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Joseph Vuna

'Play hard for me and mum' - proud Tongan father sends touching message to teen ahead of Warriors debut


Joseph Vuna's father has sent a touching video message of good luck to his son who has a chance to make his debut in the NRL tonight, after being named on the extended bench for the Warriors against the Storm in Melbourne.

'Play hard for me and mum' - proud father sends touching message to teen ahead of Warriors debut

Joseph Vuna, 19, has been named on the Warriors' extended bench for their NRL clash against Melbourne Storm.

The Warriors second rower's father sent words of encouragement via a touching video, while sitting next to a framed photo of his late mother.

"I can't come today and watch your game, play hard for me and mum," said Vuna's father.

Vuna is the younger player of former Warriors and Wallabies back Cooper Vuna.

The Warriors have won six games so far this season and sit second on the NRL ladder behind St George Illawarra.

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/sport/league/play-hard-me-and-mum-proud-tongan-father-sends-touching-message-teen-ahead-warriors-debut
 
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Info on this kid is very light but some facts on him:
  • Otahuhu Leopards junior
  • Tongan descent but born in Alameda County, USA
  • Brother of Cooper Vuna
  • 182cm tall and 99kg according to Warriors site profile
 
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If he is debuting, then talk about being thrown into the deep end. The club must have some real faith in him. I look forward to seeing what he brings to the table.
 
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If he is debuting, then talk about being thrown into the deep end. The club must have some real faith in him. I look forward to seeing what he brings to the table.
I think we will only see him on the park for a few minutes unlesss we see an injury in the outside backs.

I am expecting our starting back row to play a lot of minutes.
 
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VUNA SET TO MAKE NRL DEBUT
Awesome to hear, fingers crossed he goes good!
https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018/04/25/vuna-set-to-make-nrl-debut-against-storm/

Second rower-centre Joseph Vuna is set to make his NRL debut after being named on the Vodafone Warriors' interchange bench for tonight's eighth-round Anzac Day encounter with the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park (9.00pm kick-off NZT).

The 19-year-old Otahuhu Leopards junior has been a regular for the club's Intrust Super Premiership side this season after coming up through the Vodafone Warriors' system.

He has mixed his ISP appearances between the centres and the second row. Vuna will become Vodafone Warrior #228 if he makes it on the field.

With Isaiah Papali'i replacing the experienced Tohu Harris (concussion), Vuna has been handed the vacant spot on the bench joining Jazz Tevaga, Sam Lisone and Albert Vete.

Vodafone Warriors v MELBOURNE STORM

AAMI Park, Melbourne
7.00pm, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Vodafone Warriors

1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c)
2 David Fusitua
3 Peta Hiku
4 Anthony Gelling
5 Ken Maumalo
6 Blake Green
7 Mason Lino
8 Bunty Afoa
9 Issac Luke
10 Agnatius Paasi
11 Simon Mannering
12 Isaiah Papali'i
13 Adam Blair
Interchange:
14 Jazz Tevaga
15 Sam Lisone
16 Albert Vete
20 JOSEPH VUNA

HEAD COACH | Stephen Kearney
 
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His dream is coming true. Hope he goes well.

It's good to see Kearney is bringing new players into the FG squad properly.

Just a little at a time, so they can build their confidence nicely.
 
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Hoping for the best but that looks like a rocks and diamonds bench.

Good luck and congratulations enjoy it.
 
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Good luck to young Vuna tonight. Hope he enjoys the moment, takes his opportunity and plays hard!
 
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Joseph Vuna

'Play hard for me and mum' - proud Tongan father sends touching message to teen ahead of Warriors debut


Joseph Vuna's father has sent a touching video message of good luck to his son who has a chance to make his debut in the NRL tonight, after being named on the extended bench for the Warriors against the Storm in Melbourne.

'Play hard for me and mum' - proud father sends touching message to teen ahead of Warriors debut

Joseph Vuna, 19, has been named on the Warriors' extended bench for their NRL clash against Melbourne Storm.

The Warriors second rower's father sent words of encouragement via a touching video, while sitting next to a framed photo of his late mother.

"I can't come today and watch your game, play hard for me and mum," said Vuna's father.

Vuna is the younger player of former Warriors and Wallabies back Cooper Vuna.

The Warriors have won six games so far this season and sit second on the NRL ladder behind St George Illawarra.

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/sport/league/play-hard-me-and-mum-proud-tongan-father-sends-touching-message-teen-ahead-warriors-debut
For those of u who can't speak Tongan-
At the end there he asked him to rip billy slaters arm off and hit him with the soggy end.
 
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For those of u who can't speak Tongan-
At the end there he asked him to rip billy slaters arm off and hit him with the soggy end.
Yes I believe that's every Tongans dream NRL debut...;)
 
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Makes more sense than having a back on the bench ala gelling, klokstad.

My thinking is that he could possibly cover centre if need be whilst being primarily used as a forward, hopefully gets some good minutes.
 
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Hope he sees more FG , Kearney IMO does heaps for the younger players in the squad I.e bunty and papalii
 
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i rate vuna, will thrive in a fully fit side with other players going well. off the bench he could be reasonably dynamic in attack. tough gig making your debut against melbourne when the rest of the side is going trash
 
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Good move to give him exposure to FG, but still rate Sao as a better option.
 
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His "time" might not be for another couple of years.

Any 1th grade experience he gains is good.
Coz if he replaces Kata as a centre then we will have a taller option. And he might be able to draw.......and pass.
 
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Coz if he replaces Kata as a centre then we will have a taller option. And he might be able to draw.......and pass.
I think his future lies in the second row.
 
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