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Former Juniors & Reserve Grade Players item created by mt.wellington, Aug 19, 2016
Interesting... not in a good way
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1 quote from Dave Rennie (who's buggering of to the UK in 18) doesn't mean Etene has had a change in heart rather that the NZRU have an agenda to shut out the best talent in NZ choosing rugby league particularly the Warriors. Pretty sad attitude on their part considering they have the overwhelming majority of.. well everything. But it's like SJ recently said in an interview, it's up to him and his team mates to inspire more young talent into our ranks and not be seduced by the dark side of the force..
Rugby: Schoolboy sensation Etene Nanai may not be Warriors-bound
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Auckland schoolboy sensation Etene Nanai may not be rugby league and Warriors-bound after all.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that the Warriors had the 17-year-old St Kentigern outside back contracted until the end of 2019.
But though he trained with the Warriors in the off-season, the New Zealand Herald understands that his heart is with rugby and that strong interest shown from the Chiefs and New Zealand sevens powerbrokers is causing a rethink on his future.
Further muddying the waters for the Warriors is that any contract signed by a minor (anybody under 18), as per the Minors' Contract Act, is legally unenforceable.
In other words, if Nanai chose to remain in rugby after his First XV season is over, there is little the Warriors can do.
Nanai turns 18 in August, just when the elite Auckland schools competition is drawing to a close. He has provided a cutting edge to the St Kentigern backline since his 2014 First XV debut but he came to wider prominence with a YouTube compilation of his individual highlights went viral this week, featuring him in pre-season action with his schools side.
The Auckland schools competition kicks off tomorrow, but Nanai will not be in action as St Kentigern's clash with Mt Albert Grammar School has been deferred until July 8 due to the latter school still being in Japan competing in the Sanix tournament, the unofficial schools world championships.
Nanai is not the first First XV player to be in the Warriors' juniors ranks.
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Last season, for example, Auckland Grammar halfback Melino Fineanganofo played the odd game for the Warriors under 20s along with his First XV duties. MAGS flanker-cum-second five Isaiah Papali'i was a schoolboy standout last season and has already featured in NRL first grade with the Warriors in 2017.
Nanai will play only for his First XV until their commitments are done for 2017.
The Chiefs have already shown interest in Nanai and invited him to their Under 18 camp last July. Earlier this week, Chiefs coach Dave Rennie acknowledged he was well aware of Nanai, pointing out he is a cousin of skilful midfield back Tim Nanai-Williams.
The New Zealand Sevens are also keen to see how Nanai develops.
He could possibly follow the footsteps of Vilimoni Koroi, who went from playing for Feilding HS at the Condor Sevens to the New Zealand ranks in a matter of weeks late last year.
Warriors' development manager Tony Iro was unaware of Nanai's rugby ambitions saying: "All I know is he's contracted with us. He hasn't expressed to us personally that he wants to play union so that's where it is at the moment."
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Hands up those who could see this happening.
Union was never going to give up on him without a fight. If he can still turn out for the Warriors U20's later this year he may rediscover his love for the game otherwise you sense the writings on the wall.
What a BS piece of pure speculation that article was. Only part of it with any credibility is the Tony Iro quote and that was the last sentence!!!
But hurt Yawnion journo. When your cousin is the captain of the side you're signed for, I'd say that would have big sway if the union cult tried to convert him.
Looks like he passes so that is a bonus.
In that case lets put him on the wing outside Kata.
Etene has been chosen in the NZrfu secondary schools squad yesterday, probably not good news
Iro sounds like he's got his finger on the pulse.
From the article:
Good to see the Warriors acknowledge that the development has failed so they put their development manager incharge of the recruitment.
Could be a plot to keep him in rugby get the lawyers to work to make the contract binding
Has Iro picked up the phone? ... doesn't sound like it.
IMO I think we've lost him, combine Iro's incompetence with the fact that he's been selected in NZ secondary schools team. They simply do not select players that have indicated they want to pursue a rugby league career regardless of how good they are, Isaiah Papalii was one of many examples of this. I bet that Etene would have had to come forward and express a desire to play union over league for him to even be considered for this team.
Hes 18 now. The smart thing would be to get him to sign an updated contract.
Shouldn't try and hoodwink the kid into staying, what kind of an approach is that?
No use trying to force a kid to play a sport his heart isn't in. Look at Kata,Ngani etc. Looking at his highlight reel he could be a top league player but Geez some of that defence looks very average...
I'm sure Kata looked just as good in first XV, He won't get that much space in NRL or even NSW/QLD cup.
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People in league underestimate the power of the black jersey. If league has lost him there won't be a single thing even Wayne Bennett could have said to change his mind. Never mind Tony Iro.
I'd say we have lost him to union with someone selling him the All Blacks dream. When signed with a league team you can ignore that contract if you just go play the other code and pay your pay your way out. Plenty of examples with SBW being the best...