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113 Matt Jobson - ??? 2008 QLD Cup Easts Tigers
Managed to track him down. Working as a valuer at LMW Hegney, Gold Coast, Australia. Below is his LinkedIn profile and what LMW are all about...

Matt Jobson

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114 Paul Dezolt - ??? Last worked at the NRL Cowboys but is having serious health issues ATM. Link
Paul Dezolt is suffering from Pulmonary Hypertension.

Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and the right side of your heart.

Pulmonary hypertension begins when tiny arteries in your lungs, called pulmonary arteries, and capillaries become narrowed, blocked or destroyed. This makes it harder for blood to flow through your lungs, and raises pressure within your lungs' arteries. As the pressure builds, your heart's lower right chamber (right ventricle) must work harder to pump blood through your lungs, eventually causing your heart muscle to weaken and eventually fail.

Pulmonary hypertension is a serious illness that becomes progressively worse and is sometimes fatal. Although pulmonary hypertension isn't curable, treatments are available that can help lessen symptoms and improve your quality of life.

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117 Herewini Rangi - living in Gisbourne
Working as the NZRL Kiwisport Officer in Gisborne...

Making appearances in Gisborne
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Wed 11 Jun 2014, 09:14 PM
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Herewini Rangi as a Vodafone Warrior in an NRL trial in Hamilton in 2004. Image |

Just-retired veteran Vodafone Warriors centre Jerome Ropati and current NRL back rower Sebastine Ikahihifo begin a two-day programme of school visits in Gisborne on Thursday ahead of the club’s VB New South Wales Cup clash against Cronulla at Rugby Park on Saturday (3.00pm kick-off).

The pair will lead sessions at four different schools as the countdown continues to Poverty Bay’s first taste of NRL football.

Ropati and Ikahihifo are scheduled to visit two locations on both Thursday and Friday before the club’s NSW Cup squad flies in on a chartered flight on Saturday morning. The Sharks will be on the same flight.

The school visits will be built around the Vodafone Warriors’ Konica Minolta League in Libraries programme, which Ropati has previously been the face of. He and Ikahihifo will also talk to pupils about their careers, challenges and rugby league generally.

They’ll work alongside Vodafone Warrior No 117 Herewini Rangi, the club’s 2004 Clubman of the Year. That year he made one NRL appearance in the 29-30 loss to Canberra; it was a season when Ropati was one of his team-mates as was long-serving winger Manu Vatuvei.

Rangi can tell one of sport’s more remarkable stories having made a remarkable recovery from a serious spinal injury when playing for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in Queensland in 2008.

Now employed as KiwiSport Rugby League Officer for Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti, he has put together the school visits for his old club. At the first stop on Thursday Ropati and Ikahihifo will meet pupils from three total immersion schools.

No one is more excited than Rangi about the Vodafone Warriors’ visit to the region.

“This is a huge occasion for Gisborne Tairawhiti,” he said.

“It’s a great chance for people to see high quality rugby league and it’s awesome that the Vodafone Warriors have decided to not only bring this game here but also to visit schools.”

Gisborne mayor Meng Foon, who is on the New Zealand Rugby League’s board, campaigned to secure the visit.

“It’s a real honour for us to be hosting a game of this calibre,” he said.

“Tairawhiti is buzzing about the Vodafone Warriors coming here. It’s exciting not just for rugby league people but for the whole community.”

Vodafone Warriors general manager football Dean Bell welcomed the chance to take the club’s NSW Cup side to a new venue.

“We sought bids from around the country for this game and Gisborne’s was by far the best,” he said.

“Taking a New South Wales Cup game outside Auckland has never been done before but we were really keen to do it.

“It’s something the New South Wales Rugby League and the NRL were keen on and it’s part of how we want to spread the game around the country.”

The Vodafone Warriors have included eight players with NRL experience in their side to take on the Sharks. Also named are some of the club’s most exciting young players in Tuimoala Lolohea, Solomone Kata and Michael Ki.



Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri a Maui, 349 Nelson Road, Gisborne
(with Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Taonga Tuturu and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga)

Illminister Intermediate School, 70 De Lautour Rd, Kaiti, Gisborne


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Gisborne Intermediate School, Roebuck Road, Gisborne
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119 Kane Ferris - Playing for the Celebration Lions Chch Link
Unsure of Kane's occupation but he was still playing for Celebration Lions in Christchurch. Was also part of the 26 man squad for the Canterbury Bulls that played Wellington in the annual Centenary Shield match. He was injured during the Pirtek Cup period so didnt take the field for the Bulls.

Anyone have contacts in Christchurch? Be good to get a little more on Kane...

Hornets aim to rediscover sting

"We are not chokers".

This is what the Halswell Hornets will endeavour to prove as they enter their fourth straight grand final after having finished with the minor premiership in each of those seasons.

Halswell beat Sunday's opponents Celebration 50-16 in the 2011 final but they have come unstuck in extra time in the past two deciders to Hornby after producing the goods for the whole season.

Hornets coach Darrell Coad doesn't believe his side has a choking reputation.

"We looked at that game - the final last year - and it went for a long period of time," Coad said.

"Nearly 100 minutes of football, and the year before it went down to the wire as well, so I wouldn't say so much choking.

"I don't expect it to be anything different this year but hopefully this time we will be on the other side of the ledger."

The 2014 Hornets side has several new faces who have combined well with the experienced heads, which helped them take the minor premiership off Celebration after a strong back end of the season.

One of those new faces is former Celebration hooker Dan Moevao and he is looking forward to taking on his old side.

"I'm excited about it. To go against some of the old boys and some of my friends will be good," Moevao said.

Coad was happy with Moevao's form after he had an enforced layoff through concussion and he said another new face as well as a returning one has set their backline alight this season.

"Dan's had a little bit of time out this year through concussion so he's quite fresh at the moment and has been playing some really good football.

"It's good to see Jade Hoy back. He's come back from a stint off with injury and he has been really good for us this year, and young Ken Tofilau, our fullback, has been outstanding.

"He is up for New Zealand under-18 selection soon so I am sure he will have a good chance of making that."

Moevao crossed to Halswell from the Lions in the offseason and, while he has enjoyed his time at both clubs, he said there were plenty of differences between the two sides.

"Everyone is pretty committed here [at Halswell]," he said.

"I've enjoyed the atmosphere, everyone is really competitive. They are the sort of things I like.

"[At Celebration] the same guys would just turn up when we needed to. [The team culture] is bit of the same here but when it comes down to the real deal, you need everyone to be there."

Moevao expects Kane Ferris to be Celebration's main ball player and he said the Hornets will have to look out for Lions halfback Kasiano Petelo.

"They've got a couple of players who are pretty handy, like their halfback Kasiano; he's pretty sneaky that little fella."

Another former Celebration player, Manu Weepu, said the loss of Kasi and Kyle Leka would be massive for the Lions and he hopes his side will capitalise on their absence.

"I think it is a huge loss for Celebration but that is the consequences for doing what they have done. Hopefully we can capitalise on it as I rate them as good players to play against," Weepu said.

Bulls recall experienced quartet

Former New Zealand Residents representatives Jonny Limmer, Chris Bamford and James Baxendale and former Warrior Kane Ferris are back in the Canterbury Bulls rugby league squad.

New coach Darrell Coad named the quartet in a 26-man training squad to prepare for the May 31 Centenary Shield match against Wellington in Wellington.

Coad is also blooding New Zealand 18s representative Ken Tofilau, Papanui backs Izic Placid and James Wihongi and Alani Kakoi.

"I am really excited at the talent and experience within the squad," Coad said. "It will be trimmed to just 17 before heading to Wellington and that is going to be the toughest job, given all 26 squad members are displaying good form for their respective clubs."

