Konrad Hurrell

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Konrad Hurrell
Konrad Hurrell.jpg
Personal information
Full name Konileti Hurrell[1]
Nickname Hurrellicane[2]
Born (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 25)
Tofoa, Tonga
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 104 kg (16 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012–16 New Zealand Warriors 71 41 0 0 164
2016– Gold Coast Titans 16 5 0 0 20
Total 87 46 0 0 184
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–15 Tonga 4 1 0 0 4
2016 World All Stars 1 1 0 0 4
As of 1 August 2016
Source: [3]

Konileti "Konrad" Hurrell (born 5 August 1991) is a Tongan professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League. A Tongan international and World All Stars representative, he plays at centre and previously played for the New Zealand Warriors.

Early years[edit]

Born in Tofoa, Tonga,[4][5] Hurrell moved to New Zealand in late 2009 on a rugby union scholarship with Auckland Grammar School.[6] He played for their first XV, earning vice captain in his second year, and represented Auckland Secondary Schools as a centre and second five-eighth.[7] Hurrell was also a member of the athletics team and was Tonga's national champion in weightlifting for the open weight category in 2010. Hurrell switched to rugby league in 2011.[8] In 2011 he played for the Junior Warriors in the Toyota Cup. In this, his first year of playing rugby league, he scored 22 tries in 21 games and was named in the competition's Team of the Year.[9] At the end of 2011 Hurrell was selected for the Junior Kiwis but was ineligible due to not having New Zealand Residency.[7]

Playing career[edit]

2012[edit]

In 2012, Hurrell was promoted into the first grade squad by new coach Brian McClennan and played in all three trial matches.[10] In February he signed a contract extension until the end of the 2013 season.[11] Hurrell made his NRL debut for the Warriors in Round 1 against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, impressing off the bench in the Warriors 26-20 loss at Eden Park.[12][13] In round 2, Hurrell scored his first NRL career in the 36-20 win against the Parramatta Eels at Parramatta Stadium.[14] In Round 18 in the 32-14 win against the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium, Hurrell scored his first hat-trick in the NRL, which made it twelve tries from twelve games at that stage of the season.[15] On 15 July, he re-signed with the Warriors until the end of 2015.[16] On the day before the Warriors Round 24 game, Hurrell was dropped from the first grade team to the Auckland Vulcans NSW Cup team, following a poor defensive display in the Warriors embarrassing 12-52 loss against the North Queensland Cowboys at 1300SMILES Stadium.[17][18] Hurrell, along with Shaun Johnson and Manu Vatuvei, finished the Warriors season as joint top try-scorer with 12 tries from 17 matches.

2013[edit]

Hurrell finished the Warriors season with 20 matches and 13 tries. In 2012, the Tonga-born Hurrell had signed a letter of intent with the New Zealand Rugby League, stating that he wanted to represent the New Zealand Kiwis after qualifying on a residency basis.[19] Despite this, he was named in the Tongan World Cup squad, playing in 3 matches and scoring a try against the Cook Islands in Tonga's 22-16 win.[20][21]

Hurrell playing for the Warriors in 2016

2014[edit]

In February, Hurrell played in the Warriors inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines.[22] He was overlooked for Round 1 and 2 matches, instead playing in the NSW Cup, before returning for the Round 3 match against the North Queensland Cowboys, scoring a try off the interchange bench.[23] On 8 May 2014, Hurrell was fined $5,000 over a social media sex tape involving Shortland Street actress Teuila Blakey.[24][25] Hurrell was later allowed to play the Round 9 match against the Canberra Raiders at Eden Park, scoring a try in the Warriors 54-12 win.[26] Hurrell finished off the Warriors 2014 NRL season with him playing in 19 matches and scoring 12 tries. On 9 September, Hurrell was selected for the New Zealand Kiwis Four Nations train-on squad, but didn't make the final 24-man squad.[27]

2015[edit]

On 18 March, Hurrell re-signed with the Warriors to the end of the 2018 season.[28] On 2 May 2015, Hurrell played for Tonga in the 2015 Polynesian Cup against Samoa, playing at centre in their 18-16 loss at Cbus Super Stadium.[29][30] In Round 9 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Hurrell was placed on report after he kneed Sharks forward Anthony Tupou in the face while taking a hit-up, leaving Tupou with a quadruple fracture of his jaw in the Warriors 20-16 win at Remondis Stadium.[31][32] Tupou later had surgery that required four metal plates, screws and wiring. Hurrell was charged with a grade three dangerous contact, taking an early plea and was suspended for 3 matches.[33] Hurrell later returned in Round 14 against the Sydney Roosters in the Warriors 25-21 loss at Mt Smart Stadium.[34] Hurrell finished the 2015 NRL season with him playing in 12 matches and scoring 4 tries for the Warriors.

