Player Ngani Laumape

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It wasn't meant as a criticism. Just that posts were disparaging the Warriors fitness regimes.
I was supporting your comment. I think the team are well fit.

Some people just like to put the boot in without knowing what they are talking about even if its kicking the wrong ass like Ruben Wiki...
 

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Ngani Laumape was named 2017 Hurricanes Player of the Year at the annual awards in Wellington. PHOTO: Getty Sport

LAUMAPE SCOOPS TOP PRIZE AT HURRICANES AWARDS NIGHT
03.08.2017
Midfielder Ngani Laumape has scooped the top award at an emotional Hurricanes 2017 Awards Night that saw the club farewell some of its favourite sons.

Laumape was named as the 2017 Hurricanes Player of the Year at the Te Wharewaka Functions Centre after a season that saw the second five score a single season club record of 15 tries to propel himself into the All Blacks.

The 24-year-old was one of only two players in the Hurricanes squad to start every match in 2017, the other being Player of the Year finalist Brad Shields.

Laumape's 15 tries bettered Tana Umaga's single-season Hurricanes record, and tied the Investec Super Rugby all-time single season try-count achieved previously by wings Rico Gear (Crusaders in 2005) and Joe Roff (Brumbies in 1997)

https://www.hurricanes.co.nz/the-ca...-scoops-top-prize-at-hurricanes-awards-night/
 
Well deserved. Coming from a Union background I was talking to a guy in the know who reckons Sam Louisi has started to attract some attention.

He isn't in the AB frame yet but has climbed up the pecking order of Locks this year. If he steps it up again next year who knows.

Just goes to show how wildly different the two codes are, especially in forward play.

Sam Lousi was never going to make it as an NRL player, lacks the agility, stamina, fitness, etc that are absolute pre-requisites to be an NRL player, but his physical attributes seemingly convert well to Union.

Also puts in a light what an absolute machine Brad Thorn was - there have been a number of backs that have done well in both codes (given the backs of both codes require similar attributes), but the number of forwards that performed at his level in League and Union... that's a rare thing indeed.
 
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Just goes to show how wildly different the two codes are, especially in forward play.

Sam Lousi was never going to make it as an NRL player, lacks the agility, stamina, fitness, etc that are absolute pre-requisites to be an NRL player, but his physical attributes seemingly convert well to Union.

Also puts in a light what an absolute machine Brad Thorn was - there have been a number of backs that have done well in both codes (given the backs of both codes require similar attributes), but the number of forwards that performed at his level in League and Union... that's a rare thing indeed.
Brad thorn drank nothing but water and stretched for 2 hrs a day, every single day... When your that committed you can beat just about anyone...
 
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Just goes to show how wildly different the two codes are, especially in forward play.

Sam Lousi was never going to make it as an NRL player, lacks the agility, stamina, fitness, etc that are absolute pre-requisites to be an NRL player, but his physical attributes seemingly convert well to Union.

Also puts in a light what an absolute machine Brad Thorn was - there have been a number of backs that have done well in both codes (given the backs of both codes require similar attributes), but the number of forwards that performed at his level in League and Union... that's a rare thing indeed.

Hard to compare but Louisi seems much improved in those areas.
 
Who cares? Hes not missed we got Kata whos a far superior player :)

Seriously though to come back into Union and in your second year make the All Blacks, win Hurricanes player of the year, from 2nd five set the Hurricanes single season try scoring record and tie the ALL TIME super rugby season try scoring record is just outstanding.

I always loved him as a Warriors but I could never have predicted what he's been able to achieve in union so early on. I'm glad he got out of the toxic Warriors environment and went to a real franchise......now we are seeing him realise his full potential and its pretty damn brutal.
 

matiunz

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Who cares? Hes not missed we got Kata whos a far superior player :)

Seriously though to come back into Union and in your second year make the All Blacks, win Hurricanes player of the year, from 2nd five set the Hurricanes single season try scoring record and tie the ALL TIME super rugby season try scoring record is just outstanding.

I always loved him as a Warriors but I could never have predicted what he's been able to achieve in union so early on. I'm glad he got out of the toxic Warriors environment and went to a real franchise......now we are seeing him realise his full potential and its pretty damn brutal.

Thing is the Hurricanes WERE the Warriors in terms of culture until about 5 years ago since then 2 minor premierships, 1 title, 2 grand finals and semi finalists. Someone from the Warriors needs to be finding out how the did it and do it
 

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They hired a coach with talent.

They hired Mark Hammett who gutted the team of it's big name stars with shit attitudes, then got destroyed by the media and fans, and then got dumped.

Now he can't get another coaching job whilst the team goes from strength to strength off his hard decisions

Having spent some time working with him in a mutual charity organisation we were involved in, he is a top notch guy who got a bum deal. I wonder if he knows much about league....
 
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matiunz

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They hired Mark Hammett who gutted the team of it's big name stars with shit attitudes, then got destroyed by the media and fans, and then got dumped.

Now he can't get another coaching job whilst the team goes from strength to strength off his hard decisions

Having spent some time working with him in a mutual charity organisation we were involved in, he is a top notch guy who got a bum deal. I wonder if he knows much about league....

Interesting parallel with Warriors is one of his criticisms we're trying to get the canes to play like the Crusaders which didn't suit the squad they had
 
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