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Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

You might wanna actually follow our club online cause they are leading this countrys sports organisations in terms of fan interaction and content. Your views are outdated. Dont forget the Toronto's start player is Fuifui Moimoi and we all know how that slut was exposed on Twitter...

I can't be bothered to debate this
 
Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

Cause youre wrong. Simple as that. The Warriors social media team shit on Toronto's. End of story...

Oh be quiet you oaf - I could debate this long and hard but I really don't have the energy.

You come across like Johnno sometimes.
 
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mt.wellington

mt.wellington

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Oh be quiet you oaf - I could debate this long and hard but I really don't have the energy.

You come across like Johnno sometimes.
You could talk shit long and hard but you'd still be wrong. Warriors have a team of people managing their social media accounts including a graphic designer. Dont think a division nothing team like Toronto would. Probably just the kit manager sending out tweets on their behalf.

And no need to go so low as to call me the J word...
 
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Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

You could talk shit long and hard but you'd still be wrong. Warriors have a team of people managing their social media accounts including a graphic designer. Dont think a division nothing team like Toronto would. Probably just the kit manager sending out tweets on their behalf.

And no need to go so low as to call me the J word...

I was referring to how the Warriors could learn something from how Toronto were generating positive impact from their social media at absolute minimum cost, not stating that theirs was in anyway better than a fully fledged NRL club, such as the Warriors.

But I apologise, likening someone to Johnno is offensive and just plain unforgivable.
 
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Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

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Anyway, back to growing international league - the English competition now has a French team in the top division and another looking for promotion from the second tier this season, whilst the Canadian team is off with a roar in the third division and are likely to be in the Super League in 3-5 years given the money and interest they are generating.There are also two teams from Wales in the third division but they don't have the financial backing of the French or Canadian clubs.

How does this compare with the NRL set up, where we have the Warriors obviously plus the PNG team in the Queensland Cup - did anything happen with the proposed Fiji team in the NSW Cup?

Toronto and Toulouse had good wins again on the weekend but the two Welsh teams lost again.
 
jonno

jonno

Oh be quiet you oaf - I could debate this long and hard but I really don't have the energy.

You come across like Johnno sometimes.
You could talk shit long and hard but you'd still be wrong. Warriors have a team of people managing their social media accounts including a graphic designer. Dont think a division nothing team like Toronto would. Probably just the kit manager sending out tweets on their behalf.

And no need to go so low as to call me the J word...
I reckon you two would get along real good with this guy.:p


And Mt Welly, could you please shorten my name to jono. It seems it's a four letter word now as well.;)
 
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Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

I reckon you two would get along real good with this guy.:p


And Mt Welly, could you please shorten my name to jono. It seems it's a four letter word now as well.;)


Let's play nicely now children, remember Johnno - there is no "I" in cu**.
 
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And Mt Welly, could you please shorten my name to jono. It seems it's a four letter word now as well.;)
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Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

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I hope that Toronto can fulfill this early promise - they are top of division 3 after two games - 2 wins and a +90 F/A - and are through to the next round of the Challenge Cup (where they play the second division London Broncos.)

It'll be interesting to see what their crowds are like when they play in Canada, as they have allegedly sold 8,000 season passes and they are getting good exposure (all their games are on free to air tv live.)
 
Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

Figured this would be a good place to plonk this article, it's pretty cool seeing Kiwi's suceeding around the world
https://www.kiwileaguecentral.com/latest/kiwi-among-the-pack/

Kiwi among The Pack
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The opportunity to be part of the historic Toronto Wolfpack team in 2017 saw athletes from all over North America come together for open trials in Canada, America and Jamaica.

And so it should have, this after all was a chance to be part of the world’s first trans-Atlantic sports team, with Toronto having secured a place in English rugby league’s third-tier League 1 competition.

After scouting talent in Toronto, Tampa, Philadelphia, Kingston and Vancouver, the group was narrowed down to the very best 18, who traveled over to England for a final trial where three contracts were to be handed out.

Such was the calibre, the group included former a Buffalo Bills NFL player named Corey Knox.

That perhaps puts into perspective how amazing it is that a relatively unknown 17-year-old was able to rise above the rest and earn a Wolfpack contract before he had even finished high school.

