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bruce

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Daily telagraph in sydney today saying we have signed Ben Murdoch-Masila for next season.
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Was one of the best on the park against the Kangaroos, no doubt at all, but I smell elephant shite, and he is another pensioner beating people up in the ESL. I really hope I am wrong cos the guy is class when is on form...but if he is that good why isn't he in the NRL.
 
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playdaball

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Was one of the best on the park against the Kangaroos, no doubt at all, but I smell elephant shite, and he is another pensioner beating people up in the ESL. I really hope I am wrong cos the guy is class when is on form...but if he is that good why isn't he in the NRL.

Hopefully they’ve learnt From the Blair signing. Who will he replace.?
 
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bruce

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Hopefully they’ve learnt From the Blair signing. Who will he replace.?
One would hope so,but who else in the NRL would sign the guy? On the basis of that performance against the Kangaroos the whole Tongan team and their coach should be rock stars in the NRL...but they aren't and has there been a rush to sign any of them? Back in the days of dinosaurs any hiding of a Kangaroo side was followed by Sydney clubs signing some of the teams best players. Times have changed.
 
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playdaball

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One would hope so,but who else in the NRL would sign the guy? On the basis of that performance against the Kangaroos the whole Tongan team and their coach should be rock stars in the NRL...but they aren't and has there been a rush to sign any of them? Back in the days of dinosaurs any hiding of a Kangaroo side was followed by Sydney clubs signing some of the teams best players. Times have changed.

Most of the Tongan team were already signed to NRL teams and some have re-signed after that performance and their NRL seasons namely Staggs, Taukei’aho. Clubs realise that some of the Tongan players played brilliant one off games and will be Stars in the ESL ( 2 x ex Warriors come to mind).

I don’t think Ben Murdoch-Masila fits into this mould. He has an asset that the Warriors need ... size.
 
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I think it would be a great signing.

2 veteran poppers in Ah Mau and Ben Murdoch-Masila.
1 Seasoned pro in Paasi

Plus one of the young bucks who should step up this season. Has the potential to be a solid propping rotation - something we haven't had since pre 2012...
 
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mt.wellington

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Only issue I see with Ben Murdoch-Masila is whether we will get that MMT vs Kangaroos performance game in game out. He was absolutely stellar during that game. At this stage though I'd sign him over every prop we have on our books at the moment bar none...
 
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Please tell me this wasn't our friend again:
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Billy Teets James

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NZ Herald has confirmed the signing. But, He won't be playing. He'll be Singing apparently. Good on the warriors for thinking outside the box. Inspire the boys with a tune on game day
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bruce

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I don’t think Ben Murdoch-Masila fits into this mould. He has an asset that the Warriors need ... size.
Why is he not in the NRL then? They have big boppers in super league too don't they?

Not trying to be negative, just trying to be realistic. Auckland has two very poor rugby teams, when both codes used to be the strongest in the country. We are also the largest Polynesian city in the world. Maybe just a coincidence.

As for Ben Murdoch-Masila's size, it wasn't just his size against the Kangaroos, he was up for that game and more than matched some of the best forwards in the game. As with all Aussie wins they are gained up front. If he can lead our pack like that who knows what will happen but I am not preparing to buy season tickets for 2021...just yet anyway.
 
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Billy Teets James

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NZ Herald has confirmed the signing. But, He won't be playing. He'll be Singing apparently. Good on the warriors for thinking outside the box. Inspire the boys with a tune on game day
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They have since corrected it. Must be on here getting all the latest scoops huh?
 
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NZ Herald has confirmed the signing. But, He won't be playing. He'll be Singing apparently. Good on the warriors for thinking outside the box. Inspire the boys with a tune on game day
"the wheels on the bus go.." I imagine he'll be a hit on all those trips to the beach!!🦞
 
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playdaball

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I wouldn’t call it a star signing. It’s an honest, solid signing ... similar to Ah Mau. Nothing wrong with that at all.
 
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All this talk of Ben Murdoch-Masila coming to the warrior ti then find out hes signed by the bulldogs, because bulldogs who I heard last year were two seasons away from signing any more talent because of cap pressure, all if a sudden can sign whoever they want?
 
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Taunoa-Brown signed for two years
AuthorRichard Becht

Big prop Jamayne Taunoa-Brown has earned a full-time NRL contract with the Vodafone Warriors after impressing coaching staff throughout the preseason.
The Melbourne-born 23-year-old has been signed on a two-year deal following a hectic last fortnight.
Brought to Auckland on a trial contract, the 1.94m, 114kg Taunoa-Brown was selected to represent the Vodafone Warriors at the Perth NRL Nines on February 14-15 and then flew directly to the Gold Coast to join the Australian Indigenous All-Stars for last weekend’s encounter with the Māori Kiwis.

Just a matter of a few days later he has now claimed a spot in the Vodafone Warriors’ top 30 NRL squad.
“Jamayne had a terrific year with Norths in the Queensland Cup last year and he has really impressed our coaches and football staff since coming here,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.
“He’s exactly the sort of player we need after losing props Bunty Afoa and Jackson Frei to season-ending knee injuries.”
Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney said securing Taunoa-Brown was vital.
“I can’t fault him since he has arrived and that's why we were adamant we wanted to keep him at our footy club,” he said.
“He has ticked a lot of boxes. He's a big body and very skilful.”
Taunoa-Brown’s rugby league journey has taken him through the Melbourne Storm, the Newcastle Knights and Norths Devils in Brisbane before earning an NRL contract.

With the Storm at under-18 and under-20 level in 2014 and 2015 (playing a total on 20 games), he spent 2016 and 2017 with the Knights where he appeared in an NRL trial in 2017 as well as 21 under-20 games and 12 New South Wales Cup matches.
In the past two seasons he has amassed 47 appearances in the Queensland Cup.
After playing in both games for the Vodafone Warriors at the Perth NRL Nines, Taunoa-Brown found himself in the Australian Indigenous team’s starting line-up last Saturday after initially being brought into the squad as an injury replacement.

Off the field, the big man has earned a reputation as an up and coming rapper and hip hop producer known as Yung Maynie.
JAMAYNE TAUNOA-BROWN
Date of Birth: November 17, 1996
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria
Junior Clubs: Altona Roosters (Melbourne)
Position: Prop
Height: 194cm
Weight: 114kg
Previous Clubs: Melbourne Storm (2014-2015), Newcastle Knights (2016-2017), Norths Devils (2018-2019)
Rep Honours: Australian Indigenous All-Stars (2020), Perth NRL Nines (2020)
NRL Debut: Yet to make debut
NRL Career: 0
NRL Points: 0
New South Wales Cup Career: 12 appearances (2016-2017)
New South Wales Cup Points: 0
Queensland Cup Career: 47 appearances (2018-2019)
Queensland Cup Points: 40 (10 tries)
 
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wrighty

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That's our 29th guy then unless somehow Frei has been released from the books for salary cap relief purposes.

We have until June or July (forget which one) to name the 30th spot and sign Murchie if we want him.
 
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Anyone notice Tom Ale is noted as a centre on the Warriors website? FFS... How does that work. SK on dem hard drugs.
 
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