General 2022 Season

Miket12

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I know we haven’t even started this year‘s season yet but the Warriors are asking the NRL to let them “buy” the rights for Aussie home games next year and play as many games as they can next season in NZ. Some of the Australian clubs seem to be backing them.

Rugby League: New Zealand Warriors bid to play 2022 season at home​

The Warriors have hatched a plan to flood New Zealand with their NRL games in 2022, and some Australian clubs are backing the move.

Warriors chief executive Cameron George plans to buy home games off their NRL opponents and play them around the country.

The club is marooned in Australia for a second season because of Covid-19 travel restrictions. Their 2021 campaign won't return to Mt Smart Stadium until June 21 at earliest, having played all their games in Australia in 2020.

They will seek compensation from the NRL but are being proactive about kick-starting the game here in 2022, planning to spend over $2.5m to acquire home game rights from opponents.

George indicated to the Herald-Sun that some opponents were willing to play ball, and he has reached out to investors to back the scheme. NRL clubs reportedly make about $250,000 per home game.

"I've already started discussing with certain NRL clubs whether they would consider selling us their home game to come to New Zealand next year," he said.

"I'm trying to build a portfolio of games to play in New Zealand next year and get as many as we can to play over there.

"For example, instead of playing the likes of the Raiders in Canberra, I'd buy that game off them and bring them to Wellington or Christchurch.

"We play 10 home games next year, plus the Magic Round in Brisbane. I'd love to buy as many away games from the Australian-based clubs and play a minimum 16 NRL games here. We'd love up to 20 games."

He is also asking the NRL to schedule as many games as possible in the prime 8pm Friday kickoff spot.

"(That) gives the game a really good launch pad - it's about relaunching the game in New Zealand, not just the Warriors," George said.

"The way to do that is to play as many games as we can in New Zealand."

Under the scheme, the NRL would pay for the Australian teams' travel, instead of what would have been the Warriors' costs.

George said that because the Warriors had paid such a high price to keep the NRL afloat during the pandemic, rival clubs had indicated a willingness to be part of the scheme to "spread the gospel"...at the right price.

The club is down about $300,000 per lost home game, and George said it had affected membership.

"We will be knocking on the NRL's door at some stage," he said.

"It has really impacted on our financial position in the short, mid and long term."

 
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I know we haven’t even started this year‘s season yet but the Warriors are asking the NRL to let them “buy” the rights for Aussie home games next year and play as many games as they can next season in NZ. Some of the Australian clubs seem to be backing them.

Rugby League: New Zealand Warriors bid to play 2022 season at home​

The Warriors have hatched a plan to flood New Zealand with their NRL games in 2022, and some Australian clubs are backing the move.

Warriors chief executive Cameron George plans to buy home games off their NRL opponents and play them around the country.

The club is marooned in Australia for a second season because of Covid-19 travel restrictions. Their 2021 campaign won't return to Mt Smart Stadium until June 21 at earliest, having played all their games in Australia in 2020.

They will seek compensation from the NRL but are being proactive about kick-starting the game here in 2022, planning to spend over $2.5m to acquire home game rights from opponents.

George indicated to the Herald-Sun that some opponents were willing to play ball, and he has reached out to investors to back the scheme. NRL clubs reportedly make about $250,000 per home game.

"I've already started discussing with certain NRL clubs whether they would consider selling us their home game to come to New Zealand next year," he said.

"I'm trying to build a portfolio of games to play in New Zealand next year and get as many as we can to play over there.

"For example, instead of playing the likes of the Raiders in Canberra, I'd buy that game off them and bring them to Wellington or Christchurch.

"We play 10 home games next year, plus the Magic Round in Brisbane. I'd love to buy as many away games from the Australian-based clubs and play a minimum 16 NRL games here. We'd love up to 20 games."

He is also asking the NRL to schedule as many games as possible in the prime 8pm Friday kickoff spot.

"(That) gives the game a really good launch pad - it's about relaunching the game in New Zealand, not just the Warriors," George said.

"The way to do that is to play as many games as we can in New Zealand."

Under the scheme, the NRL would pay for the Australian teams' travel, instead of what would have been the Warriors' costs.

George said that because the Warriors had paid such a high price to keep the NRL afloat during the pandemic, rival clubs had indicated a willingness to be part of the scheme to "spread the gospel"...at the right price.

