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Discussion in 'General Warriors Discussion' started by mt.wellington, Oct 15, 2017.
So who is it? Any updates anyone?
Might be an under 20's player.
Can't see them releasing any more players , they already have heaps of holes in there squad
I just asked buzz about manly rumours. See his reply.
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Are people really turning there nose up at Josh Papalii? He’s just about the best second rower in the game when in form, he wasn’t great in 2017 but in 2016 he was huge, better than Gillett, Cordner etc. he would have been player of the series in origin 2016 if he didn’t get injured for game 3, he’ll likely move to a prop/lock role(where he normally plays for qld) in the next couple of years and some grunt in the middle is exactly what this warriors team needs. He makes plenty of metres can break the line and hurts people with and without the ball. I’m a raiders fan also and would hate to see him leave but if he did then the warriors should be all over him
Is this papalii rumour legit or what? And where’s it come from?
Buzz was asked this very question and his response was it’s a rumour he’s heard!
I heard that the Raiders were needing to unload at least one player to get under the salary cap last year. The names I heard were Tapine and Paulo.
Josh Papalii is a really good player but I sense that if he was at a club with a lack of direction he could easily go off track (both on and off the field).
On NRL 360 last night they said the Warriors were chasing Josh Hodgson last year (while he was on contract) as they wanted a replacement for Issac Luke ASAP.
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Making Cordner look small when you're 16 years old haha.
This signing kids stuff is such a minefield. There's offers and opportunities popping up left right and centre for them. I could barely keep up when I read that article so god knows how him and his family feel about what to do.
Tapine yes please !!
The saying goes we can't keep them all.
Real shame a local Junior that defends well is likely to go.
The Warriors need these defensive naturals more than the next Shaun Johnson.
That's a real footballer.
The tradition of league has always been that it produces the better defenders of the rugby codes.
A real footballer ( in league terms) is someone who is good at taking people down hard.
Real men with inbuilt bravery.
Hard working class athletes that will tackle till they drop dead.
The Auckland team was full of of them.
The Warriors changed that by worshiping people that can run.
If you are looking for a root cause of all the Warriors ills it is this:
They exchanged footballers for entertainers....As Pink Floyd lamented.....cold comfort for change.....a walk on part in the War for a lead roll in a (media) cage.
Raiders would be crazy letting Tapine go, they had to fight the Knights to get a hold of him when he was just breaking first grade.
He's now developed into a class 2nd rower and only getting better, superstar on the rise.
Really can't see them releasing him but fuck yeah, I'd take him in a heartbeat!
Only here at the warriors would we lose Payne haas, Etene Nanai and Christian Tuipulotu in the space of 18 months
Watched a lot of Christian last year including his game for the NZ U16 in Rotorua. Was playing for the same U16 Ellerslie Eagles team that saw 13 of their players get signed to NRL teams. First seen him play at the Luke Tipene Memorial game at the Bears club. He's young but he's fucking awesome. You know when you see a kid play and he is just so much more advanced than other players that you know he's a special talent. Christian Tuipulotu is that kid. His situational awareness and reflexes are phenomenal. Seems to have the necessary reaction for every action and makes it look like he's playing with more time than those around him. Head and shoulders the best junior backline player I saw last season. Honestly going to be a name you hear more of in time.
He actually went under the Warriors nose and signed for the Auckland Blues development squad last year. Not sure what happened but I emailed the club about. Didn't want to see him go elsewhere. He's got that All Blacks dream but the money on offer and what that could mean for his family may sway him to stay in league.
Be a huge loss if we lose him...
Yep because they built a club based on rising to mediocrity and they crashed and burned at that, choosing to drink sloppy shit out of champagne glasses instead. Choose a bunk squad for several seasons, made captain average a club icon and subsequently never played finals football again. The club is a train-wreck with rotting bodies being photographed in seven hundred Canterbury Jerseys every season yet if you think watson probably just fancied watching a few brown boys changing in the sheds it adds up because he is clearly paying them to perform like ladyboys.
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The Warriors are on the verge of re-signing Sam Lisone amid interest from Australian clubs.
Off-contract this year, Market Watch understands the 23-year-old has agreed to a new two-year-deal with the club.
A Samoan international, who made his NRL debut in 2015, Lisone already has more than 60 top grades games to his name.
The urgency to extend the prop followed inquiries from the Gold Coast around his contract status.
Once the deal has been signed off on, Lisone will be tied to the Warriors until the end of 2020.