"This is the beginning of the campaign for later in the year when we play in the national provincial championship and look to put the Bulls back up to where they should be on the national stage

"While this is the initial squad all premier players displaying good club form will be considered for future squads. The door is not closed on anyone"

The Bulls training squad is: Erwin Sauni (Halswell Hornets), Kasi Leka (Celebration Lions), James Wihongi (Papanui Tigers), Craig Smith (Hornby Panthers), Bruce Havea (Celebration), Kyle Pauro (Halswell), Izic Placid (Papanui), John Tafua (Celebration), Sean McDowell (Linwood), Ken Tofilau (Halswel), Jordan Kane (Halswell), Jonny Limmer (Hornby), Chris Bamford (Celebration), Kyle Leka (Celebration), Dan Moevao (Halswell), James Baxendale (Hornby), Jaye Pukepuke (Papanui), J J Smith (Aranui Eagles), Jessie Rodgers (Halswell), Alani Kakoi (Celebration), Rakatau Rawiri (Linwood), Vincent Paul (Aranui), Darren Tonihi (Papanui), Paul Sauni (Halswell), Kane Ferris (Celebration), Will Tafua (Halswell).


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120 Paul Atkins - Teacher at Alfriston College in Manurewa as a Physical Education Teacher
Doesnt look like Paul is still teaching at Alfriston College. Checked their site and their staff list and he isnt on it. Saw some posts on him on rate my teacher site but theyre from 2010. There is a PE teacher by his name teaching at Okaihau College but its impossible to confirm if it is him or not.

Need some fresh leads on this one...


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121 Steve Price - MAGS 1st XIII coach
Pricey has had a public speaking company for some time since leaving the Warriors.

Pricey SP10

He's on a number of speaking companies list of celebrities including the following.

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Pricey SL

Most recently though Pricey has brought the Waipu Four Square.

League legend buys in Waipu
By Imran Ali
10:00 AM Tuesday Oct 21, 20142 comments

Supermarket price is right for Warrior hardman

Rugby league legend Steve Price has caused a stir in Waipu after buying the town's supermarket.

The former Warriors' captain was introduced at the Waipu Business and Promotions Group meeting on October 7 as the new owner of the Four Square supermarket.

Foodstuffs confirmed his purchase of the supermarket from Richard Wilson and Juanita McGoldrick.

Price took over the supermarket, located at The Centre in central Waipu, yesterday.

He was on the premises but declined to comment, and explained to the Advocatethat he was in discussions with a magazine regarding a possible article about his new business. The locals hope he will be behind the counter and live locally.

Waipu Business and Promotions Group chairwoman Sarah Archer said it was great to live and work alongside a celebrity. "I think he will be a great asset to the Waipu community and one who will bring his knowledge and experience here.

"He's definitely caused a stir in the community, in a good way, and he could be quite an influential figure if we do things like fundraising in future, because people who follow league certainly know him," she said.

A motivational and keynote speaker through his company SP 10, Price completed a masters in business management after joining the Warriors.

He was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2010 for services to New Zealand rugby league.

Capped 28 times by Queensland and 16 by the Kangaroos, Price played for the Sydney-based Canterbury Bulldogs and the New Zealand Warriors during his 17 years in the NRL.

Price is the second high-profile sports star to trade the footy field for the supermarket floor in Northland this year.

Kaeo-born Eric Rush, who captained the New Zealand Rugby Sevens team to six consecutive world titles, took ownership of the Kaikohe New World supermarket in February.

After eight years in the corporate world, he started in the supermarket industry in 2008.

Rush became an approved owner-operator in February 2010. Later that year he bought his first store, New World Browns Bay.

Heres his LinkedIn profile. FOGS stands for Former Origin Greats and does work with Indigenous kids.


Not sure whether Steve is still involved with coaching High School footy but some of you may know that his daughter is an up and coming netball star playing for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and was even part of the Silver Ferns team that won the Fast Five tournament last October. Thats her second in from the right in the front row...

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122 Todd Byrne - Freelance journalist in Sydney Link
Todd is the Bulk Liquids Berth Officer at Port Botany, NSW, Australia.

The Bulk Liquids Berth at Port Botany services the discharge and load requirements of the petrochemical industry in New South Wales. This facility is the busiest of Sydney’s common-user” berths. Hazardous and nonhazardous bulk liquids, petrochemicals and gases are transferred by pipeline to nearby industry storage facilities which are operated by private companies.

Todd did have some of his articles put up on Roar. Links to those are below.

Todd Byrne

An article on mental toughness of players particularly the new look Rabbitohs of 2012. Good read.

