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Donald signed as Warriors NRLW coach
Richard Becht warriors.kiwi
Thu 27 Aug 2020, 09:00 AM

Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George has today announced successful Australian Jillaroos coach Brad Donald will take charge of the Warriors in this year’s NRLW premiership scheduled to kick off in October.

Donald, who guided the Jillaroos to victory over the Kiwi Ferns in the 2017 Women’s Rugby League World Cup, was appointed following extensive consultation with the Vodafone Warriors, New Zealand Rugby League, NRLW clubs and marquee players.

Due to Covid-19 challenges, the Warriors are set to assemble a squad largely made up of players based in New South Wales and Queensland along with a group of players resident in New Zealand.

“We’re extremely grateful we’ve been able to secure a coach of Brad’s calibre to coach our side in these challenging circumstances,” said George.

“The shape of our campaign has been severely impacted by the continuing Covid-19 crisis but having Brad to take on the role is a real coup.

“We’ve really appreciated being able to work closely with (NZRL general manager high performance) Motu Tony and the NZRL to bring this about.

“There’s still much work to be done including securing travel exemptions for players and staff from New Zealand to enter Australia but Brad’s appointment is hugely exciting.”

Former Kiwi Slade Griffin, who was initially appointed to coach the side, will remain in Auckland.

Six New Zealand-based players and two officials are set to travel to Australia for the duration of the competition. The remainder of the squad will be made up of Australian-based players, with a focus on continuing to provide an elite level pathway for eligible Kiwi Ferns players.

“The NZRL sees the NRLW as an important part of the female pathway for our current and future Kiwi Ferns players and coaching staff,” said Tony.

“Unfortunately Covid-19 has placed extra demands on our New Zealand-based players and led to many having to forego playing in the NRLW.

“However, it is a positive for our National Women's Premiership, where many of our Kiwi Ferns will now play for their respective regions.

“We have a strong contingent of Kiwi Ferns players and staff involved in this year's NRLW campaign for the Warriors which will be fantastic for their growth and development.

“With the New Zealand-based players needing to remain in Australia for the duration of the NRLW, the NZRL viewed our Wellbeing Manager Carmen Taplin travelling and remaining with the NRLW squad as essential. This will ensure that the wellbeing needs of all players are met.”

While he was initially surprised to be offered the role, Donald said it was an easy and exciting decision to make in the interests of the women’s game in New Zealand and Australia.

“It was definitely unexpected and there are still some challenges ahead, but it’s a wonderful opportunity that Cameron (George), the NZRL, the players and entire Warriors organisation have not only given me, but all the female players from New Zealand and Australia,” he said.

“I also want to acknowledge Slade (Griffin) for the work he has already done in what should've been his first year as a NRLW head coach.

“Ultimately though, none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the players. The ones sacrificing time away from family, careers and the comforts of home to keep the competition going, as well as those who couldn’t for those very same reasons. Their selflessness won’t go unappreciated or unrecognised.

“We look forward to getting the group together to ensure that everyone understands the sacrifices made to pull on a Warriors jersey in 2020. This will be a unique opportunity for those involved, and we will be doing everything possible from this point forward to build a very successful NRLW premiership campaign.”

The Warriors’ New Zealand-based contingent is due to fly to Australia in early September.

 

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Advance guard in isolation in Sydney
Richard Becht & Photosport.nz
Sat 5 Sep 2020, 09:54 AM

Five New Zealand-based players are now in quarantine in Australia preparing for the Warriors’ campaign in the Covid-19 affected 2020 NRLW premiership.

After being located in Sydney for three nights, the players have gone into isolation at a remote facility in New South Wales where they're able to train for the next two weeks before the full squad is assembled for the third NRLW season.

Making the trip to Australia are last year’s Warriors captain Georgia Hale, wingers Madison Bartlett and Hilda Peters, hooker Kanyon Paul and back rower Crystal Tamarua. They’re joined by two staff, Vodafone Warriors community relations manager Petrece Kesha, the team’s manager, and New Zealand Rugby League wellbeing manager Carmen Taplin.

