Warriors name squad for NRL Women’s Premiership

  1. A 22-strong squad laden with current and former Kiwi Ferns has been unveiled today to represent the New Zealand Warriors in the inaugural NRL women’s premiership next month.

    With former Kiwi Fern Lorina Papali’i (41) signed, the Warriors create rugby league history with a mother and son representing one club at the same time.

    Lorina’s son Isaiah (19) has this year established himself as a first-choice second rower in his second season in the NRL.

    Among the others confirmed at the club’s headquarters are Kiwi Ferns captain Laura Mariu and another legendary international Sarina Clark (nee Fiso).

    Mariu, who was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday awards, had contemplated retirement after the 2017 World Cup but returned this season to help the Counties Manukau Stingrays to win the national final. She was also a key figure as the Manurewa Marlins beat the Richmond Roses in the Auckland women’s grand final last Sunday.

    Clark missed the World Cup last year to have her third child. She returned to the field recently and signed with the Vodafone Warriors just this week.





    VODAFONE WARRIORS | 2018 NRL WOMEN’S PREMIERSHIP

    RAQUEL ANDERSON-PITMAN

    Born: November 2, 1991

    Birthplace: Tokoroa, NZ

    Club: Manurewa Marlins

    Position: Halfback/hooker

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2017-2018), World Cup (2017), Counties Manukau Stingrays

    Occupation: Boiler operator, Oji Fibre Solutions

    Personal Note:



    SARINA CLARK

    Born: November 11, 1981

    Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

    Club: Manurewa Marlins

    Position: Fullback

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2006-2016), World Cup (2008, 2013), NRL Nines (2015, 2016, 2017), New Zealand Maori (2015), New Zealand kabaddi (2013-2015), New Zealand touch (2009), Counties Manukau Stingrays

    Occupation: Case manager, WINZ



    LISA EDWARDS

    Born: October 19, 1992

    Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

    Club: Mount Albert

    Position: Wing

    Rep Honours: Akarana Falcons

    Occupation: Receptionist, Crittal Armold



    LUISA GAGO

    Pronunciation: Loo-ee-sah Nung-or (Nung as in rung)

    Born: November 8, 1993

    Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

    Club: Manurewa Marlins

    Position: Second row/loose forward

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2017-2018), NRL Nines (2017), Counties Manukau Stingrays

    Occupation: Customer service, Smith & Smith



    GEORGIA HALE

    Born: August 9, 1995

    Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

    Club: Richmond Roses

    Position: Halfback/standoff/hooker

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2015-2018), World Cup (2017), NRL Nines (2015-2017), New Zealand touch, New Zealand tag, Akarana Falcons

    Occupation: Community coordinator, Vodafone Warriors



    AMBER KANI

    Pronunciation: Car-nee

    Born: January 17, 1991

    Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

    Club: Manurewa Marlins

    Position: Centre

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2015-2018), World Cup (2017), NRL Nines (2016-2017), New Zealand Maori (2014-2016), Tag World Cup, New Zealand Maori (2012), Counties Manukau Stingrays

    Occupation: Ambassador, Manurewa Business Association



    ONJEURLINA LEIATAUA

    Pronunciation: On-jar-lee-nah Lay-a-toe-ah

    Born: December 1, 1995

    Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

    Club: Otahuhu Leopards

    Position: Centre/second row

    Rep Honours: Counties Manukau Stingrays

    Occupation: Warehouse assistant, Tupperware



    HILDA MARIU

    Pronunciation: Mar-ree-oo

    Born: August 9, 1983

    Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

    Club: Manurewa Marlins

    Position: Second row/centre

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2014-2018), World Cup (2017), NRL Nines (2015), Counties Manukau Stingrays

    Occupation: Health promoter, Te Kaha o Te Rangatahi Trust



    LAURA MARIU

    Pronunciation: Mar-ree-oo

    Born: December 2, 1980

    Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

    Club: Manurewa Marlins

    Position: Loose forward/halfback

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2000-2018), World Cup (2000, 2005, 2008, 2013, 2017), NRL Nines (2015, 2016, 2017), Counties Manukau Stingrays

    Occupation: Constable, New Zealand Police



    VA’ANESSA MOLIA-FRASER

    Pronunciation: Var-ah-nessa Morleeah

    Born: January 18, 1996

    Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

    Club: Richmond Roses

    Position: Fullback

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2016, 2017), NRL Nines (2017), Akarana Falcons

