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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...
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 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...
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...
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...
Walking around the grounds of Otahuhu College with Lesley Vainikolo makes you feel like you are the coolest float at a community Christmas parade, or at least like you are walking next to the coolest float at a community Christmas parade. Physically all 1.88 metres of him stands out. And the voice too, it’s deep like Sigmund Freud during an epiphany. Many of the pupils here are drawn to him, darting in and out of his path for a greeting and some small talk. ‘Kolo’ is personable by nature...
He is the younger brother of one of the most successful Kiwi players of the NRL era, and now Jeremy Marshall-King is working hard to make a professional career himself, playing in the Wests Tigers’ reserve grade side. Kiwileaguecentral.com sat down for a quick catch up with the 21-year-old utility. KLC: Tell us a bit about your childhood Jeremy, we know Benji spent a fair bit of time in Whakatane before heading to Australia, was that the same for you? JMK: I was raised in Whakatane for...
Trying to predict stuff in rugby league is fraught with danger at the best of times. Predicting stuff in rugby league before the year has even started is madness. Nonetheless, here are our 17 New Zealand league predictions for 2017. 17. Otahuhu bounce straight back from being relegated last year and win the Auckland second division, reassuming their place in the Fox Memorial Premiership for 2018. Signing John Ackland as head coach proves a masterstroke. 16. The impending legal battle...