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List of "Kiwi Eligible" Players in the NRL NYC 2016

A list of players from all 16 teams teams in the NRL and NYC that I have found to be eligible for Kiwi representative teams.

Have also included players who are eligible for the Cook Islands and are therefore technically eligible for New Zealand e.g. Dylan Napa, Tepai Moeroa.

Please post if I have wrongfully listed or not listed players. All players listed have been taken from club websites and the NZRL website and newspaper articles e.g stuff. If you have any questions in regards to how a player is eligible for Kiwi representative teams let me know.

List includes Kiwi players who have played for Tier 2 Nations e.g. Samoa , Tonga and the Junior Kangaroos as under the current rules they are still eligilble for future Kiwis selection but not Tier 1 Nations e.g. Australia . Have also included players who have declared for State of Origin but have yet to represent NSW or Queensland.


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NRL

Francis Molo
Joe Ofahengaue
Jordan Kahu
Kodi Nikorima
Adam Blair
Alex Glenn
Anthony MIlford

NYC
Jayden Su'A
Michael Molo
Kalolo Saitaua
Nikau Terupe
Sam Lavea
Hiale Roycroft
Logan Spaander
Corey Allan
Kennan Palasia
Te Rangiatea McDonald
Joseph McGuire

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NRL

Greg Eastwood
Sam Kasiano
Sam Perrett
Lloyd Perrett
Curits Rona
Chase Stanley
Bradley Abbey
Remis Smith
Raymond Faitala-Mariner
Lamar Liolevave


NSW CUP




NYC
Lopeti Mafi
Chris Cunningham
Peni Misinale
Joshua Farrant
Sonny Rupapera
Sebastian Rapana

SG Ball
Daymon Abbey
Giordan Patia

Harold Matthews
Trinity Peters
Brodie Strickland
Villy Tevaga
Maurice Salei

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NRL

Patrick Kaufusi
Antonio Winterstein
Jason Taumalolo
Jahrome Hughes
Kalyn Ponga
Braden Uele
Javid Bowen

NYC

Kaleb Fuimaono
Brandon Smith
Tahanui Tutavake
Emry Pere
Nick Lui-Toso

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NRL

Leeson Ah Mau
Kalifa Faifai Loa
Siliva Havili
Sebastine Ikahihifo
Tim Lafai
Benji Marshall
Mose Masoe
Taane Milne
Jason Nightingale
Russell Packer

NYC
Paora Kemp
Logan Yates
Keelyn Tuuta-Edward
Luciano Leilua
Patrick Herbert

SG Ball
Steven Marsters
Christian Peterika
Joshua Uta

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NRL

Kieran Foran
Kenny Edwards
Bureta Faraimo
Manu Ma’u
Tepai Moeroa
Rory O'Brien
Corey Norman
Junior Paulo
Kaysa Pritchard
Brad Takairangi
Peni Terepo
Honeti Tuha

NYC
Frank Salu
Tui Oloapu
Tangirere Hokai
Tom Amone

SG Ball
Haze Dunster
Oregan Kaufusi
Ben Valu


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NRL

Daniel Levi
Tama Koopu
David Bhana
Sam Mataora
Krys Freeman
Jeremy Smith


NYC

Ken Tofilau
Eddy Tuilotolava
Fuaimamao Uta
Faitotoa Faitotoa
Henry Penn
Jordan Pinnock
Dean Kouka-Smith
Kainoa Gudgeon

SG Ball
Tommy Sau
Soane Hufanga

Harold Matthews
Teva Mataora

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NRL

Pita Hiku
Sione Katoa
Te Maire Martin
Suaia Matagi
Sam Mckendry
Elijah Taylor
Dean Whare
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak

NSW CUP

Corey Harawira-Naera
James Fisher-Harris
Tupou Sopoaga
Moses Leota
Sitaleki Akauola
Zach Dockar-Clay


NYC

Fuimanu Enese
Shane Kiel
Caleb Aekins
Cowan Epere
Jarome Luai
Thomson Tuigamala

SG Ball
Tane Te Rangi
Steele Kake
Hayse Perham



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NRL

Kirisome Auva’a
Bryson Goodwin
Hymel Hunt
Zane Musgrove
Patrice Siolo
Tautalatasi Tasi

