Injury 2017 Warriors Injury Watch


Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
2017 Warriors Injury Watch


Your one stop shop for all Warriors injuries across all three grades. Every effort is made to keep this list as up to date as possible but if you know anything or spot an error than please let us know.

Most old links will redirect you to last years injury thread.

Current Injury List

Date of injury and Player Name - Expected return - Injury details and Link

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck - Knee - 2017 Nines - Rolled his knee during the Round 7 win against the Bulldogs Link Link
2016 Kieran Foran - Shoulder - Round 1 - Shoulder surgery Link
08/01/17 Ben Matulino - Early 2017 - Left knee. Requires surgery Link

Injury history 2016 Season

Ben Henry - Knee - Round 1 - ACL rupture Link Played Trial vs Titans, Whangarei.
25/07/15 Shaun Johnson - Knee & Ankle - Round 1 - Broke the fibula and partially dislocated his ankle. Had surgery LinkLinkLink Played Auckland Nines
06/08/15 Nathaniel Roache - Pectoral injury - Round 1 - Injured against Newton Jets Link Played Auckland Nines
08/08/15 Manu Vatuvei - Shoulder - Round 1 LinkLink Played Trial vs Titans, Whangarei.
22/08/15 Jacob Lillyman - Cheek - Round 1 - Broke his cheekbone in the 1st minute of the Cowboys R24 game. Requires surgery. Played Auckland Nines
19/07/15 David Fusitua - Knee - Round 1 - Taken off the field early in Round 19 against the Roosters LinkLinkLink Played NSW Cup R1 vs Steelers
01/12/15 Bodene Thompson - Ankle - Round 1 - Ankle reconstruction in December Link Played NRL R1 vs Tigers
20/02/16 Manu Vatuvei - Concussion - Round 1 - Suffered concussion during the Dragons trial Link Played NRL R1 vs Tigers
20/02/16 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck - Ribs - Round 1 - Bruised ribs during the Dragons trial Link Played NRL R1 vs Tigers
19/07/15 David Fusitua - Knee - Round 1 - Taken off the field early in Round 19 against the Roosters LinkLinkLink
01/12/15Bodene Thompson - Ankle - Round 1 - Ankle reconstruction in December Link
20/02/16Manu Vatuvei - Concussion - Round 1 - Suffered concussion during the Dragons trial Link
20/02/16 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck - Ribs - Round 1 - Bruised ribs during the Dragons trial Link
13/02/16Henare Wells - Hamstring - Round 3 - Tore hammy in the Titans trial LinkLink Played NSW Cup R4 vs Wyong Roos
22/06/15 Toafofoa Sipley - Knee - Round 4 - ACL tear. Has had surgery LinkLink Played NSW Cup R5 vs Wentworthville
10/11/15Sione Lousi - Wrist - March - Required surgery on his wrist. Played NSW Cup R5 vs Wentworthville
01/12/15Mason Lino - Ankle - Round 2 - Ankle surgery in December Link Played NSW Cup R5 vs Wentworthville
18/05/15 Thomas Leuluai - Knee - Round 5 - LinkLinkLink Played NRL Rd 6 vs Manly
20/02/16 Ligi Sao - Shoulder - Round 4-5 - Dislocated shoulder during Dragons trial Link Played NSW Cup R6 vs Bear
20/03/16 Bodene Thompson - Ribs - Round 7 Link Played NRL R7 vs Bulldogs
05/03/16 Ben Henry - Knee - Indefinite - Injured his knee in the Round 1 loss to the Tigers Link Retired
20/03/16 Nathaniel Roache - Ankle - Round 9 Link
03/04/16 Manu Vatuvei - Hammy - Round 8 Link