World Cup-winning Australian Jillaroos boss Brad Donald, appointed recently as the new Warriors coach, says the players from New Zealand will provide the team’s leading edge.

“I can’t say enough about what Georgia, Madison, Hilda, Kanyon and Crystal are doing,” he said.

“They have made tremendous sacrifices to be involved and, for us, they represent the core, the heart and soul, of what this team is all about. They all played for the club in the NRLW last year and Georgia, Hilda and Crystal were also involved in the first year in 2018 so they have a deep understanding of what the club stands for.

“There’s going to be a lot of activity in the coming days assembling a squad but we’re all in this together to carry on the amazing job the NRL players and staff have been doing. We will be striving to make the club, our families, our fans and New Zealanders proud.

“This is terrific opportunity provided for all of us by the Warriors, the NZRL and the NRL. It’s very much about sacrifice and selflessness to keep the NRLW competition going and that effort won’t go unappreciated or unrecognised.”

Across the NRLW’s first two seasons the Warriors have achieved a 3-3 win-loss record in the six games they’re played, both times denied the chance to play in the grand final through points for and against.

In their last game last season the Warriors stunned Brisbane 10-8 to be one of three teams finishing on four points but they narrowly missed out on playing the Broncos in the grand final on points differential.

Hale and Peters are the most experienced of the five players in the travelling group having appeared in all six of the club’s games in 2018 and 2019 while

Tamarua has played four games and Bartlett and Paul two each.

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2020 WARRIORS | NRLW PREMIERSHIP

MADISON BARTLETT
Born: December 5, 1994
Birthplace: Wairoa, NZ
Club: Richmond Roses (Auckland)
Zone: Akarana Falcons
Position: Wing
Height: 167cm
Weight: 69kg
NRLW debut: v Sydney Roosters, AAMI Park, Melbourne, September 14, 2019
Warriors number: 25
NRLW appearances: 2
Rep honours: Kiwi Ferns (2019)
Years playing rugby league: 5
What got you into the game? Friends and the challenge of contact
Occupation: Student liaison officer, Massey University

GEORGIA HALE
Born: August 9, 1995
Birthplace: Auckland, NZ
Club: Richmond Roses (Auckland)
Zone: Akarana Falcons
Position: Loose forward
Height: 160cm
Weight: 73kg
NRLW debut: v Sydney Roosters, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, September 8, 2018
Warriors number: 7
NRLW appearances: 6
Rep honours: Kiwi Ferns (2015-2019), World Cup (2017), Auckland NRL Nines (2014-2017), New Zealand touch, New Zealand tag
Years playing rugby league: 6 years
What got you into the game? My friends
Occupation: Community coordinator, Vodafone Warriors

HILDA PETERS
Pronunciation: Mar-ree-oo
Born: August 9, 1983
Birthplace: Auckland, NZ
Club: Papakura Sisters (Auckland)
Zone: Counties Manukau Stingrays
Position: Wing
Height: 165cm
Weight: 66kg
NRLW debut: v Sydney Roosters, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, September 8, 2018
Warriors number: 6
NRLW appearances: 6
Rep honours: Kiwi Ferns (2014-2019), World Cup (2017), Maori Ferns (2019), Auckland NRL Nines (2015)
Years playing rugby league: 13
What got you into the game? All my siblings played except me
Occupation: Teacher aide

KANYON PAUL
Born: October 5, 1997
Birthplace: Hamilton, NZ
Club: Hamilton City Tigers (Waikato)
Zone: Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions
Position: Hooker/halfback
Height: 156cm
Weight: 64kg
NRLW debut: v Sydney Roosters, AAMI Park, Melbourne, September 14, 2019
Warriors number: 29
NRLW appearances: 2
Rep honours: Kiwi Ferns (2019)
Years playing rugby league: 4
What got you into the game? It has been a family sport
Occupation: Studying Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance, University of Waikato


