Internationals List of Kiwi eligible players in the NRL & NYC 2017

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    A list of players from all 16 teams teams in the NRL and NYC that I have found to be eligible for Kiwi representative teams.

    Have included players who are eligible for the Cook Islands and are therefore technically eligible for New Zealand e.g. Dylan Napa, Tepai Moeroa.

    Please post if I have wrongfully listed or not listed players. All players listed have been taken from club websites and the NZRL website and newspaper articles e.g stuff. If you have any questions in regards to how a player is eligible for Kiwi representative teams let me know.

    List includes Kiwi players who have played for Tier 2 Nations e.g. Samoa , Tonga and the Junior Kangaroos as under the current rules they are still eligilble for future Kiwis selection but not Tier 1 Nations e.g. Australia . Have also included players who have declared for State of Origin but have yet to represent NSW or Queensland.


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    NRL

    Adam Blair
    Herman Ese'ese
    Alex Glenn
    Jamayne Isaako
    Jordan Kahu
    Sam Lavea
    Matiu Love-Henry
    Benji Marshall
    Francis Molo
    Kodi Nikorima
    Joe Ofahengaue
    Jaydn Su'A
    Nikau Terupe


    NYC
    Corey Allan
    Keenan Palasia
    Rory Ferguson
    Dray Ngatuere-Wroe
    Kegan Tuhuega
    Joseph McGuire


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    Brad Abbey
    Greg Eastwood
    Raymond Faitala-Mariner
    Sam Kasiano
    Richard Kennar
    Remis Smith
    Chase Stanley
    Renouf To'omaga
    Francis Tualau

    NYC
    Morgan Harper
    Lopeti Mafi
    Reuben Te Kani-Taylor
    Giordan Patea
    Ofa Finau
    Kiko Manu

    SG Ball
    Johnty Timoti
    Thomas Anderson
    Mosese Faeamani
    Lachlan Talau
    Tommy Talau

    HAROLD MATTHEWS
    Keenan Abbey


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    Javid Bowen
    Patrick Kaufusi
    Kalyn Ponga
    Jason Taumalolo
    Braden Uele
    Anotnio Winterstein
    Te Maire Martin
    Patrick Mago


    NYC

    Hiale Roycroft
    Kaleb Fuimaono
    Emry Pere
    Wiremu Greig
    Peter Hola
    Sean Mullany
    Jayden Stevens
    Murray Taulagi
    Solomon Vasuvulagi


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    Lesson Ah Mau
    Levi Dodd
    Kalifa Faifai Loa
    Siliva Havili
    Tim Lafai
    Luciano Leilua
    Mose Masoe
    Taane Milne
    Jason Nightingale
    Russell Packer
    Isaac Thompson
    Jordan Periera

    NYC
    Steve Marsters
    Rudi Sifa
    Patrick Herbert
    Walter Fifita

    SG BALL
    Eniasi Tokelau
    Joshua Uta


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    Kirisome Auva'a
    Kenny Edwards
    Bureta Faraimo
    Josh Hoffman
    Manu Ma'u
    Suaia Matagi
    Tepai Moeroa
    Marata Niukore
    Corey Norman
    Rory O'Brien
    Frank Pritchard
    Kaysa Pritchard
    Brad Takairangi
    Peni Terepo

    NYC
    Greg Leleisiuso
    Beni Valu
    Oregon Kaufusi
    Frank Salu
    Tangi Hokai
    Haze Dunster
    Emosi Alamoti
    Dane Aukafolau
    Noel Aukafolau
    Tuimavave Afualo
    Austin Dias
    John Fonua

    SG BALL
    Dylan Brown
    Joe Tapiri
    Taufa Afu
    Mark Tepu-Smith
    Valance Harris



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    Danny Levi
    David Bhana
    Sam Mataora

    NYC
    Kainoa Gudgeon
    Dean Kouka-Smith
    Henry Penn
    Eddy Tuilotolava
    Keanu Dawson
    Dylan Clark

    SG BALL
    Ofa Manuofetoa
    William Finau


    Harold Matthews
    Christian Maanaima

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    Sitaleki Akauola
    James Fisher-Harris
    Peta Hiku
    Moses Leota
    Sam McKendry
    Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
    Dean Whare
    Corey Harawira-Naera
    Sione Katoa
    Jarome Luai

