General FIRST VODAFONE WARRIORS TEAM OF YEAR NAMED ON THURSDAY

PB_old

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From the Warriors
website. Canberra's team has some interesting personnel. The Kiwi boys of course and David Campese's nephew. Can't say I've caught sight of him before.

Vodafone Warriors head coach Ivan Cleary will name his first team of the year on Thursday for the club's opening 2006 NRL trial match against Canberra.
The side for Sunday's match at North Harbour Stadium (3.00pm kick-off) is expected to include a number of players who excelled for the Kiwis in their Tri-Nations triumph late last year.
Cleary, the coaching staff, players and management will attend a corporate breakfast at North Harbour Stadium on Thursday morning when the team is due to be named.
After the breakfast, the Vodafone Warriors will have a public training run at the stadium, due to start at 10.00am.
Meanwhile, the Canberra Raiders have given some of their young talent a chance to shine in the trial.
Four rookies have been included in the starting team, joining a Raiders squad of 22 which will leave for Auckland on Saturday.
Five-eighth William Zillman, backrower Ben Jones and former Junior Kiwi prop Willie Raston were all on the verge of making their NRL debuts last year, while Adrian Purtell has been rewarded with a starting spot.
Zillman, who recently re-signed with the Raiders until the end of 2009, is keen to establish himself in the NRL after a breakthrough season in 2006 which included selection in the Australian Junior Kangaroos.
“I played the Kiwis in the Junior Roos team so I think that’ll hold me in good stead, having already played a few of the Warriors. I’m nervous, but excited at the same time,†Zillman said.
Jones, 25, is the eldest of the rookies but was dominant for Canberra’s premier league team in 2005. Raston, the nephew of former Raiders and New Zealand test prop John Lomax, will form a Kiwi combination with ex-Shark Jason Williams in the front row.
A Riverina product, Purtell, 21, has come from outside the full-time squad in the pre-season to earn his opportunity.
Canberra’s three recruits, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Dane Tilse and Trevor Thurling will all debut for their new club.
Senior players Jason Croker and Jason Smith will be rested, but another veteran Simon Woolford will make his return to the paddock after missing the final eight rounds last season due to suspension.
Injuries forced the late withdrawals of Todd Carney (neck), Bronx Goodwin (hamstring) and Michael Hodgson (jaw) from the squad.
The full Canberra side is:

1. CLINTON SCHIFCOFSKE
2. MARSHALL CHALK
3. PHIL GRAHAM
4. ADAM MOGG
5. ADRIAN PURTELL
6. WILLIAM ZILLMAN
7. LINCOLN WITHERS
8. JASON WILLIAMS
9. SIMON WOOLFORD
10. WILLIE RASTON
11. BEN JONES
12. TOM LEAROYD-LAHRS
13. ALAN TONGUE

14. TROY THOMPSON
15. DAVID MILNE
16. JERMAINE ALE
17. DANE TILSE
18. RYAN HINCHCLIFFE
19. TREVOR THURLING
20. TERRY MARTIN
21. TERRY CAMPESE
22. MICHAEL DOBSON
 

mosh_old

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Thats one patchy looking Canberra Raiders side. Remember the days when they have Jason Croker, Tyran Smith, Ruben Wiki, Ryan O Hara and Todd Payton as their forward pack.
 

Mo_old

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Will be interesting to see who the Warriors name. I certainly hope that it is a strong lineup as although some people say that trial games don't matter I think they are important particularly so for teams that aren't coming off a strong previous season. We want winning to become a habit and they may as well start with the trial games.

If we get a team brimming full of confidence for our first game after some successful trial games we can start the season as we mean to continue and really shake the competition up.

I'm looking forward to the Breakfast tomorrow at North Harbour stadium - will be interesting to see what Ivan has to say as I've liked his approach thus far.

While I don't mind my rugby I really wish that it was the NRL that was kicking off this Friday night and not the Super 14.
 

Jesbass_old

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Mo said:
I'm looking forward to the Breakfast tomorrow at North Harbour stadium - will be interesting to see what Ivan has to say as I've liked his approach thus far.

Will you be there too, Mo?
 

Mo_old

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Yep Jesbass. Will be there (convinced my work (Bell Gully) to get a table).

Feel free to pop over and say hello.
 

2big2strong_old

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that jermaine ale thats playing for canberra is the man, samoan dude, sonny bills cousin, rips up
 

Jesbass_old

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Mo said:
Yep Jesbass. Will be there (convinced my work (Bell Gully) to get a table).

Feel free to pop over and say hello.

Sure thing. Look for a table under the name of Events Alive. We've got a table with eight of us and two Warriors players. Are you the same?
 

2big2strong_old

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yeah that terry campese has been around for a few seasons, think he made his debut in 03' or 02', just a fringe first grader, doesn't have the abilities as his uncle
 

PHANTOM MENACE_old

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From Radio SPort

Martin returns from injury

Tony Martin makes his return from a year out through injury for the Warriors in Sunday's NRL warm-up game against the Canberra Raiders in Auckland.


Martin will play at fullback in place of the injured Brent Webb and will also be the team's goal kicker.


Sione Faumuina and Nathan Fien are the halves.


Thirty-year-old prop George Tuakura makes his debut with Steve Price and Ruben Wiki both sitting out the opening games.






Copyright The Radio Network 2004


Also heard Evarn is starting
 

warriors4life_old

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cleary said wiki and price will sit out the canberra match and play the next two trials
 

warriors4life_old

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yea steve price has been named captain for the year and vice captain is ruben wiki.

