1st Grade Fringe
Apr 2, 2015
There was talk they might try and approach the Morris boys and see if they'd be interested as well.

They're eligible for England as is Trent Hodkinson and Darcy Lussick from the NRL. Has been talk that Wayne Bennett has or will be trying to get them to switch to England. Not sure why you would bother with Lussick, England has more than enough depth in its forwards.
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Feb 22, 2016
Big contingent in train-on squad
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A total of 11 Vodafone Warriors players have today been named in the train-on squad to prepare for the Kiwis’ one-off Test against the Kangaroos in Perth next month and the Four Nations in England to follow.

Seasoned internationals Simon Mannering, Issac Luke, Thomas Leuluai, Manu Vatuvei, Ben Matulino and Shaun Johnson headline those named.

Also included are second rower Bodene Thompson, fullback/centre David Fusitua, utility Tuimoala Lolohea, centre Solomone Kata and prop Sam Lisone.

Thompson was in New Zealand’s title-winning 2014 Four Nations squad but didn’t make an appearance. Fusitua, Lolohea and Kata have all played Test matches for Mate Ma’a Tonga while Lisone has represented Toa Samoa.

This time last year Lolohea and Kata were among just five Vodafone Warriors included in the train-on squad for the end of season tour to England. Leuluai, Vatuvei and Johnson were all ruled out with serious injuries.

The first batch of players named in the train-on squad was selected from the eight clubs which failed to qualify for the NRL finals starting this week.

In all 23 players have been named .

Others yet to play for the Kiwis are Manly prop Addin Fonua-Blake, Roosters forward Isaac Liu, Wests Tigers centre Tim Simona and Parramatta centre Brad Takairangi.

Liu, Takairangi and Thompson have been part of Kiwis squads before, without actually taking the field.

The wider squad currently consists of 36 players and will be named in instalments as their teams drop out of NRL premiership contention over coming weeks. The size of that squad will also fluctuate, depending on injuries and other unavailabilities that arise.

Several Kiwis regulars are already ruled out through injury and other factors, including Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Peta Hiku, Dean Whare, Kieran Foran and Kodi Nikorima.

A final travelling squad of 24 will be named during the week after the NRL Grand Final on October 2.

The first group of Kiwis train-on players named is:
Manly |
Lewis Brown, Addin Fonua-Blake, Martin Taupau

Parramatta | Manu Ma'u, Brad Takairangi

St George Illawarra | Jason Nightingale

Sydney Roosters | Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Isaac Liu, Sam Moa, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

Vodafone Warriors | David Fusitua, Shaun Johnson, Solomone Kata, Thomas Leuluai, Sam Lisone, Tuimoala Lolohea, Issac Luke, Simon Mannering, Ben Matulino, Bodene Thompson, Manu Vatuvei

Wests Tigers | Tim Simona, Elijah Taylor


1st Grade Fringe
May 21, 2012
Off the top of my head Peter Wallace and Keith Galloway.

linnett from the cowboys played for scotland in the last world cup when they made the quarter finals

dont think there are too many in the Super League of note, Scotland have their own small competition now trying to build the sport but like already mentioned, will need to find NRL players with scots parents or grandparents !

mind you, isnt that what bennett is trying to do with the english team
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Warriors 1st Grader
Sep 25, 2012
Back in Auckland
One thing I find quite interesting about the kiwis train-on squad...

4 of the naughty 6 are in there. I thought that the pills incident might have counted against them, especially given the 2013 world cup etc.


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Apr 2, 2015
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Oct 21, 2015
While we're definitely building depth in a raft of positions we're still short of experienced halves/hookers/fullbacks. No Johnson/Foran/Luke/Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and suddenly Lulu can't cover every position and then we're using either players out of position or inexperienced untried players.
I love the Kiwis, I want to see the best players playing, but Johnson and Luke need to be rested and with their resting any chance of us winning is gone.period. fullstop.end of story. It doesn't matter how formidable our forward pack is,(and it is bloody formidable) without a spine we're akin to jellyfish.
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