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New Zealand Rugby League has made Sir Peter Leitch a life member at its annual meeting in Auckland today, recognising his passionate support of the game across the past five decades. Sir Peter (aka “The Mad Butcher”) began his association with rugby league through the Mangere East Hawks during...
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His road to the NRL has taken longer than planned, and it’s been a frustrating journey at times. But this week 24-year-old Patrick Sipley finally achieved his goal of earning an NRL contract, joining brother Toafofoa in the Warriors’ first-grade squad for 2017. Kiwileaguecentral.com sat down...
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There is nothing quite like the old days, so sit back and take a look as kiwileaguecentral.com checks out this week in Warriors history. (Main photo: photosport.nz). Courageous Kevin puts win before body – 2010 As the final minutes of the Warriors’ clash with the Roosters in Christchurch...
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As Sione Faumuina sat back and watched the headlines unfolding from his home in Brisbane, the former Warrior and Kiwi international saw too many familiar stories popping up, and knew he wanted to help. Cue a tell-all book, The Second Phase, documenting Faumuina’s own battles against alcoholism...
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The (almost) greatest comeback ever Many Warriors fans of a certain vintage will remember this match as the one that got away. Wellington’s Westpac Stadium hosted the Canterbury Bulldogs in Round 8 of 2001. The Warriors had started the season in patchy style with three wins and four losses. It...
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Seven days ago Tuimoala Lolohea was preparing for a major positional change from the wing to five-eighth, and following Roger Tuivasa-Sheck’s season-ending injury he should be getting ready to do it again, with eyes on a permanent move to fullback. While Warriors coach Andrew McFadden said last...
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The beginning of a legend Parramatta Stadium played host to the 1995 Warriors in Round 7 of the Australian Rugby League competition. Andy Platt, a Great Britain prop forward who played 25 Tests, made his debut from the bench that day. Platt was a grizzled, tough campaigner who had great...
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Many New Zealand league fans were disillusioned to hear news this week of the Warriors sending Otahuhu boy Raymond Faitala-Mariner off to the Bulldogs in favour of Australian forward Shaun Lane. In some ways that’s understandable. The Warriors are New Zealand’s NRL team after all and have a...
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Unless you were an avid follower of the Junior Warriors over the last couple of years you could be forgiven for not knowing who Jazz Tevaga was when he was called up to make his NRL debut in Round 3 this year. His rise was so rapid he didn’t even rate himself a chance of making first grade this...
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Original story by Will Evans – Canterbury Rugby League Jazz Tevaga added his name to the list of Christchurch-born rugby league players to crack the NRL on March 20, making a memorable debut at hooker for the Warriors in their brave Round 3 loss to Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium. While he...