The club is down about $300,000 per lost home game, and George said it had affected membership.

"We will be knocking on the NRL's door at some stage," he said.

"It has really impacted on our financial position in the short, mid and long term."

Thats crap we gotta ask the nrl for help. The nrl should be paying the bulk of our financial problems as the warriors are the reason the comp is still going. If the warriors forfeit the season the nrl will have to answer to channel 9 and foxtel for their failed tv dealership agreement. Man this pisses me off that the warriors are suffering and sacrificing so much to make sure the nrl continues. Hey nrl! Your thanks can only go so far.
 
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I like the balance of our away games being out of mt smart. I think that makes it more fair.end of the day we played 2 seasons without a home crowd and other teama can't do it for 1 or 2 games. The crowd won't be as strong as mt smart so it isn't as big of advantage. Clubs that will support it will be Melbourne etc because they get you have to be the better team. Home advantage is minimal.
 
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I like the balance of our away games being out of mt smart. I think that makes it more fair.end of the day we played 2 seasons without a home crowd and other teama can't do it for 1 or 2 games. The crowd won't be as strong as mt smart so it isn't as big of advantage. Clubs that will support it will be Melbourne etc because they get you have to be the better team. Home advantage is minimal.
nooo not the storm game, thats my local game. the one and only time i dont have to travel to see them play. And normally a damn good game, as it ties in with Anzac day.
Also on a side note i think its one of the biggest payday games the storm play. not sure on that though. it is defn up there.
 
bangbros18

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nooo not the storm game, thats my local game. the one and only time i dont have to travel to see them play. And normally a damn good game, as it ties in with Anzac day.
Also on a side note i think its one of the biggest payday games the storm play. not sure on that though. it is defn up there.
Would love the Anzac game to be shared every other year.
 
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CG's proposal for the Warriors to play the majority of their games at 6pm(8pm NZT) Friday should be a no brainer I'd have thought. Guaranteed a larger NZ viewing audience and it's a kaka time for oz teams especially crowd wise. In saying that I've always been a fan of Sunday afternoon footy which is the normal time the Warriors to be playing.
 
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Would love the Anzac game to be shared every other year.
personally would love them to go back to playing an international "friendly" Kiwis vs Aus for Anzac but the Anzacs scuppered that.
 
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matiunz

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This year yet?
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Would love the Anzac game to be shared every other year.
It would make more sense for mine to be a game vs the raiders shared between Canberra and Wellington every other year
 
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Juju

It's rank Abdo has already come out and said it's not likely.

I'm sure the Warriors could raise the $2.5m from investors to get the 10 games over here fairly easily.
 
mt.wellington

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Would love the Anzac game to be shared every other year.
Will never happen. The ANZAC clash is the only regular season game the Storm sell out the stadium. They fight tooth and nail to host it. When every club submit there preferences for the NRL to consider when drawing up the rounds this one is the top of Melbournes list.

Thats why when the club made their top priority a home ANZAC match because we had designed our first ANZAC jersey we had to play the Titans (and lost) because the Storm wouldn't come over to play us...
 
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Will never happen. The ANZAC clash is the only regular season game the Storm sell out the stadium. They fight tooth and nail to host it. When every club submit there preferences for the NRL to consider when drawing up the rounds this one is the top of Melbournes list.

Thats why when the club made their top priority a home ANZAC match because we had designed our first ANZAC jersey we had to play the Titans (and lost) because the Storm wouldn't come over to play us...
So we should count out lucky stars they even invited us to annual beat down?
 
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Will our 2022 Warriors be better than last years squad?

Predicted start of season top teams:

2021 vs 2022
1 - Roger Tuivasa-Sheck / Walsh
2 - Fusitua / Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
3 - Hiku / Vailea
4 - Aitken / Berry
5 - Maumalo / Montoya
6 - Nikorima / Nikorima
7 - Tavita-Harris / Shaun Johnson
8 - Addin Fonua-Blake / Addin Fonua-Blake
9 - Egan / Egan
10 - LAM / Lodge
11 - Katoa / Aitken
12 - Sironen / Curran
13 - T. Harris / T. Harris

14 - Tevanga / Tevanga
15 - Taunoa Brown / Pene
16 - Afoa / Afoa
17 - Ben Murdoch-Masila / Katoa

First observation - I see 8 upgrades vs 2 downgrades. We should have significantly better potential this year.

