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Vodafone Warriors sign ex-Wigan centre Gelling
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 11:02 AM
Anthony Gelling, who recently returned to Auckland after six seasons in England, has been signed by the Vodafone Warriors on a one-year contract.
After being given an early release by the Wigan Warriors, the Cook Islands international was invited to train with the Vodafone Warriors this week.
“It’s a stroke of luck for us that Anthony has come back,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney.
“He proved himself in the Super League and has immediately impressed us at training this week.
“We’re thrilled we’ve been able to add him to our squad. He brings size and some special skills, providing further depth and increasing competition among our outside backs.”
In his six...
Warriors Player Roster and Contracts - 2018
Your one stop shop for all the latest news on Warriors contracts, contract length and signing news. All news is current at the time of posting. Feel free to PM and admin if any errors are spotted.
Thank you Vancent for your help in compiling this list...
2018 Vodafone Warriors Player Roster
Adam Blair, Agnatius Paasi, Albert Vete, Bunty Afoa, Chris Satae, Isaiah Papali'i, Issac Luke, James Bell, James Gavet, Jazz Tevaga, Leivaha Pulu, Ligi Sao, Nathaniel Roache, Patrick Sipley, Peta Hiku, Sam Lisone, Simon Mannering, Tohu Harris.
Anthony Gelling, Ata Hingano, Blake Ayshford, Blake Green, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, David Fusitua, Gerard Beale, Junior Pauga, Ken Maumalo, Manaia Cherrington, Mason Lino, Matiu Love-Henry, Peta...
I thought I would take this opportunity to wish All Good Wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all Warriors Fans.
I have very much enjoyed the many Laughs, good humour shown by the fans on this site as well as the intense (at times) Forums and Discussions throughout the year, even though our team has failed to ignite on the field, I still look forward to the new season ahead.
From here in Brisbane with my close Family, but still missing my Dad in Auckland (a huge Warriors Fan), may you, your Family and Friends be SAFE and ENJOY this special time of year.
I thought to pass the off season, it would be interesting to hear some of the lighter stories of your experiences about league as a player, fan, coach, etc.
To start it off, my father was a staunch union supporter but didn't hate league - just couldn't be bothered with the "five tackles and kick" game as he used to describe it.
One day, I told him how excited I was about a team from NZ finally getting a team into the Winfield Cup but he reckoned there was a south island team already there.
When I asked him where from, he said "Christchurch - the Canterbury Bulldogs".
Funny thing is, he decided he'd watch the first game against the Broncos with me - and was hooked on league for the rest of his life!!!
[Signing] Smith appointed GM - football
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Fri 24th November, 01:10PM
Brian Smith, one of the most experienced coaches in NRL history, has signed with the Vodafone Warriors as general manager – football.
The Australian was at Mount Smart Stadium on Friday and will join the club permanently in the coming weeks, bringing with him a level of rugby league knowledge and expertise almost unmatched after more than 30 years as a first-grade coach.
His 601 games as an NRL coach is topped by only Wayne Bennett and Tim Sheens while he boasts close to 700 games in all including stints in England.
“The role of GM football is critical to our organisation’s progress,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.
[Signing] Green secured until 2020
Tue 21st November, 09:13AM
Seasoned standoff Blake Green has been secured by the Vodafone Warriors on a three-year contract.
Signed until the end of the 2020 NRL season, the 31-year-old is moving to Auckland after helping the Manly Sea Eagles surge to sixth this season from 13th in 2016.
He’s the Vodafone Warriors’ eighth new signing after Tohu Harris (Melbourne), Leivaha Pulu (Gold Coast), Gerard Beale (Cronulla), Adam Blair (Brisbane), Peta Hiku (Warrington), Matiu Love-Henry (Brisbane) and Agnatius Paasi (Gold Coast).
“We’re delighted we’ve been able to sign a player of Blake’s calibre,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.
“He wasn’t off-contract but became available through circumstances. It couldn’t...
Sharks players are trying to lure Mitchell Pearce from Bondi to Cronulla
SENIOR Sharks players have been texting Mitchell Pearce in a bid to lure the disgruntled Sydney Roosters star to Cronulla.
And Manly officials have been working feverishly behind the scenes to give their club the best chance of landing the NSW halfback.
Pearce will return from a US holiday as early as Friday to either remains a Rooster or seek an immediate release following the club’s signing of Cooper Cronk to a two-year, $2 million move.
The Daily Telegraph understands Sharks premiership-winning players Paul Gallen and Wade Graham have been texting Pearce, providing reasons why Cronulla would be an attractive destination.
The trio are good mates through their days in the NSW State of Origin side.
It seems many of us have short memories as the inevitable 'excitement' around 2018 builds. I hate to be the harbinger of bad news, but it's worth putting everything into context before we all get carried away by exclamations around 'best ever recruitment' and 'hardest ever pre-season'.
Fact #1. Steve Kearney is STILL coach.
Kearney's first grade coaching record now stands at 66 matches; 17 wins; 48 losses; and 1 draw, at a wholly unimpressive 25.8% winning ratio. Get your head around that. It is literally one of the worst winning percentages in NRL coaching history. Heck, even Craig 'Tugger' Coleman had a better one at Souths (31.5%). You want to know what Matty Elliott's overall winning percentage is? 45.7. McFadden? 43.3. Kearney's is barely past 25%. It's atrocious, and no amount...
