General 2015 Warriors U20/Reserve Grade Open Trial

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I agree , junior has Russell's frame but he has way better attitude off the field - we had at hawks for 3 years, good kid.

My thing with a Monster Prop is we don't have a Burgess looking kid coming through the Auckland scene, your right there's a few height wise but fitness issues for all of them.

I rated Sorby Sovea from Otahuhu 20's this year, he trialed I heard but when I saw his photo online at the trials - he's carrying weight again, He can bend the line. Was also trying to find out if Conor Purcell trial another Prop in Russell's frame that has a big motor. They played with Lisone this year but TBH they will be wasted if they stay down in there age group.

Sorby is a very big boy, powerful - wonder if he made the cut, pity if he is over weight as he is impressive in physique. Warriors would do well to recruit some Fijian boys.
 

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Extended NYC trial big success
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More than 200 players from New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific were given an opportunity to chase their rugby league dreams during the Vodafone Warriors’ two-day open NYC trial at Cornwall Park in Auckland at the weekend.

When registrations for the expanded trial programme closed, more than 500 players had put forward their names for consideration.

The list was pruned to a manageable number with players given trial time on Saturday to stake a claim to join pre-identified players for the two main trial matches on Sunday.

“There’s no doubt having the event over two days was a huge step forward,” said Vodafone Warriors academy and pathways manager Duane Mann.

“We found the quality of the players was much improved overall and we also had a much better chance to evaluate them.

“On the first day we were able to give regional and little-known players as much game time as possible and select the best of them to join pre-identified rugby league and rugby union talent in the main trials.

“Bringing the trial date forward has also been beneficial. It means we can review, assess and select players to join us when offseason training starts for our NYC and development players on November 10.”

Mann said coaching staff would now review performances over the weekend with a view to signing some players and giving others an opportunity to join the NYC squad for offseason training next month.

As many as 10 players were contracted following last year’s trial with Michael Ki, James Bell, Jazz Tevaga and Paul Ulberg emerging as major success stories. They all went on to establish themselves with the Vodafone Junior Warriors culminating in the NYC grand final victory over Brisbane on October 5. Tevaga and Ulberg are eligible to play in the NYC again next year.

On the first day of this year’s trial 160 players had the opportunity to show their wares in front of Mann, head coach Andrew McFadden, general manager football Dean Bell, New South Wales Cup coach Stacey Jones, NYC coach Kelvin Wright, development squad staff, scouts and selectors.

A feature was the largest contingent of overseas players involved since the Vodafone Warriors have held the annual open trial. Not all were of New Zealand heritage and, while most had a rugby league background, a large number had a grounding in touch, rugby union and even Australian rules football and basketball.

Among the overseas group were Fijian under-19 rugby league players while others travelled from Perth, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Newcastle and Sydney. There were also New Zealanders from the highly-regarded Keebra Park State High School system who came home to trial.

There were some familiar family connections; one was Andre Iro, son of former Kiwi and Vodafone Warrior No 51 Kevin Iro, while Liam Longergan, son of ex-Kiwi Dean Lonergan, was another.

Metia Lisati, Visesio Setefano and Paul Tuli, all Vodafone Junior Warriors past or present, had younger brothers taking part while NRL players Manu Vatuvei and Raymond Faitala-Mariner had cousins involved.

In all 16 players from the first day were invited back for the main trial games on Sunday to line up alongside rugby league players the club had been tracking as well as some from secondary schools rugby union.

The Vodafone Warriors also worked with scouts from around the country to expose some of their top prospects including five Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions players from the Pirtek NZRL National Premiership final as well as several representative players from Wellington.

Vodafone Warrior Siliva Havili’s younger brother Semisi trialled on Sunday as did Falcon Peni (younger brother of Junior Kiwi winger Chance Peni), Junior Lisone (younger brother of Vodafone Junior Warriors co-captain Sam Lisone) and Ramo Solomona (another product from the well-known rugby league clan).

Peni had travelled from Perth with his family to watch his brother play for the Junior Kiwis in their 15-14 victory over the Junior Kangaroos on Saturday night.

Rugby union players from King’s College, Sacred Heart College and De La Salle College First XVs were involved as well as others who had impressed the selectors from Papatoetoe High School and Dilworth School in Auckland’s 1B competition.