Injury history 2015 Season

31/10/14 Ben Henry - Knee - Unknown but is training Link Is back fully training
31/10/14 Ben Matulino - Knee - Unknown but is training Link Is back fully training
13/11/14 Thomas Leuluai - Shoulder - Unknown Link
15/12/14 Jacob Lillyman - Knee - 4 weeks Surgery to try replace cartilage. Players word
31/10/14 Konrad Hurrell - Wrist - Round 1 Link
21/02/15 [URL='']Sam Rapira
- Concussion - Round 1 - Sustained a concussion during the trial against the Panthers in Rotorua. Sitting out mandatory period Link
14/02/15 Sebastine Ikahihifo - Eye - Had surgery on a broken eye socket but is expected to be fit for Round 1 Link Played NSWC in Round 1
21/02/15 Suaia Matagi - Ankle - Round 1 - Was meant to play today but sat out as a precaution Link Played vs Knights Round 1
21/02/15 Bradley Abbey - Ankle - ??? - Waiting on a reply Link Played NYC vs Knights Round 1
03/03/15 Sam Tomkins - Hamstring - ??? - Pulled during training. May miss Round 1 Link Played Round 2 vs Knights
14/02/15 Charlie Gubb - Foot - Has broken toes. Round 3-4 Link Played NSWC in Round 3
14/02/15 Siliva Havili - Hamstring - Round 1 - Hopes to be back by then. Just a strain thats not going away. LinkLink Played NSWC in Round 3
21/02/15 Ngani Laumape - ACL - Round 5-6 - ACL could heal itself or he could need an operation which will rule him out for the season LinkLinkLink
08/03/15 Konrad Hurrell - Knee - Round 6-7 - Injured his left knee in the Round 1 clash against the Knights LinkLinkLink Played NRL Round 6
27/11/14 David Fusitua - Shoulder - Round 6-7 LinkLinkLinkLinkLink Played NSWC in Round 6
03/03/15 Sam Rapira - Hamstring - Round 5-6 - Pulled right hammy during training. Meant to be quite bad LinkLink Played NSWC in Round 6
07/03/15 Ken Maumalo - Hamstring - Round 5-6 - Pulled his hamstring the week leading up to Round 1 LinkLink Played NSWC in Round 7
31/10/14 Glen Fisiiahi - Shoulder - Round 6-7 - LinkLinkLinkLinkLinkLink Played NSWC in Round 7
31/10/14 Mason Lino - Shoulder - Round 7-8 - Had surgery on it after the 2014 season and had a 6 month stand down Link Link Played NSW Cup Round 9
12/05/15 Manu Vatuvei - Sternum - Round 12. Played Round 14 vs Knights
18/05/15 Sam Rapira - Hamstring - Indefinite Link Played NSW Cup Round 13
22/05/15 Matt Allwood - Ankle - Round 14 Link Played NSW Cup Round 14
12/05/15 David Fusitua - Groin - Round 12. Played NSW Cup Round 16 vs Mounties
18/05/15 Glen Fisiiahi - Knee - Round 12 - Link Played NSW Cup Round 16 vs Mounties
21/03/15 Sam Tomkins - Knee - Round 12 - Partial tear of his posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee LinkLinkLink Played NRL in Rnd 15
22/06/15 Ken Maumalo - Ankle - Indefinite - Taken off early during the Rnd 15 Titans game Link Played NSW Cup Round 19
07/07/15 Konrad Hurrell - Wrist - Round 21 - Sam Lisone fell on his wrist during training Link Played NSW Cup Round 19
14/07/15 Manu Vatuvei - Shoulder - Round 22 Link Played Round 23 vs Dragons (got injured in that game!)
14/07/15 Charlie Gubb - Shoulder - Indefinite - Shoulder nerve damage Link Played Round 21 vs Sharks
08/07/15 Ryan Hoffman - Calf - Round 23-24 - Hurt during Game 3 of State of Origin Link Played Round 23 vs Panthers
25/08/15 Bodene Thompson - Ankle - Round 23-24 - Ankle Link Played Round 24 vs Cowboys
18/05/15 Ngani Laumape - Knee - SEASON - ACL Link Left the club
19/08/15 Glen Fisiiahi - Knee - Round 25-26 Link Left the club

Last links are most recent but the ones before that are still active in case you want to follow the progress of the injury...
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Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Matulino to have surgery on knee
Wed 11th January, 05:19PM

The Vodafone Warriors have today confirmed that prop Ben Matulino will miss the start of the 2017 NRL season due to a knee complaint which requires surgery.

The Kiwis international has had a disrupted pre-season after having an operation on his right knee in September, ruling him out of contention for last year’s Four Nations tournament in England.

Matulino then experienced discomfort in his left knee during training following the Christmas break and after seeking medical advice, he will have an operation in the coming days.

Vodafone Warriors head of athletic performance Balin Cupples said it was an unfortunate setback but that surgery was certainly the right option at this point in the pre-season.

“Unfortunately, Ben injured his left knee at training and it was determined that surgical management would provide the best outcome for him at this stage of the season,” he said.

“It is expected he will return to play early in the 2017 season.”

The news is a blow to new coach Stephen Kearney’s plans for the season ahead but he said it was important for Matulino to get the right treatment.

“It’s disappointing but we are taking a long-term view here,” he said.

“It makes sense to get the knee sorted now. Naturally, Ben’s disappointed but he’ll work hard on his rehab and will undoubtedly be a wonderful addition to the team once he’s recovered.”
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Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Anyone know of any other injuries let us know. The club were really poor at keeping us updated last year so we are missing a huge chunk of last seasons list.

Right now we only have Ben Matulino on the list but Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is on no contact training. Lillyman is good after his injury. Anyone else???


Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 20, 2012
Tuivasa-Sheck ready to test season-ending knee injury
2:46 PM Monday Jan 16, 2017

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Warriors in action against Melbourne Storm. Photo/Jason Oxenham
NZ Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck feels like he's nearing top speed again, after spending most of the past 12 months rehabilitating a season-ending knee injury.

