razzrillinger

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https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/06/19/leeson-ah-mau-comes-full-circle-with-kiwis-selection/

The career of St George Illawarra forward Leeson Ah Mau has come full circle, with the 28-year-old set to fulfil a lifelong ambition to play for the Kiwis in this weekend's Denver Test before next season's move home to New Zealand with the Warriors.

Ah Mau, who has been in career-best form for the Dragons, represented Samoa in 16 Tests but he grew up in Auckland dreaming of wearing a black jersey and is understood to have had discussions with New Zealand officials about playing for the Kiwis at last year's World Cup.

After being overlooked for the tournament, Ah Mau again played for Samoa and he had been resigned to never being selected for New Zealand until new coach Michael Maguire phoned him about the June 23 Test against England at Mile High Stadium.

"Madge called me a couple of weeks ago to kind of get a gauge of where I was at and he said that I was in the picture," Ah Mau told NRL.com.

"I was pretty shocked and at the same time pretty excited about representing New Zealand.

"I grew up in Auckland, and as a young kid it was definitely a dream to represent my country of birth. Mum and Dad were born in Samoa so in the past I have represented them but I am definitely honoured and grateful, and it is a dream come true to be here at the moment."

Ah Mau played for the Junior Kiwis in 2006 and 2007, while playing in the Intrust Super Premiership for the Warriors and he made his NRL debut for the club in 2009.

After two seasons with North Queensland and seven for St George Illawarra, Ah Mau will return to the Warriors in 2019 in a move that will enable him to be closer to his parents, Isaak and Vaaiga, and wife Rose's family.

In a sign of how much family means to the 110kg prop, NRL.com was told that there was little difference between the money the Warriors and Dragons offered him but he turned down a more lucrative offer from Newcastle.

For his part, Ah Mau said the three-year deal with the Warriors was yet to be confirmed but he is understood to have told St George Illawarra teammates he would be moving back to Auckland, where he played his junior football for the Otahuhu Leopards.

"I owe a lot to the Dragons. We have been doing pretty well this season so I guess that helps to get these little rewards because of what we are doing down at the Dragons," Ah Mau said.
 

Sup42

Warriors 1st Grader
May 7, 2012
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You gotta larf at how players talk sometimes.

Ah Mau talks about pride in playing for his country of birth.

Then at the end of the article he notes the Dragons good season has helped in his selection...." these little rewards"

*Paging Dr Freud....*
 

Sup42

Warriors 1st Grader
May 7, 2012
23,329
I’m struggling to see any Freudient slip there. Please explain?
Calling the test call up a little reward ( small inconsequential of lesser importance a mere treat a trifle etc)....after the obligatory great honor yada yadah
 
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WarriorBall

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Not sure if it's confirmation he's coming to the Warriors or just a clever piece of journalism, Brad Walters on radiosport the other day said Ah Mau hadn't confirmed to him he was coming.

Grain of salt but it looks promising.
 

Faithful

Warriors Bench Player
Apr 16, 2017
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Signed 3 year contract starting 2019

CLUB NEWS

Ah Mau returning home on three-year deal
Richard Becht warriors.kiwi
Mon 9 Jul 2018, 02:00 PM

Experienced front rower Leeson Ah Mau is coming back to where his career started after signing a three-year contract with the Vodafone Warriors from next season.

The 28-year-old Otahuhu Leopards junior, who made his NRL debut with the Vodafone Warriors in 2009, is now in his seventh season with the St George Illawarra Dragons and made his Kiwi debut in the June 23 Test against England at Mile High Stadium in Denver.

He has been among the Dragons’ best in a campaign in which they have topped the NRL table for most of the season.

A 16-Test Toa Samoa international, Ah Mau has made a total of 169 NRL appearances, 134 of them for the Dragons following 33 for North Queensland in 2010 and 2011 and two for the Vodafone Warriors.

“Leeson will be a wonderful addition to our squad from next season,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney.

“He’s a big forward who is consistently one of the Dragons’ best week in, week out. He fits the mould of the type of player we’re building our squad around – tough, durable and with a tremendous attitude in all he does on and off the field.

“We’ve always had an interest in him as did a number of clubs, so we’re really excited he was keen to come back home and join the club he started with.”

At 185cm and close to 115kg, Ah Mau provides real size in the middle of the park. In his 15 – all but one off the bench – he has averaged 11 runs and 117 metres including 43 post-contact metres a game (a best of 174 metres in round one) plus 20 tackles (a best of 30) and just four missed tackles all season.

