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New Zealand Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck-Sheck will leave the club and rugby league at the end of 2021 to take up a contract in rugby union. It was confirmed on Saturday that the Warriors would release him from the final year of his contract, allowing the fullback to pursue a career in the 15-man game in New Zealand, with the Blues the frontrunner to secure his signature. Heading into the 2021 season ‘RTS’ has played 178 NRL games and 20 Tests for the Kiwis. Photo credit: Lex...
Auckland product King Vuniyayawa will add another chapter to his remarkable story in 2021 when he links with UK Super League side the Leeds Rhinos. (Photo: King Vuniyayawa. Credit: Aria Management Group – Bodie Friend). The move means that within the space of two years the 25-year-old will have gone from playing second division league in Auckland with Manurewa, to having been a member of both an NRL and UK Super League squad. Last year the Fiji-born forward appeared five times for the New...
New Zealand Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney has named an unchanged 17 but has included David Fusitua on the extended bench for Friday night’s sixth-round NRL clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Bankwest Stadium (6.00pm kick-off local time; 8.00pm NZT). Fusitua remained in Auckland for personal reasons when the team travelled to Australia on May 3 to go into quarantine in Tamworth. His inclusion is the only change to the 21-man squad named today. He comes in for Hayze Perham...
Plenty for Will and Brad to unpick this week after Friday’s dreadful loss to Penrith, plus the lack of changes ahead of a must-win showdown in Round 5 against North Queensland. The boys’ confidence in ‘the process’ is at rock-bottom. Have a squizz at TWL’s Patreon page while you’re listening: https://www.patreon.com/thiswarriorslife CLICK HERE TO LISTEN This Warriors Life Podcast 2020: Ep 10 – Stale as Warriors name team to play Cowboys NZ Top 50 of 2020 | 20-11 Lawton named at centre...
New Zealand Warriors middle forward Lachlan Burr makes his return from a two-game absence for Friday night’s fifth-round NRL ‘home’ clash against North Queensland at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford (6.00pm kick-off local time; 8.00pm NZT). The 27-year-old comes straight back into the starting line-up after a head knock ruled him out of the opening match of the revived season against the St George Illawarra Dragons and also last week’s encounter with the Penrith Panthers. Moving out of the...
Kiwileaguecentral.com is counting down the top 50 New Zealand league players on the planet right now. To qualify for this list a player has to be eligible to play for New Zealand, but can be playing for another second-tier nation currently, hence the inclusion of those currently playing for Tonga, Samoa etc. Here’s spots 20-11… 20 – Ken Maumalo One of the few shining lights in an otherwise dark season for the Warriors last year. Maumalo went toe-to-toe with the NRL’s top try-scorers for...
Karl Lawton replaces the injured Peta Hiku in the centres and Sydney Roosters loan player Poasa Faamausili has been brought straight onto the bench for the New Zealand Warriors’ fourth-round NRL encounter with the Penrith Panthers at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday (6.00pm kick-off local time; 8.00pm NZT). Lawton was thrust into the left centre’s role 25 minutes into last Saturday’s clash against the St George Illawarra Dragons after veteran Hiku was forced off with a rib injury. Faamausili...
Kiwileaguecentral.com is counting down the top 50 New Zealand league players on the planet right now. To qualify for this list a player has to be eligible to play for New Zealand, but can be playing for another second-tier nation currently, hence the inclusion of those currently playing for Tonga, Samoa etc. Here’s spots 30-21… 30 – David Fusitua After topping the NRL in tries scored with 23 in 2018, ‘Fus’ was starved of quality ball last year as the Warriors instead favoured the left...
Kiwileaguecentral.com is counting down the top 50 New Zealand league players on the planet right now. To qualify for this list a player has to be eligible to play for New Zealand, but can be playing for another second-tier nation currently, hence the inclusion of those currently playing for Tonga, Samoa etc. Here’s spots 40-31… 40 – Raymond Faitala-Mariner Only managed 10 NRL games last year but made the most of his time on the field by averaging 82 run metres and scoring a pair of...
Across more than a decade in the Auckland senior competition Ron O’Regan can probably best be described as transient, although his movement between multiple clubs was more out of necessity than want. Story originally published on aucklandleague.co.nz. Having called Fowlds Park and the Mt Albert Lions home from the age of five, O’Regan was left with no choice but to head across town soon after cracking the premier team at the Lions, in order to protect his place in the Auckland...