A self-proclaimed “Canadian Kiwi”, Quinn Ngawati wowed selectors with a dominant performance in the final match against Brighouse Rangers, scoring a try and showing glimpses of the type of rugby league skills which are hardly ever seen in that part of the world.

“They were looking for a diamond in the rough…there were a lot of skilled athletes at the final trial and a few guys who had played high level American football as well,” Ngawati tells kiwileaguecentral.com.

“We played the trial game on the Saturday, and I thought I went pretty well, we found out on Monday if we’d made it and when I got selected it was really a sense of relief.”

Born in Canada and partially raised in New Zealand, Quinn’s mum Melissa is Canadian, while dad Tony hails from New Zealand and is of Ngapuhi descent.

Tony played for central Auckland club the Marist Saints as a youngster, while also representing Auckland at age-group level.

Quinn attended intermediate school in Tauranga before returning for a second stay in New Zealand to play rugby union in the Waikato, a move which he credits for fast-tracking his development on and off the field.

“I went to Hamilton Boys’ High School as a boarder. The big thing was the rugby at that point, union was what I was working towards,” Quinn says.

“I was selected into the Colts team, so there were lots of boys from the boarding house with that team.

“I played a few games against representative sides and was lucky enough to be selected into the Waikato representative U-16 team.

“But mum and dad were missing me and I had a few opportunities with school in Canada which I wouldn’t have had in NZ.

“Rugby doesn’t last your whole life so I thought if I could get a good schooling then I should take advantage of that and try and set up a good career post athletics.”

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Ngawati (left) possesses a skill set rarely seen in North American rugby league. Credit: carolinevasica.com
A noted athlete across several different sports (as we organised this interview he was away on school basketball duties), Quinn quickly found success in the 13-aside game, where he has been used in the centres, at five-eighth and as an edge and middle forward.

It was on a trip away with Canada’s national U-17 team that Quinn’s Wolfpack journey started.

“In the [Canadian] summer of 2016 I was selected to play for the Canada Wolverines U-17 side, we travelled to Jamaica and played a Test there and my coach Andy Blackburn on the way home said, ‘hey this is coming up, there is going to be an open trial in Vancouver and there will be no harm in you going out and giving it a shot.’

“I thought even if I didn’t get selected my name would be thrown in the mix, it was probably a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

While at this stage Quinn doesn’t have the physical size to play in the English League 1 competition, later this year he will head across to the UK to link up with a rugby league academy, with a view to earning a Wolfpack debut down the track.

Blackburn said he saw something special in Quinn the second he touched the ball at training.

“I first him in 2014 when he instantly reminded me of a very young Sonny Bill Williams,” Blackburn says.

“He proved quickly to be a natural leader and his attention to detail and skill acquisition set him apart and made him an obvious choice to be a captain of the Canada U-17 national team.

“Apart from his obvious natural athleticism and physical stature, Quinn’s vast toolbox of skills made him arguably the best player in each position on the field.

“I was fully confident he would make it through the Wolfpack trials; never had a doubt

“Having coached for 17 years in Canada, I had never come across a player with the full package, who in addition hailed from a league family and had a deep love of the game which was practically unknown in Canada.

“I called both Quinn and the Wolfpack and told them if there was one player I would recommend and stake my reputation on making their professional team, it was a 17-year-old kid who had only played a handful of rugby league games…..called Quinn Ngawati. The rest is history.

“He just needs games under his belt, a professional environment in which to thrive.”


In the meantime Quinn says he is excited to join a bevy of Kiwi league talent in the UK, with an open mind on the idea of returning back to New Zealand on a full-time basis at some point.

“When I was over in England for the trial I saw guys like Sam Rapira, Fuifui Moimoi, household names that are over there. Being Maori and Kiwi as well, seeing those guys out there is really motivating for me, and hopefully wherever I go there will be a few Kiwi guys there who I can learn off,” he said.

“I am going to be really happy to be surrounded by guys who are committed to the same sort of thing I am.

“I would always love the opportunity to return home to New Zealand, the NRL is what I grew up watching and even since being back over in Canada we are always getting up to watch the games…I’d love to play for a team over there.

“We will have to see where this goes.”

Words by Corey Rosser
 
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Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

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Wow North Wales Crusaders the only team not to score a point. Who would have guessed.

Toronto have Salford in the Challenge Cup this weekend - could be their first ever loss in any competition?
 
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