Album: Daniel Nichols 2013 Nrl Season Preview

I wouldn&#039;t normally start a post about an article on my site but guest writer Daniel Nichols has written a fantastic NRL season preview that includes questions to fans about how they see their teams chances shaping up this season.<br /> <br /> Take a look: http://www.leaguefreak.com/daniel-nichols-2013-national-rugby-league-season-preview-3786/<br /> <br /> Here is his Warriors Preview and interview with a Warriors fan:<br /> New Zealand Warriors<br /> <br /> PREDICTION: 12th<br /> How can a side that contested the grand final in 2011 finish 3rd from bottom in the very next year? That is the question Warrior’s fans have been asking themselves. The once all conquering forward pack was bashed from pillar to post, the exciting outside backs became turnstiles in defense and the coach was shown the door before season’s end. Come to late rounds it looked as though the Warriors had given up.<br /> Former Panthers coach Matthew Elliott has been given the challenge of rebuilding the club. His appointment was met with a mixed reaction from fans and players alike but he, at least publicly, has the support of his playing staff.<br /> A small but successful recruitment drive was undertaken with QLD centre Dane Neilson, Storm premiership winning Todd Lowrie and the very experienced Thomas Leuluai joining the club. In Neilson the Warriors have an absolute weapon on the edges. He and Hurrell form a fearsome centre combo. Veteran Manu Vatuvei will be looking to atone for his disappointing 2012 and could be in for a damaging season if his venture into the boxing ring during the off season is any indication.<br /> Halfback Shaun Johnson was a poster boy for second year syndrome in 2012 after his superb debut year. He and Leuluai will likely form the halves combo, one which will do so with high expectations. Mateo will play almost as a second 5/8 with his energetic running and clever offloads.<br /> The 2013 Warriors side is almost bursting at the seams with talent, with the incredible NYC sides of recent years coming through, and a list of solid recruit



Daniel Nichols 2013 Nrl Season Preview

Updated Feb 25, 2013
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I wouldn't normally start a post about an article on my site but guest writer Daniel Nichols has written a fantastic NRL season preview that includes questions to fans about how they see their teams chances shaping up this season.

Take a look: http://www.leaguefreak.com/daniel-nichols-2013-national-rugby-league-season-preview-3786/

Here is his Warriors Preview and interview with a Warriors fan:
New Zealand Warriors

PREDICTION: 12th
How can a side that contested the grand final in 2011 finish 3rd from bottom in the very next year? That is the question Warrior’s fans have been asking themselves. The once all conquering forward pack was bashed from pillar to post, the exciting outside backs became turnstiles in defense and the coach was shown the door before season’s end. Come to late rounds it looked as though the Warriors had given up.
Former Panthers coach Matthew Elliott has been given the challenge of rebuilding the club. His appointment was met with a mixed reaction from fans and players alike but he, at least publicly, has the support of his playing staff.
A small but successful recruitment drive was undertaken with QLD centre Dane Neilson, Storm premiership winning Todd Lowrie and the very experienced Thomas Leuluai joining the club. In Neilson the Warriors have an absolute weapon on the edges. He and Hurrell form a fearsome centre combo. Veteran Manu Vatuvei will be looking to atone for his disappointing 2012 and could be in for a damaging season if his venture into the boxing ring during the off season is any indication.
Halfback Shaun Johnson was a poster boy for second year syndrome in 2012 after his superb debut year. He and Leuluai will likely form the halves combo, one which will do so with high expectations. Mateo will play almost as a second 5/8 with his energetic running and clever offloads.
The 2013 Warriors side is almost bursting at the seams with talent, with the incredible NYC sides of recent years coming through, and a list of solid recruit

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