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Taane Milne

Taane Milne

New Zealand rugby league footballer
Taane Milne
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro New Zealand rugby league footballer
Is Athlete Rugby league player
From New Zealand
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 19 May 1995, Auckland, Auckland Region, New Zealand
Age 26 years
Star sign Taurus
Education
Newington College
Sports Teams
St. George Illawarra Dragons
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Taane Milne (born 19 May 1995) is a Fiji international rugby league footballer who plays as a centre for the New Zealand Warriors in the NRL.

He previously played for the St. George Illawarra Dragons and was contracted to the Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League. Milne played for the Mount Pritchard Mounties and the New Zealand Warriors in the Intrust Super Premiership.

Background

Milne was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He is of Māori and Fijian descent. He moved to Australia at a young age.

He played his junior rugby league for the Clovelly Crocodiles and spent some time in rugby union whilst attending Randwick Boys High School and Newington College (2011–2013), where he played junior representative grades for Randwick as well as NSW & Australian Schoolboys teams alongside future Parramatta Eels backrower Tepai Moeroa. He was then signed by the Sydney Roosters.

Playing career

Early career

From 2013 to 2015, Milne played for the Sydney Roosters' NYC team. On 18 October 2014, he played for the Junior Kiwis against the Junior Kangaroos. He was again selected for the Junior Kiwis on 2 May 2015. Milne was released by the Roosters with "A questionable work ethic, including being late for training and poor training performance, coupled with some minor off-field dramas," said to be contributing factors.

On 27 October 2015, he signed a 2-year contract with the St. George Illawarra Dragons starting in 2016.

2016

In round 8, Milne made his NRL debut for the Dragons against the Sydney Roosters. After further games in reserve grade, he returned to centre in first grade for 6 games at the end of season. Teammate Benji Marshall said he, "has one of the best in and aways and flick passes I've seen at training. He is a very talented kid."

He was named in the New Zealand Māori squad for a match against the New Zealand Residents on 15 October 2016.

2017

Milne played in 11 games in 2017, almost entirely from the bench. He scored his first try in round 11 against the Warriors, his sole match starting at centre for the season, and his only try for the year. On 6 May, Milne made his international debut for Fiji against Tonga in the 2017 Pacific Cup. Milne said, "I received a call from Mick Potter to play for Fiji against Samoa last year but I couldn't due to personal reasons, I was disappointed. But I had let him know that I was keen to play for Fiji this year. This has been an emotional moment for me. One of the best things being in camp is the devotion time and learning some Fijian songs. This has been one of the best camps I have ever been in."

In June, Milne signed a 2-year contract with the Wests Tigers starting in 2018.

Selected for Fiji in the World Cup at the end of the season, Milne score 2 tries and 2 goals in the opening match against the USA. In his next game, he scored 2 tries and kicked 3 goals against Wales.

2018

Milne was sacked by the Wests Tigers in April 2018 after failing a drugs test. He joined the Mount Pritchard Mounties for the remainder of the 2018 season. On 4 November, Milne signed a two-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors. Milne had wrote a letter to coach Stephen Kearney asking him for a second chance to play in the NRL. Milne said "I told him I'm not a drug addict," Milne told the Telegraph. "I wrote to him – spelling errors and all – telling him that I wanted to play in the NRL again. That I owned up to my errors and I was on the right track. I knew I could offer something to the club".

2019

In round 25 of the 2019 NRL season, Milne made his return to first grade and made his New Zealand Warriors debut against the Canberra Raiders.

2020

On February 15, Milne suffered a badly broken nose in the pre-season NRL Nines tournament.

In March, Milne suffered a season ending knee injury whilst playing for the New Zealand Canterbury Cup NSW team.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 17 Aug 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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