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Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will lead the strongest available side in the Vodafone Warriors’ final NRL trial against Wests Tigers at the International Stadium in Rotorua on Sunday. After fielding a host of emerging players in last Saturday’s 16-18 loss to Melbourne in Palmerston North, head coach Stephen Kearney has named a vastly experienced squad. Maori Kiwis co-captain Adam Blair and standoff Kodi Nikorima both come into the side after helping their side to a famous 30-16 win over the...
New signing Wayde Egan has been named to make his club debut in the first 2020 NRL trial against the Storm in Palmerston North on Saturday (5.00pm kick-off). The 22-year-old hooker, who made 29 NRL appearances for Penrith in 2018 and 2019, will also be having his first outing since recovering from shoulder surgery last year. Egan is one of 10 players with NRL experience named by head coach Stephen Kearney. Tonga international David Fusitua is the most experienced player named, and is...
New Zealand Warriors prop Bunty Afoa looks set to miss most of the 2020 season after suffering a torn ACL during training last week. Afoa suffered the injury during a contact session, and it leaves the already size-depleted Warriors down a crucial forward ahead of the season kicking off next month. Warriors dealt Afoa injury blow Kiwis abroad – February 17 Wests Warriors to break new ground with Greece trip Warriors to be led by Papali’i at NRL Nines
Check out the latest news involving our Kiwis playing league outside of New Zealand and Australia in 2020, with kiwileaguecentral.com’s wrap of the action from around Europe. With Sonny Bill Williams back in New Zealand for the birth of his fourth child, Toronto battled on without their star recruit and ended up putting in their best performance of the season. One-time New Zealand Warriors forward Bodene Thompson scored one of the Wolfpack’s two tries in an eventual 32-10 loss to Wigan...
Isaiah Papalii has become the youngest captain of a Vodafone Warriors senior team after being named today to lead the club at the Perth NRL Nines at HBF Stadium on Friday and Saturday. Papali’i, who turned 21 just last September, goes into the tournament with a career total of 48 NRL games after making his debut as an 18-year-old in 2017. he previous youngest Vodafone Warriors captain was club great Simon Mannering, who was 23 when he took on the role in 2010. Papali’i will captain a...
Check out the latest news involving our Kiwis playing league outside of New Zealand and Australia in 2020, with kiwileaguecentral.com’s wrap of the action from around Europe. It was one of the most-anticipated rugby league comebacks on record, but Sonny Bill Williams was helpless to prevent his Toronto Wolfpack from suffering a heavy 28-10 defeat at the hands of Castleford in their first ever game at Super League level. The 34-year-old played 54 minutes – far longer than originally planned...
In 1995, the Warriors invaded the Australian Rugby League premiership – the first overseas club to be admitted – in a blaze of publicity and hype the likes of which New Zealand sport had never seen. This is the story of all 25 seasons. Warriors 25 covers the triumphs, heartbreaks, controversies and revivals that have kept supporters coming back for more for a quarter of a century. In this exhaustively researched and officially club-endorsed book, sportswriter Will Evans tells the story of...
Current Kiwi internationals Ken Maumalo and Brandon Smith both claimed positional awards at the 2019 Dally M Awards on Wednesday night. (Photo credit: Lex Wright). Maumalo was named on the wing in the Team of the Year, while Smith was crowned Interchange Player of the Year. Sydney Roosters’ Grand Final fullback James Tedesco took out the overall Dally M Medal, with last year’s winner, Kiwis fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, finishing equal fifth. Tedesco’s Roosters teammate Latrell Mitchell...
Match reports from Auckland Rugby League Premiership matches played on May 11. Rd 6 SAS Fox Memorial Premiership Qualifiers Howick 22 Pt Chevalier 20 Howick picked up their fifth win of the year on Saturday, but had to survive a late scare from the Pt Chevalier Pirates. The Hornets led 22-8 with three minutes to go, before the Pirates struck twice to draw within two. Carlos Hotene scored a double for Howick, while forward Nick Wilson was strong off the bench. Papakura 10 Mt Albert 32...
The time is finally upon us, in a mere few days the NRL season will begin, and I cannot wait until round one. It also means that it’s time for me to give my thoughts on how I see the Warriors faring in their 2019 campaign. As I did last year, I will be breaking down my preview into sections outlining my views on the preseason and trial results, key signings, the 2019 squad, my gameday 17, the team's strengths and weaknesses and then finalising it all with my 2019 prediction. As always, these...