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Discussion in 'General Warriors Discussion' started by mt.wellington, Nov 27, 2014.
At least Carney played for NSW and the Kangaroos..
Yeah that's true just felt he could of been so much more if he didn't have his issues with Alcohol. Same thing with Mateo could of been Ali 2.0 but ended up the budget brand version instead
Feleti hoodwinked ME and Bell into resigning him for 3 years at the age of 29 in 2013.
That's some top work which should be acknowledged.
Jeez, thats bad
Could be the monster prop we need, looks to be getting a huge roll on..
His attitude problem is his fault, nobody else's, and he always seemed able to land a good contract.
Niggling injury slowing down Mannering
Friday, 07 April 2017
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By Michael Burgess
Simon Mannering is battling a niggling neck injury, which may compromise his ability to play 80 minutes each week in 2017.
For the first time in years, the previously indestructible Mannering has showed signs of being a mere mortal this season.
He's still capable of amazing deeds, the Mt Smart version of Parramatta legend Ray Price, who was known as Mr Perpetual Motion.
But he's only completed two 80 minute games this season, given a rest against the Storm and the Titans and leaving the field injured against the Knights.
"I haven't played 80 that much this season," said Mannering. "Mooks (Stephen Kearney) has told me before a few games I would be having a break. But it doesn't bother me either way. It's about whatever is best for the make-up of the team, and just getting on with it."
In his typically understated manner, Mannering didn't want to elaborate on his neck complaint, only saying that it was "giving him a bit of grief" during games.
It relates to the injury suffered against the Knights, when he copped a couple of stray boots in the head. Mannering said he is on the mend, but the effects may linger for some time.
Kearney faces a delicate balancing act. It makes sense to give Mannering some rest, and previous coach Andrew McFadden used to try as well, but rarely got the chance.
Mannering ran himself to exhaustion in 2015, getting to the point where his body broke down and he was forced to miss the Kiwis tour of England.
Last year was similar; he played all but two NRL matches - averaging nearly 44 tackles a game - and was broken by the end of the season, sitting out another Kiwis campaign. He often appeared to be a one man defensive wall, with chaos all around him. Mannering was leading the kick chase, taking the tough carries and trying to solidify the middle of the ruck.
This year has to be more of a team effort; to get the best out of Mannering, including his offensive game; he needs to be used slightly less.
The Warriors' defence has been a disappointment this year. There have been periods of grit, but too many turnstile moments and the team has conceded a whopping 24 points a game. But they held the Titans scoreless for the last 46 minutes last Sunday and Mannering insists there are signs of hope.
"We were pleased with the back half of the game and hopefully that is a sign of things to come," said Mannering. "Defensively we were probably trying to do things by ourselves too much which gets us in trouble. Last weekend we were working more together as a pack; it made it so much easier and you can see the effects of it on the field."
Mannering was also impressed with Kieran Foran's debut, after playing with the 26-year-old on numerous occasions with the Kiwis.
"I was happy for him and he played well," said Mannering. "Every time he plays he has a crack and that's all you want from a teammate and especially someone in the halves who just rips into everything. That's really inspiring for all of us."
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Just seen Jason Duff on TV, The Topp Twins.He Is a Park Ranger in the Waitakere Rangers.
Can be seen on plus one roughly 5 -45 PM
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RapidChat: Lance Hohaia
JENNA MORTON | THURSDAY, AUGUST 03, 2017
Back in 2002, New Zealand native, Lance Hohaia, catapulted into his professional rugby career at the early age of 19. Since his retirement (nearly three years ago), his transition back into the "real world" has come with its own unique set of ups and downs. Thankfully for him, his journey back to Grand Rapids with his family is proving to be a positive one.
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Rapid Growth: How did you feel when you first signed your contract with the New Zealand Warriors?
Lance Hohaia: I was thrilled, obviously. I was still in high school at the time and it was literally a dream come true for me. I remember feeling overwhelmed with all of the attention that received; it was certainly a big change for this small town country boy. It was a very surreal experience thinking back now.
RG: What significance does the Link has been hidden. Please Register to view. have in your career?
LH: Winning the World Cup is the highest honor in our sport. Every player and every rugby playing [in] every nation wants to win that trophy. It’s only held every four years, so it's similar to the Olympics where everyone has four years to plan and prepare for that opportunity. I was part of the team that won the Rugby League World Cup in 2008. Winning that particular tournament was easily the highest achievement in my sporting career.
RG: What was the life like off the field?
LH: I would compare the culture in rugby to being a member of a very large family. The most successful teams I've played on had a real family chemistry. We wouldn't want to let each other down and that trust transferred onto the playing field. We would spend more some with each other than we would our families on some occasions, so we had no choice but to rely on each other. We would train together, play together, party together… and deal with the trials and tribulations of life together.
RG: What have been some of the challenges you have faced transitioning out of your professional sports career?
Media has been hidden. Please Register to view.Photo by Elizabeth TibbeLH: I think an athlete faces many challenges when they enter the “real world,” but some challenges are significantly harder than others. When I retired from my sporting career, I felt like I had lost my identity. Being an athlete was all I'd ever known for my entire adult life and then one day I wasn't an athlete anymore. It's often said that an athlete dies twice in their lifetime. The first being when they retire from their sport.
RG: What brought you across the globe to Grand Rapids, Michigan?
LH: My wife is American and a lot of her family is based here in Grand Rapids, so it made sense for us to settle here over living in New Zealand. It wasn't an easy decision to make, but my wife and I feel like it is the right thing for our family. New Zealand is a beautiful place and it will always be home for me, but the cost of living there is much higher and there are more opportunities here in the U.S for us and our boys.
RG: What are some cultural differences that you have faced between Grand Rapids and Hamilton, New Zealand?
LH: I haven't really struggled with any cultural differences. I’ve traveled to and from the U.S. a lot over the past ten years, so there isn't anything that has surprised me. There are actually a lot of similarities between where I grew up and Grand Rapids. The people here are friendly and optimistic about life; they love sports and the outdoors. It’s a very active community which all makes sense to me. I’m pretty happy living here.
RG: What lead you to assistant coaching the Link has been hidden. Please Register to view. rugby team?
LH: I reached out to the head coach, John Mullet, via email. I told him about my background and said that I would love to get into coaching rugby. We met for a coffee the next week and he offered me the assistant coaching role on the spot. I've thoroughly enjoyed working with the team. We play throughout the fall, so rugby season is nearly upon us.
I also coach for a sporting company called Link has been hidden. Please Register to view., who are based in Seattle. They are an official partner of Link has been hidden. Please Register to view. and once a month I fly to different parts of the country to coach rugby at their USA Rugby Academy Camps and thats been really fun. I've really enjoyed giving back to the sport that gave me so much.
RG: Lastly... what's the cultural significance of the Haka dance?
LH: The Haka is a traditional war dance, or challenge, of the Maori people (indigenous people of New Zealand) that was performed by warriors before battle and usually against opposing tribes or foreign invaders. The Haka signifies strength and prowess and was used as a form of intimidation. All New Zealand sports teams have adopted the Haka as a pre-game ritual, but the success of the National Rugby team on a global scale has made it widely known around the world. It is a large part of our cultural identity and it pays respect to the history of country. It can also be used for special occasions including weddings, funerals, acknowledging great achievements, and welcoming distinguished guests.
Great guy the Huntly Hurricane. Good on ya Lance!