Hamilton product Kanyon Paul made huge strides in 2019, earning a contract with the Warriors
NRLW team and receiving a Kiwi Ferns call-up.
A Waikato rugby union rep, the pint-sized hooker starred alongside Kiwi Ferns icon Honey Hireme in
Hamilton City Tigers’ Waikato club competition success in 2019 before joining the Warriors for their
The 21-year-old came off the bench in the Warriors’ Round 1 win over Sydney Roosters and the loss
in a historic standalone fixture against St George Illawarra at Mount Smart Stadium a week later.
Despite not being used in the Round 3 upset of Brisbane, Paul was selected in the Kiwi Ferns’ World
Cup Nines squad and played in the epic final victory against the Jillaroos.
Paul replaced the unavailable Lavinia Gould in New Zealand’s 20-player squad for the subsequent
Test against Australia in Wollongong but was not part of the match-day 17.
The diminutive playmaker was one of only a handful of New Zealand-based players to feature in the Warriors’ 2020 NRLW campaign, starting at hooker against the Broncos and Roosters. Meanwhile, she was one of only two Warriors players to return home for the Kiwi Ferns’ end-of-season clash with Fetu Samoa.
Coming off the bench in the No.14 jersey on debut, Paul brilliantly set up Crystal Tamarua for the last try of the match by scooping up a loose ball, beating a couple of defenders and popping a superb offload.