Second observation - the amount of change to the team!
 
Miket12

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Warning…. This Roundtable discussion includes the thoughts of one Mike Hosking…. Some may want to turn away now!!!!

NRL roundtable: Is this the Warriors' year?​


NZME's sports writers are joined by Mike Hosking to analyse the outlook for the Warriors in 2022.

Is this the Warriors' year?​

Michael Burgess: It's hard to see a transformation like 2018, where they went from being awful the season before to finishing two points behind the minor premiers. But the benefits of a proper pre-season and a settled base should see some improvements on last year, particularly defensively.

Christopher Reive: No, it is not the Warriors' year. Things do look set up for the all too familiar Warriors rollercoaster to be at full speed again this season though. They've got a talented squad, but talent only counts for so much if you can't put things together on the pitch. Expect some good wins and just as many baffling losses; the true Warriors experience.

Kate Wells: As much as I love the saying "it's our year"… I don't think it will be. Having Shaun Johnson back will be a big boost, but the side is lacking depth and experience. When a big-game player goes down injured they struggle. The side does have potential to do great things if they stick together over the next few seasons. Not to mention the word 'consistency', which the side have struggled with.

Mike Hosking: Every year is the Warriors', and not only is this year their year, it is the year they come home after over 1000 days away. The price paid to remain in the competition is not to be under-estimated and their return will be one of the greatest days in Warriors' history. Also let us not forget in the preseason we beat Melbourne …early signs are good signs.

Winston Aldworth: No. Because they are the Warriors.

The Warriors player I'm most looking forward to watching is....​


Burgess: Shaun Johnson. Sure, he is a different player to the jet-heeled kid of his peak years but he still has a magic touch and makes things happen. The 31-year-old is already in the top 10 Warriors of all time (maybe top five) and has a chance to extend his legacy.

Reive: Euan Aitken. While I'm as excited about Shaun Johnson's return, Aitken's 2022 is a lot more intriguing. Brought into the club to fill the need for a strike centre, Aitken could well be a full-time second rower come the end of the year. Will his body hold up? Will someone with his skill make them even more of an attacking threat? Can he match it defensively? If there's one player I'm watching closely in the 2022 season, it's Aitken.

Wells: Josh Curran. He had an outstanding 2021 season, and he stepped up following Roger Tuivasa-Sheck's departure. It's also easy to forget that he's just 22, so he's just going to get better. He gets stuck in – which is what the side has lacked in the past.

Hosking: Shaun Johnson. I want him healthy and at a stage of his career that he can make a major contribution via leadership as well as on the field. It's a chance to put the past behind us and for him to make a long and lasting contribution to the club that gave him his start.

Aldworth: Shaun Johnson. He was a phenomenon in his original stint with the club, and the heartbreak of his departure will quickly be forgotten by fans if he brings back his brilliant best. He returns with a wiser head and hopefully still young feet, plus he'll at least be familiar with the Warriors' struggle to find consistency - the most consistent thing in the NRL.

What is the most intriguing NRL storyline this year?​

Burgess: There'll be the usual early/mid season dramas with refereeing interpretations, as the NRL powerbrokers try to manufacture entertainment and no doubt another controversial new rule. There also be plenty of interest in Wayne Bennett and the Redcliffe Dolphins, as they try to persuade more players to move to the expansion team for 2023.

Reive: It has to be the Canterbury Bulldogs. They've struggled mightily in recent years and hit rock bottom in 2021. Now, they come into 2022 with a completely revamped lineup including some of the game's biggest names. But with big talent comes big responsibility, and it remains to be seen whether coach Trent Barrett can get the best out of the squad. For sports fans who like a little drama with their code, the Bulldogs' season is going to be must-watch content.

Wells: The battle of the Australian halfbacks. It's a position stacked with talent and experience. Manly Sea Eagles half Daly Cherry-Evans came out earlier this week to say he's gunning for a spot in Mal Meninga's team for the World Cup in England later this year. But his spot could be easily taken by youngster Nathan Cleary, after guiding Penrith to victory in 2021.

Hosking: There was a claim this past week that a lot of the clubs are cheating in terms of salary cap. These allegations aren't new but they damage the game, the reputation of league, and need to be taken far more seriously than it has been. It is a sport that competes not just against other sports but the entertainment industry generally, and the dodgy old days of shonky deals need to be put behind us.

