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Laumape&#039;s star is on rise<br /> <br /> By Michael Burgess<br /> 5:30 AM Sunday Apr 7, 2013<br /> <br /> Ngani Laumape has not looked overawed in his first two NRL games. Photo / Getty Images<br /> <br /> In the midst of a difficult start to the season for the Warriors, Ngani Laumape has been a breakthrough bonus.<br /> <br /> The NRL rookie enjoyed an outstanding debut in an otherwise forgettable day at Cronulla and gave another assured display on the wing in last week&#039;s vital victory over the Cowboys.<br /> <br /> Today he lines up at centre against the fearsome Rabbitohs backline - a rapid rise for a 19-year-old who had barely played league until his late teens.<br /> <br /> &quot;He&#039;s definitely been a surprise packet for us,&quot; Warriors assistant coach Andrew McFadden tells the Herald on Sunday. &quot;We had no expectations on Ngani - he was a young, raw kid. But he trains the house down and he is one of very few young players to have this fearless mentality - things don&#039;t seem to faze him. Whatever gets thrown in front of him, he sees it as a challenge and has a crack. His personality and attitude is the reason why he is doing so well.&quot;<br /> <br /> &quot;I don&#039;t know how I found myself here,&quot; jests Laumape, as he looks around the plush new Warriors gym after a long training session. &quot;It was a massive step up from the under-20s in terms of intensity and work ethic. But I was chasing something I really wanted to achieve.<br /> &quot;My hard work has paid off so far. I know I am nowhere near there yet but I have enjoyed it and hope I&#039;ll be sticking around.&quot;<br /> <br /> Two NRL games doesn&#039;t make a career but Laumape has made a solid start. He looks comfortable when other debutants before him have been overawed. He has been solid in the air, forceful in possession and strong in defence.<br /> <br /> Today&#039;s selection is a big call; playing just your third NRL match in arguably the most defensively challenging position, against probably the most free-scoring team in the competition.<br /> <br /> While the unavailability of Dane Nielsen, Ben Henry and Dominique Peyroux has created a vacuum in the centres, t



Ngani Laumape

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Laumape's star is on rise

By Michael Burgess
5:30 AM Sunday Apr 7, 2013

Ngani Laumape has not looked overawed in his first two NRL games. Photo / Getty Images

In the midst of a difficult start to the season for the Warriors, Ngani Laumape has been a breakthrough bonus.

The NRL rookie enjoyed an outstanding debut in an otherwise forgettable day at Cronulla and gave another assured display on the wing in last week's vital victory over the Cowboys.

Today he lines up at centre against the fearsome Rabbitohs backline - a rapid rise for a 19-year-old who had barely played league until his late teens.

"He's definitely been a surprise packet for us," Warriors assistant coach Andrew McFadden tells the Herald on Sunday. "We had no expectations on Ngani - he was a young, raw kid. But he trains the house down and he is one of very few young players to have this fearless mentality - things don't seem to faze him. Whatever gets thrown in front of him, he sees it as a challenge and has a crack. His personality and attitude is the reason why he is doing so well."

"I don't know how I found myself here," jests Laumape, as he looks around the plush new Warriors gym after a long training session. "It was a massive step up from the under-20s in terms of intensity and work ethic. But I was chasing something I really wanted to achieve.
"My hard work has paid off so far. I know I am nowhere near there yet but I have enjoyed it and hope I'll be sticking around."

Two NRL games doesn't make a career but Laumape has made a solid start. He looks comfortable when other debutants before him have been overawed. He has been solid in the air, forceful in possession and strong in defence.

Today's selection is a big call; playing just your third NRL match in arguably the most defensively challenging position, against probably the most free-scoring team in the competition.

While the unavailability of Dane Nielsen, Ben Henry and Dominique Peyroux has created a vacuum in the centres, t

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