He was a foundation member of the Vodafone Warriors’ NYC side in 2008 going on make his NRL debut in the club’s first-round clash against Parramatta in 2009.

He represented Toa Samoa at both the 2013 and 2017 Rugby League World Cups as well as the 2014 Four Nations.

LEESON AH MAU

Date of Birth: December 20, 1989
Birthplace: Auckland, NZ
Junior Club: Otahuhu Leopards
Position: Prop
Height: 1.86m
Weight: 113kg
Rep Honours: 1 Test for Kiwis (2018), 16 Tests for Toa Samoa (2013-2017)
Previous Clubs: Vodafone Warriors (2009), North Queensland (2010-2011)
NRL Debut: Vodafone Warriors v Parramatta, Mount Smart Stadium, March 14, 2009 (Round 1)
NRL Career: 166 appearances (2009-2018):
2 appearances for Vodafone Warriors (2009)
33 appearances for North Queensland (2010-2011)
134 appearances for St George Illawarra (2012-2018)
NRL Points: 22 (5 tries, 1 goal)

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018/07/09/ah-mau-returning-home-in-three-year-deal/
 
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AusWarriorsFan

1st Grade Fringe
Sep 4, 2016
2,859
I dont personally think its a good buy. Not due to Ah Mau. But hes not the kind of forward the club needs. Especially with Papali'i looking like a 10 year vet in his first year, if this costs us Papali'i like recent signings I seriously will consider going back to my original club.

I also think our real problem is in the centres, Hiki cost us most of the loss on the weekend and Kata just cant pass the ball to Maumolo who is now coming in field to get some play. Like I said, if we arent going to play Beale we need to sell him, along with kata and hiku and buy the 2 best centres we can afford.

We dont NEED an Ah Mau sort.

What we need is the coach to stop focussing on defense and get the players learning how to make 80m sets consistently so we are not defending but consistently putting the opposition on their own try line. We need set plays with players in motion and dummy runs. Basically look at every team on the weekend and copy what they did from long range.
 

AlexM

1st Grade Fringe
Feb 19, 2017
2,562
I dont personally think its a good buy. Not due to Ah Mau. But hes not the kind of forward the club needs. Especially with Papali'i looking like a 10 year vet in his first year, if this costs us Papali'i like recent signings I seriously will consider going back to my original club.

I also think our real problem is in the centres, Hiki cost us most of the loss on the weekend and Kata just cant pass the ball to Maumolo who is now coming in field to get some play. Like I said, if we arent going to play Beale we need to sell him, along with kata and hiku and buy the 2 best centres we can afford.

We dont NEED an Ah Mau sort.

What we need is the coach to stop focussing on defense and get the players learning how to make 80m sets consistently so we are not defending but consistently putting the opposition on their own try line. We need set plays with players in motion and dummy runs. Basically look at every team on the weekend and copy what they did from long range.
I think Beale will start this week.
The whole Kara can't pass thing is a myth. Our only try on Friday came from a Kata pass.
Gavet needs to run into the ball.
Au Mau is a great bench player. Will he be as good starting is my only concern.
 

snake77

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 12, 2013
10,091
Auckland
Although, the pessimist in me says "How funny this news that we all pretty much knew was happening gets announced right after we get thumped by half a reserve grade squad"
That's what I was thinking. Seems like they were sitting on it and now after the loss seems like a good time to announce it.

Could be it was only just sorted out. But it has seemed like the worst kept secret but just wasn't officially announced.
 

flying coconut

1st Grade Fringe
Jul 21, 2012
1,088
I dont personally think its a good buy. Not due to Ah Mau. But hes not the kind of forward the club needs. Especially with Papali'i looking like a 10 year vet in his first year, if this costs us Papali'i like recent signings I seriously will consider going back to my original club.

I also think our real problem is in the centres, Hiki cost us most of the loss on the weekend and Kata just cant pass the ball to Maumolo who is now coming in field to get some play. Like I said, if we arent going to play Beale we need to sell him, along with kata and hiku and buy the 2 best centres we can afford.

We dont NEED an Ah Mau sort.

What we need is the coach to stop focussing on defense and get the players learning how to make 80m sets consistently so we are not defending but consistently putting the opposition on their own try line. We need set plays with players in motion and dummy runs. Basically look at every team on the weekend and copy what they did from long range.

So we need to sign two centres to make more metres? And not a prop who,actually make metres.

Ok
 

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