General Rene Ranger a Warrior?

danpatmac_old

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Hopefully when Santa comes slithering down Rene Ranger's chimney this Christmas he's holding a massive contract offer from the Warriors.

Okay, so just another job offer for a player so outrageously gifted he's been dubbed Superman might not be an ideal present, but for Warriors fans a superhero centre signing would be a gratefully accepted offering.

It's time for league to take back the initiative when it comes to cross-code talent poaching.

With the amount of money in the game widely tipped for a big increase when the next broadcasting deal is struck, NRL clubs may soon have the means to not only halt a player drain to rugby that changed directions in 1995, but re-reverse it.

When it comes to New Zealand midfield backs, there's also a classic case of supply and demand waiting to be exploited here. With Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Sonny Bill Williams, Richard Kahui, Robbie Fruean and Ranger all on the scene, the NZRU has a serious oversupply of elite midfielders.

At the same time, the NRL is suffering through a drought of quality centres.
If ever there was a time to make a play for fringe All Blacks candidates, the time is now.

Ranger would be a fantastic league player. A skill set that includes the ability to beat a man by running over or around him is tailor-made for the game, and he's even got a rats-tail. The Northlander is never going to be a first-choice All Black, while even at the Blues he was inexplicably bench fodder for much of this season. In the NRL he would be a superstar.

Yes, he's got a contract with the NZRU and Northland, but since when was an existing contract a barrier to accepting a more lucrative opportunity? Money doesn't talk, it screams. Early release used to happen mainly to cricketers who dined at the wrong salad bar in India. Not any more.

Having been burned by high-priced bust Marc Ellis, the adequate-at-best John Kirwan, the indescribable Mark Carter and one-game curiosity Mark Robinson, some reluctance from the Warriors is understandable. But quality rugby midfielders tend to make very good league players. John Schuster was an instant cult hero with the Newcastle Knights, while Craig Innes enjoyed a stellar league career with Leeds and Manly.

The gaping hole at centre on the Warriors' roster can no longer be ignored. When Joel Moon and Shaun Berrigan depart at the end of the season, it will become a chasm.

Jerome Ropati's return from a season-ending knee injury will help, but the classy Kiwis international has always been a fragile asset. Even assuming Ropati returns from his ACL repair in good order, you'd get long odds on him playing an entire NRL season injury-free.

The club has excellent prospects such as Konrad Hurrell coming through, but they are likely a year or two away yet.

The theory that backrowers can do an adequate job in the centres is bang on. Adequate doesn't win NRL titles.

Saturday night's thrilling loss to the Broncos was a classic example of the importance of genuine centres.

A burst of pace allowed Justin Hodges to score the Broncos' first try, while Jack Reed expertly drew two defenders to send his winger Jharal Yow Yeh away for the second. Reed then climbed superbly to score the third himself. On the other side of the coin, Lewis Brown defended stoutly and made some powerful surges close to the ruck - but never looked like creating an opening for his winger Manu Vatuvei.

The Warriors were brilliant at times, but they lost largely because the Broncos had a huge edge in the centres. Expect that trend to continue as this season plays out.

The question is whether it will continue next season. Incoming coach Brian McClennan has stated his goal is to win the title. Time, then, to match that big talk with some big moves. Time to go and get Ranger. Or Fruean. Or make a play for the English-born Reed while he's still on a modest contract with the Broncos.

Bottom line: it's time to do something.



Interesting view from Steve Deane... I think it would be an excellent signature to snare.
 

Ryno_old

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Would seriously jizz myself if this happened.

Ranger has the perfect skill set for a League Center.
 

ToiletDuck_old

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Diiiick! You got my hopes up!

Jks bro.

Yeah I'd fap so hard over Ranger.
 

Spence_old

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In all honesty, if I had to write up a dream list of any player in any code to come to the Warriors, Ranger would definitely be in the top 3.
 

PB_old

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A union playing league player through and through to me.

He'd make the switch comparitively easily. Best part, aside from his obvious physicality, is that he can effectively play on both sides of the field. One of the better skills union players bring.

And he can hit on defence...
[YOUTUBE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Ta9OfnVbM&feature=related[/YOUTUBE]
[YOUTUBE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9sHFLsARQU&feature=related[/YOUTUBE]
... as well as attack.
[YOUTUBE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN4-z9JhMqs&feature=related[/YOUTUBE]
 
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PB_old

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And speaking of obvious league players trapped in union, it's a pity Jimmy Cowan is a bit old. Got the aggression...
[YOUTUBE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duY2Ws3bDUo&feature=related[/YOUTUBE]
..and got the toughness, professionalism, andd ability to piss people off.
[YOUTUBE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-e_dyjJB2A&feature=related[/YOUTUBE]
Looks like a cross between Ennis and Maloney.
 
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PB_old

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[Digression]

Classic commentary in the Nonu send-off video.

General comments by Smith that getting a yellow requiries extra caution from a player and the Hurricanes will find it hard without Nonu. Commentator: "Yes, you've got to be whiter than white, and unfortunately..."[abrupt trailing off as commentator realises he may be heading into awkward, apology-laden territory].


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Jesbass_old

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A union playing league player through and through to me.

He'd make the switch comparitively easily. Best part, aside from his obvious physicality, is that he can effectively play on both sides of the field. One of the better skills union players bring.

And he can hit on defence...
[GVIDEO]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Ta9OfnVbM&feature=related[/GVIDEO]
[GVIDEO]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9sHFLsARQU&feature=related[/GVIDEO]
... as well as attack.
[GVIDEO]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN4-z9JhMqs&feature=related[/GVIDEO]

Your first sentence I agree with wholeheartedly. :thumb:

The rest of your post displays your VBB ineptitude and quite possibly highlights the need to be able to see over a desk to view the screen so you can make sure you're posting YouTube videos with the YouTube tags, and not the GVideo ones... :sorry:
 

PB_old

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Your first sentence I agree with wholeheartedly. :thumb:

The rest of your post displays your VBB ineptitude and quite possibly highlights the need to be able to see over a desk to view the screen so you can make sure you're posting YouTube videos with the YouTube tags, and not the GVideo ones... :sorry:

Wrong button clicky. Altered before I read so don't have to thank you. Rssppbbblllttt!
 

Patu_old

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Not entirely out of the realm of possibility either. Informal discussion has already taken place about Rene making the switch. Whether it be with the Warriors is another story, but a Ranger/Ropati centre pairing for next season would be Ravingly Riotous.
 

PB_old

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Not entirely out of the realm of possibility either. Informal discussion has already taken place about Rene making the switch. Whether it be with the Warriors is another story, but a Ranger/Ropati centre pairing for next season would be Ravingly Riotous.

We'll need to bwing back Wopo swiftly for that.

I want many of Junior Warriors to weave their magic in top gwade to incwease Austwalian commentawy woes. Especially Bwad's.
 

Spence_old

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Have the Warriors have been in contact, or his manager has just been testing the water generally?

I agree Patu, not that unlikely, given his position in the pecking order for the All Blacks (or the Blues even!). Does anyone know if he played any league as a youngster.
 

Jesbass_old

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Have the Warriors have been in contact, or his manager has just been testing the water generally?

I agree Patu, not that unlikely, given his position in the pecking order for the All Blacks (or the Blues even!). Does anyone know if he played any league as a youngster.

Yes.





























Someone knows.
 

Patu_old

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Have the Warriors have been in contact, or his manager has just been testing the water generally?
All I know is that he's expressed to his Blues teammates about possibly playing league. Don't know how far it's gone from there, but a player agent for a couple of the Warriors boys knows about it.