NYC

Beau Cordtz
Phoenix Hunt
Jamal Hunt
Tarquin Alatipi
Haimona Hiroti
Siosifa Talakai
Kalani Lli
Maia Sands
Neihana Walters
Mawene Hiroti

SG Ball
Mawene Hiroti
Joey Lose
Lee Turner
Rangi Paoa-Boyce

Harold Matthews
Dalton Armstrong
Trevor-Joseph Sionetali
Harry Larkin
Paul Turner
Jenson Taumoepeau


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NRL

Joey Leilua
Frank Paul-Nuuausala
Jordan Rapana
Iosia Soliola
Jeff Lima

NYC

Jordan Aiono
Sione Afemui
Chevi Ellis
Kalani Going
Jack Williams
Connor Purcell
Taumutu Afemui-Nohotima
Marcel Owen
Fabian Paletua-Kiri
Falcon Peni
William Samuel
Stanley Takalua

SG Ball
Tevita Fehoko
Dylan Clark
Komiti Tuilagi
Sato Ketia-Opo

Harold Matthews
Solomone Kaufusi

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NRL

Pakisonasi Afu
Shaun Kenny-Dowall
Isaac Lui
Sam Moa
Dylan Napa
Jayden Nikorima
Abraham Papalii
Sio Siua Taukeiaho
Omar Slaimankhel
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

NYC

Isaac Crichton
Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck
Reuben Porter
Joseph Manu
Poasa Faamausili
Sitili Tupouniua

SG Ball
Wetere Pompey

Harold Maythews
Bayleigh Bentley-Hape

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NRL

Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Jesse Bromwich
Kenneath Bromwich
Slade Griffin
Tohu Harris
Jeremy Hawkins
Felise Kaufusi
Jordan Mclean
Kevin Proctor
Richard Kennar
Tony Tumusa
Logan Houghton

NYC

Talor Walters
Jesse Arthars

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NRL

Lewis Brown
Steve Matai
Fabian Goodall
Isaac John
Martin Taupu
Addin Fonua-Blake
Matthew Wright
Pita Godinet
Willis Meehan

NYC

Hutana Coffin
Harlan Collins
Moses Noovao-McGreal
Amoni Tufui
Alistair Findlay
Eddie Paealiki
Eddie Wulf


SG Ball
Marvin Curry
Manase Fainu
George Francis
Tevita Funa
Sione Hopoate
John Tuivaiti

Harold Matthews
Livingstone Chee Kam
Isaac Meehan


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NRL

Gerard Beale
Fa’amanu Brown
Sosaia Feki
Valentine Holmes
Matt McIllwrick
Joseph Paulo
Jesse Sene-Lefao
Sam Tagatese

NYC
Jesse Savage
Joshua Tuilagi
Monson Paewai
Sione Katoa
Semisi Vea
Kaisa Tony Apelu Matautia
Jonathan Tufuga


SG Ball
Jackson Ferris
Donovan Briggs
Kalani Pewhairangi-Charlie
Semisi Kioa
Fine Kula
Delaney Chaney-Puata
Joshua Aileone

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NRL

Josh Aloiai
Michael Chee-Kam
Manaia Cherrington
Dallas Graham
Dene Halatau
Watson Heleta
Chance Peni
Ava Seumanufagai
Tim Simona
Sauaso Sue

NSW CUP
Andy Figatusa
Wesley Lolo
Jeremy Marshall-King
Jesse Maxwell-Offen

NYC
Tiawharangi Aranui
Ryland Jacobs
Esan Marsters
Siaosi Toti Fatafehi Nasilai
Taniela Paseka

SG Ball
Mitchell Jones
Kahil Johnson

Harold Matthews
Douglas Bailey
Rua Ngati

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NRL

Nathaniel Peteru
Leivaha Pulu
Josh Hoffman
Mark Ioane
Agnatius Passi
Eddy Pettybourne
Matt Robinson
Zeb Taia
Oshae Tuiasau

NYC

Kurt Bernard
Jordan Birch
Kelepi Faukafa
Friedrich Keil
Bostyn Hakaraia
Greg Leleisiuao
Christian Mika
Brett Stratton
Kobe Tararo
Aiden Taua
Jerome Veve
Ueligitone Junior Taefu

