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Kiwileaguecentral.com is celebrating the 50 best New Zealand league players on the planet right now, with the release of our annual NZ Top 50. * Note this list is based on Kiwi-eligible players who haven’t represented another tier-one nation, not who a player last played for at Test level. (Main photo: NRLPhotos). 50 – Zane Tetevano One of the bargain buys of the year, Tetevano appeared in 21 games for the Roosters through the regular season, becoming a staple of their bench. Made only...
Kieran Foran has announced he will leave the New Zealand Warriors at the end of the 2017 season to be closer to his two children in Sydney. “It has been an incredibly tough decision to make but it has reached the point where I had to make a call and I’ve done that today,” said the 26-year-old standoff. “I love it so much here at this club and I have so many people to thank for helping me to get my life and my football career back on track. “I really wanted to find a way of staying and...
Soane Hufanga made his National Youth Competition debut in Round 1, putting in a strong effort to run for 110 metres in a 48-10 loss to the Newcastle Knights. Kiwileaguecentral.com shared a few minutes with the powerful forward in the minutes after his U-20 debut for the Junior Warriors. KLC: How did you find the style of the NYC during your debut? SH: It was pretty quick, way faster than other comps I have played in and local and school footy, but you get used to it. It was a proud...
The Warriors have named their side for this Friday’s Round 2 clash against the Melbourne Storm at Mount Smart Stadium, after tasting victory last week against Newcastle. An unchanged starting line-up has been named for the New Zealand Warriors’ first Friday night game at Mount Smart Stadium since 2011 when they host the Melbourne Storm this week (8.00pm kick-off). The club’s last Friday night home game was against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on July 15, 2011, a match they won 36-12...
Warriors prop Sam Lisone has told kiwileaguecentral.com details of happened in the lead-up to the scuffle between himself and former Junior Kiwis teammate Danny Levi, which erupted in the closing minutes of Sunday’s match between the Warriors and Knights on Sunday. An initial push and shove involving Ken Maumalo and Jamie Buhrer quickly grew to involve most of the 26 players on the park, with Lisone and Levi at the forefront, resulting in Lisone’s shirt being ripped to reveal a new...
The Kiwi Ferns have parted ways with former coach Alan Jackson just months out from the 2017 Women’s Rugby League World Cup in Australia. Former Junior Kiwis coach Tony Benson has been appointed to the role, following a review of the recent NRL Auckland Nines campaign which identified the need to take planning and preparation to the next level. With the bulk of the Kiwi Ferns squad based in the greater Auckland area, the need for a locally based coach, along with other changes in available...
The Warriors came back twice to secure a 26-22 victory over the Knights in Round 1, here’s how we rated each player’s performance. 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (C) The Warriors’ best to open the season, just as he had been through the two pre-season trials as well. Ran the ball 21 times for over 250 total run metres, set up a try for Solomone Kata and made the crucial long-range break off his own line which led to the match-winning try. 8.5/10 2. Tuimoala Lolohea Had a really good day on the...
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg has announced that Kieran Foran will be able to resume his career this season, after the NRL registered his contract with the New Zealand Warriors for 2017. Although he added the 26-year-old wouldn’t be able to play until the club’s third-round match against Canterbury-Bankstown at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday, March 17 (8.00pm). It means he will miss the Warriors’ back-to-back season-opening games at Mount Smart Stadium against Newcastle (Sunday, March...
In his pomp Francis Meli was one of the most devastating wingers to put on a New Zealand Warriors jersey. A prolific try-scorer and a brutal hitter on both sides of the ball, Meli enjoyed a 16-year career in both the NRL and Super League. Kiwileaguecentral.com caught up with him recently to discuss life in 2017, aspirations to coach at the highest levels and thoughts on the current state of the Warriors. KLC: Since hanging up the boots you have been busy pursuing a career after footy, tell...
New Zealand Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney has today named fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck as the club’s 2017 NRL captain while also confirming Kiwi second rower Tohu Harris has been signed on a four-year deal from 2018. Kearney has additionally announced veteran second rower Simon Mannering as the club’s 2017 vice-captain. “These are critical decisions we’ve made in the club’s best interests for not just this season but also for our future,” said Kearney. “We’ve given the captaincy a...
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