Bunty has been resigned.
Just heard that on newstalk zb.
Didnt say the term.
That will be where our Caps being used, upgrades.
Recruitment 2019 Warriors Recruitment NEWS & RUMOUR
2018 Interchange Player of the Year secured
Utility forward Jazz Tevaga has re-signed with the Vodafone Warriors on a one-year deal for 2019 with an option for the 2020 NRL season.
The energetic back rower/hooker, who recently turned 23, has just finished his best NRL season since his 2016 debut making 20 appearances, culminating in him being named the Interchange Player of the Year at Wednesday night’s 2018 Dally M Awards.
“We’ve been really pleased with the way Jazz has developed his game this year and were thrilled when he won the Dally M interchange award this week,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney.
“He was important to our success, the way he came off the bench to bring energy and toughness playing big minutes.”
The Christchurch-born, Papakura-raised Tevaga took his career tally to 35 appearances this season, averaging 56 minutes, 10 runs, 85 metres and 37 tackles a game.
“There were other offers but I love it here and always wanted to stay,” said Tevaga.
“We made progress this year. We have something to build on and I want to be part of our success next year and after that.”
Tevaga is a product of the club’s development pathways, originally picked up by the Vodafone Warriors after an under-20 open trial in 2013.
“We have a really good crop of young players making their way in the NRL,” said Vodafone Warriors general manager football Brian Smith.
“Jazz is another one of them who now joins David (Fusitua), Ken (Maumalo) and Bunty (Afoa) from that group who have re-signed.”
Tevaga became a fixture for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in 2014, going on to play at loose forward in their NYC grand final win over Brisbane when his team-mates included other current NRL squad members Nathaniel Roache, Solomone Kata, Mason Lino, Sam Lisone, James Bell, Maumalo and Afoa.
In 2015 he played another 25 games to finish his NYC career with 45 appearances, was selected for the Junior Kiwis and also made his debut in the club’s New South Wales (now Intrust Super Premiership) side.
In 2016 he made his NRL debut in the third round in a season when he mixed NRL and ISP appearances.
Last year he represented Toa Samoa at the Rugby League World Cup.
Born: September 4, 1995
Birthplace: Christchurch, NZ
Junior Clubs: Burnham Chevaliers (Christchurch), Papakura Sea Eagles (Auckland)
Positions: Loose forward/hooker
Rep Honours: 4 Tests for Toa Samoa (2017), Rugby League World Cup (2017), Junior Kiwis (2015)
Club and FG Debut: v Melbourne, Mount Smart Stadium, March 23, 2016 (Rd 3)
NRL Career: 35 appearances (2016-2018)
NRL Points: 8 (2 tries)
Intrust Super Premiership Career: 34 appearances (2015-2018)
Intrust Super Premiership Points: 28 points (7 tries)
NYC Career: 45 games (2014-2015)
NYC Points: 40 (10 tries)
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If there were other offers around it’s Interesting that the club only went after one year with an option for Jazz, I might have thought he’d be chasing some financial security with a longer term deal.
Reading between the lines the recruitment department may feel they need to see more despite the interchange player award.
SBW only signs a year at a time, but for a lot of money.
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How good is it having Brian smith part of the organization, some really smart decisions in retaining our young talent. Jazz still has a lot to prove, think it's more A,can he back it up B, can we fit him in next year if roach plays
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Has anyone heard anything about the Warriors looking at Josh Cleeland from the Bulldogs as a replacement for Mason Lino.
The source from where I’ve read is anyones guess as to how reliable it is but saw it posted in a supporters group on FB that the club are keen on getting him over, thought I’d throw it up on here and see if anyone might have a bit of inside knowledge as to whether there is any truth behind it. Would be a handy pick up if true
So just a little more info on the Josh Cleeland rumour. The fulla who posted about it works with Josh’s younger brother. From what he has said there has been no official discussions between the two parties but Josh has been made aware that the Warriors are interested in opening up discussions with him and bringing him over. Josh is meant to be keen to leave the Dogs as he doesn’t feel he is getting enough opportunities with them. So I’m not sure how keen he might be to come over to play second fiddle to Green and SJ, time will tell I guess as I’m sure the Warriors will be looking to secure a replacement for Lino sooner rather than later
Sweet another one who spits the dummy when he doesn’t get picked in 1st Grade, might as well go get Ata and Tui back.
Probably a reason he doesn’t get picked...
Got Lawton, and everyone talks about Ponga going into halves anyone spoken to RTS about that as well? Perham would make a great replacement @ no1.
Watching NZRL Prem on tv Willy Stowers looks like he’s worth putting effort into alongside CTH.
Seems to me just wasting money on another NSW Cup player Ala Santo.
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Nah thanks to Cleeland. The highlights package makes him look better than he is. Unlike Lino, he's had no real standout games in first grade. Hell, for large stints of the season, the Dogs went with Frawley over the guy. That's saying something.
Dogs can keep him. He will have more chance cracking a halves spot there than anywhere else. I would rather we focus on the development of our own players.