NRL 2021: Kiwi Brisbane Broncos prodigy Jordan Riki prepares for emotional family reunion

Emotions are sure to run high at airports across Australia and New Zealand, when borders open later this month and a Kiwi rugby league player to be right in the thick of it.

Brisbane Broncos forward Jordan Riki made his NRL debut last year, but the 21-year-old from Christchurch hasn't yet been able to play in front of his family - but that's all about to change.

To date, Riki has only played nine NRL games, but he's already made an undeniable impact, with the club already offering him a new three-year contract.

"It's one of those things you dream of," Riki tells Newshub.

But while his dreams have been accomplished at a rapid pace, it's all taken place without the most important people in his life by his side, with his family stuck across on this side of the Tasman.

"To make my cup full is my family," says Riki. "Me being around them makes me go like... 'this is why I play rugby league'."

Mum Janelle and Dad Ra haven't seen their son since 2019. Last year, they missed his NRL debut, then Christmas and his 21st birthday.

"I'm getting emotional just thinking about it," says Riki, choking back the tears.

But the wait to be reunited will soon be over, as Riki's proud parents immediately booked the first flight out to Brisbane on June 19 - the day the bubble opens - hoping to catch at least two games.

"I can't imagine actually letting him go," says Janelle Riki. "I think I'm just going to be annoying and holding his hand, cuddle him and I think I'll be a bit of a mess at the airport."

And Jordan's ready to have his best friend back in close quarters.

"I'm a massive Mama's boy," says Jordan. "I love my mum - she's my No.1 rock in my life."

The Riki whanau are ready to have their cups full again.

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