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New Zealand Warriors hooker Nathaniel Roache is booked for surgery on a lumbar disc injury next week which is set to sideline him for the 2018 NRL season. The 21-year-old Roache, the club’s 2016 Vodafone NRL Rookie of the Year, suffered the setback after returning from a ruptured Achilles tendon injury which ended his 2017 season in August last year. “It’s really sad for Nate and we’re all feeling for him,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney. “He’s a wonderful young man...
Gold Coast utility Karl Lawton has today been signed by the New Zealand Warriors while hooker Sam Cook and highly-promising fullback Hayze Perham have had their contracts upgraded ahead of the 2018 NRL season starting next week. Warriors general manager football Brian Smith said Cook and Perham had been rewarded for their performances in the preseason and the club’s NRL trials while the 22-year-old Lawton has been secured on a two-year deal. Capable of playing in the halves, the outside...
Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has reinforced his commitment to the New Zealand Warriors by signing one of the longest deals in the club’s history, ensuring he’ll remain at Mount Smart Stadium until the end of the 2022 season. The four-year signing coup was announced by Warriors CEO Cameron George at the club’s official season launch at SKYCITY on Tuesday night. “As one of the game’s most exceptional athletes, Roger understandably attracted lots of interest, so we couldn’t be more delighted...
Most of the New Zealand Warriors’ experienced first graders will be onboard for the second and final NRL trial against the Gold Coast Titans at Sunshine Coast Stadium in Kawana Waters on Saturday (5.00pm kick-off). Combining for the first time in the halves will be Warriors regular Shaun Johnson and new signing Blake Green while the seasoned Adam Blair and Tohu Harris will also be making their club debuts. The club’s other established players coming into the side after missing the...
Front rower Sam Lisone has signed a new two-year contract to keep him at the New Zealand Warriors until the end of the 2020 NRL season. Lisone, who turned 24 today, was off-contract at the end of this season but has recommitted to the club in a deal which will extend his Warriors career to at least six seasons. Preparing for his fourth campaign since his debut in 2015, the Toa Samoa international has clocked up 63 appearances so far – he missed just one game in 2017 – leaving him in line...
Saturday afternoon’s 20-16 victory over an under-strength Melbourne Storm side gives Warriors coach Stephen Kearney plenty to consider this week. Here’s what we took away from the Kiwi club’s first pre-season trial of the year in Rotorua. Jazz Tevaga is not an NRL hooker Poor service from dummy-half was an unfortunate feature of Jazz Tevaga’s game against the Storm, with no sign that he has made improvement in that troubled area of his game. There were also a couple of times when he made...
Anthony Gelling, who recently returned to Auckland after six seasons in England, has been signed by the New Zealand Warriors on a one-year contract. After being given an early release by the Wigan Warriors, the Cook Islands international was invited to train with the Warriors this week. “It’s a stroke of luck for us that Anthony has come back,” said Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney. “He proved himself in the Super League and has immediately impressed us at training this week. “We’re...
Kiwileaguecentral.com is celebrating the 50 best New Zealand league players on the planet right now, with the release of our annual NZ Top 50. * Note this list is based on Kiwi-eligible players who haven’t represented another tier-one nation, not who a player last played for at Test level. (Main photo: NRLPhotos). 50 – Zane Tetevano One of the bargain buys of the year, Tetevano appeared in 21 games for the Roosters through the regular season, becoming a staple of their bench. Made only...
The NRL will make history with the launch of a Women’s Premiership next year, with the New Zealand Warriors expressing interest in joining the proposed six-team competition. (Main photo: NRLPhotos). It follows the success of the Women’s Rugby League World Cup, with plans also revealed which will see New Zealand host a Test against the Australian Jillaroos and a women’s State of Origin match played. David Skipwith of the NZ Herald reports Warriors chief executive Cameron George has been in...
The Kiwis crashed out of the Rugby League World Cup with a limp 4-2 loss to Fiji on Saturday, and their coach David Kidwell and captain Adam Blair, seem to think it was the fault of fans and media. In honour of that bizarre claim, here’s a list of 10 things which made the Kiwis’ World Cup campaign one of the worst tournaments in their history, none of which were caused by a fan or journalist. (Photo: NRLPhotos). 1: Force you to base your entire tournament around a philosophy of “Kiwi...
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