 2000 3 - -   - - 1 2 0 33.33% Match list
Overall 1990-2000 22 4 0   0 16 10 11 1 45.45% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New Zealand 1990-92 5 1 -   - 4 4 1 0 80.00% Match list
New Zealand Maori 2000 3 - -   - - 1 2 0 33.33% Match list
Overall 1990-2000 8 1 0   0 4 5 3 0 62.50% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Auckland 1989 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1989 1 0 0   0 1 0 0 100.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla ARL 1995 15 2 -   - 8 10 5 0 66.67% Match list
Cronulla ARL 1996 24 1 -   - 4 16 6 2 66.67% Match list
Cronulla Super League 1997 22 1 -   - 4 14 8 0 63.64% Match list
Melbourne NRL 1998 27 4 -   - 16 18 8 1 66.67% Match list
Melbourne NRL 1999 26 4 -   - 16 18 8 0 69.23% Match list
Overall 1995-1999 114 12 0   0 48 76 35 3 66.67% Match list

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla 1995-97 61 4 -   - 16 40 19 2 65.57% Match list
Melbourne 1998-99 53 8 -   - 32 36 16 1 67.92% Match list
Overall 1995-1999 114 12 0   0 48 76 35 3 66.67% Match list

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla 1995-97 9 - -   - - 4 5 0 44.44% Match list
Melbourne 1998-99 7 - -   - - 4 3 0 57.14% Match list
Overall 1995-1999 16 0 0   0 8 8 0 50.00% Match list

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Sheffield Eagles Championship 1989/90 ? 4 -   - 16  
Castleford Championship 1991/92 ? 3 -   - 12  
Castleford Championship 1992/93 ? 2 -   - 8  
Castleford Championship 1993/94 ? 4 -   - 16  
Castleford Championship 1994/95 ? 8 -   - 32  
Castleford Championship 1995/96 ? 2 -   - 8  
Castleford Super League 1996 ? - -   - -  
Warrington Challenge Cup 2000 4 1 -   - 4 3 1 0 75.00% Match list
Warrington Super League V 2000 27 2 -   - 8 13 14 0 48.15% Match list
Warrington Challenge Cup 2001 4 1 -   - 4 3 1 0 75.00% Match list
Warrington Super League VI 2001 24 5 -   - 20 8 14 2 33.33% Match list
Overall 1989-2001 ? 39 0   0 156 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Sheffield Eagles 1989-90 ? 5 -   - 20 ? ? ? ?  
Castleford 1991-96 ? 25 -   - 100 ? ? ? ?  
Warrington 2000-01 59 9 -   - 36 27 30 2 45.76% Match list
Overall 1989-2001 ? 39 0   0 156 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Paul Carter says: A former Canterbury lower grader Nikau scored the last ever try in a first grade match at Belmore Sportsground. He scored that try For Melbourne during their 8-4 loss to Canterbury in 1998. (09/01/2010)

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