    Occupation: Student, AUT



    APII NICHOLLS

    Pronunciation: Ah-pee

    Born: February 26, 1993

    Birthplace: Rarotonga, Cook Islands

    Club: Otahuhu Leopards

    Position: Fullback

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2017-2018), World Cup (2017), Cook Islands sevens (rugby union), Cook Islands tag, Counties Manukau Stingrays

    Occupation: Constable, New Zealand Police



    TANIKA-JAZZ NOBLE-BELL

    Born: February 20, 1996

    Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

    Club: Manurewa Marlins

    Position: Second row/prop

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns wider squad (2018), Kiwi Ferns (2017), NRL Nines (2017), Counties Manukau Stingrays, Auckland Vulcans

    Occupation: Student, University of Auckland



    ANNETTA-CLAUDIA NUUAUSALA

    Pronunciation: Noo-ow-sar-lah

    Born: January 22, 1995

    Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

    Club: Richmond Roses

    Position: Prop

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2016-2018), World Cup (2017), Akarana Falcons

    Occupation: Customer/after sales support, Husqvarna NZ



    LORINA PAPALI’I

    Pronunciation: Law-ree-nah Par-par-lee-ee

    Born: January 16, 1977

    Birthplace: Hamilton, NZ

    Club: Richmond Roses

    Position: Second row/prop

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (1994-2005), World Cup (2000, 2005), New Zealand tag (2007, 2010, 2011), Samoa Mausina rugby union (2002 World Cup, 2006 World Cup), Akarana Falcons

    Occupation: Office supervisor, Worth & Douglas



    KAHURANGI PETERS

    Pronunciation: Car-who-rung-ee

    Born: February 23, 1994

    Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

    Club: Manurewa Marlins

    Position: Prop

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2013-2018), World Cup (2013, 2017), NRL Nines (2015, 2016, 2017), Counties Manukau Stingrays

    Occupation: Mother



    KRYSTAL ROTA

    Pronunciation: Roar-tah

    Born: October 3, 1985

    Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

    Club: Manurewa Marlins

    Position: Hooker

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2008-2018), World Cup (2008, 2017), NRL Nines (2015, 2017), New Zealand Maori, New Zealand touch, New Zealand tag, Counties Manukau Stingrays

    Occupation: Mother



    AIESHALEIGH SMALLEY

    Pronunciation: Ah-eee-shar-lee

    Born: September 23, 1991

    Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

    Club: Otahuhu Leopards

    Position: Prop

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2017-2018), World Cup (2017), NRL Nines (2017), Counties Manukau Stingrays

    Occupation: Mother



    MASUISUIMATAMAALII (SUI) TAUASA-PAUARAISA

    Pronunciation: Sue-ee Toe-ar-sah Par-wah-rye-sah

    Born: October 30, 1987

    Birthplace: Motootua, Samoa

    Club: Linwood Keas (Christchurch)

    Position: Second row/loose forward

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns wider squad (2018), Canterbury (2017-2018), Samoa rugby union sevens (2016, 2017, 2018)

    Occupation: Clinical administrator, Christchurch District Health Board



    CRYSTAL TAMARUA

    Pronunciation: Tar-ma-roo-ah

    Born: July 30, 1995

    Birthplace: Auckland

    Club: Richmond Roses

    Position: Second row/loose forward

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2017), Cook Islands (2017), World Cup – Cook Islands (2017), Akarana Falcons

    Occupation: Postie, NZ Post



    ALICE VAILEA

    Pronunciation: Vie-lee-ah

    Born: January 30, 1996

    Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

    Club: Richmond Roses

    Position: Second row

    Rep Honours: Akarana Falcons

    Occupation: Teacher aide, Waikowhai Intermediate School (Auckland)

    Personal Note:



    LANGI VEAINU

    Pronunciation: Lung-ee Vee-eye-nu

    Born: November 3, 1993

    Birthplace: Auckland

    Club: Otahuhu Leopards

    Position: Wing

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2016-2018), NRL Nines (2016, 2017), Counties Manukau Stingrays

    Occupation: Mother



    SHONTELLE WOODMAN

    Born: September 2, 1986

    Birthplace: New Plymouth, NZ

    Club: Richmond Roses

    Position: Centre/wing

    Rep Honours: Kiwi Ferns (2014-2018), World Cup (2017), Akarana Falcons

    Occupation: Teacher, Melville High School (Hamilton)

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