    NYC
    Caleb Aekins
    Quinn Ma'ealopa
    Dean Blore

    SG BALL
    Shawn Blore
    Spencer Leniu


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    Anthony Cherrington
    Bryson Goodwin
    Hymel Hunt
    Zane Musgrove
    Siosifa Talakai


    NYC

    Rangi-Paoa Boyce
    Tarquinn Butler
    Beau cordtz
    Mawene Hiroti
    Phoenix Hunt
    Kalani Ili
    Cruz Topai-Aveai
    Tyrone William langi Taukamo
    Lucky Taavale
    Jalen Reweti

    SG BALL
    Wesley Veikeso
    Dalton Armstrong
    Hitaua Butler
    Jacob Stephenson
    Joey Los'e
    Harry Larkin
    Trevor-Joseph (TJ) Sionetali

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    Jeff Lima
    Makahesi Makatoa
    Junior Paulo
    Jordan Rapana
    Iosia Soliola
    Scott Sorensen
    Joseph Tapine
    BJ Leilua
    Eddie Aiono


    NYC

    Sione Afemui
    Kalani Going
    Sato Ketia-Opo
    Paul Roache
    William Samuel
    Logan Spaander
    Fabien Paletua-Kiri
    Komiti Via Tuilagi
    Wesley Tameifuna

    SG BALL
    Gideon Afemui
    Jahlon Governor
    Montelle Le'afa
    Ranapiri Tau
    Zane Wallace
    Aublix Tawha


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    Poasa Faamausili
    Shaun Kenny-Dowall
    Isaac Liu
    Joseph Manu
    Jayden Nikorima
    Sio Siua Taukeiaho
    Zane Tetevano
    Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck
    Jared Waerea-Hargreaves


    NYC

    Adam Pompey
    Reuben Porter
    Sitili Tupouniua
    Tristan Alvarado

    SG BALL
    Sheldon Rogers
    Phillip Makatoa
    Bayleigh Bentley-Hape
    Awatere Kiwara
    Reece Tapine
    Miller Leilua
    Jonah Theyers
    Tyrone Metusela-Su'apaia

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    Nelson Asofa-solomona
    Jesse Bromwich
    Kenneath Bromwich
    Slade Griffin
    Tohu Harris
    Jeremy Hawkins
    Jahrome Hughes
    Brandon Smith
    Shem Tatupu

    NYC
    Jesse Arthars
    Tamutu Afemi-Nohotima
    Harlan Collins
    Te Rangiatea McDonald
    Jirah Momoisea
    Augustus Rangihuna
    Carlos Swasbrook Murray
    Chol Chol
    Isaak Pedersen
    Kea Pere

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    Lewis Brown
    Addin Fonua-Blake
    Pita Godinet
    Lloyd Perrett
    Peter Schuster
    Martin Taupu
    Matthew Wright
    Taniela Paseka

    NYC
    Marvin Curry
    Manase Fainu
    Alfred Smalley
    Amoni Tufui
    Eddie Wulf
    George Francis
    Tevita Funa
    Falcon peni
    John tuivaiti
    Semisi Kioa

    SG BALL
    Livingston Chee-Kam
    Zaan Weatherall
    Keith Titmuss

    HAROLD MATTHEWS

    Riaihe Jacobs
    Kaeo Weekes
    Armani Biddle


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    Gerard Beale
    Fa'amanu Brown
    Manaia Cherrington
    Sosaia Feki
    Malakai Houma
    Joseph Paulo
    Sam Tagatese
    Jack Williams

    NYC
    Joshua Tuilagi
    Bessie Aufaga-Tomaga
    Jesse Savage
    Sione Katoa
    Kaisa Tony Apelu Matautia
    Jackson Ferris
    Donovan Briggs
    Kalani Pewhairangi-Charlie
    Jonathan Tufuga
    Briton Nikora

    SG BALL
    Jensen Taumoepeau
    Fine Kula
    Frankie Pele
    Ronaldo Mulitalo

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    Josh Aloai
    Michael Chee-Kam
    Watson Heleta
    Ryland Jacobs
    Wesley Lolo
    Esan Marsters
    Matt Mcllwrick
    Ava Seumanufagai
    Sauaso Sue
    Elijah Taylor
    Tuimoala Lolohea
    Malakai Watene-Zelezniak

