General 2015 Warriors Where Are They Now?


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58 Odell Manuel - Truck driver out Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia and record power weight lifter. Link
Still training as a power lifter and going to tournaments worldwide including the Battle of Champions powerlifting tournament in Russia of July 2014 and the 2014 GPA World Championships in Sydney. Below is some footage from the latter tourney.

Huge transformation from when he was on the wing for us...

You can follow his progress on his Facebook page.

When not lift training he works for the Rockhampton Regional Council or Harris Stability Systems- Australian Powerlifting Supplies. Heres a pic of him using the sponsors products and hitting a 400kg squat!!!

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60 Terry Hermansson - ??? 2012 Pacific Sports Management. Link
The above link is no longer working and I cant find anything new on Terry. Got a couple of recent pics from last year. First one is Terry with his wife Louise at the League 4 Life function hosted by the Mad Butcher at the Ellerslie Convention Centre in May 2014. The second pic is from the Canterbury Charity Hospital evening in July 2014.


I believe he is still living in Christchurch but have no way of confirming right now...


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61 Monty Betham - Works as boxing instructor at Boxing Alley. Link

UPDATE 04/11/15

Boxing: Former league star wins cruiserweight title at the Super 8 Fight Night
5:17 AM Wednesday Nov 4, 2015


Monty Betham. Photo / Getty Images

Former Kiwis and Warriors forward Monty Betham claimed the New Zealand NZNBF cruiserweight title with a unanimous decision victory over James Langton at the Super 8 Fight Night at SkyCity in Auckland tonight.

The 10 round bout went the distance and was closely contested but Betham proved more energetic and accurate against the steady and straight-shooting Langton.

"I can smile. I know it was ugly but I'm just so dammed proud," Betham said.

"Dad, I hope you're happy because this was for three generations of Bethams."

The main event saw New South Wales and Cronulla Sharks NRL captain Paul Gallen extend his professional fight record to four wins after beating Warriors back-rower Bodene Thompson in the celebrity feature bout.

Both fighters supreme conditioning saw them last the full four rounds, with Gallen resembling an immovable object while Thompson continually tested him with a range of powerful shots and evasive footwork.

"I knew it was going to be tough," Gallen said.

"We were never going to knock each other out, he was hard to hit and he kept coming."

In the heavyweight title fight, Auckland's Hemi Ahio made short work of All-Samoan champion Alipati A'asa, dispatching him in two rounds with a brutal display of power hitting.

The underrated A'asa looked to be headed for an upset victory after a strong start, but Ahio's heavy hands soon took their toll. He knocked his rival down twice in the second round with a pair of left and rights to take the win.

Earlier, reigning Super 8 cruiserweight king Israel Adesanya retained his crown after easing past Zane Hopman in the knockout tournament semi-final, before claiming his second unanimous decision victory of the night in the final over the hard-hitting Lance Bryant.

Adesanya's effort was all the more remarkable for the fact he was backing up just three days after winning the trans-Tasman King in the Ring, in which he won past three opponents.

The light heavyweight knockout tournament final, between recent world title challenger and NZPBA champion Robert Berridge and New Zealand NZPBF titleholder Reece Papuni, was a ruggedly fought crowd pleaser.

Both fighters arrived after surviving their respective semifinal bouts, which were both forced into a fourth deciding round, with Papuni seeing off Bradley Riddel and Berridge accounting for Sosefo Falekaono.

The super-fast Papuni looked the more dynamic and powerful but Berridge was tough enough to take it to three rounds before the pair engaged in a fourth, with Papuni eventually declared the victor by split decision.

In between the two knockout tournament finals, former Shortland Street star Bree Peters take a unanimous decision victory over Bachelor NZ contestant Lisa O'Loughlin.

Still involved with Boxing Alley.

Came out of retirement to fight Carlos Spencer in December 2014 for the Fight for Life charity boxing event.

Boxing: Betham stops Spencer with TKO
10:43 PM Saturday Dec 6, 2014

Monty Betham fights Carlos Spencer during the Fight for Life at Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton. Photo / Getty Images

Monty Betham proved he has lost little of his skill as a boxer when stopping former All Black Carlos Spencer with a third-round TKO in a Fight for Life bout at the Claudelands Arena last night.

Spencer, fighting in his first, and according to him afterwards, last, professional bout, was extremely cautious in the first two rounds, and it was clear why following a withering burst by Betham which referee Lance Revill stopped 35 seconds into the third and penultimate round.

It began with Spencer's first sustained attack of the night, but Betham, a former Kiwi and Warriors league player with six professional fights behind him, hit his opponent with a straight right hand and quickly turned him around into a corner with a unrelenting barrage that Revill was right to stop. Spencer complained, but soon got over his disappointment.

Betham said afterwards: "He's a brave man. He got a bad rap as the boy from the Toffee Pops ad but he is as tough as they come."

Fighting at cruiserweight, Spencer, the coach of the Eastern Province Kings in South Africa, was an extremely trim 84kg to Betham's 88kg, the result of the conditioning for the scheduled four three-minute rounds.