Aldworth: The sports fan in me would love it to be something on the field. The sports editor in me is looking forward with certainty to it being off-field dramas.

Biggest concern with this year's Warriors team?​

Burgess: They lack experience and strike out wide and will be in a pickle (again) if hooker Wayde Egan gets injured, given the importance of the position. Leadership is also a concern; Roger Tuivasa-Sheck left a huge vacuum, Tohu Harris will miss a large chunk of the season and it's a youthful squad.

Reive: Where the points are going to come from remains a worry. A year ago, the Warriors were among the bottom three try-scoring teams in the competition – with their 80 tries putting them above only the Brisbane Broncos (77) and Canterbury Bulldogs (60). Shaun Johnson will no doubt lay a few more on, but he hasn't been the healthiest player in the competition in recent years – and last year had just five try assists in 10 games for the Sharks. Creativity in attack, particularly inside the opposition 20, is going to be an area to keep an eye on.

Wells: The inexperience in the reserves. The 13 that Nathan Brown's picked to start against the Dragons on Saturday is great on paper, but they are lacking in experience on the sideline. Hopefully we see more players given opportunities out on the park to help build up their stocks in case of injuries.

Hosking: Whether they can go the distance - consistency has plagued us, we are brilliant then we are crap we have never strung a series of victories together. If we win two in a row we go off our heads in celebration. We need to look like a club that is capable of beating anyone and everyone. No one goes undefeated, but when we hit the playoffs we need to look like the side that can keep winning, not the side that was lucky to get there.

Aldworth: There are many. Starting the season without skipper Tohu Harris - an absence that comes hot on the heels of previous skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck's switch to union - puts the Warriors behind the advantage line before a whistle has even blown.

Which player has the most to prove?​


Sorry, having trouble copying the article on the tablet to here… I’ll post the rest when I can get to the computer latter today.
 
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NRL roundtable: Is this the Warriors' year? - Part Two​


Which player has the most to prove?​

Burgess: There is quite a list, given last season's mixed output but Kodi Nikorima would be near the top. The 15-test Kiwi needs to shed his inconsistent reputation.

Reive: Any half not named Shaun Johnson. Kodi Nikorima, Chanel Harris-Tavita and Ash Taylor are not signed beyond the 2022 season and with Luke Metcalf joining from Cronulla in 2023, there isn't going to be room on the roster for all of them next year. All three are playing for their next contracts – be it with the Warriors or elsewhere – and in the competitive halves market, they're going to need to take the opportunities to increase their stocks.

Wells: Shaun Johnson. Although there's plenty of expectation on him, he will have high expectations of himself. We know what we can expect from him in a Warriors jersey, and it will be interesting to see a more mature version of himself out on the park.

Hosking: Reece Walsh after the rumours during the off-season and last year's fall from grace. Take the gifts you have and make them work for you. Being talented isn't enough, hard work, professionalism and results are what make careers and reputations, not five minutes of early career highlights.

Aldworth: Reece Walsh - he's been at the club five minutes and already he's been brilliant/busted with cocaine/linked with other clubs. The kid is an ace to watch, and all Warriors fans - along with sincere league supporters throughout the competition - will want to see him run well and go well wherever his career takes him.

Where will the Warriors finish?​

Burgess: Eighth. It's probably misplaced pre-season optimism and I certainly wouldn't bet on it. The most likely scenario is a position in the bottom half - but if they edge the close games and avoid any major injuries they could sneak into the playoffs.

Reive: I have faith that this Warriors team is capable of making the post-season. Granted they'll likely get dispatched in the first round, but hey, finals footy is finals footy. I've felt that way for the past few seasons, though, so who really knows? Regardless, I'm saying eighth.

Wells: Ninth. I think they will narrowly miss out on the top eight. Add a few season-ending injuries into the mix, and they won't have enough firepower to push them through to the finals.

Hosking: They will finish between fifth and eighth, make the playoffs, go deep into the playoffs. Surprise the doubters and at the very least cement themselves as a permanent top-eight side, if not finalists. Once you're into the final four it's a crap shoot.

Aldworth: As with so many of the cornerstone subjects in New Zealand public life, Mike Hosking is wrong about the Warriors. They'll finish outside the top 10.

 
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Aldworth: As with so many of the cornerstone subjects in New Zealand public life, Mike Hosking is wrong about the Warriors. They'll finish outside the top 10.
 

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