    NYC
    Connelly Lemuelu
    Kelepi Lui
    Thomas Mikaele
    Siaosi Toti Fatafehi Nasilai
    Oscar Tui

    SG BALL
    Kiani Marshall
    Rua Ngati
    Raymond Taumalolo


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    Kurt Bernard
    Konrad Hurrell
    Agnatius Paasi
    Nathaniel Peteru
    Eddy Pettybourne
    Kevin Proctor
    Leivaha Pulu
    Paterika Vaivai

    NYC

    Jordan Birch
    Kelepi Faukafa
    Bostyn Hakaraia
    Kobe Tararo
    Reihanna Marsh
    Zae Wallace
    Ethan Paikea
    Api Noema-Matenga
    Moeaki Fotuaiki
    Xavier Johansson
    Darius Farmer
    Jaxson Pualo

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    Simon Mannering
    Bunty Afoa
    James Bell
    Erin Clark
    Kieran Foran
    David Fusitua
    James Gavet
    Charlie Gubb
    Ata Hingano
    Shuan Johnson
    Solomone Kata
    Mason Lino
    Sam Lisone
    Isaac Luke
    Ben Matulino
    Ken Maumalo
    Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
    Ofahiki Ogden
    Isaiah Papali'i
    Junior Pauga
    Nathaniel Roache
    Ligi Sao
    Patrick Sipley
    Toafofoa Sipley
    Jazz Tevaga
    Bodene Thompson
    Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
    Manu Vatuvei
    Albert Vete

    NYC
    Eiden Ackland
    Matt Faitotoa
    Melino Fineanganofo
    Mark Graham
    Chanel Harris-Tavita
    Kenese Kenese
    Keanu Laumatia-Paki
    Jerome Mamea
    Anthony Murray
    Etene Nanai-Seturo
    Nathan Newton
    Jordan Pinnock
    Soane Hufanga
    Preston Riki
    Chris Sio
    Lewis Soosemea
    Elijah Sufia
    Dylan Tavita
    Kane Telea
    Joseph Vuna


    Kiwi eligible players whom have played State of Origin or represented Australia/England.
    James Tamou
    Dan Sarginson
    Josh Papalii
    Dane Gagai
    Ben Hunt
    Josh McGuire
    Jonathan Thurston
    Tony Williams
    Valentine Holmes
    Dylan Napa
    Jordan McLean
    Felise Kaufusi
     
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    19 Kiwi eligible players made their NRL debut in 2015.

    Felise Kaufusi
    Lamar Liolevave
    Delouise Hoeter
    Manaia Cherrington
    Richard Kennar
    Raymond Faitala-Mariner
    Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Herman Ese'ese
    Ken Maumalo
    Solomone Kata
    Joe Ofahengaue
    Kodi Nikorima
    Rory O'Brien
    Danny Levi
    Patrick Kaufusi
    Nathaniel Peteru
    Mason Lino
    Albert Vete
    Sam Lisone

    24 Kiwi eligible players made their NRL debut in 2016.

    David Bhana
    Nathaniel Roache
    Zane Musgrove
    Jayden Nikorima
    Josh Aloiai
    Leivaha Pulu
    James Fisher-Harris
    Te Maire Martin
    Jazz Tevaga
    Abraham Papalii
    Javid Bowen
    Addin Fonua-Blake
    Taane Milne
    Toafofoa Sipley
    Jaydn Su'A
    Remis Smith
    Siosifa Talakai
    Bunty Afoa
    Moses Leota
    Joseph Manu
    Ma'afoaeata Hingano
    Luciano Leilua
    Kalyn Ponga
    Tautalatasi Tasi
     
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    Out of humble beginnings, Kiwi-born players are making their mark in the NRL

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    When the Warriors debuted in the Australian national rugby league competition, there were just 51 Kiwi-born players in the league. In 2017, there will be over 100. Stuff sports reporter Christopher Reive looks at how the Warriors inaugural season has led to the expansion of the game in New Zealand.'

    Through walls of fire, Dean Bell led the Auckland Warriors onto the green pasture of Mt Smart Stadium for their first match in the Australian rugby league competition on March 10, 1995.

    "And here they come," the unmistakable twang of Australian rugby league commentator Ray Warren called as the 30,000-strong crowd roared to life.

