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|Born||1 August 1979|
|Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia|
|Height||172 cm (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (13 st 1 lb)|
|2009–||St George Illawarra||10||1||0||0||4|
Nathan Fien is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the St. George Illawarra Dragons of the National Rugby League. In 2008 Fien was a member of the World Cup winning New Zealand team.
Fien was educated at Blackheath and Thornburgh College, Charters Towers. In 2000 he made his debut with the North Queensland Cowboys, playing against the Penrith Panthers. In 2001 his form warranted selection to the Queensland side, where he came of the bench for one State of Origin match.
After playing 93 games for the Cowboys, Nathan signed with the New Zealand Warriors from season 2005 onwards. He has since extended his contract until the end of 2009.
In 2008 he was told that he would not be required past the 2009 season at the Warriors and so they would consider releasing him at the end of the 2008 season. Fien initially turned down this offer, hoping that his form in the World Cup could earn him a contract extension. However after the Huddersfield Giants failed to gain a work visa for Todd Carney they approached Fien with a large offer. In January 2009 Fien requested that the Warriors release him from his final season. This request was initially turned down by the Warriors due to the earlier release of Grant Rovelli, however on 30 June 2009 it was announced that Fien would transfer to the Dragons for the remainder of the season.
In May 2009, after being dropped from first grade by the Warriors, Fien announced he has signed a three year deal with the St. George Illawarra Dragons from 2010. On the 30 June the Warriors agreed to release Fien from the rest of his contract, and he joined the Dragons for the second half of the 2009 season.
Born in Australia, Fien claimed eligibility to play for New Zealand through a New Zealand-born grandmother, and played in two 2006 Rugby League Tri-Nations matches. After these appearances it emerged that he had a New Zealand born great grandmother, not grandmother. After this discovery the International Board declared him ineligible to play for the Kiwis, and New Zealand was stripped of its 2 championship points they got from beating Great Britain. The issue was dubbed Grannygate by the media.
In August 2008, Fien was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup - now being eligible for New Zealand due to residency qualifications - and in October 2008 he was named in the final 24-man Kiwi squad. Fien played at halfback in the World Cup final, which was won by New Zealand.
- ^ Fien hoping World Cup form can help club future Otago Daily Times, 24 November 2008
- ^ Warriors confirm Fien staying in Auckland TVNZ/ONE Sport, 20 January, 2009
- ^ Nathan Fien to become a Dragon AAP, 26 May 2009
- ^ Fien targets regular role with Dragons New Zealand Herald, 1 July 2009
- ^ Kearney opts for Fien at halfback The Dominion Post, 14 November 2008
- ^ "Kiwis select Sonny Bill". Sky Sports. 2008-08-08. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12196_3949034,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
- ^ "Kiwis to wait on Webb and Matai". BBC. 2008-10-07. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_league/7656238.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-07.