General 2017 Warriors Preseason Thread

Blain

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Poching's shoulders are so big, they have had to make his profile picture in landscape. Beast!
 
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Ozwarrior

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Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will make his return from injury in a trial against the Storm
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ROGER Tuivasa-Sheck will make his long awaited return to rugby league this weekend, with the Warriors to meet the Storm in a trial on the Sunshine Coast this Saturday.

Tuivasa-Sheck missed most of the 2016 after suffering an ACL rupture just seven games into the season.

But he will finally make his comeback on Saturday night, with the new Warriors captain returning in what is set to be a star-studded trial.

As well as Tuivasa-Sheck, the Warriors have named a 23-man squad that includes the likes of Shaun Johnson, Ryan Hoffman and Tuimoala Lolohea for their clash with the Storm.

Melbourne are yet to name their side for the trial, but it is expected to be a similar line-up to their Nines squad.

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Warriors team:

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Bunty Afoa

Matthew Allwood

Blake Ayshford

James Bell

Erin Clark

David Fusitua

Charlie Gubb

Ata Hingano

Ryan Hoffman

Shaun Johnson

Solomone Kata

Mason Lino

Tuimoala Lolohea

Ken Maumalo

Ofahiki Ogden

Isaiah Papalii

Junior Pauga

Pat Sipley

Toafofoa Sipley

Lewis Soosemea

Jazz Tevaga

Albert Vete

Originally published as RTS set to make long-awaited return
 
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Blain

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Good, they've named a decent squad. In seasons gone by, they role a bunch of rookies for the first couple trial matches, wasting the chance to get game time. Shot SK!
 
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Waiting For Premiership

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Good, they've named a decent squad. In seasons gone by, they role a bunch of rookies for the first couple trial matches, wasting the chance to get game time. Shot SK!
Are you say that this squad picked for Saturday is better than the Nelson squad last year ? Crazy.
 
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Raurimu Massive

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Has anyone been seeing them train. If so how do they look and the following.
1. How do our young forwards look. Really any one outside Luke, Lillyman, Thompson, Hoffman and Mannering.

2. Is there anyone looking likely to step up like Tevaga last year.

3. Are there any outside backs starting to stake a claim, I'm thinking mostly Wing here.

4. Are the senior players leading the way in training.

5. If possible, can you comment on how this year differs from previous pre seasons.

Bumping this one, hoping someone can answer... After getting disgusted phone calls from an ex pro rugby player mate who has seen them train a bit in the past few years, I'm praying to gods I don't even believe in that they're going to develop a training ethic some day soon. The phone calls ran along the lines of "You know that phrase 'You play like you train'? Well, you're fucked. Again. These guys train like it's all a big joke." He was disgusted by what he saw.
 
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The phone calls ran along the lines of "You know that phrase 'You play like you train'? Well, you're fucked. Again. These guys train like it's all a big joke." He was disgusted by what he saw.
Was he talking about this season? If he is that sounds really bad.
 
#robbiemears

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Gents, take this as gospel. The MAJOR issue at the Warriors lies with the leadership - or lack thereof - of the senior player group. There is a fundamental flaw within that clique that is apparently very hard to identify at first as it is deep seeded and because the playing group is full of genuinely nice people. However, the reality is that the aspiration of the senior long-term players (who are the constant throughout all the change and inconsistent performance) to influence the culture and lead is approximately zero. Apparently, they are good guys and have talent but they don't want to take responsibility. Nor do they want others to step up around them and grow a constructive environment. Hence, external players are now being picked as leaders: Hoffman and TVS, for example. Shaun Johnson tried to step up and bring some genuine intent to lead and he was pushed back on because of his approach as it made the established players feel uncomfortable. Whenever a coach has cottoned onto this pattern and tried to change this lethargic aspirational culture by pushing them to uncomfortable places, the senior players have the ear of ownership. History shows their complaints are heard. The Warriors' biggest hope is that the young players coming through are not stifled and are given the responsibility to change the approach of the club. Hopefully Stephen Kearney is given the time to do this. But we shall see. Their first outing of 2017 was hardly a promising sign.
 
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Gents, take this as gospel. The MAJOR issue at the Warriors lies with the leadership - or lack thereof - of the senior player group. There is a fundamental flaw within that clique that is apparently very hard to identify at first as it is deep seeded and because the playing group is full of genuinely nice people. However, the reality is that the aspiration of the senior long-term players (who are the constant throughout all the change and inconsistent performance) to influence the culture and lead is approximately zero. Apparently, they are good guys and have talent but they don't want to take responsibility. Nor do they want others to step up around them and grow a constructive environment. Hence, external players are now being picked as leaders: Hoffman and TVS, for example. Shaun Johnson tried to step up and bring some genuine intent to lead and he was pushed back on because of his approach as it made the established players feel uncomfortable. Whenever a coach has cottoned onto this pattern and tried to change this lethargic aspirational culture by pushing them to uncomfortable places, the senior players have the ear of ownership. History shows their complaints are heard. The Warriors' biggest hope is that the young players coming through are not stifled and are given the responsibility to change the approach of the club. Hopefully Stephen Kearney is given the time to do this. But we shall see. Their first outing of 2017 was hardly a promising sign.

Well that's just fan fucking tastic.
Sounds about right too.
This is where we really need Foz to step up. They'll respect him.
 
eudebrito

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Sigh. If JD is the second coming how hasn't he moved these guys along? Instead they all got new contracts. Is that Watsons doing? Jobs for life boys.

Apparently, they are good guys and have talent but they don't want to take responsibility. Nor do they want others to step up around them and grow a constructive environment.
 

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