Internationals Train on Squad

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Kaiaua krusher_old

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Just heard on Radio Sport that 11 Warriors have been named for the train on squad and includes Fein, Tuimaveve,Wiki,Webb Lauaki, AhVan, Mannering, Louie - I didn't catch them all, but Hohaia misses out. Also named are those from other NRL clubs. No ESL players named as yet.

Apparently selection is still open and flexible to include/exclude players.
 

MiXmasterreece_old

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Kaiaua krusher said:
Just heard on Radio Sport that 11 Warriors have been named for the train on squad and includes Fein, Tuimaveve,Wiki,Webb Lauaki, AhVan, Mannering, Louie - I didn't catch them all, but Hohaia misses out. Also named are those from other NRL clubs. No ESL players named as yet.

Apparently selection is still open and flexible to include/exclude players.

under the wrong topi but thanks for the update. I'll keep my eye out.

I think Hohaia's absence almost confirms the presence of a roberts or smith. Or possibly Eastwood at six.

Although if bluey was only viewing him as a hooking option then it probably means that Halatau might sneak in as backup for Faiumu.

Will be interesting to see the makeup of the squad after the grand final.
 

MiXmasterreece_old

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Kiwis Train-On Squad

Patrick Ah Van, Louis Anderson, Nathan Fein, Epalahame Lauaki, Simon Mannering, Sam Rapira, Jerome Ropati, Evarn Tuimavave, Manu Vatuvei, Brent Webb, Ruben Wiki (NZ Warriors), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Frank Pritchard, Tony Puletua (Panthers), Nigel Vagana (Sharks), David Fa'alogo (Rabbitohs), Dene Halatau, Paul Whatuira, Rangi Chase (Tigers).
 

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"Kiwis coach Brian McClennan has named a 19-man train-on squad, which includes New Zealand Warriors' Australian-born hooker Nathan Fien, for the Kiwis' Gillette Tri-Nations campaign and the New Zealand A side's clash with Australia A.

Warriors utility Lance Hohaia is the most notable omission from the squad while Patrick Ah Van, Simon Mannering, Sam Rapira and little known Tiger Rangi Chase are the new faces.

In total, 11 Warriors have been named in the squad.

McClennan said Fein, who has played for the Queensland State of Origin side, had earned his selection.

"Nathan has been the number one starting hooker for the Warriors this season," McClennan said.

"His Nana was born in Wanganui so he is eligible through parentage.

"It actually wouldn't have been long and he would have been eligible through residency as well.

"His form has been very good this year and he's pledged his allegiance to the Kiwis. He was very close to making the Queensland side but he's chosen to play for the Kiwis over that.

"It shows you how much he loves our country and how much he loves the culture of the people. It's a positive step."

McClennan made it very clear the door was not closed on any player.

"We have kept the squad tight at the moment," he said.

"Once we have confirmed fitness and seen who becomes available as clubs exit the play-offs, we'll make further judgements about who might be needed for the final mix.

"The squad that we've picked is a little different from last year.

"There's an age limit - a youth policy - in the New Zealand A side this year.

"Last year we were able to pick a broader base of players because it was open.

The only player not considered for selection in the initial train-on squad from the 2005 Gillette Tri-Nations series squad is North Queensland Cowboys hooker David Faiumu, who requires surgery on a groin injury.

The players named in this squad have two weeks off training before they get back to business.

This will also give the Kiwis and New Zealand A staff a chance to assess the medical reports of all the players named.

"The guys are getting a couple of weeks refresher break and after that we'll be able to confirm things a bit more," McClennan said.

"We'll get the medical reports back from the clubs in that time and find out what medical issues the players have.

"We'll find out more about the extent of some injuries and what rehab is required." "
 

MiXmasterreece_old

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Wasnt going to make the top squad and too old for the A setup I believe.
 

Kaiaua krusher_old

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The worst aspect is that it looks as if Hohaia isn't even good enough for NZ A
 

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I hope Rapira isnt picked for the test side (surely he must be there for the 'A' side). He's not ready. Secondly, Whatuira is a proven performer, but we need players who have the fitness for test match football, and he will be struggling to regain fitness required for the NRL before the end of the season because hes been injured for some time. Remember the last game against Aussie where we picked a handful of players who only had 2-3 games under their belt since coming back from injury? We cant make that mistake again. We need FIT players.

I support the selection of Fein. He'll go really well for us.
 

sliphgrrl_old

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i'm shocked that Hohaia wasn't included. Maybe there are other off-field issues (attitude?) that Cleary and McClennan are aware of. His non-selection baffles me.
 

warriorfaithful*_old

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sliphgrrl said:
i'm shocked that Hohaia wasn't included. Maybe there are other off-field issues (attitude?) that Cleary and McClennan are aware of. His non-selection baffles me.

If cleary had attitude problems with hohaia then he wouldnt of been playing in the last few games for the warriors. So i dont think its that.
 

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*~*Fa'AhVaN*~* said:
WOOHOO ah van made it! i love him so much :p

Yeah lol. Hes come in leaps and bounds this year! Hes gona be one hell of a player in the years to come.
 

*~*Fa'AhVaN*~*_old

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warriorfaithful* said:
*~*Fa'AhVaN*~* said:
WOOHOO ah van made it! i love him so much :p

Yeah lol. Hes come in leaps and bounds this year! Hes gona be one hell of a player in the years to come.
music too my ears bro :p
 

Jesbass_old

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sliphgrrl said:
i'm shocked that Hohaia wasn't included. Maybe there are other off-field issues (attitude?) that Cleary and McClennan are aware of. His non-selection baffles me.

KK knows Hohaia better than anyone else, and it doesn't have anything to do with attitude. My view is that Lance isn't in good enough form to warrant being in the top squad, and probably too old, (24), to be in the New Zealand A side. Having said that, this selection isn't set in concrete, and injuries may provide a place for him. (David Faiumu is already out with a groin injury, so that's one less hooker Bluey can rely on.)
 

2big2strong_old

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sounds great. im happy with all the selections except i am really wondering now if bluey and his selecters are paying much attention to australian based kiwi's. the team so far is well and truly dominated by warriors, however setiamata sa (roosters) is 20 times the player Rapira is, as well as stosic (sharks).

there are countless other kiw's abroad in oz that could make a foot in, but i still like the team he has come up with nontherless
 

commonsense_old

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hohaia probably wasnt picked cos he has been playing out of position in the centres lately.
 

Kaiaua krusher_old

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Ivan on Deaker On Sport last night, said that Hohaia's form at the beginning of the season didn't warrant him a starting position and that left the door open for others, but overall was happy with his form especially over the last 5/6 games. He also said that his goalkicking was a bonus.

To me that is fair enough and for the last time people he ain't got an attitude problem.
 

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