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Many New Zealand league fans were disillusioned to hear news this week of the Warriors sending Otahuhu boy Raymond Faitala-Mariner off to the Bulldogs in favour of Australian forward Shaun Lane. In some ways that’s understandable. The Warriors are New Zealand’s NRL team after all and have a wealth of home-grown talent in the lower grades which people want to see stay in Auckland. But put that aside and the Lane for Faitala-Mariner swap makes good sense for both clubs. There is no...
Unless you were an avid follower of the Junior Warriors over the last couple of years you could be forgiven for not knowing who Jazz Tevaga was when he was called up to make his NRL debut in Round 3 this year. His rise was so rapid he didn’t even rate himself a chance of making first grade this season. In fact, when coach Andrew McFadden told him he was in the squad Tevaga swore out of shock. We sat down to learn a bit more about the man. How did it all start for you in footy, Jazz? The...
There is nothing quite like the old days, so sit back and take a look as kiwileaguecentral.com’s Andrew Marmont checks out this week in Warriors history. 2002: Bear-Eagles no match for a Warrior Bears are land animals. Eagles live in the sky. So if you merged them together, you’d get one confused animal, right? Correct. And for the three seasons the Northern Eagles played in the NRL (2000-2002), they had about as much success as Kevin Campion did trying to keep his nose in one place...
Original story by Will Evans – Canterbury Rugby League Jazz Tevaga added his name to the list of Christchurch-born rugby league players to crack the NRL on March 20, making a memorable debut at hooker for the Warriors in their brave Round 3 loss to Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium. While he is a Papakura Sea Eagles junior, Tevaga spent the first few years of his life in Canterbury – and laced on his first pair of footy boots at four years old for the proud Burnham Chevaliers club...
There is nothing quite like the old days, so sit back and take a look as kiwileaguecentral.com’s Andrew Marmont checks out this week in Warriors history. 2002: Scoring for fun Deep in the annals of history, long before North Queensland won the competition, the Cowboys were once one of the whipping boys of the NRL. In the Warriors’ first twelve matches against the Queensland side they had managed four wins totalling more than 40 points, with two breaking the half-century mark. In the...
Sharks youngster Fa’amanu Brown is one of several promising young stars to come out of the Canterbury region recently. Currently playing with Cronulla’s feeder club Newtown in the Intrust Super Premiership, ’Nu’ is on his way back from a serious knee injury. Below we talk about those things, plus the time he microwaved his iPhone and became an internet celebrity. Fa’amanu Brown in action for Newtown against the Warriors in the Intrust Super Premiership. Photo: photosport.nz You are coming...
There is nothing quite like the old days, so sit back and take a look as kiwileaguecentral.com’s Andrew Marmont checks out this week in Warriors’ history. 1995: A First Win – Or Was It? Phil Blake (left) and Gene Ngamu after the Warriors v Wests match in 1995. Photo: photosport.nz It still hurts to this day. After narrowly losing to Brisbane and Illawarra in their opening matches of 1995, the Auckland Warriors finally got their first club win in Round 3, defeating Wests 46-12 at Mt Smart...
For the last two years Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad formed an important part of the Melbourne Storm U-20 side, scoring 16 tries in 37 appearances where he regularly played across every backline position. At 20 he is already an international, having made his Test debut for the Cook Islands in their 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifier against Tonga last year. We caught up with the new Warrior to see how he is adjusting to life at Mt Smart Stadium as he pushes for a first-grade debut in 2016...
The Warriors poor start to the season cannot go unchecked. Someone needs to be axed. This isn’t one of those knee-jerk, over-the-top reactions fans have when their team doesn’t deliver first up. It is what needs to happen to turn things around before yet another NRL season is wasted. Warriors boss Jim Doyle made it very clear that anything less than a top six finishing position would be determined as a failure in 2016. Good on him for demanding excellence. The way the first two weeks have...
kiwileaguecentral.com wrap up the latest NRL round from a Kiwi point of view. Round 1 didn’t just mark the beginning of the season for all 16 NRL clubs, but also the start of what will hopefully be long and prosperous careers for New Zealanders James Fisher-Harris, Josh Aloiai, Nathaniel Roache, Zane Musgrove, Leivaha Pulu and David Bhana. Congratulations to the latest batch of Kiwi NRL players. Back to the field and fifteen minutes into the season-opener Jordan Kahu ensured he would go...
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