His game plan was clearly to cautiously work his way into the fight, but Betham, who lost by decision to Shane Cameron in his last fight, was far too classy.

Spencer said: "It was as tough as I thought it was going to be, probably tougher. He showed his true class tonight.

"It took a long time to think about this challenge because Monty is a good mate and great boxer. It was a one-off."

Not sure whether he is still with them but Monty signed up in February 2014 to be a co-host of the Radio Sport Breakfast of Champions, 6-10am weekdays alongside Ian “Smithy” Smith and Nathan Rarere.

Monty is also a co-founder and ambassador for the Steps For Life charity. Steps for life was developed to take a proactive approach to reducing the rate of obesity and works with overweight high school age youth and their families. It is a 12 week programme that provides the knowledge and tools required to make significant changes towards living a sustainable healthy lifestyle which eliminates the many risks associated with being obese. They have an upcoming boxing event this May...


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63 Peter Lewis - ??? 2006 played for Eels and Cook Islands.
Still no leads on Peter. Last known whereabouts was playing for the Cook Islands failed qualifying bid for the 2006 Rugby League World Cup. At the time he was playing for the Parramatta Eels and playing for their reserve grade team...


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64 Wairangi Koopu - Presenter on Maori TV CODE show. Think he was involved with coaching Pt. Chev Pirates?
Koopu's LinkedIn profile has him listed as a freelance broadcaster.


Can still be seen on Maori TV's CODE show. 2014 was their 10th season on air.


Was also a Mana Party ambassador in last years elections...

Koopu gets out vote for Mana
15 Jul 2014 07:15 AM

League legend Wairangi Koopu is looking forward to his new role as a Mana Party ambassador.

Koopu says his role is to encourage people to engage with politics by enrolling to vote and turning out at the polls on September 20.

He has no ambition right now to stand for parliament himself, but he supports Mana’s policies and leader Hone Harawira's blunt style.

"I can relate it to the rugby league sense like a manager or agent where if the clubs didn't like him it meant he was doing his job properly becase he was looking out for the players. That's how I think of Hone. He's sort of the agent for our people.The governing body doesn't necessarliy like it because he makes so much noise, but he has got the best interests of our people in mind," he says.


Forgot to add Ever Hopeful Ever Hopeful's post from earlier on. Wairangi Koopu appeared in the Maori movie The Dead Lands...

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65 Francis Meli - ESL, Salford City Reds
Maybe forced to retire after not being re-signed by the Salford Reds.

Meli won't be offered new Salford deal
Aug 21, 2014 11:55
By Neil Barker
Francis Meli is set to retire from rugby league after Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash indicated that the club won't offer him a new deal.

Reds' Francis Meli scores

Salford Reds owner Marwan Koukash has confirmed that veteran Kiwi winger Francis Meli will not be offered a new contract for next season.

Meli, 35, who joined Salford from Saints at the end of last season, is set to retire.

Signed by former coach Brian Noble, he has not figured in the first team for the past month.

Will update this post if anything new comes up...


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66 Clinton Toopi - NRL Titans 4 Tomorrow ambassador. Link
Toopi is still working as the Titans 4 Tomorrow mentor.

Titans 4 Tomorrow supports youth throughout QLD and Northern NSW. The not-for-profit organisation is an industry leader in community programs throughout Australian sport delivering health and education programs.


Earlier this year he also coached the Queensland Maori team that won the 2014 Queensland Pacific Island Cultural Carnival tournament...



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68 Robert Mears - ??? Coached the 2010 Narellan Jets, NSW
Robbie has actually been a police officer in NSW for sometime. Here he is getting interviewed by Darryl Halligan in 2012.

He has also been playing Rugby League for the Macarthur Bulls in the Police Rugby League competition, NSW Police team as well as the Australian Police team. His Bulls team won the 2013 and 2014 Grand Final where he was player/coach and Man of the Match.


He has represented NSW Police in the annual State of Origin clash and was man of the series in 2011.


Robbie also represented Australian Police just in November 2014. Here he is getting presented his jersey by Craig Bellamy.

After representing Australian Police he retired from footy at the age of 40...


Not sure why the links arent working but all pics can be found on the NSW Police Rugby League community page...
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Didn't Jerry Seuseu's brother play 1 game for the Warriors? Anthony Seuseu? Anyone know what happened to him with his football career and what he's up to now?
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70 Boycie Nelson - Coached Glenora Bears and is still involved with the NZRL. Police officer in West Auckland
Jumped the gun and did #71 before #70.

As far as I can tell Boycie is still a cop. Played last year in the Police Rugby League team. Played alongside another former Warrior Tony Tatupu in 2009.


Still a cop in West Auckland and more specifically in Avondale. Also the Glenora Bears Premier coach for 2015...

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Out West, Boycie Nelson steps into the top job after having been assistant to Brendon Douglas who moves to the Marist Saints as assistant to incumbent Anthony Lipscombe.

The Bears’ faithful would have been disappointed with the 2013 season.

But they did come away with some silverware, taking the Konica Minolta Roope Rooster off Mt Albert in the second to last game of the season, then defending against Bay Roskill Vikings the following week.
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