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Newsletter #243

It was not the result we wanted over the weekend, the Kiwis going down to England in the second test which means England win the series regardless of what happens on Monday morning at Leeds in the final game. The Kiwis will be playing to put some pride back into the jersey. When we beat Australia at Mt Smart I was fizzing and thought the Kiwis would go to England and bring home the trophy, so yes I’m disappointed. But like I have said many times, it’s only a game. I’m sure the New Zealand Rugby League, under the leadership of new CEO Greg Peters, is on the path to bring back the glory days. And for me personally, I will be a Kiwis fan until the day I die. Sure I might be disappointed from time to time with the performance but I will ride the roller-coaster with my beloved side forever. It’s great to have former-Kiwi Nathan Cayless at the Warriors on the coaching staff. He was captain of the successful 2008 Kiwis that won the Rugby League World Cup in Brisbane. I mention this because the NZ Sports Journalists' Association is holding its annual TP McLean awards on Wednesday 5 December at Ellerslie. Each year, as well as honouring the best in sports journalism, they look back to a sporting highlight from a previous decade and this year they have chosen 2008, and some of the members of that Kiwis side Nathan led will be in the audience. Tickets are still available at a special rate of $150, just email [email protected] to reserve your seat. I have brought a table and have the manager of the team and coach Gordon Gibbons and Steven Kearney already confirmed as my guests. It should be a great night. Sadly before I go I need to acknowledge the passing of former NZRL chief executive Mike Knowles. I have known Mike so long that I cannot even remember exactly when our friendship began. But Mike was a wonderful man whose company I always enjoyed, whose opinion I valued, and whose friendship meant a great deal to me. My condolences go to his family and to his wider league family. Mike will be greatly missed and his death reminds us all of what's important in life, so have a great weekend and share the love out there. Sir Peter Charles Leitch KNZM QSM

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