1. Tony Martin
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    Tony Martin Warriors Bench Player

    I don't think we have lost him at all. The NZRU probably have changed there stance after shutting papalii out. Reading comments from his Insta posts it looks like he is still in contact with most of the warriors players. Would be very surprised if he wasn't here next year
     

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    Very much doubt this, Papalii wasn't the first and he certainly won't be the last. NZRU have a long history of excluding top line players from this team due to their league aspirations. Papalii is one of many.

    If they do change this stance it will set a dangerous precedent and more high school players will sign NRL deals knowing that they can still make this NZ secondary school team.
     
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    I can tell you right now that he didn't look anywhere near as good
     
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    Wellington Warrior Warriors 1st Grader

    Hmmm a choice between playing NZ Secondary schools and a possible chance at super rugby and then potential higher honours for the best rugby side on the planet travelling the world.... v's.... playing for a laughing stock of a league club coming off the back of the longest losing streak in the clubs history and potential higher honours in a Kiwis side that plays once or twice a year against 2 countries.
     
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    TheCool 1st Grade Fringe

    Besides the obvious pull of the all blacks jersey, travel is a massive draw card for young players. Rugby will take you around the world to different countries. League will take you to Australia and back.
     
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    WarriorBall 1st Grade Fringe

    I just noticed that he's contracted to the Warriors until 2019, if he turned 18 on the 20th of last month then isn't he technically an adult and thereby bound by his Warriors contract.

    Could explain Iro's flippant comment on the matter.
     
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    tajhay On Titanic.

    Its based on when he signed the contract.
     
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  8. Tony Martin
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    Tony Martin Warriors Bench Player

    Heard this morning he's still contracted to the warriors for 2018,2019 with a club option for 2020. The club hasn't spoken to him as he's busy with the NZ schoolboys but they havnt heard anything from him to say he won't be a warrior.
     

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    Good to see Iro's finger on the pulse then..
     
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    mt.wellington David Shitwell Contributor

    Biggest drawcard league has is they pay junior players straight away. All the perks you speak of are possible IF he makes it to top level footy. With the Warriors he will be earning $80K straight out of school. Thats guaranteed if he can make it to preseason in November. The rugby dream isn't...
     
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    dantheman Waterboy

    Just read Nathan Ryan's blog q+a and he said that nanai will be in the squad next year.

    "Just signed a half from NZ rugby. Kid is a gun. He's 18 and Manly were after him hard. I'll probably write about him next week. He's in the NRL squad next season"

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    I think he may be talking about Hayze Perham he's a half whose just been signed, Nanai was signed a while ago and is a center/wing/fullback
     
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    dantheman Waterboy

    yea i thought that as well then he said further up in a different question that he was talking about nanai. Sounds like he was just confused. I really hope that nanai is here next season though.
     
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