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NRL

Simon Mannering
Solomone Kata
David Fusitua
Charlie Gubb
Ben Henry
Konrad Hurrell
Shaun Johnson
Thomas Leuluai
Mason Lino
Sam Lisone
Tuimoala Lolohea
Sione Lousi
Ben Matulino
Ken Maumalo
John Palavi
Isaac Luke
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Bodene Thompson
Manu Vatuvei
Albert Vete
Ali Lauitiiti
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Nathaniel Roache
Ligi Sao
Toafofoa Sipley
Henare Wells
Upu Poching
James Gavet
Jazz Tevaga

NSW CUP


NYC



Kiwi eligible players whom have played State of Origin or represented Australia.
James Tamou
Josh Papalii
Dane Gagai
Ben Hunt
Josh McGuire
Jonathan Thurston
Tony Williams
Corey Parker

NZWF admin would like to thank Selector for his efforts in bringing this list to us all to enjoy.
 
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Noticed that both NSW and Queensland came out with emerging squads made of players, who they thought could play state of origin in the future. Not sure why the NZRl doesn't do the same. So I thought I would do the same, and name a squad of emerging Kiwi players, whom have yet to represent the Kiwis but who I think could represent the Kiwis in the future. Have named both NRL and NYC players. Thought I would limit it too 20 players such as NSW and Queensland have done.

Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Tony Tumusa
Manaia Cherrington
Leeson Ah Mau
Danny Levi
Joseph Tapine
Ava Seumanufagai
Albert Vete
Kalyn Ponga
Braden Uele
Te Maire Martin
Manu Ma'u
Brad Takairangi
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Kirisome Auva'a
Fa'amanu Brown
Tim Simona
Zach Dockar-Clay
James Fisher-Harris
Joseph Manu

I think all these players will play for the Kiwis at some point in their careers. Interested to see what others list of emerging Kiwi players would be.
 
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Selector do you know anything about Joseph Vuna who the Warriors have just signed for the NYC team???
 
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Selector do you know anything about Joseph Vuna who the Warriors have just signed for the NYC team???
From what I know he played both Union and league last year,played lock for Otahuhu College XV, and played rugby league for Otahuhu Leopards. Won the Ron Ackland medal for man of the match in the Auckland u17 open grand final last season. Pretty sure he is the nephew of Cooper Vuna too.
 
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Looks like the NZRL are looking to establish a Queensland based Kiwis side to play a NSW based Kiwis side known as Taurahere. In 2014 they had a NSW based Kiwis side play a NZ u18s side.

From the looks of the video below contained in the link it looks like this could be at u20s level. Hopefully they look to establish at u16s u18s and u20s level. As someone whom has advocated for such a concept I'm super excited by this news.
https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/sport/taurahere-help-players-pledge-allegiance-nz
 
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List of Kiwi eligible players who have debuted in the NRL in 2016.

David Bhana

19 Kiwi eligible players debuted in 2015.
 
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List of Kiwi eligible players who have debuted in the NRL in 2016.

David Bhana.

19 Kiwi eligible players debuted in 2015.
Hope he gets a real chance to shine. What he lacks in ball play he more than makes up for with his workload. Guys got a huge engine and never stops. Even when he gets folded, which is often, he'll still be ready to take the next hit up...
 
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List of Kiwis who have debuted in the NRL in 2016

David Bhana
Nathaniel Roache
Josh Aloiai
Jayden Nikorima
Zane Musgrove
Leivaha Pulu
 
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Another Kiwi eligible player making his NRL debut in round 1.

James Fisher Harris for the Penrith Panthers against the Canberra Raiders. Future Kiwi player in my opinion.
 
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Looks like the NZRL are looking to establish a Queensland based Kiwis side to play a NSW based Kiwis side known as Taurahere. In 2014 they had a NSW based Kiwis side play a NZ u18s side.

From the looks of the video below contained in the link it looks like this could be at u20s level. Hopefully they look to establish at u16s u18s and u20s level. As someone whom has advocated for such a concept I'm super excited by this news.
https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/sport/taurahere-help-players-pledge-allegiance-nz
This is for U18's so as to establish a pathway for NZ born or heritage in Australia to represent the Kiwis in the future, as currently there is nothing for them, hence why majority play QLD or NSW 16s and 18s.
 