Likewise Counties Manukau’s top rugby union schools Manurewa High School and Wesley College provided players. Manurewa made the semi-finals in Auckland’s College Rugby League First XIII competition this year while Wesley has recently started playing rugby league, hosting a Franklin rugby league tournament run by Counties Manukau Rugby League. Vodafone Warriors fullback Glen Fisiiahi is a Wesley old boy.

Other union players came from Hamilton Boys’ High School, Rotorua Boys’ High School, Kaitaia College and Nelson College as well as schools in the Wellington region.

https://www.warriors.co.nz/news/2014/10/20/extended_nyc_trial_big_success_.html
 
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drake83

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Off topic a bit but the Titans are holding development camps around the Manawatu probably hoping to lure guys from Taranaki Hawkes Bay, and Horowhenua.
Been advertised on the Manawatu Mustangs page and the Kia Warriors facebook page.
Dont they have enough kiwis on the Gold Coast? Hope they find noone
 
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mt.wellington

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Off topic a bit but the Titans are holding development camps around the Manawatu probably hoping to lure guys from Taranaki Hawkes Bay, and Horowhenua.
Been advertised on the Manawatu Mustangs page and the Kia Warriors facebook page.
Dont they have enough kiwis on the Gold Coast? Hope they find noone
Dont fancy your chances. Taranaki area has been producing a lot of talent for the NYC. They'll pick someone up for sure...
 
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warriors4eva

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Dont fancy your chances. Taranaki area has been producing a lot of talent for the NYC. They'll pick someone up for sure...

are any of the current crop of nyc from Taranaki ?? be good to name drop to some of the boys if there are

besides saturday night i dont get to much to brag about LMAO !
 

slaughterhouse.sa

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mt.wellington

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are any of the current crop of nyc from Taranaki ?? be good to name drop to some of the boys if there are

besides saturday night i dont get to much to brag about LMAO !
Well Taranaki favourite son Isaac Luke would top any list of Taranaki players. Elijah Taylor was originally from the Naki and played Union there.

The only other ones Im aware of are PJ Los'e and his brother Joey who last I heard were playing in the Rabbitohs system. They use to play rep footy with another local named Jade Waretini who use to be in the Titans system but I dont know what happened to him? Haimona Hiroti is also at the Rabbitohs. He got picked up by the Storm at one of their Wellington clinics.

Theres a shitload of Kiwi kids from all over the country playing in the NYC and division one grades. At the start of the year that figure was 450...
 

Gizzyfan

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Well Taranaki favourite son Isaac Luke would top any list of Taranaki players. Elijah Taylor was originally from the Naki and played Union there.

The only other ones Im aware of are PJ Los'e and his brother Joey who last I heard were playing in the Rabbitohs system. They use to play rep footy with another local named Jade Waretini who use to be in the Titans system but I dont know what happened to him? Haimona Hiroti is also at the Rabbitohs. He got picked up by the Storm at one of their Wellington clinics.

Theres a shitload of Kiwi kids from all over the country playing in the NYC and division one grades. At the start of the year that figure was 450...

Not current of course but the Tamatis' were from the Naki, background of hardarse League and Union there.
 
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Gizzyfan

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They should have 3 Warrior try outs, Auckland, lower North Island and South Island.

Who was the mental midget that came up with the premier side thing. Should be more encouraging.
 

drake83

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Im just hoping a few of the Palmy boys rugby 1st 15 try out imagine if Aaron Smith or Aaron Cruden played league, even Liam Squire would be a beast of a prop if he played league.
 
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slaughterhouse.sa

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Im just hoping a few of the Palmy boys rugby 1st 15 try out imagine if Aaron Smith or Aaron Cruden played league, even Liam Squire would be a beast of a prop if he played league.

Ngani laumape was a star palmy boys player.

Got over looked from Hurricans camp once and switched to league.
He had a bit of league down there.
 
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mt.wellington

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Emailed my mate Henchi who follows kids doing their thing in the NRL, NYC and Division 1 teams. Reckons theres not much from Manawatu or Hawkes Bay but theres a ton of them from the Naki...

