Former Australian rugby league Test prop Price has won a surprise award in New Zealand. Recognised for services to rugby league in New Zealand after playing 91 NRL matches for the Auckland-based Warriors and becoming the club’s longest-serving captain, proud Queenslander Price was initially unsure whether he was eligible.

“I didn’t know whether I was allowed to accept it,” said Price, who represented Australia in 15 Tests and played 28 State of Origin matches for the Maroons.

“I actually said to the lady, ‘You know, don’t you, that I’m Australian?”