CRYSTAL TAMARUA
Pronunciation: Tar-ma-roo-ah
Born: July 30, 1995
Birthplace: Auckland, NZ
Club: Richmond Roses (Auckland)
Zone: Akarana Falcons
Position: Second row
Height: 174cm
Weight: 85kg
NRLW debut: v St George Illawarra, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, September 15, 2018
Warriors number: 19
NRLW appearances: 4
Rep honours: Kiwi Ferns (2017-2019), Cook Islands (2017), World Cup (2017)
Years playing rugby league: 5
What got you into the game? My friends
Occupation: Assembler, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

 

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Hale: Group has made lots of sacrifices
Mary Konstantopoulos Ladies Who League
Fri 4 Sep 2020, 12:02 PM

For some members of the Warriors women's team, their journey towards the NRLW will begin this weekend with a flight to Australia.

This flight will mark a 10-week period away from home, where the players will have to complete two separate 14-day quarantine periods either side of the five-week competition.

This journey is just another example of the commitment and sacrifice we have come to associate with women’s rugby league.

But for Georgia Hale, even staring down the barrel of quarantine won’t dampen her spirits about the season ahead.

"The one thing that has kept me going is knowing that there’s footy to look forward to," Hale said.

"At the start of the year, we didn’t even know if we would take the field, let alone at an NRLW level. So with the announcement and everything happening right now, I’m in a really good place.

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"The fact that the NRL saw value in our game and cared about our game and did all they could to see us playing at the back end of the year was a special feeling.

"I was always hopeful, but there was so much uncertainty. The NRL haven’t taken their foot off the throat and have done all that they can to get us over there playing and have the Warriors in the competition.

"It speaks volumes about where our game is and to how hard so many people have worked to get it into this position."

In a year where the “easy” decision was to reduce investment in women’s sport, the NRL has done the opposite.

Warriors star ruled out of NRLW season

Warriors star ruled out of NRLW season

While the competition may not grow in length or size in 2020, the focus is certainly on ensuring the players have the support they need.

There are different logistical considerations for the women’s competition than the Telstra Premiership.

While a strict bubble has worked in the men’s competition as they are full-time professionals, for women who need to work to support their families, this scenario would not work.

"Bubble life" is hard for everyone, but for the women who need to relocate, this will mean time away from family and their employment - a significant sacrifice when you're not a full-time professional athletes.

"We are taking a mother with us. One of our teammates has just gone through a tough time with the passing of a family member just a few days ago. The fact that she wants to come speaks to the passion within our game and what we are willing to do to play," Hale said.

"There’s lots of sacrifices that our little group have made which will make it more meaningful when we do get to pull on the jersey and play in a couple of weeks."

They will be guided by Jillaroos coach Brad Donald, which was surprising news to some fans but my view is it was another extraordinary display of the commitment, empathy and care that he has for the women’s game.

Not only has he overseen a period of unprecedented success for the Jillaroos, but there are very few people who have as deep an understanding of the challenges that many of the Warriors women will face when they arrive in Australia.

"It’s hard to say, but Brad is the best coach in the world right now," Hale jokes.

"He has been around and done a lot and given so much to the women’s game so it is a great opportunity for us to soak up experience and knowledge from him.

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Real skills for real careers: Ali Brigginshaw and Jess Sergis

"As a player, it is so special to know that he wants to coach us, that he wants to be a part of this campaign and he wants to keep women’s rugby league alive and kicking this year, especially leading into a World Cup year.

"This year more than ever it is so important to have footy that we can all be part of."

Donald also has plenty of relationships across the women’s game so will no doubt be an effective recruiter for the Warriors who will have spots in their squad to fill.

There’s no doubt, that just like their male counterparts, once the squad is assembled, the Warriors women will hold a special place in the hearts of all footy fans this year.

"We are in a position where we really want to represent our country and represent the Warriors," Hale said.

"There are also some women who won’t be playing with us this year, like Krystal Rota because of family and work commitments, so we really want to make them proud too.

"But we can’t wait to get out onto the field, play alongside our new teammates and hopefully make the grand final at the end of it."