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Titans utility signed and two players upgraded
Gold Coast utility Karl Lawton has today been signed by the Vodafone Warriors while hooker Sam Cook and the highly-promising fullback Hayze Perham have had their contracts upgraded ahead of the 2018 NRL season starting next week.
Vodafone Warriors general manager football Brian Smith said Cook and Perham had been rewarded for their performances in the preseason and the club’s NRL trials while the 22-year-old Lawton has been secured on a two-year deal.
Capable of playing in the halves, the outside backs, hooker and loose forward, Lawton has made 12 NRL appearances since his debut against the Vodafone Warriors in 2016, an occasion which ended in disappointment when he broke his leg.
He recovered to turn out 11 times for the Titans last season when he alternated between starting at hooker and being on the interchange bench.
“We’re thrilled to be able to secure Karl so quickly following Ata Hingano’s departure,” said Smith.
“While Karl’s versatility is valuable, he’s principally a five-eighth who’ll give us experience and add to our depth in the halves.”
Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney welcomed Lawton’s arrival, the club’s 10th new signing for 2018 and the third to join the club from Gold Coast (alongside Lawton’s ex-Titans team-mates Agnatius Paasi and Leivaha Pulu).
“We really like what Karl has to offer and he’ll be a great addition to our squad,” he said.
“He lined up against us twice last season and we’ve also seen him in trials so we have a good understanding of his qualities.
“It’s also pleasing to see Sam and Hayze promoted. They’ve been wonderful during our preseason training programme and also impressed in both trials.”
As well as Cook and Perham, Smith highlighted other rookie talent featured in the club’s NRL system including Chanel Harris-Tavita, Joseph Vuna and Matiu Love-Henry.
“They’re all examples of the rewards available to young players rising through the ranks at the Vodafone Warriors,” he said.
Northcote junior Cook (24) made 10 NYC appearances for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in 2013 and has since gone on to play 37 times for the club’s Intrust Super Premiership side. The Westlake Boys’ High School product spent 2016 playing in Newcastle before coming back home last year. He played all but one of the team’s 25 games and was named the club’s 2017 Vodafone ISP Team Man of the Year.
Perham joined the club after an exceptional schoolboy career in both rugby league and rugby union, the latter in the Rotorua Boys’ High School First XV. He combined his rugby union commitments with rugby league, playing for the Pikiao Warriors, for his school at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Nationals and for the New Zealand 18s.
Standoff Harris-Tavita (18), the club’s 2017 Vodafone NYC Player of the Year, has rugby league pedigree on both sides of his family (his grandfather Ray Harris represented New Zealand Maori). A Pakuranga College, he played his junior rugby league for the Mount Wellington Warriors while he also had stints with the Richmond Rovers and Howick Hornets. Still eligible for the under-20s for another two years, he played for the Junior Kiwis last year (he has played 39 times for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in the last two years).
Vuna (19) also comes from a family with a strong rugby league heritage. A New Zealand Secondary Schools representative, the ex-Otahuhu College junior and Otahuhu Leopards junior has made 43 under-20 appearances for the Vodafone Junior Warriors over the last two seasons.
After 32 NYC appearances in 2014 and 2015, Love-Henry (22) moved to the Brisbane Broncos for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, where he played for Norths Devils in the Intrust Super Cup without breaking into the NRL. A Taupo Phoenix junior, he also turned out for the Point Chevalier Pirates in Auckland. Fluent in Te Reo, he was educated at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Whakarewa | Te Reo Ki Tuwharetoa in Taupo.
Date of Birth: November 29, 1995
Birthplace: Murwillumbah, Qld
Junior Club: Burleigh Bears (Qld)
Previous Clubs: Gold Coast Titans (2016-2017)
Rep Honours: Queensland under-20s (2015)
NRL Debut: Gold Coast v Vodafone Warriors, Mount Smart Stadium, July 2, 2016 (Round
NRL Career: 12 appearances, 2016-2017
NRL Points: 8 (2 tries)
Date of Birth: August 1, 1993
Birthplace: Auckland, NZ
Junior Club: Northcote Tigers
Previous Clubs: South Newcastle
Rep Honours: NZ Maori Residents
NRL Debut: Yet to make NRL debut
Date of birth: July 2, 1999
Birthplace: Taupo, NZ
Junior Club: Pikiao Warriors
Rep Honours: New Zealand 18s (2017)
NRL Debut: Yet to make NRL debut
Nice. Straight replacement for Ata. He was going along pretty nicely in 2016 before that leg break. Can’t say I watched much of him in 2017, but he’s definitely not a complete plodder.
He’s got a killer fend.