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Frano Botica

Frano Michael Botica (born (1963-08-03) 3 August 1963 (age 48) in Mangakino, New Zealand) is a former rugby union and rugby league player who ... More »Frano Michael Botica (born (1963-08-03) 3 August 1963 (age 48) in Mangakino, New Zealand) is a former rugby union and rugby league player who represented his country at both sports and also played for Croatia in a rugby union world cup qualifying match. Botica played domestic club rugby union for North Harbour and Llanelli and spent a period in France. Botica also played rugby league for Wigan Warriors and Castleford Tigers. Botica appeared for New Zealand Māori (between 1985 and 1989), New Zealand Emerging Players (1985), North Island in the 1986 inter-island match, the national sevens side in eight international tournaments between 1985 and 1988 and for the Anzac XV that played the British Lions in Australia in 1989. He even appeared in the Super 12: once for the Chiefs in 1998. In the early part of his Rugby Union career he was a rival to Grant Fox for the All Blacks number 10 jersey. Botica was regarded as more a running player whereas Fox was considered a superior kicker and it... [ Wikipedia ]

Harlequins 21 Bath 12

The 23-year-old son of former Wigan and Castleford rugby league star Frano Botica kicked five penalties from five attempts for Quins, 31-30 winners at Northampton last weekend. Botica's teenage replacement Louis Grimoldby added two second-half penalties to kill off a fightback by ...

BBC Sport

Ben Botica is the son of rugby league back Frano Botica, who won 18 major honours during a five-year spell at Wigan and became the fastest British-based player to reach 1,000 points, doing so in his 93rd game. Evans added the extras, but his evening ended soon after when he appeared to ...

SIX TACKLES WITH MIKE NICHOLAS: Banning shoulder charge a watershed moment for British rugby league...

The only person I would say who has been close to him was Wigan's Frano Botica, whose son Ben is playing union at Harlequins. Botica had great technique but simply I think Sinfield is the best I've seen. Wales rugby union coach Shaun Edwards made a surprise detour on his way home ...

World Club Challenge: Wigan's Sean O'Loughlin relishing taking on Sydney Roosters

The Warriors won 20-14 meaning the likes of Jason Robinson, Shaun Edwards, Martin Offiah, Frano Botica, Andy Farrell, Phil Clarke would be forever remembered in Wigan. O'Loughlin would love to emulate that team of nearly 20 years ago, but he is under no illusions of the task in hand as ...

Wigan 70 London 0: Pat Richards leads record rout

His tally beat Frano Botica's 22 points against Bradford Northern in Wigan's 71-10 romp in the 1992 semi-final. Wigan coach Shaun Wane said: 'I can't tell you how proud I am of the players. It was a short turnaround for us after losing to St Helens last Monday but we were ruthless with ...

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Danny Care inspires bonus-point win

Botica, who joined the London club this season and is the son of Frano Botica, the rugby league great, kicked 18 points and ...

League: Big boys called up for Battle of the Warriors Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South

Current Wigan forward Epalahame Lauaki is also a former Warrior while foundation Warriors Denis Betts, Andy Platt, Frano Botica and Phil Blake appeared for both clubs during their careers. Other dual representatives are Doc Murray, Brady Malam, Quentin Pongia and Iafeta Paleaaesina...

Delme Parfitt: Time for Welsh rugby to look forward not dwell on the past

Former All Black Frano Botica was playing for Llanelli in the mid-nineties, when the club was marking the 25th anniversary of the ‘72 game. When asked about the milestone at the time, Botica said the club’s older fans were a pain because all they ever did was bang on about past ...

OPINION: Sonny Bill Williams returns to rugby league's NRL

In 1990, when All Blacks deputy number 10 Frano Botica made the decision to switch to league, he spoke of his only talent being a football player. He had no trade to offer an employer, he said, other than an ability with a rugby ball, hence his decision to earn as much as he could, while ...

Wigan 30 Warrington 16

But some headlines will go to the departing Pat Richards, who coolly took a bullet of an overlap pass to stride in for his farewell try, before a machine-like conversion, from the ‘How To’ book of Frano Botica - affirmed Wigan is losing one of the best Australians it has ever brought to ...

Wane relishing huge occasion at Wembley

“He’s not trained this week so see him to perform like that is a testament to Paddy, he’s a great individual.” Richards’ points total was a record number of points for one player in a Challenge Cup semi-final, overtaking Frano Botica’s total of 22 against Bradford back in 1992. But the ...

Delight for Wane after Wigan rout

Winger Pat Richards scored 30 points to break former Wigan favourite Frano Botica's semi-final record and was one of 10 different tryscorers as Wigan exceeded the previous best semi-final winning margin set in 1992 with their 71-10 victory over Bradford. "I'm ecstatic," Wane said. "I'm ...

No resting on laurels for World Champion AllBlacks

Mathematically the Wallabies could... Full Article at All Blacks The former All Blacks - the late Charles Willocks, Grant Batty, Duncan Robertson, Grant Fox, Frano Botica, Mike Brewer, Marc Ellis, Josh Kronfeld and Justin Marshall - were capped at the annual All Blacks Reunion held at ...

Quins will be our toughest test yet

One glance at his pedigree and his quick adaptation is hardly surprising – he is the son of former All Blacks and Rugby League legend Frano Botica. Botica Junior was born in New Zealand but holds a British passport after spending eight years in England when his father was playing ...

Nine former All Blacks capped at Reunion in Dunedin

The former All Blacks - the late Charles Willocks, Grant Batty, Duncan Robertson, Grant Fox, Frano Botica, Mike Brewer, Marc Ellis, Josh Kronfeld and Justin Marshall - were capped at the annual All Blacks Reunion held at the Forsyth Barr Stadium ahead of tonight's Investec Rugby ...

Clash of the Warriors confirmed for home of the Chiefs

Playing links between the two clubs are strong with Wigan legend Dean Bell being the club’s first captain and former All Black Frano Botica signed by the then-Auckland Warriors for the debut season as well. Other former Vodafone Warriors who played for Wigan at some stage of their ...

Surprise guests at Auckland cultural event

The festival, which opens today and runs until 4pm Sunday, already includes interactive cooking demonstrations with MasterChef cult hero Cameron Petley, former All Black Frano Botica and ex-Warrior Gavin Hill. Mr Hawke says there will be a well-known TV presenter joining the Men in the ...

Sporting Life Rugby League News Live Scores, Super League, Challenge Cup

Winger Pat Richards scored 30 points to break former Wigan favourite Frano Botica's semi-final record and was one of 10 different tryscorers as Wigan exceeded the previous best semi-final winning margin set in 1992 with their 71-10 victory over Bradford. "I'm ecstatic," Wane said. "I'm ...

Newsroom Welsh Rugby Union Official Website : Bennett salutes Jones

Frano Botica was fly-half at the time and was doing some kicking practice after training. Who was out there with him? Stephen Jones. "He has worked incredibly hard at his game throughout the career and has been up against some class fly-halves for Wales over the years. "It is testament ...

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