Like father, like son: Tyme Dow-Nikau follows in father's footsteps in England

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Tyme Dow-Nikau has played for the York Knights, the same team his father Tawera Nikau represented 30 years ago.

Like father, like son.

Almost 30 years to the day since Kiwi league player Tawera Nikau made his last appearance for the York Knights, his son has followed in his footsteps.

Tyme Dow-Nikau made his competitive debut in the Knights’ 14-2 away win against the London Broncos at the weekend, which sealed their place in the third round of the Betfred Challenge Cup.

It was one day short of 30 years since his father played his 25th, and last, fixture for the English professional league club.

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NZRL selector Tawera Nikau speaks to the media during the Kiwis World Cup squad announcement in 2017.

Dow-Nikau, who earlier in the month scored a try in a friendly, produced a crucial last-ditch tackle out wide to deny the Broncos a second half try.

Nikau, now 54, went on to play 164 games for the Castleford Tigers, before heading to Australia and playing for the Cronulla Sharks (67 games) and Melbourne Storm (53), who he helped win the 1999 NRL title.

The Huntly-born lock played 19 tests for the Kiwis between 1990-1997.

Nikau, who has served as a national selector, severely injured his right-leg in a motorcycle accident in 2003, when he collided with an oncoming car near Huntly.

After five operations, surgeons were forced to amputate below the knee.