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A couple of articles on young Kiwi talent who I think have a big future in the game first article is about JFH

Panthers rookie not afraid of 'Dogs pack

Penrith rookie James Fisher-Harris says he's unfazed by the prospect of facing Canterbury's giant pack following his NRL debut on Saturday.

https://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=222559


Penrith rookie firebrand James Fisher-Harris holds no fear for the much-vaunted Canterbury pack - in fact, he's ready to take them on.

The quietly-spoken Kiwi was a shock call-up to the Panthers squad in last week's season-opening loss to Canberra, replacing experienced countryman Elijah Taylor on the bench.

He played just 18 minutes in the defeat, but it was enough to draw comparisons to former league enforcer Gorden Tallis, a former Australian and Queensland star best remembered for his aggressive approach.

It's a comparison Fisher-Harris says he's not only proud to wear, but embrace.

"It makes me feel pretty proud of myself because he was a big hitter and aggressive guy when he used to play. I just try and do my best," he said.

Asked if he was as angry as Tallis was, he said: "Probably not, but I try bring aggression onto the field when I come on. You've just got to maintain your anger and just stick to the rules."

The Panthers will need every inch of his bravado against a Bulldogs engine room that reminded the competition that no reduction in interchange will stop them from rolling through the middle in 2016.

Led by skipper James Graham, their monster pack destroyed Manly's frail insides in their season-opener last week, showing off a fitness base that had many proclaiming as the best in the league.

But none of that would instil fear into Fisher-Harris.

"I've always been a 'little grown up', playing against bigger guys. I'm pretty keen to take them on. Hopefully I get the gig on Thursday night," he said.

Teammate Reagan Campbell-Gillard said there was no way the 20-year-old Fisher-Harris would feel intimidated against Bulldogs' bevy of big men, calling him "one crazy kid".

"He'll absolutely hurt someone. He just throws his weight around like he's been playing first grade for many years," Campbell-Gillard said.

"I think he'd handle it very well. We obviously had a trial against the Bulldogs a few weeks ago and obviously the Parra trial and he came out firing.

"He was a bit nervous there on the weekend to obviously get his first game out of the way. But if he gets the chance this week, I'm pretty sure he'll do some more damage."

Second article is on NAS

Nelson Asofa-Solomona primed for big Melbourne Storm season

Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/nelson-asofasolomona-primed-for-big-melbourne-storm-season-20160304-gnakpg.html#ixzz42Iddtb2G

if anyone embodies the promise of a new season it's Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

The Melbourne Storm prop is entering his second campaign with the club after moving from his native New Zealand and with his natural gifts one always wonders if this could be his breakout season.


But just as people look at his 200-centimetre, 120-kilogram frame and imagine him bowling over defenders and administering powerful tackles, they must also remember he is 20 and still learning his craft.

Promise works both ways.

Asofa-Solomona was named on the Storm's extended bench for their round one clash with St George-Illawarra Dragons at AAMI Park on Monday night but he faces a battle to play with the club's forward stocks full.

"Last year I think Craig [Bellamy] wanted to experiment with me a bit so I didn't get a lot of time each game," Asofa-Solomona said.

"But it helped me just getting on the field and experiencing that sort of atmosphere and the big boys.

"I've got big goals this year and hopefully we can take some baby steps into that, make the senior squad and then be consistent and work into a starting spot."

Last season he made an early debut, went out of the side and then came back late in the campaign making a bench role his own until the Storm was knocked out in the preliminary finals.

A couple of powerful runs and jolting tackles showed he had potential to change games, his large frame would attract extra tacklers and open space for others.

Asofa-Solomona wants to follow the lead of star prop Jesse Bromwich who is also his mentor.

"I think of that quite a bit, you see Jesse and you think about how you progress as a player from a younger age to older," Asofa-Solomona said.

"You look at guys like him who are always putting on the big hits and good runs and what-not.

"Once you get the games under your belt you get more comfortable and your vision opens up, you see things differently."

As with so many young players before him, Asofa-Solomona came back into the Storm's preseason heavier than expected.

He was 127 kilograms and promptly put into a program to bring it down - he may even have improved his speed in the process.

"We did a lot of speed work and that really helps me," he said.