    "Dean Bell will cherish and remember this magic moment in his rugby league career like none other, and Dean Bell has had some magic moments."

    Stephen Kearney took his place in the second row with Tony Tuimavave at lock. Bell in the centres, Sean Hoppe on the wing. Australian Greg Alexander and his heavily-taped left thigh slotting in at halfback.


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    At the other end of the pitch, the likes of Brad Thorn, Wendell Sailor, Allan Langer and Kevin Walters stood stoic with their Brisbane Broncos teammates for the emotional storm they would soon endure.

    The hosts might have gone down 25-22 on that night, but since the Warriors' introduction in the league, rugby league in New Zealand has been on the rise at every level.

    From their debut in the ARL, to the formation of two national league due to the Super League war in 1997, to the formation of the NRL in 1998, Kiwis have continued to make thier mark on the competition.


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    New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) Chief Executive Alex Hayton says the increased coverage of the NRL competition since the Warriors' establishment and the Kiwis winning major tournaments in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014 has seen the game flourish.

    "It has allowed people to see good quality rugby league at home on a week to week basis, provided a pathway for New Zealand born players to aspire to, and given more visibility to Kiwi players competing in the NRL both on TV and at Mt Smart during the season."

    And it shows. In 1995, there were just 51 New Zealand-born players in the Australian Rugby League competitions out of a total 663, equalling just 7.7 per cent.

    This year, 110 Kiwi-born players are among the 533 total players listed in NRL squads, as according to the teams' websites - just over a fifth of the league.

    "New Zealand Rugby League is continuously working to improve the game at all levels from the community to the Kiwis. We have a range of programmes designed to help our players succeed on and off the field.

    "We aim to support them to stay at home in New Zealand as long as possible to complete their education, and along with camps and trans-Tasman game opportunities at elite youth level we also have a wellbeing and education programme in partnership with the NRL."


    NZRL established operations in seven zones around the country in 2009/10 on the back of the success the Warriors had in initially building interest in the game to help rugby league develop in the regions.

    This saw the formation of the Northland, Akarana, Counties Manukau, Upper Central, Mid Central, Wellington and Southern zones, with competitions run between them.

    "NZRL is also focusing on growing the women's game, having brought the Kiwi Ferns in under their auspices and are working to establish a women's pathway alongside the men."

    The rise of Kiwis in the NRL has been noticed across the ditch as well, and NRL Head of Football Brian Canavan says there is significant talent in New Zealand.

    The talent finding their way across the ditch isn't just good from a Kiwi standpoint. It makes the game itself better by providing a better level of competition for spots in the 16 first grade squads.

    The Kiwis aren't just there to make up the numbers. The North Queensland Cowboys' Auckland-born lock Jason Taumalolo was named best lock and player-of-the-year in the competition in 2016, while the Melbourne Storm's Auckland-born prop was named best prop in the league.

    "We now have many Kiwi-born players not only in the Warriors side but across the competition which we can only believe will lead to more people watching the game and more people playing the game."

    Despite the ongoing growth of the game in Australia, New Zealand and further abroad, Canavan would not comment on if there would ever be a possibility for a second New Zealand NRL franchise, saying the league was not looking to expand.

    "Clearly it's a goal to ensure the game is played by as many people as possible across a variety of nations. It is certainly encouraging that we are seeing more players from New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in the NRL competition. We hope that trend continues."


    At a glance

    Reive's Auckland-born 17: 1. Tuimoala Lolohea, 2. Sosaia Feki, 3. Iosia Soliola, 4. Ken Maumalo, 5. Manu Vatuvei, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Nathaniel Roache, 10. Martin Taupau, 11. Josh Papalii, 12. Manu Ma'u, 13. Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14. Kenneath Bromwich, 15. Sam Kasiano, 16. Greg Eastwood, 17. Sio Siua Taukeiaho.

