New Zealand Kiwis legend Ruben Wiki has given a hilarious acceptance speech at his Hall of Fame induction on Wednesday night.
Wiki was added to the NRL Hall of Fame alongside players Stacey Jones, Craig Young and Danny Buderus, as well as contributors Ray Warren, JJ Giltinan and Peter Frilingos.
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“The boys have been calling me ‘The Hof” at training today,” Wiki, who now coaches at the Warriors, said.
“My nickname’s gone from Kava King to The Hof so I might have to grow the Jheri curls back and the red Speedos.”
During his speech, Wiki reflected on his 312-game career and also provided some advice to the current crop of the NRL players.
“My first game was pretty successful … I only lasted 10 minutes. Sent from the field,” he said.
“I ended up getting suspension every year from then on.
“That’s how you play 300 (games). You’ve got to break it down. You’ve actually got to have a few weeks off.
“So anyone close to 300, that’s how you do it.”
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Meanwhile, veteran rugby league caller Ray Warren lifted the lid on the “blatant lie” that saw him get his first opportunity.
“I called my first rugby league game back in 1966 at Barmedman. It’s down near West Wyalong, between West Wyalong and Temora,” Warren said during his speech.
“I’d been in the police force, and I got an invitation from 2LF Young to join them to call football.
“The obvious question from the manager was have you ever called football and my answer was yes of course telling a blatant lie.
“I’d never called football. I might’ve called the trots, might’ve called the greyhounds, I might’ve rolled some marbles and called them horses, but I’d never called football.”