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You guys are going to be kicking yourself you didn't pick this player. He was going to be my pièce de résistance for my last pick because I didn't think anyone would remember him but I can't risk it.

The player I am choosing is Lesley Vainakolo! He was like a fast powerful tank on the wing for NZ and Bradford. Scored 14 tries in 14 games for the Kiwis. Didn't play as many games as he should have as he switched to rugby for the second half of his career.

1. M Ridge (gk)
2. L Vainakolo
3. N Vagana
4. R Blackmore
5. J Rapana
6. T Leuluai
7. B Marshall
8.
9. I Luke
10. B Todd
11. D Kidwell
12. A Lauiti’iti
13. H McGahan (c)
 
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Wrighty am I correct that Wizards Rage only has a single pick on his next turn and then Defence picks?
Correct remaining picks as follows

12th roound
Defence - Fusitua
Ryno Fred Ah Kuoi
Warriors
Weno
Wrighty
Wizards

13th round final player and coach
Defence
Ryno
Warriors
Weno
Wrighty
Wizards
 
You guys are going to be kicking yourself you didn't pick this player. He was going to be my pièce de résistance for my last pick because I didn't think anyone would remember him but I can't risk it.

The player I am choosing is Lesley Vainakolo! He was like a fast powerful tank on the wing for NZ and Bradford. Scored 14 tries in 14 games for the Kiwis. Didn't play as many games as he should have as he switched to rugby for the second half of his career.

1. M Ridge (gk)
2. L Vainakolo
3. N Vagana
4. R Blackmore
5. J Rapana
6. T Leuluai
7. B Marshall
8.
9. I Luke
10. B Todd
11. D Kidwell
12. A Lauiti’iti
13. H McGahan (c)

Absolute superstar, couldn't believe he hadn't been picked till now
 
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I had a good hard look at him but the fact he spent most of his career in super league probably counted against him a bit.
Absolute power house though.
 
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I had a good hard look at him but the fact he spent most of his career in super league probably counted against him a bit.
Absolute power house though.

At first I thought that too but then I checked his try strike rate for NZ. 14 tries from 14 games. Compare that to Vatuvei who has 22 tries from 28 games and Vainakolo looks more impressive.

He had about a 100% try strike rate for Bradford too and he did play some NRL early in his career.

I remember watching Vainakolo play for NZ back in the early 2000's and I always felt much more confident of us winning when he was in the team.
 
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Nice choices on the wing Warriors.

Dont think we really had any poor wingers.
Just some with a bit more of this and some with a bit more of that .

Power wingers have dominated this era,with the outstanding Nightingale the exception.

This guy can still make or breaka game.
Still has the goods too in ESL

Also Swapping Dave Watson and Frano Botica around.

1- Dave Watson
2- Richie Barnett
3- Jarrod McCracken
4- Clinton Toopi
5- Krisnan Inu
6- Frano Botica
 
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Nice choices on the wing Warriors.

Dont think we really had any poor wingers.
Just some with a bit more of this and some with a bit more of that .

Power wingers have dominated this era,with the outstanding Nightingale the exception.

This guy can still make or breaka game.
Still has the goods too in ESL

Also Swapping Dave Watson and Frano Botica around.

1- Dave Watson
2- Richie Barnett
3- Jarrod McCracken
4- Clinton Toopi
5- Krisnan Inu
6- Frano Botica

Cheers Weno.

Forgot about Inu. When he is switched on he is a real game breaker!

Good decision moving Botica to 6. I think that is his strongest position.
 
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First pick and kinda surprised he’s lasted this long- 279 nrl games for 141 tries (vatuvei and vagana are the only kiwis to score more), picking up a couple of premierships and 21 games for the kiwis along the way.....
Shaun Kenny-Dowall.
I’ll name him on the wing but could move him to center being a former dally m center of the year.

Have to have a think about my next one- A couple of my picks just got pinched :mad:
Remember when I moved back to Hamilton and the talk if this kid at my club.
Was a bit of a clumsy kid who could motor.
So proud of you SKD.
 
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