Briton Nikora (born 7 December 1997) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays as a second-row forward for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the NRL and New Zealand at international level. "He's obviously a big part of their attack and how he drives the players and drives the team," Cayless said. Brit hadn't even played first grade yet and I said to Madge we've got a young boy at Cronulla that's going to be something special. The relatively slim 21-year-old has made a name for himself with his agility and astute edge running lines. He finished the season entrenched in Cronulla’s back-row with four New Zealand Test caps under his belt. Rookie Cronulla second-rower Briton Nikora has been hailed for his game-breaking qualities and the point of difference he can provide in Saturday's Test at Mt Smart Stadium. And while he did enough to earn a place in the under-20s squad, the struggles of living away from family in a foreign city as a teen began to take its toll. "That was the hardest challenge and I just wanted to come home straight away. The gifted Kiwi, who moved to the holiday strip when he was nine, was forced to travel more than 1000 kilometres for a train-and-trial deal with Canberra before he signed a deal with Cronulla. Bay of Plenty product Briton Nikora began 2019 as a relative unknown. He struck up an immediate rapport with Sharks and Kiwis playmaker Shaun Johnson, who noticed Nikora's talent soon after arriving in Cronulla over the off-season and immediately enquired about his heritage. 11. Blayke Brailey 10. It was the much anticipated battle of the two islands but the Northern Swords hold off a late surge by Otago Whalers to take the Men's Championship Title... Congratulations to the Northern Swords and Upper Central Stallions! Royce Hunt. Nikora played in the club's elimination final defeat against Manly at Brookvale Oval. He finished the season entrenched in Cronulla’s back-row with four New Zealand Test caps under his belt. He is clearly going to be there for the Kiwis the next five to 10 years.". When Sharks favourite Lewis retired last year, he had a fair idea who would be his successor on the Sharks' right edge. They’ve got a number of high-profile players coming off contract next year, they’ve obviously had some trouble with the salary cap situation. Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald. Briton Nikora. Newly appointed Head Coach Ricky Henry has named 11 debutantes for the much-anticipated International against Fetu Samoa Invitational on Saturday, November 7at Mt Smart ... Old foes Akarana Falcons and the Counties Manukau Stingrays took the field today for the final of the NZRL National Premiership at Trust Stadium... Congratulations to the Counties Manukau Stingrays and the Akarana Falcons! Kiwis second-rower Briton Nikora is adamant his Cronulla side can be a force in the NRL finals despite adversity.

Connor Tracey. “For Shaun to be a threat with short ball or over the top you need to run, otherwise people don’t think you’re a threat. "I was there when AJ Brimson was there, Phillip Sami; JJ Felise was in the starting team. Full name: Briton Nikora: Born 7 December 1997 (age 22) He adds something different to our side.". The Sharks have now won only one of four games this season and Cronk says the club won’t improve until Johnson improves, or they change the team. 3 October 2020 - article from www.rugbyleague.co.nz. “He can be the best player in the world but he just doesn’t deliver enough for me, and if the Sharks are going to do something this year... you’ve got enough talent on that list, led by Wade Graham.

Nikora has averaged more than 100 running metres per game for the Sharks, with a total of seven line breaks and three tries, while forming a dynamic combination with Johnson on the right edge. Briton Nikora left an instant impression on Sharks and Kiwis teammate Shaun Johnson. The Kiwis reckon their trump card in the looming torrid forward battle with Tonga is a debut player with just 12 NRL games to his name. “What sums it up for me is he puts in this kick where he makes the ball torp basically for Mulitalo to score the first try.

* Foran thankful to Warriors   * Here's one Kiwi staying put. "He's a very smart footballer, Briton.

Nikora credits the belief instilled in him by Morris and his teammates for his strong start to first grade. Angus Simpson-April 2, 2019 6. I was in their B team and there wasn't much for me footy-wise after school.

All I need to do is run hard and run my holes and he does the rest.

The pair reprised their partnership on the international stage in June, when Nikora received a Kiwis call-up for the Mt Smart showdown with Tonga after just 12 NRL appearances.

New to Kayo? "I'm here until the end of next year. "I can't wait to represent this black and white jersey, this country and my family. Background.

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