Henry Tatana

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Henry Nardy Tatana[1] (1945–1998) (born in Auckland, New Zealand) was a rugby league player for the Glenora Bears, Canterbury Bulldogs, St George Dragons, Cessnock Goannas and New Zealand national side.

Playing career

Tatana begane his career playing in the Auckland Rugby League for the Glenora Bears and the Mount Albert Lions and representing Auckland. During this time he played in nine Test matches for the New Zealand Kiwis.

In his later years, Tatana moved to Sydney, playing five seasons in the NSWRL First Grade competition. He played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs from 1972-1974. Before joining the St. George Dragons for two seasons in 1975-1976, playing under captain-coach Graeme Langlands. Tatana was a prop forward in the Dragon's 1975 Grand Final team.

A fine goalkicker and prop forward, he was St George's top scorer in 1976 (his final season there), with 105 points. He was president of the Cessnock club between 1984 and 1986. An award bearing his name is presented by the Cessnock Goannas each year.

Representative career

Tatana was a New Zealand Kiwi international player and played in the 1968 World Cup. He represented New Zealand on nine occasions between 1967-1971.

Later years

Tatana died in Newcastle in June 1998, age 53.

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