And here is the warriors side that was announced today:
1. Tony Martin
2. Todd Byrne
3. Jerome Ropati
4. Clinton Toopi
5. Manu Vatuvei
6. Sione Faumuina
7. Nathan Fien
8. George Tuakura
9. Lance Hohaia
10. Evarn Tuimavave
11. Wairangi Koopu
12. Awen Guttenbeil
13. Louis Anderson

Interchange:
14. Grant Rovelli
15. Cooper Vuna
16. Micheal Luck
17. Epalahame Lauaki
18. Richard Villasanti
19. Sam Rapira
 

warriors4life_old

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From warriors.co.nz

Former grand final winner Tony Martin will play his first match in almost a year when the Vodafone Warriors face Canberra in their first 2006 NRL trial at North Harbour Stadium on Sunday.

The 27-year-old sat out almost the entire 2005 season after injuring his neck in the Vodafone Warriors’ second-round encounter with Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.

The ex-Melbourne Storm centre faced a lengthy rehabilitation after fusion surgery on a bulging disc in early June.

“Tony has done everything asked of him by our medical staff, trainers and coaches,†said Cleary.

“He has trained outstandingly over the summer and it’s great for him and for us that he’s now ready to play again.â€Â

Martin has also been entrusted with the goal-kicking duties this year after spending time being coached by former Kiwi Daryl Halligan. With Kiwi Brent Webb missing Sunday’s match with a groin problem, Martin will fill the fullback’s role against the Raiders but Cleary has him earmarked to return to his preferred position in the centres.

If the trial is a special occasion for Martin it will also be memorable for props George Tuakura and Sam Rapira as well as new Vodafone Warriors signings Micheal Luck and Grant Rovelli.

A 30, Tuakura is in the run-on side for his first Vodafone Warriors appearance after playing against them for a President’s XIII in the corresponding North Harbour Stadium trial last year.

Some 12 years his junior, 2005 Junior Kiwi captain Rapira (18) will come off the bench to make his first appearance for the club after being promoted from the Vodafone Warriors’ elite development programme.
With other propping options in Evarn Tuimavave and former Kangaroo Richard Villasanti, Cleary has left out first-choice props Steve Price and Ruben Wiki.

“Steve and Ruben are obviously going to be in the frontline side and they’ll be used in our next two trials (against the Cowboys and the Bulldogs in Australia),†said Cleary.

“But we have to have a decent look at the other props who are in the frame. It’s important those contenders all have an equal shot at showing us what they can do.â€Â

After three seasons of premier league football with the Roosters, Rovelli has come to the Vodafone Warriors intent on making his NRL debut. He’ll start from the bench on Sunday where he can provide options at halfback, hooker and standoff.

Back rower Luck, who played 76 times for the North Queensland Cowboys, will also make his first appearance for his new club as an interchange player.

Cleary’s first side as head coach features five players who were involved in the Kiwis’ Tri-Nations triumph – winger Manu Vatuvei, centre Clinton Toopi, hooker Lance Hohaia, second rower Awen Guttenbeil – just three games short of his 150th NRL appearance – and loose forward Louis Anderson.

It will be the first outing for the Vodafone Warriors’ new halves combination of halfback Nathan Fien and standoff Sione Faumuina.
Apart from Price, Wiki and Webb, four other players weren’t considered for this trial for injury reasons – Simon Mannering (shin), George Gatis (foot), Sonny Fai (shoulder) and Misi Taulapapa (foot).

Controlling Sunday’s match will be top-ranked Auckland referee Craig Pascoe.

Vodafone Warriors development coach Tony Iro also named a 25-man squad today to face a Harbour League selection in Sunday’s curtain-raiser (kick off 1.15pm).

The teams for Sunday are:

VODAFONE WARRIORS: Tony Martin; Todd Byrne, Jerome Ropati, Clinton Toopi, Manu Vatuvei; Sione Faumuina, Nathan Fien; George Tuakura, Lance Hohaia, Evarn Tuimavave; Wairangi Koopu, Awen Guttenbeil; Louis Anderson. Interchange: Grant Rovelli, Cooper Vuna, Micheal Luck, Epalahame Lauaki, Richard Villasanti, Sam Rapira.

DEVELOPMENT TEAM: Leeson Ah Mau, Patrick Ah Van, Andreas Bauer, Rowan Baxter, Jason Commisso, Marvin Filipo, Robinson Godfrey, Jody Henry, Roman Hifo, Scott Jones, Toleafoa Leaupepe, Wade McDade, Manu Mau, Tipene Message, Constantine Mika, Daniel O’Regan, Eddie Purcell, Artie Shead, Phil Shead, Dean Shepherd, Malo Solomona, Miguel Start, Nopoto Tuimaualuga, Chris Tupou, Antoine Tusani.
 

Jesbass_old

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We had Jude Spiers at our table, and he provided some interesting insight into where the players are at. He said that both George Tuakura and Evarn Tuimavave look to be in the best form of their lives, with work ethic, ability, and fitness all having improved. He said Tuakura has dropped from a massive 130kg to 112kg.

He also said that Manu Vatuvei is the fastest runner at the club, both over 100 metres and over 5 metres. Second was Todd Byrne, followed closely by Clinton Toopi, Lance Hohaia and someone else who has for the time being slipped my mind.

It was also handy having Wairangi Koopu at our table because, as the only Warrior who speaks fluent Maori, he explained to me the meanings of each of the songs performed by the kapa haka group! :lol:
 

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