    Reive's Rest of NZ-born 17: 1. Jordan Kahu, 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 3. Dean Whare, 4. Peta Hiku, 5. Jordan Rapana, 6. Te Marie Martin, 7. Benji Marshall, 8. James Tamou, 9. Issac Luke, 10. Ben Matulino, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Simon Mannering. Interchange: 14. Lewis Brown, 15. Bodene Thompson, 16. Elijah Taylor, 17. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

    Kiwi-born NRL players by region

    Northland
    Adam Blair - second row/front row - Brisbane Broncos
    Manaia Cherrington - hooker - Cronulla Sharks

    Auckland
    Herman Ese'ese - front row - Brisbane Broncos
    Alex Glenn - second row/centre - Brisbane Broncos
    Francis Molo - front row - Brisbane Broncos
    Joe Ofahengaue - front row - Brisbane Broncos
    Jeff Lima - front row - Canberra Raiders
    Josh Papalii - second row/front row - Canberra Raiders
    Iosia Soliola - second row/centre/lock - Canberra Raiders
    Junior Paulo - front row - Canberra Raiders
    Brad Abbey - fullback - Canterbury Bulldogs
    Greg Eastwood - second row/front row/lock - Canterbury Bulldogs
    Raymond Faitala-Mariner - second row - Canterbury Bulldogs
    Sam Kasiano - front row - Canterbury Bulldogs
    Sosaia Feki - wing/centre - Cronulla Sharks
    Joseph Paulo - second row/half - Cronulla Sharks
    Nathaniel Peteru - front row - Gold Coast Titans
    Leivaha Pulu - front row - Gold Coast Titans
    Martin Taupau - front row/second row - Manly Sea Eagles
    Matthew Wright - wing/centre - Manly Sea Eagles
    Jesse Bromwich - front row - Melbourne Storm
    Kenneath Bromwich - second row - Melbourne Storm
    Felise Kaufusi - front row - Melbourne Storm
    Shem Tatupu - centre - Melbourne Storm
    Brandon Smith - hooker - Melbourne Storm
    David Bhana - second row - Newcastle Knights
    Patrick Kaufusi - front row - North Queensland Cowboys
    Jason Taumalolo - second row/lock - North Queensland Cowboys
    Braden Uele - front row - North Queensland Cowboys
    Antonio Winterstein - wing - North Queensland Cowboys
    Josh Aloiai - second row - Wests Tigers
    Esan Marsters - second row - Wests Tigers
    Manu Ma'u - second row - Parramatta Eels
    Suaia Matagi - front row - Parramatta Eels
    Marata Niukore - second row/centre - Parramatta Eels
    Peni Terepo - second row/front row - Parramatta Eels
    Sitaleki Akauola - second row/front row - Penrith Panthers
    Hymel Hunt - centre - South Sydney Rabbitohs
    Zane Musgrove - front row - South Sydney Rabbitohs
    Leeson Ah Mau - front row - St. George Illawarra Dragons
    Siliva Havili - hooker - St. George Illawarra Dragons
    Taane Milne - centre - St. George Illawarra Dragons
    Isaac Liu - front row - Sydney Roosters
    Sio Siua Taukeiaho - second row/lock - Sydney Roosters
    Bunty Afoa - front row/second row - New Zealand Warriors
    David Fusitua - wing - New Zealand Warriors
    Erin Clark - half/hooker - New Zealand Warriors
    James Gavet - front row - New Zealand Warriors
    Ata Hingano - half - New Zealand Warriors
    Shaun Johnson - half - New Zealand Warriors
    Sam Lisone - front row/second row - New Zealand Warriors
    Tuimoala Lolohea - half/wing/centre/fullback - New Zealand Warriors
    Ken Maumalo - centre/wing - New Zealand Warriors
    Isaiah Papalii - front row - New Zealand Warriors
    Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad - wing/centre/fullback - New Zealand Warriors
    Nathaniel Roache - hooker - New Zealand Warriors
    Ligi Sao - front row - New Zealand Warriors
    Toafofoa Sipley - front row/second row - New Zealand Warriors
    Patrick Sipley - front row/second row - New Zealand Warriors
    Manu Vatuvei - wing - New Zealand Warriors
    Albert Vete - front row - New Zealand Warriors
    Kieran Foran - half - New Zealand Warriors
    Ofahiki Ogden - front row/second row - New Zealand Warriors
    Poasa Faamausili - front row - Sydney Roosters
    Izaac Thompson - centre/wing/fullback - St. George Illawarra Dragons
    Honeti Tuha - wing - Parramatta Eels
    Kurt Bernard - front row - Gold Coast Titans
    Malakai Houma - front row - Cronulla Sharks

