Noitall

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Aug 21, 2019
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Anyone able to give a run down on this paywalled article about Harris retiring from the Kiwis?

Most interesting part is Maguire knows not to even approach him to play for the Kiwis, international days are over but will be concentrating on club footy. Read it on reddit.
 

AlexM

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Feb 19, 2017
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Most interesting part is Maguire knows not to even approach him to play for the Kiwis, international days are over but will be concentrating on club footy. Read it on reddit.
Link?

Edit:
One of the most influential players at the Warriors and a long-time Kiwis standout has revealed he won't be returning to the Kiwis jersey when New Zealand play their next league international. Michael Burgess reports.
Unless there is a major change of heart, Tohu Harris Harris has played his last game for the Kiwis.
International league hasn't been on the agenda for almost two years, due to the Covid chaos, but when it does eventually return, don't expect to see Harris in the Black and White V.
After nine punishing seasons in the NRL, the Warriors forward wants to prioritise his club football and pass the torch to the next Kiwis generation.
"I haven't thought about it [international football] in a long time," Harris told the Herald earlier this year. "I've just been focusing on club footy and trying to build something here.
"That has been all my focus and then any time I can get away from the club, it's just spending as much time with my family as I can and enjoying that."
Tohu Harris Harris wants to spend time with the Warriors and his family, as opposed to the Kiwis. Photo / Photosport Tohu Harris Harris wants to spend time with the Warriors and his family, as opposed to the Kiwis. Photo / Photosport Harris has been a key part of the Warriors rebuild over the last two seasons and exerts a massive influence on and off the field.
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Advertise with NZME. The 29-year-old has been exceptional in a hybrid role.
He is able to play massive minutes, switching between prop, lock and back rower. Harris sets the standard defensively but is also one of the most skilful forwards on attack, able to read play like few others.
Related articles SPORT 'Not quite right': Warriors respond to Reece Walsh rumours 19 Aug, 2021 02:00 AM Quick Read SPORT Change in tactics: The new strategy Warriors will employ for rest of season 19 Aug, 2021 06:00 PM Quick Read SPORT Warriors coach reveals silver lining after Roger Tuivasa-Sheck' early exit 18 Aug, 2021 03:30 PM Quick Read SPORT Warriors preparing for worst case scenario ahead of 2022 NRL season 17 Aug, 2021 02:00 AM Quick Read "I want to make sure I am here and not missing time," explained Harris. "Because I want this club to be successful. Balancing international football [with club commitments] is hard to do. It's hard to spend as much time as possible when you are doing both."
Harris says Kiwis coach Michael Maguire understands his situation.
"I don't think he will call me," said Harris. "I think it is at the point where he is leaving me be. I wouldn't be expecting a call."
Harris was part of an exceptional era, even though his Kiwis career ultimately only spanned four seasons.
He was a key member of the 2014 Four Nations squad that swept the tournament, beating Australia (twice), England and Samoa.
That success was backed up the following year, when the Kiwis stunned the Kangaroos 26-12 in Brisbane for a rare Anzac test triumph.
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Advertise with NZME. With Greg Inglis, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith in the opposition, it was one of the most impressive performances of the modern era. That Kiwis side also became the first to record three consecutive wins over the Kangaroos, since the celebrated 1952-53 side coached by Jim Amos.
Harris made his international debut in 2013 in the Anzac test match, before being a controversial last-minute exclusion for the World Cup, after Sonny Bill Williams had a famous change of heart.
He was back the following year for the Anzac match, his versatility illustrated when he was picked at five eighth. Harris scored a try as a green Kiwis team pushed their heavily favoured opponents before eventually going down 30-18.
The Hawke's Bay product played every game on the 2015 tour of England. He was also an ever-present for the Kiwis' 2016 Four Nations campaign.
His last appearance for his country came at Anfield on that tour, in the 34-8 defeat to the Australia in the final.
Since then he has been dogged by injury, unable to add to his 16 tests.
Shoulder and foot problems ruled him out of the 2017 World Cup, while a knee injury scratched him from the 2018 tour of England. He wasn't in contention for the home series against the British Lions in 2019, due to a stress fracture in his foot that had curtailed his club season.
The Kiwis have plenty of depth, especially in the pack, and coach Maguire won't lack for options when he finally gets the chance to select another team.
But Harris remains one of the premier forwards in the NRL – and a great influence on emerging players – and will leave a considerable void.
Tohu Harris Harris in the Kiwis Debut: v Australia, April 19th 2013 Nine tests v Kangaroos Five tests v England One test v Samoa One test v Scotland
 

Noitall

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Aug 21, 2019
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"I haven't thought about it [international football] in a long time," Harris told the Herald earlier this year. "I've just been focusing on club footy and trying to build something here.
"That has been all my focus and then any time I can get away from the club, it's just spending as much time with my family as I can and enjoying that."
"I want to make sure I am here and not missing time," explained Harris. "Because I want this club to be successful. Balancing international football [with club commitments] is hard to do. It's hard to spend as much time as possible when you are doing both."
Harris says Kiwis coach Michael Maguire understands his situation.
"I don't think he will call me," said Harris. "I think it is at the point where he is leaving me be. I wouldn't be expecting a call."
That’s what I took from those passages.
 

Defence

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Would’ve a been entitled to tell them to stick it after he got bumped from the World Cup for sbw- that was a disgrace.
Shame we didn’t see more of him in the kiwi jumper but I’ll never forget those 3 wins in a row over Australia.
 

AlexM

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Feb 19, 2017
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Meanwhile, Harris says he’s making progress from the knee operation, which brought an early end to his season.
“It’s been a slow four weeks since the surgery, but it’s coming along alright and I’m working on the range and strength at the moment,” Harris said.
“So hopefully it will keep getting better and I won’t have any setbacks.
“I should be running by November. I’m going to be training right the way through to then, to make sure that I’m not losing any time or having any setbacks in my return.
“It’s a daily thing that I’ve got to stay on top of.”

From stuff
 

Boats n Hoes

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May 14, 2012
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Congrats Tohu Harris.....dont really like we've turned him into a tackle bot tho....thought he was of far more value when we had him ball playing on an edge.....one of the few 2nd rowers comfortable ball playing both at and before the line.
 
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Defence

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Congrats Tohu Harris.....dont really like we've turned him into a tackle bot tho....thought he was of far more value when we had him ball playing on an edge.....one of the few 2nd rowers comfortable ball playing both at and before the line.
That’s why I actually feel he’s more suited to playing in the middle now- u really need a ball playing lock the way the game has gone.
In saying that I also feel the defensive decision making has become even more important for the edge forwards as teams have become so good at hiding their halves in the line you’re seeing the attack target those edge forwards more, trying to drag them out of the line so he’s a good fit there too.
Hmmm talking myself out of it.
Idk where he’s best suited anymore- think he can do a job in either position- guess it comes down to whats the best balance for the side and who else we have available to fill the other two backrow spots.

edit: just seen the above post- may is terrible news.
 
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