Travel blog...
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123 Ruben Wiki - NRL Warriors Strength and Conditioning Coach
Wiki has a few things going but all fitness related. As most know he the Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Warriors but he also, along with his wife Santa, runs a boot camp style fitness program with a company called Wiki Workz and runs classes at Ludus Magnus.

Warriors Strength and Conditioning Coach since the end of the 2012 season.
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Runs Wiki Workz with wife Santa. Below is a link to their Facebook page.
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Also runs classes at Ludus Magnus gym in Auckland...
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Isn't he playing in the nines as well?

Nines will be interesting... Lockyer vs. Thurston would make a great match up...

No he's already ruled himself out. Has too much riding on his fitness company to risk injury. Teams getting named tomorrow so who knows? We may get a surprise...


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126 Micheal Luck - NRL, Cowboys Development Officer
Is the North Queensland Cowboys’ Manager of Recruitment and Development.

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Keeping himself fit and came 10th overall in the half-marathon event at the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival in Port Douglas last Novemeber.

Heres an interesting article on a thesis he did while at Auckland University of Technology.

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APRIL 12, 2014 6:59AM

Michael Luck has completed a masters thesis on the drinking habits of rugby league players.

FOOTBALLERS drink to celebrate victories rather than commiserate losses, according to a former North Queensland Cowboys players’ scientific study.

NQ Cowboys recruitment and development manager Michael Luck has released findings from his masters thesis on sport-related drinking motives of Australian and New Zealander professional athletes.

Mr Luck, who played for the Cowboys from 2001-2005 and then the New Zealand Warriors until 2012, said he had been motivated to carry out the study, while undertaking a business degree at Auckland University of Technology, by media coverage of players’ off-field misadventures.

“I just thought about how we could further explore what motivates players to go and do this away from their sport,’’ he said.

Mr Luck surveyed rugby league and union players from across Australia and New Zealand about the reasons behind alcohol consumption, including the NQ Cowboys.

The study did not examine the quantities of alcohol players drank, or what types of drinks, only the reasons why.

Mr Luck said most players drank for positive reinforcement, which was surprising considering widespread belief athletes drank excessively to cope with losses, or as a mechanism to build camaraderie.

Compared to rugby league players, union players reported higher levels of both positive reinforcement and team motives.

He said the study showed players did not drink for wrong reasons.

“The results were a surprise, but to some extent, it gives the NRL and Super Rugby a pat on the back for the systems they have in place at the moment,’’ he said.

“Without being able to prove it, the incidents we have away from sport, with guys getting into trouble for misbehaviour while under the influence of alcohol, I guess are outliers as far as the whole population goes.”

The NRL actively encourages its players to pursue tertiary studies and employment off the field.

Mr Luck, who compiled his thesis while playing for the Warriors, said this provided great incentive to young players to perform well off the field.

“I think the results … prove players improve their satisfaction away from the game so they’re not looking to drink or do anything off the field to fulfil their lives,’’ he said.

Latest pic I could find of Lucky, his wife ToniLee and NZ born son MJ...

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127 Grant Rovelli - Playing for the Souths Sharks Mackay Australia
Working for Aon. Aon is New Zealand's largest insurance broker, risk solutions, reinsurance and a leader in the provision of specialist insurance products and services.

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Still playing footy for the Souths Sharks in Mackay, Queensland, Australia. They won the Auscoal Super Cup grand final against Wests last season.

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Also spent time at the North Queensland Cowboys elite camp in December with none other than Micheal Luck who is standing far left...



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128 George Gatis - Retired from NQ Cowboys 2008. Runs Fish and Chip shop Link
Running Simple Tops Seafood Bar with his father Christos in North Queensland, Australia.

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Great bio below of the company and what Gatis got up to after life at the Warriors.

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Simply Tops gets a few footy stars coming through and is a regular pilgrimage for the Warriors every time theyre in Townsville.

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And who can blame them for going there with the mouth watering offerings available there.

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Below are all the details for Simply Tops if youre in that neck of the woods and want to get along to it...

CNR of Palmer & Plume Street, Townsville, Queensland
+61 7 4772 3028


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