STATS

Club
WARRIORS | PAPAKURA SISTERS
Born
26/08/1983
Height
171CM
Weight
77KG
Prev Clubs
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Tests
14
Test Points
0

BIO

A Kiwi Ferns rep at the 2008 and 2013 World Cups, Kathleen Wharton (previously Keremete) made a
remarkable rugby league comeback after a six-year absence to return to the Test arena at the age of
35 and play for the Warriors’ NRLW team.

The 25-year-old debuted at the ’08 World Cup as New Zealand blitzed the competition to retain the
trophy. She was a mainstay for the Kiwi Ferns until featuring again at the 2013 RLWC, which saw the
Jillaroos beat the defending champs 22-12 in the final.

Wharton hung up the boots to raise her family and concentrate on a career in youth justice but
watching the inaugural 2018 NRLW premiership stoked her competitive fires.

The back-rower was immediately included in the Māori All Stars team for their historic 2019 pre-
season clash with the Indigenous All Stars. She then helped Papakura Sisters to an Auckland club
grand final triumph and Counties-Manukau to NZRL National Competition success, before earning a
Kiwi Ferns recall for the mid-season Test against Fetu Samoa. Wharton marked her return with a try,
93 running metres and 19 tackles in the 46-8 win.

Wharton completed her stunning sporting renaissance by receiving a Warriors contract for the
second NRLW season, playing all three matches.

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