Ruben Wiki

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Player Bio

Inducted:
2019
Birthplace:
Auckland, NZ
Date of Birth:
21 January 1973
Nickname:
Rubes
Debut Team:
Canberra Raiders
Opposition:
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Date:
13 June 1993
Venue:
Bruce Stadium, Canberra
Representative:
New Zealand
Clubs:
Canberra Raiders, Warriors

Career

Milestones

  • Premierships: 1994
  • First New Zealand-born player to play 300 games in Australian premiership
  • Played a record 55 Test matches for New Zealand
  • Captained New Zealand in 18 Tests
  • Captained New Zealand’s Tri Nations-winning team: 2005
  • World Cups: 1995, 2000
  • New Zealand Team of the Century: 2007
  • New Zealand Rugby League Player of the Year: 2003

Playing

First Class Games
381
Points
388
Tries
97

Biography

One of the toughest players of his era, Ruben Wiki had a decorated 311-game premiership career for the Canberra Raiders and New Zealand Warriors.

In 1994 he played centre in the Raiders’ grand final-winning side which beat Canterbury 36-12 to send Immortal Mal Meninga out a winner in his last ever game and in 2008 he became the first Kiwi to play 300 NRL games.

At international level Wiki gave his heart and soul in 55 Test matches across 13 seasons for the Kiwis – no one has played more Tests for New Zealand.

In 2005 Wiki captained the Kiwis and took home man of the match honours in an emphatic 24-0 win over Australia in the Tri-Nations final in Leeds, securing an historic first series win over the Kangaroos since 1953.

Equally at home in the backline or the back row, Wiki could punish opponents with ball in hand or a bone-rattling tackle.

Twice voted Canberra’s player of the year (2002-03), Wiki scored 60 tries for the Green Machine, including four tries in a match on two occasions – against Newcastle in 1994 and the Cowboys in 1996.

"He would hit you just like a Mack truck... Whether he’s running or defending there’s only one speed."

Ivan Cleary Former Warriors Coach

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Canberra Raiders Premiership 1993 2004 224 60 - - 240
Canberra Raiders Official Pre-Season 1994 1994 1 - - - -
Canberra Raiders Super League World Club Challenge 1997 1997 6 5 - - 20
Warriors Premiership 2005 2008 87 12 - - 48

Representative Career

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New Zealand Tests and World Cup Matches 1994 2006 55 15 - - 60
New Zealand Super League Tri-Series 1997 1997 2 2 - - 8
New Zealand Tour Matches 1994 2002 6 3 - - 12

Hall of Fame Members