Warriors 1st Grader
- Sep 1, 2015
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He don't know shite.Paul Kent said as much on NRL 360 last week. Not a direct quote but he said the Warriors struggled to recruit good local talent because NZ does not have the league background that Aussie has. Therefore kids are not immersed from a very young age so do not develop to the same standard as Aussie kids. He seemed saddened by the situation & a bit pissed off at NZRL not being more involved.
He's hit the nail on the head right there
In the early 90s, as I have posted so many times, players were going straight from Fox to NSWRL FG and turning out stars, not just ordinary players.
I had been away from Auckland for a while but came back around that time and was speaking about our development to a local club (which was being coached by a future Kiwi coach, and had another as reserve grade coach YES TRUE!!). This guy showed me the training programs for their senior and reserve sides for the Fox. They certainly were impressive and that club later supplied a few star players (e.g. GF players) to Sydney
That is why the NSWRL were so shit scared of Auckland coming into the competition. They saw a Brisbane on steroids.
The standard of the Fox has plummeted since then. The poor management of the Warriors since inception hasn't helped at all e.g. Eric Watson the useless bastard. However Australia has other attractions e.g. better paid jobs, cheaper standard of living.
As for blaming the NZRL, Mr. Kent, why not ask the ARL what they have done to regularly kick the NZRL in the balls. I like listening to Kent but he is a typical navel gazing Sydney critic, as can be expected because that his his readership.