Tawera Nikau

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Sunday, 1st January, 1967
Current Age
54 years and 294 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% List
New Zealand Maori 2000 3 - -   - - 1 2 0 33.33% List
Overall 1990-2000 22 4 0   0 16 10 11 1 45.45% 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% List
New Zealand Maori 2000 3 - -   - - 1 2 0 33.33% List
Overall 1990-2000 8 1 0   0 4 5 3 0 62.50% 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% List
Overall 1989 1 0 0   0 - 1 0 0 100.00% 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% List
Cronulla ARL 1996 24 1 -   - 4 16 6 2 66.67% List
Cronulla Super League 1997 22 1 -   - 4 14 8 0 63.64% List
Melbourne NRL 1998 27 4 -   - 16 18 8 1 66.67% List
Melbourne NRL 1999 26 4 -   - 16 18 8 0 69.23% List
Overall 1995-1999 114 12 0   0 48 76 35 3 66.67% 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% List
Melbourne 1998-99 53 8 -   - 32 36 16 1 67.92% List
Overall 1995-1999 114 12 0   0 48 76 35 3 66.67% 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% List
Melbourne 1998-99 7 - -   - - 4 3 0 57.14% List
Overall 1995-1999 16 0 0   0 - 8 8 0 50.00% List

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Sheffield Eagles Championship 1989/90 10 5 -   - 20 5 5 0 50.00% List
Castleford Championship 1991/92 38 6 -   - 24 25 11 2 65.79% List
Castleford Championship 1992/93 36 2 -   - 8 20 15 1 55.56% List
Castleford Championship 1993/94 42 6 -   - 24 29 12 1 69.05% List
Castleford Championship 1994/95 0 8 -   - 32 nan% List
Castleford Championship 1995/96 0 3 -   - 12 nan% List
Castleford Super League 1996 0 - -   - - nan% List
Warrington Super League V 2000 31 3 -   - 12 16 15 0 51.61% List
Warrington Super League VI 2001 28 6 -   - 24 11 15 2 39.29% List
Overall 1989-2001 185 39 0   0 156 106 73 6 57.30% List

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Sheffield Eagles 1989 10 5 -   - 20 5 5 0 50.00% List
Castleford 1991-93 116 6 -   - 24 74 38 4 63.79% List
Warrington 2000-01 59 3 -   - 12 27 30 2 45.76% List
Overall 1989-2001 185 39 0   0 156 106 73 6 57.30% List

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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