2016[edit]

On 29 January, Hurrell was named in the Warriors 2016 Auckland Nines squad.[35] On 13 February, he played for the World All Stars against the Indigenous All Stars in the 2016 All Stars match, playing off the interchange bench and scoring a try in the World All Stars' 12-8 win at Suncorp Stadium.[36][37] On 25 May, the Warriors announced that they had released him from the remainder of his contract effective immediately.[38] The next day, he signed a contract with the Gold Coast Titans for the rest of the season and 2017.[39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Set of Six: Hurrell's Kiwis intentions mocks NZRL's eligibility stance - Sport - NZ Herald News". Nzherald.co.nz. 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2016-05-25. 
  2. ^ "NRL SuperCoach 2015: Last year's winner Dave Von Kotze reviews Saturday and previews Sunday". Dailytelegraph.com.au. 2015-06-14. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  3. ^ "Konrad Hurrell - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  4. ^ NRL. "Hurrell signed until end of 2018 - Warriors". Warriors.kiwi. Retrieved 2016-05-25. 
  5. ^ Ben Stanley (2013-04-07). "Hurrell still to choose between NZ and Tonga". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-05-25. 
  6. ^ "Warriors' Konrad Hurrell commits to NZ". Stuff. 
  7. ^ a b Hurrell vying with idol for centres spot New Zealand Herald, 10 February 2012
  8. ^ "Warriors hold on in nail biter". OneNews. 12 May 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Adrian Proszenko (18 March 2012). "Hard-headed rookie faces huge challenge". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Debutant Konrad Hurrell impresses coaches The Dominion Post, 16 February 2012
  11. ^ Warriors add teen Palavi on three-year deal stuff.co.nz, 16 February 2012
  12. ^ Hurrell preferred to Inu sportal.co.nz, 28 February 2012
  13. ^ "Warriors and Sea Eagles Coverage". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 February 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Konrad Hurrell scores hat-trick as Warriors beat Titans 32-14 to march into NRL top eight". NewsComAu. 
  16. ^ "Konrad Hurrell signs on until the 2015 season". Stuff. 
  17. ^ "Johnathan Thurston and Michael Morgan lead Cowboys in rout of Warriors". NewsComAu. 
  18. ^ "Konrad Hurrell dropped for Warriors clash". Stuff. 
  19. ^ Warriors' Konrad Hurrell commits to NZ stuff.co.nz, 27 May 2012
  20. ^ "Rugby League World Cup 2013". Rlwc2013.com. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 February 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  22. ^ "SQUADS FOR AUCKLAND NINES". Rugby League Week. 
  23. ^ "Home - Live Scores & Latest News - Fox Sports". Fox Sports. 30 March 2016. 
  24. ^ "Konrad Hurrell Fined $5000 Over Social Media Sex Tape Controversy". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  25. ^ "I've Lost Respect : Teuila Blakely Opens Up on NRL Warriors Star Konrad Hurrell Sex Tape Scandal". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  26. ^ "Canberra Raiders No Match for a Rampaging New Zealand Warriors in NRL Round Nine Action". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  27. ^ "KIWIS NAME FOUR NATIONS TRAIN-ON SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 
  28. ^ CHRIS HYDE (19 March 2015). "Blockbusting centre Konrad Hurrell re-signs with Warriors until end of 2018". Stuff. 
  29. ^ "TONGA NAMED TO FACE SAMOA IN PACIFIC TEST". Rugby League Week. 
  30. ^ "Home - Live Scores & Latest News - Fox Sports". Fox Sports. 30 March 2016. 
  31. ^ "Shaun Johnson goes from zero to hero as New Zealand Warriors end Cronulla Sharks' dream day". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  32. ^ "Home - Live Scores & Latest News - Fox Sports". Fox Sports. 30 March 2016. 
  33. ^ Chris Hewett (12 May 2015). "Rugby league player suffers 'worst broken jaw injury' doctors have ever seen in shocking tackle". mirror. 
  34. ^ DAVID LONG AT MT SMART STADIUM (13 June 2015). "Warriors blow big lead against Roosters and lose nail biter". Stuff. 
  35. ^ "Warriors name 2016 Nines squad - Rugby League Week". Rugby League Week. 
  36. ^ "All Stars, trial games team lists". NRL.com. 2016-02-13. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  37. ^ "World All Stars Defeat Indigenous All Stars 12-8 at Suncorp Stadium". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  38. ^ "Warriors release Konrad Hurrell". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2016-05-25. 
  39. ^ "Konrad Hurrell joins Titans". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 

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