I’m guessing he made his debut late in the season due to his age?Otukolo's very polished for a 17 year old. Him and Kalepo are amazing prospects. Those two along with Roache at the same age are the best hooker prospects I've seen come through our system. Yes agree, Ale and Kosi are definites for first grade at some point in the next couple years. We should make up a large portion of the junior kiwis team this years also with Edward Kosi, Hayze Perham, Paul Turner, Phillip Makatoa, Tyler Slade, Tom Ale, Sean Mullany all locks and maybe some bolters like Otukolo/Kalepo and Katoa/Tamarua.
Yes correct and Preston is a '98 kid so not eligible.I’m guessing he made his debut late in the season due to his age?
Preston Riki is another who could make JKs if still eligible.
Pretty sad to see the last ever game for the juniors. I always enjoyed watching 3 games back to back on a Sunday. Im guessing most of them will pop up from time to time next year in Canterbury cup
Absolutely no doubt about that. Players that graduate SG Ball and are not immediately put on a development contract or getting ISP game time are going to sign in Australia and we will lose them for good.Getting rid of Flegg is not going to help us. SG Ball is good, but now there's a vacuum between Ball and ISP where we'll lose a few.
I dont think its all doom and gloom for Jersey Flegg eligible players. There are sound arguments for having them develop against men as opposed to kids their own age. Wayne Bennett himself was never a fan of the U20 comp as he believed it didn't develop players properly. The kids that are good enough will play ISP just as they have been since Matt Elliott's days. Those that are still developing will do against men just like our juniors use to do pre2008...