    Bay of Plenty
    Benji Marshall - half - Brisbane Broncos
    Dean Whare - centre - Penrith Panthers
    Jared Waerea-Hargreaves - front row - Sydney Roosters
    Bodene Thompson - second row - New Zealand Warriors

    Waikato
    Matiu Love-Henry - second row - Brisbane Broncos
    Kevin Proctor - second row - Gold Coast Titans
    Lloyd Perrett - front row - Manly Sea Eagles
    Te Marie Martin - half - Penrith Panthers
    Dallin Watene-Zelezniak - wing/fullback - Penrith Panthers
    Joseph Manu - wing - Sydney Roosters
    Zane Tetevano - second row/front row - Sydney Roosters

    Taranaki
    Makahesi Makatoa - second row - Canberra Raiders
    Elijah Taylor - second row/hooker/lock - Penrith Panthers
    Issac Luke - hooker - New Zealand Warriors

    Manawatu
    Kodi Nikorima - half/hooker - Brisbane Broncos
    James Tamou - front row - Penrith Panthers
    Russell Packer - front row - St. George Illawarra Dragons
    Jayden Nikorima - half/hooker- Sydney Roosters

    Hawke's Bay/Gisborne
    Tohu Harris - second row/lock/centre/half - Melbourne Storm
    Simon Mannering - second row/centre/lock - New Zealand Warriors
    Peta Hiku - centre - Penrith Panthers

    Wellington
    Jordan Kahu - wing/centre/fullback - Brisbane Broncos
    Jordan Rapana - wing/fullback - Canberra Raiders
    Joseph Tapine - second row - Canberra Raiders
    Sam Tagataese - second row/front row - Cronulla Sharks
    Danny Levi - hooker - Newcastle Knights
    Jahrome Hughes - wing/fullback - Melbourne Storm
    Jeremy Hawkins - centre - Melbourne Storm
    Nelson Asofa-Solomona - second row - Melbourne Storm
    Bureta Faraimo - wing - Parramatta Eels
    Kenny Edwards - second row - Parramatta Eels
    Kalifa Faifai Loa - wing - St. George Illawarra Dragons
    Mose Masoe - front row - St. George Illawarra Dragons
    Ben Matulino - front row - New Zealand Warriors
    Charlie Gubb - front row - New Zealand Warriors

    Canterbury
    Fa'amanu Brown - half - Cronulla Sharks
    Jamayne Isaako - centre/wing - Brisbane Broncos
    Eddy Pettybourne - second row/front row - Gold Coast Titans
    Lewis Brown - second row/centre/hooker - Manly Sea Eagles
    Pita Godinet - half/hooker - Manly Sea Eagles
    Matt McIlwrick - hooker - Wests Tigers
    Jazz Tevaga - hooker - New Zealand Warriors
     

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    Brilliant work Selector.

    The Panthers have Zach Dockar-Clay, Corey Harawira-Naera, Sione Katoa and Malakai Watene-Zelezniak who I believe are all eligible also.
     
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    Didn't include MWZ and ZDC as they are listed as NSW Cup players. Will add the other two.

    Will add update the list over the season to include NSW Cup, SG Ball and Harold Matthews players.
     
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    This is great! It would be good to have a list of kiwis in the super league. Not that the kiwis pick any players from there anymore.
     
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    Amazing work SelectorSelector! You are the man.

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    This graphic perfectly illustrates why the Warriors and the NRL invest so much resources into the Auckland area. Simple economics. You get way more bang for your buck. People who moan about this apparent disparity really have no idea whats going on with genuine grassroots Rugby League...
     
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    Isaiah Papali'i making his NRL debut for the Warriors against Newcastle.
     
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    TOO-YOUNG RABBIT GUN TURNING HEADS

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    Meet the 17-year-old turning heads at South Sydney training.

    Mawene Hiroti is a Holden Cup centre who has joined the fulltime squad for pre-season training.

    Able to play on the wing and fullback, Hiroti has emerged as one of the club’s fittest players.

    “He’s unreal. His speed off the mark is something I’ve picked out,” Cody Walker toldPrivate Ryan.

    “His physique for a 17-year-old, he’s strong in the gym and very fit. I don’t want to put too much pressure on the kid but he’s got what it takes.”

    Celebrating his 18th next month, Private Ryan understands the Kiwi product would have been in line for a place in the Rabbitohs’ Auckland Nines squad if it wasn’t for age restrictions.