 
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Some new recruits for the NRLW Warriors

Aussie rugby sevens teammates Ellia Green and Evania Pelite.
Kirra Dibb will switch to the Warriors after a season at the Roosters.
Australian PM's XIII captain Karina Brown and Broncos premiership-winner Tazmin Gray have also signed Warriors deals and will travel to Sydney ahead of the competition's start.
Former Roosters utility Simone Smith and outside back Shontelle Stowers will add speed out wide.
Donald has also used his prowess to lure Michaela Peck, Brianna Clark, Laken Paikai, Taimane Levu and Samantha Economos for the campaign - all of whom played under the national coach in the Australian PM's XIII side last year.
 
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Official Squad

WARRIORS SQUAD | 2020 NRLW PREMIERSHIP
  1. STEPHANIE BALL (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, NSW)
  2. MADISON BARTLETT (Richmond Roses, Auckland)
  3. KARINA BROWN (Burleigh Bears, Qld)
  4. BRIANNA CLARK (West Brisbane Panthers, Qld)
  5. KIRRA DIBB (North Sydney Bears, NSW)
  6. SAMANTHA ECONOMOS (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, NSW)
  7. TAZMIN GRAY (Burleigh Bears, Qld)
  8. ELLIA GREEN (Australian sevens rugby union)
  9. GEORGIA HALE (Richmond Roses, Auckland)
  10. NAOMI KARA (Wests Tigers, NSW)
  11. TEAGHAN LAING (HARTIGAN) (Burleigh Bears, Qld)
  12. TAIMANE LEVU (Wests Brisbane Panthers, Qld)
  13. LAKEN PAITAI (Burleigh Bears, Qld)
  14. KANYON PAUL (Hamilton City Tigers, Waikato)
  15. MICHAELA (KAYLA) PECK (Wests Brisbane Panthers, Qld)
  16. EVANIA PELITE (Australian sevens rugby union)
  17. HILDA PETERS (Papakura Sisters, Auckland)
  18. SHANIAH POWER (West Brisbane Panthers, Qld)
  19. KAYLA SAUVAO (Wentworthville Magpies, NSW)
  20. SIMONE SMITH (Newcastle, NSW)
  21. SHONTELLE STOWERS (North Sydney Bears, NSW)
  22. CRYSTAL TAMARUA (Richmond Roses, Auckland)

 

Miket12

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Apr 20, 2012
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Do we have the draw available for this comp?
They’ve only released this week‘s draw. Both games are being played at GIO stadium in Canberra Saturday. Roosters vs Dragons at 2.30 and Warriors vs Broncos at 6.00.

 
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Weno

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Nov 3, 2012
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Kanyon Paul lost her koro just before she went to isolation.

Was a tiger cub and knew her mums whanau(King) really well.

Expect something special from this pint sized dynamo this season.
 

gubbbs

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Jul 26, 2016
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It's good fun, they put everything into it. You get those amateur level mismatches too. I know they want to be their own thing, but I think aligning as a pre NRL mens game is vital for viewership. I reckon if Friday/Saturday went Mens/60minutewomens/Mens the viewership would be awesome. Would way rather watch that than the useless analysts talking garbage.
 

gREVUS

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May 8, 2012
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Kanyon Paul lost her koro just before she went to isolation.

Was a tiger cub and knew her mums whanau(King) really well.

Expect something special from this pint sized dynamo this season.
ok couldnt remember what Koro was so looked it up. Now i feel really sad for her




Koro is a culture-bound syndrome delusional disorder in which an individual has an overpowering belief that one's sex organs are retracting and will disappear, despite the lack of any true longstanding changes to the genitals.





Koro (medicine) - Wikipedia
 
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gREVUS

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now that i know its her grandfather i still feel sad for her. But better
 
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Ever Hopeful

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Looking the goods here, but they have had all the play their way. 8-0. Hopefully they keep their feet on the ground for the inevitable momentum shift.

Only WNRL team to have ever beaten the Broncos

Ellia Green is a weapon
 
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