Haimona Hiroti – Rabbitohs U20s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Mawene Hiroti – Rabbitohs U16s – Western Suburbs Tigers

PJ Los'e – Rabbitohs U20s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Joey Los'e – Rabbitohs U16s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Makahesi makatoa – Bulldogs NSW Cup (NRL Reserve Grade) – Western Suburbs Tigers

Paoroa Noble – Gold Coast Titans U16s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Ryland Jacobs – Gold Coast Titans U18s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Jared Verney – Cowboys U20s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Zach Clay – Parramatta U20s – Marist Dragons

Devon Boyce – Rabbitohs U20s – Hawera Hawks

Rangi Boyce – Rabbitohs U16s – Hawera Hawks

Dominic Te Awa – Cronulla U20s – Marist Dragons

Issac Luke – Rabbitohs NRL
Kurits Rowe – West Tigers NRL
Elijah Taylor – Penrith Panthers NRL
Curtis Rona – Cowboys NRL – signed Bulldogs 2015
 

drake83

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Emailed my mate Henchi who follows kids doing their thing in the NRL, NYC and Division 1 teams. Reckons theres not much from Manawatu or Hawkes Bay but theres a ton of them from the Naki...

Haimona Hiroti – Rabbitohs U20s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Mawene Hiroti – Rabbitohs U16s – Western Suburbs Tigers

PJ Los'e – Rabbitohs U20s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Joey Los'e – Rabbitohs U16s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Makahesi makatoa – Bulldogs NSW Cup (NRL Reserve Grade) – Western Suburbs Tigers

Paoroa Noble – Gold Coast Titans U16s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Ryland Jacobs – Gold Coast Titans U18s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Jared Verney – Cowboys U20s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Zach Clay – Parramatta U20s – Marist Dragons

Devon Boyce – Rabbitohs U20s – Hawera Hawks

Rangi Boyce – Rabbitohs U16s – Hawera Hawks

Dominic Te Awa – Cronulla U20s – Marist Dragons

Issac Luke – Rabbitohs NRL
Kurits Rowe – West Tigers NRL
Elijah Taylor – Penrith Panthers NRL
Curtis Rona – Cowboys NRL – signed Bulldogs 2015

Yea its very Rugby dominated here in the Manawatu and cant see that changing with the Turbos winning whatever they won, I just want the cycle broken and some good league players to come from here. The ones I can think of are Ngani and maybe the Nikorimas, maybe that 15 year old the cowboys signed this year too Ponga. Created a slew of All Blacks and super rugby players over the years tho.
 
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slaughterhouse.sa

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Only other one I know is Tony Kemp...

Emailed my mate Henchi who follows kids doing their thing in the NRL, NYC and Division 1 teams. Reckons theres not much from Manawatu or Hawkes Bay but theres a ton of them from the Naki...

Haimona Hiroti – Rabbitohs U20s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Mawene Hiroti – Rabbitohs U16s – Western Suburbs Tigers

PJ Los'e – Rabbitohs U20s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Joey Los'e – Rabbitohs U16s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Makahesi makatoa – Bulldogs NSW Cup (NRL Reserve Grade) – Western Suburbs Tigers

Paoroa Noble – Gold Coast Titans U16s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Ryland Jacobs – Gold Coast Titans U18s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Jared Verney – Cowboys U20s – Western Suburbs Tigers

Zach Clay – Parramatta U20s – Marist Dragons

Devon Boyce – Rabbitohs U20s – Hawera Hawks

Rangi Boyce – Rabbitohs U16s – Hawera Hawks

Dominic Te Awa – Cronulla U20s – Marist Dragons

Issac Luke – Rabbitohs NRL
Kurits Rowe – West Tigers NRL
Elijah Taylor – Penrith Panthers NRL
Curtis Rona – Cowboys NRL – signed Bulldogs 2015

Tohu Harris is from Hawkes Bay.

Those are boys from Taranaki / or they have taranaki links.

Guys like Devon Makaore-Boyce are Auckland born - Sydney raised probably just Hawera heritage.

Kurtis Rona moved to WA quite early on but from Waitara originally. He is great fit for Bulldogs to replace no name wingers like Brown and the other little guy.

Kurtis Rowe is from waitara bears but spend a good 4 or 5 years in QLD. I think he has been release.
Good player but a little small.

Zac Clay will get an NRL contract.

Those Los'e boys are related to Wilie Los'e.

Didnt know Verney was at Cowboys - pretty interesting journey to play NYC.

https://www.cowboys.com.au/news/2014/08/12/tully_s_jared_verney_earns_nyc_berth.html

Look at Verney, Los'e & Hiroti brothers all from the same club.
There parents I believe are all figures at Taranaki rugby league.

So made sure there were all in some system.
 
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