Warriors Recruitment and Rumour Mill - 2018
THIS THREAD IS LOCKED.
ONLY THE VERY BEST NEWS AND RUMOURS FROM THE DISCUSSION THREAD ARE MOVED HERE SO MEMBERS DO NOT HAVE TO WADE THROUGH PAGES OF DISCUSSION TO GET TO THE GOOD OIL.
For discussion on recruitment and signing news and rumours go to the following thread...
Who Should The Warriors Sign For 2018/2019?
This thread is for players you want to see signed by the club that dont have a rumour attached to them. Players like the ones above for example.
Unlike the Recruitment thread you can name anyone you wish from any code, country or planet.
We admins will start the ball rolling.
We need to sign a big bopper monster freak 85 minute prop!
How about Dean Whare? Rene Ranger? James Graham? Cooper Cronk? Incredible Hulk?
Fire away guys...
2018 Warriors Recruitment Discussion
This thread is the discussion offshoot of the forums official Warriors Recruitment and Rumour Mill - 2018. Basically a place you can discuss anything concerning our recruitment.
For discussion on the team you want to see named please go to the following thread
For discussion on players you want signed who no rumour or news directly linking them to the Warriors please go to the following thread
If you want to discuss and particular player please search for their player discussion thread.
REPEAT OFF TOPIC POSTERS WHO CREATE UNNECESSARY WORK FOR ADMIN WILL BE BANNED FROM THIS...
Auckland doubleheader in 2018
Sun 8th October, 07:32PM
The NRL will break new ground in 2018 by staging a doubleheader extravaganza at Mount Smart Stadium with the Vodafone Warriors and the Wests Tigers hosting fifth-round games against 2017 premier Melbourne and beaten grand finalist North Queensland on Saturday, April 7.
Stars will be thick on the ground when the Vodafone Warriors face the Cowboys in the main game with the Tigers meeting the Storm in the early match.
While confirming the first doubleheader ever played in Auckland, the NRL also announced today that there will be three other two-game events in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. The Vodafone Warriors will again be involved in Western Australia where they’ll face the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the first-round...
Decided to start this discussion because of a comment in the Des Hasler thread about Kearney only making excuses. Not having a dig at the poster concerned because I think he's at least partly right, but I do sometimes think that when a coach/player states a fact about his team (ie losing 200 games of experience from the previous season), people who already didn't particularly like the coach/player label the fact an excuse - ie "Yeah, he could have risen above that anyway/that's just a smokescreen because he's crap" whereas people who do like the player/coach would go "Fair enough, not right to say that's the only thing that stuffed us but that's a lot of experience that walked out the door."
So, fellow forummers, the question is: What makes a fact a reason rather than an excuse? To...
I've just had a sneak preview of the entire 2018 range, excluding the Heritage and any other one-off jerseys.
I wasn't allowed to take photos so I'll do my best to describe:
Home and Away - Almost exactly the same as 2017, the only change is the CCC logo has now moved to each shoulder. This probably means that we'll be getting a collar sponsor. The collar is the same as 2017, despite CCC releasing a new template (see the Australia World Cup jersey).
Nines - Obviously the Nines are not going ahead, but they said they will still likely sell the jersey. The jersey is predominantly grey, and has the new CCC collar. There is a drawing of a Maori Warrior on the abdomen (much like the one on the 2016 Nines jersey, except full colour) with a sweeping NZ style background with ferns,...
This is what our team needs and its in our back yard.
Roosters coaches’ brutal pre-season sacrifice
PLENTY of coaches take their teams to hell and back each pre-season. Craig Bellamy uses his infamous boot camps to sort the wannabes from the gonnabes in Melbourne.
Wayne Bennett likes to beat his players home in the time trials, reminding them that if a 67-year-old should-be retiree can do it, they can too.
But Trent Robinson, he and his entire football staff signed up to “see the sights of Queenstown”, as Aidan Guerra puts it.
“Beautiful place Queenstown.”
Robinson, assistant coaches Matt King and Craig Fitzgibbon and under 20s boss Anthony Barnes. Recruitment man Adam Hartigan and a half dozen others from the Tricolours support crew.
They’re all there slogging, struggling,...
So is this bumbling excuse for a NRL club going to finally do something smart and agressively go after Hasler?
If we want the "is it the players or is it the coach" question that follows pretty much every season answered, we actually need to hire a quality coach to prove one way or the other...we cant keep hireing pathetic coaches who've never won a damn thing, and then turn around and say it's not the coaches fault when yet another appalling season comes to an end.
Roderick 'Rocky' Cavanagh has passed away.
For those that dont know of him he was one of three people, along with Brian Elliston and John Ackland, involved with the Mt Albert Rugby League club who drafted the first letter to the then NSWFRL and Australian Rugby League Chairman Ken Arthurson about the possibility of an Auckland team joining the Australian competition.
They decided to go straight to Arthurson instead of through proper channels like Auckland Rugby League or the New Zealand Rugby League because they thought if they did the idea would never have achieved any traction.
While the real leg work was done by others, the Warriors and its fans owe Rocky a small debt of gratitude for his involvement in bringing about this team we all support. Without his,...
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