    Hiroti was also supposed to feature on the wing in the Rabbitohs’ trial game against Manly on the weekend before the NRL intervened.

    Last week the club announced the retention of Hiroti until the end of 2019.

    Originally from Taranaki, but moved to Australia in 2015 if i'm not mistaken. Represented Australian schoolboys last year.
     
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    Rayna Whakaari has signed with Sydney Roosters till the end of 2018. Played for Wai-Coa Bay Colts last year.
     
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    Erin Clark making his NRL debut for the Warriors against Melbourne..
     
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    NRL: Rotorua student signs with Sydney Roosters

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    Rayna Whakaari, 15, has officially been given a two year contract with the NRL club last week. He came to the club's attention following a training development camp in Australia last year.

    The Year 11 student of Tainui and Ngapuhi descent is a centre and has been playing rugby league for three years.

    "I was excited when I was told, it's something I've always wanted," Whakaari said.

    "The (Sydney Rooster) coaches were helpful, the whole team was pretty close and I really liked the culture," he said.

    Whakaari plays for Pikiao Rugby League Club and is in the NZ Maori U16 Rugby League team. He was selected to play in the Pasifika Youth Cup in January and has a scholarship to attend the NZRL National High Performance Club next month.

    He also plays rugby union and is part of the Rotorua Boys' High School 1st XV team which represented New Zealand at the Sanix World 1st XV Tournament in Japan last year.

    His NRL contract will allow him to finish his education in Rotorua and and travel to Sydney for league commitments during the holidays.

    Whakaari follows in the footsteps of former Boys' High student, Reuben Te Kani who moved to Australia last year to play for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs under 20s squad
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    Brad Abbey named to make his NRL debut for the Bulldogs against the Warriors, this weekend.
     
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    Kiwis coach David Kidwell cagey on Kalyn Ponga's representativ

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    Despite being one of the NRL's best and brightest stars in 2016, Kiwis coach David Kidwell admits he hasn't been in touch with Kalyn Ponga over his rep future.

    Last season, the teen prodigy was plucked from the North Queensland Cowboys wider squad to become just the sixth player to make his debut in a finals match.

    Born in Western Australia, Ponga qualifies for both the Kangaroos and the Kiwis with his dad being from New Zealand.

    While not publicly pledging his allegiance to either Australia or New Zealand, a cryptic Kidwell suggested Ponga had already made his mind up.

    "One thing I learnt about last year is I want players who want to play in the Kiwis jersey and that's how I'll be picking the team," Kidwell said.

    "I haven't had any communication with Kalyn… I'm looking at all Kiwi players, as far as I know Kalyn hasn't played first grade yet so we have to make sure we have committed people in that Kiwis team that really want to play for the Kiwis."

    The utility back would clearly be a great acquisition for either country but at the announcement of new Kiwis assistant coach Steve McNamara, Kidwell seemed intent on making sure players and coaches already in the Kiwis set-up were fully committed to the side.

    "We need to move forward, we need to show more commitment there with the players equally the staff as well.

    "We need to be fully committed, reset our values and standards in the Kiwi team and make sure we're all aligned to move forward.

    Surprised that Kidwell hasn't at least contacted Ponga and spoken to him.
     
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    Simi Sasagi has signed with Newcastle Knights till the end of 2019. Played for Samoa u16s at the Pasifika Youth held earlier in the year. Is from the Ellerslie Eagles club.
     
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    Corey Harawira-Naera named on an extended bench for the Panthers to play the Knights.

    Braden Uele named on an extended bench for the Cowboys to play the Knights.
     
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    Thought Ponga made his debut and played a couple of games last year... If Kidwell doesn't know that - I'd be surprised/disappointed!
     
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    Corey Harawira-Naera making his NRL debut for Penrith against Newcastle.

    Four Kiwi eligible NRL players have so far made their debut this year.
     
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    Three Kiwi eligible players have been named to possibly make their NRL debut in round 5.

    Renouf To'omaga and Francis Tualau have been named on an extended bench for the Bulldogs against Brisbane.

    Jacob Gagai brother of Dane Gagai has been named on an extended bench for the Knights against Cronulla.
     
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    Naufahu Whyte from Kelston Boys High has signed with Sydney Roosters till the end of 2019.
     
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