"I came back pretty heavy, 127kg which is pretty bad but we worked hard to get the weight down, a lot of dieting and conditioning and it got me down to 120 which is a good weight for me.

"Last year I was 122 at the back end of the season which isn't the best weight for me, this year I've taken notice of that - we are going to change that up this year.

"It's tough but then again we are professionals and this is our job. I'd much rather be doing this than sitting at a desk - I'm too fidgety, I need to be doing something every second."

The big forward talks about improving on all the little things and diet, professionalism and focusing on his craft sit under that heading.

But he also looks at other players, wondering if he could adopt some of their traits.

He sees Billy Slater and wants the superstar full-back's speed and vision, he sees Bromwich and wants his mastery of the running and tackling fundamentals, the consistent performances.

Asofa-Solomona, like the Storm's 2016 campaign, could be anything and if it all clicks this campaign he could give the team a physical weapon few sides could match.

"I always say aim for the moon, if you miss you will still be among the stars," Asofa-Solomona says with a big laugh.

"I always aim high with my goals, maybe if I work hard enough I could reap the rewards of making the Kiwi team - that would be a really good achievement.

"But right now I'm focused on making the side for round one."
 
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Kalyn Ponga faces tough choice as Queensland, New Zealand battle for Cowboys young gun

source: https://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/cowboys/maroons-and-kiwis-already-chasing-kalyn-ponga/news-story/685beb2a6f356ca0cb957d7ad1a625ae


He is only 17-years-old but Johnathan Thurston’s understudy Kalyn Ponga is already the subject of a tug of war between the Maroons and Kiwis who are going all out to poach him.

In the past three months, Ponga has been chosen to represent Queensland and New Zealand.

Ponga’s father Andre told The Courier-Mail his son was genuinely torn and could step down from all representative football until he knows for sure who he wants to represent.

Ponga, part of the Cowboys’ top 25 list, is a YouTube sensation who was in the Kiwi train-on squad last October and has now been included in the Maroons under-20s squad.

The fight for Ponga is justified. He is a genuine star in the making, with Shaun Johnson-like feet and a work ethic that should ensure he fulfils his potential.

The last thing the Cowboys prodigy, who battled a brain infection last year, wants is a Luke Keary situation where he later questions his allegiance.

Rabbitohs half Keary represented NSW as a teenager unaware it would lock him to the state for life and he later formally requested an eligibility change.

“This is one of the hardest decisions he will have to make in his football career,” Andre told The Courier-Mail.

“He really does have allegiances to both so he is torn about it.”

Ponga, who turns 18 in March, could debut for the Cowboys during this year’s State of Origin period and both New Zealand and Queensland want him to represent their under-20s teams this year.

He was named in the Queensland Academy of Sport rugby league squad three months after training with the Kiwi Test team where he roomed with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

Like Jason Taumalolo before him, Ponga legitimately qualifies for both Australia and New Zealand.


The lanky playmaker was born in Australia but spent most of his childhood in New Zealand before returning across the ditch where he immediately starred in rugby union and league.

Ponga, whose high school rugby union highlights have attracted more than 530,000 views on YouTube, is wary of making a rushed decision.

“He needs to know himself exactly what he wants to do,” Andre said.
“We spoke about it over Christmas and thought perhaps the best way for Kalyn to know is to step down from rep football for one or two years until he is certain.

“Stephen (Kearney) has been great.

“He brought him into the Kiwi training squad last year because he thought Kalyn could only make a choice about his allegiance when he truly understood what the black jersey was about.

“The QAS selection is a massive honour for him too.

“He grew up in New Zealand but most of his rugby league has been played in Australia so there’s a lot to weigh up.”
 
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I know Jayden Nikorima is technically eligible for the Kiwis, but hasn't his allegiance to Queensland been well publicized?
 
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I know Jayden Nikorima is technically eligible for the Kiwis, but hasn't his allegiance to Queensland been well publicized?
Yeah he has declared for Queensland, but it's not until he's actually played for Queensland and Australia that he's no longer eligible for the Kiwis. As we saw with the Tamou eligibility saga it's not until you run out on that field, least we forget Tamou was actually named in Kiwi touring and training squads before he flipped. And we've also seen with the likes of Beale, Holmes and Papalii that junior rep selection dosen't matter at senior level.
 
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