Tuivasa-Sheck ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee in the Warriors' 24-20 win over Canterbury Bulldogs last April, just seven games into his first season with the Auckland-based club.

But the Kiwis international, the NRL's top metre-eater the previous year for Sydney Roosters, is ready to resume his Warriors career.

I'm pumped," he insists. "It feels awesome.

"Back in November, I hit the ground running from day one. It's been a good build-up and I'm just excited to get some more footy into it now.

"It took some time, but I'm flying now. I trust my knee, because I trust in the medical team that I have here and the people around me.

"Now I'm just putting it against the boys to see how it goes."

Tuivasa-Sheck admits he still has bad days, but has learned to cope with those minor setbacks, as he prepares for the new season.

"About two weeks ago, I thought I was flying, and I woke up one morning and I was puffing again," he says. "That's probably the toughest part - when I think I'm right and then it just doesn't work with me.

"It's a normal thing, they keep telling me, so don't get too hard on myself. It's been nine months since I ran, so it's going to flare up.

"They know about it - it's not something random, so just keep going, ice up, recover well and be healthy, because there will come a time when my knee will be normal again."

Part of the recovery process for Tuivasa-Sheck has been a greater awareness of running mechanics. The thing that once came naturally now come as a conscious effort.

"I was probably doing it anyway, but now I'm just more aware of it."
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1st Grade Fringe
Jun 7, 2012
Finally good to get some real news in regards to the team good to hear Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has recovered well ACL injurys can take time so fully expecting him 100% till about round 4-6

Interesting take from Tui sounds like someone told him to pull his head in regards to his position and do what's best for the team. Also Kearney mentioning Gubb's name seems he is gonna be sticking around for the time being smart move considering Matulino injury and have no real experience depth at prop.

The more I hear about the Foran situation the more I want it to hurry up and end either way it's dragging now and could become an distraction to the club esp with the media asking every 2nd question about him hopefully the NRL sorts it fast either way so they either move on with him or without


Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
NRL 2017: Kieran Foran and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck on the mend from injuries
6 hours ago
Source: AAP

WARRIORS stars Kieran Foran and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck are nearing full fitness just over a month out from the start of the NRL season.

Foran, 26, signed a one-year deal with the club in September but is yet to receive the green light to play from the governing body after a trouble-plagued 2016.

The Kiwi Test five-eighth was released from his lucrative Parramatta deal in July as he addressed mental issues and his season was cut short due to a shoulder injury.

The Auckland-born playmaker was at pre-season training on Monday doing some sprints and drills with Warriors teammates but mostly trained solo.

“He goes in to see a specialist this afternoon so that’s another step forward for him,” coach Stephen Kearney said.

“I’ve seen a real improvement from him and what he can do with us over the past month or so and he’s come back after Christmas in fantastic shape.”


Kieran Foran at Warriors training. Copyright Image: William Booth / www.photosport.nzSource: Supplied

The NRL want assurances on Foran’s mental health and relationship with gambling identity Eddie Hayson before ratifying his Warriors contract.

Club chief executive and former NRL operating officer Jim Doyle initially expected to receive the all clear by Christmas but has since revised his expectations to January.

It’s been reported Foran will not be eligible for the side’s first-round match against Newcastle in March.

Kearney told reporters that irrespective of any administrative hurdles, Foran was looking in good nick physically and almost past his shoulder problems.

The Warriors will kick off their 2017 campaign at the Auckland Nines in a fortnight and Kearney revealed star No.1 Tuivasa-Sheck was likely to make his return from an ACL injury at the pre-season tournament.


Roger Tuivasa-Sheck holds his knee after sustaining an ACL injury.Source: Getty Images

“That’s what everyone expects of Roger, he epitomises professionalism and if there’s a box to tick, he’s ticking it plus more,” Kearney said.

Trials against Melbourne and Gold Coast will follow in mid-February, before the season kicks off in earnest on March 5 at Mt Smart Stadium.

Young gun Ata Hingano will assume the No.6 jumper if Foran’s clearance doesn’t come through, while livewire Tuimoala Lolohea will play 2017 on the wing.

Lolohea was linked with a move to St George Illawarra because Foran’s impending move to the Warriors was seen as a roadblock to his desire to be a first-choice playmaker.


May 21, 2013
keeping him out of the 9s would piss off the promoters, and those who bought a ticket, but otherwise might not be a bad thing.


1st Grade Fringe
Mar 17, 2014
WTF, why is it, that our boy's seem to be the ones that get injured all the time??? Is it because we follow this club, so we are onto the injured list more? than say other NRL teams.

Seems to me, we have terrible luck when it comes to players getting injured. Starting to think our club is simply cursed. Really hope Shaun Johnson isn't to bad, fingers crossed.

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