Nikau DepartsWarrington Wolves Club Captain Tawera Nikau has confirmed that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season to return home to New Zealand. 'T' is a huge favourite with the Warrington crowd since he arrived at Wilderspool pre- Super League V. Nikau took over the club captaincy after Alfie Langer departed mid season. Tawera captained the New Zealand Maori team in the Lincoln World Cup 2000 competition. Nikau was capped 19 times by New Zealand and is one of the best back row forwards in the game.Nikau was key member of the Melbourne Storm team in the 1999 season, when they won the Grand Final and was named the best lock in the world. Tawera has played 54 games for the Wolves scoring six times and creating numerous others.Nikau paid tribute to Warrington and the fans, "I have really enjoyed my time with the Wolves and living in Warrington. The club and the fans have been great, very welcoming and supportive to my family and me. I salute the Warrington - primrose and blue! Steve has brought in some good players for next season in Domic, Rodwell, Weston and Sturm. He's also developing the talent with in the team bringing young Hulse through from the Alliance team and re-signing Noone and Guisset. The side will go strength to strength next season under Steve's direction, I have no doubt."
07, Sep, 2001