Konrad Hurrell

Family of former Warrior Konrad Hurrell safe in Tonga

The 30-year-old, who will play for St Helens in the Super League this season, was naturally worried about his family’s safety when he heard the news about the devastating natural disaster.

However, he says he’s been able to make contact with them back on the Pacific Island and much to his relief, discovered that everyone is OK.

“Obviously it’s been a tough couple of weeks, but I finally got through to my sister and through to my dad,” Hurrell said.

Rugby league star Konrad Hurrell in Engage and Learn session with Digicel staff

Digicel Tonga staff, who participated in the Engage and Learn session on Friday, could relate to Hurrell’s experiences of living in Tonga and overseas, family principles, focus on God and challenges he faced in his career.

According to Hurrell, all these factors added value to his journey as a member of the Mate Ma’a Tonga that created headlines and history in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

MMT in spectacular fashion upset giants New Zealand in a game that is still being talked about today.

Konrad Hurrell returns to Tonga to help cyclone-ravaged nation

NRL.com reporter Zac Bailey joined Hurrell as he surprised loved ones in the country’s cyclone-ravaged capital Nuku’alofa.

Hurrell was granted leave from pre-season training by Titans coach Garth Brennan, a decision that gave the Tongan international the chance to lend a hand following the Category 4 cyclone.

Houses were flattened and lives lost in the natural disaster that has crippled the nation.

Ken Stephen Medal: Konrad Hurrell

In his short-time at the Titans, Konrad has already made a big impression. The hulking centre, who resurrected his career on the Gold Coast, has clocked-up more than 120 hours of community work over the past twelve months.

It's not just Konrad's trademark energy and emotion that makes him one of the NRL's most popular players but it is also his genuine care for those in the community.

Hurrell's plan all brawn, no brain

Taking two wins into the Representative Round bye has enabled the Titans to move into 12th position and look forward with some optimism but they face a genuine test of their credentials against Melbourne in the Suncorp Stadium double-header next Saturday night.

Having missed the Round 5 loss to the Warriors and Round 7 loss to the Broncos, Hurrell returned along with Jarryd Hayne in Round 8 against the Sharks and ran for more than 150 metres in each of his two games back, adding two tries in the 38-8 rout of the Knights, his second double against Newcastle this season.

Konrad Hurrell acknowledges support of his parents

Hurrell says being the youngest of 6 children, he is very happy and grateful for all their love and support.

The World All Stars rep and former New Zealand Warriors team member shared some of his life lessons when he visited staff at the Digicel Tonga office in Nuku’alofa yesterday.

Hurrell was in the country for a day to meet with the Tonga Rugby Board about Kids Rugby development which is something he is passionate about.



Hurrell injures knee, in doubt for Nines

Hurrell was wearing a large brace on his right knee on Tuesday as his teammates completed their final field training session of the year at the Titans' new Parkwood base.

Dumped Warrior keen for Titans revenge

RNZ reports Hurrell has been named to start for Gold Coast against the Warriors in their NRL clash in Robina on Sunday.

Hurrell has been in barnstorming form for the Titans after being let go by the Warriors earlier this season following a string of poor performances and off field indiscretions.

But he told reporters he's settled in well on the Gold Coast and said beating his old team would be satisfying.

"The Warriors game is just another game, but... I'd be a little bit extra happy for a win," he said.