General Warriors NRL Touch Premiership 2019

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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New Zealand Warriors join the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership
| OCTOBER 5, 2018

NRL Touch Football has today confirmed the Warriors will join the NRL Touch Premiership for the first time in 2019 fielding both men’s and women’s teams.

Touch Football is a major participation sport in New Zealand with 27,000 players competing in Auckland alone.

From an elite perspective, New Zealand hosts the international trans-Tasman event bi-annually and is seen as a heavyweight internationally in the sport.

The opportunity to have elite Warriors men’s and women’s teams in the NRL Touch Premiership will provide the club with a direct link to a huge and highly-engaged community.

Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George said joining the NRL Touch Premiership makes sense because it will attract a new audience to the club and add to the game day experience in 2019.

“Next year we want to engage and entertain as many people as possible at our games and significantly grow our fan base,” said George.

“Not everyone can play contact sport so our partnership with Touch New Zealand is really important as it now provides a pathway for touch footy players to play in the NRL at the elite level for the Warriors. It’s really fantastic for New Zealand.

“We are excited to be a part of the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership and the development of community programmes and commercial opportunities, both locally and through TV broadcast.”

The games will be broadcast nationally and across the Tasman through a mix of live and delayed TV broadcasts with the teams playing in Warriors-branded kit.

NRL Touch Football CEO Steve Mitchell is delighted to be aligning with the Vodafone Warriors and growing both touch and tackle versions of rugby league.

“We look forward to working closely with the Warriors and Touch New Zealand on bringing the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership to life. We will be releasing the official draw shortly and cannot wait!” he said.

Touch New Zealand chief executive Joe Sprangers sees enormous opportunity for both touch and rugby league through this collaboration.

“We look forward to the excitement that will be generated around the Touch Premiership League with the inclusion of the Warriors touch teams,” he said.

“This is certainly something the membership will embrace”.

The breakthrough announcement means the club will now field six Warriors teams in its 25th season in 2019. Three Vodafone Warriors teams will again compete in the NRL, the Intrust Super Premiership and the under-20 Jersey Flegg Cup along with the Warriors team in the second NRL women’s premiership and now two Warriors teams will line up in the NRL Touch Premiership.





https://touchfootball.com.au/new-zealand-warriors-join-the-2019-nrl-touch-premiership/
 

¿N. ig-mah¿

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May 1, 2012
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Does anyone have any details on this? Like how many teams have signed up? Will it be a tournament or a premiership? Will it be a shortened competition like the womens NRL? Will it follow the first grade teams schedule? When exactly does it start?
 

Iafetas Kickstand Wang

1st Grade Fringe
Jun 21, 2012
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This is good for us. I see 2 big positives here

1. So far the ARL hasn’t yanked us out of the ISP and Flegg comps as initially discussed. Hopefully Cameron George has pulled their heads out of their stars on that one.
2. Touch should put us in touch with some young players who may have otherwise found their way to union affiliation. Benji and Shaun both came from touch.
 

Defence

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May 9, 2012
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I did read that, but it only listed 6 teams, and didnt mention the Warriors in those 6. It only lists the first game, but doesnt indicate which games it will curtain raise for. Doesnt say how many rounds, etc.
They already had it this year- 6 teams.
A good mate of mine coached the titans side.
Broncos won an epic final in a drop off- it was actually the curtain raiser for our game against the titans.
Shame it didn't get much promotion but it'll only get bigger.
The wind is blowing against contact sports tbh- great to watch but here's a non contact version that EVERYONE can play.
They must be including more teams next year. I didn't think the warriors would have a team because touch in nz is in bed with the nzru.
This is awesome news.
 

Old Sid

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Nov 8, 2014
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They already had it this year- 6 teams.
A good mate of mine coached the titans side.
Broncos won an epic final in a drop off- it was actually the curtain raiser for our game against the titans.
Shame it didn't get much promotion but it'll only get bigger.
The wind is blowing against contact sports tbh- great to watch but here's a non contact version that EVERYONE can play.
They must be including more teams next year. I didn't think the warriors would have a team because touch in nz is in bed with the nzru.
This is awesome news.
Well made point about the long term viability of contact sport. Every year it seems to get more negative headlines. Let's soak it up while it lasts and realise what great times we currently have.
 
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Defence

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May 9, 2012
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Oz Tag/Kiwi Tag/Summer League, whatever you want to call it
I'm not sure mate- maybe it's just more established and can play anywhere without flags etc.
Also it is a bit more physical- my daughter is 9 and plays in our open touch team- I wouldn't want her playing flag with adults coz she'd likely get smashed.

I thought u might've been talking about the game tag and was gonna point out there's actually a professional tag competition now
 

razzrillinger

1st Grade Fringe
Nov 8, 2016
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I loved playing it as a kid (we called it Summer League) and felt it was closer to Rugby League in that you could kick on the last tackle and could knock the ball backwards. I also like the fact that the use of tags can show clearly whether you "got" the person.

Whether its Touch or Tag that the NRL is aligning itself with and promoting, it can only have a positive impact on Rugby League.

The more pathways leading towards playing/supporting Rugby League the better.
 

davewjnz

1st Grade Fringe
Mar 10, 2013
572
Auckland
One could say the Warriors had already introduced touch football to the NRL through either its pathetic tackling or it's brilliant razzle dazzle running. :p

I'm guessing clubs are recruiting actual touch footy rep players associated within their area for their teams.
Be interesting to get more details on how its being structured and how teams are being made up...
 
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Defence

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May 9, 2012
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Bit more on this- they're adding 2 teams next year- us and the roosters.
There's gonna be two pools and we're in the qld one which means we'll play the titans, broncos and cowboys twice home and away.
The big thing to come out of it is that nz touch have broken away from the nz union and signed a mou with nzrl. This is a big opportunity if nzrl play it right.
We'll be a good chance of winning it- I've heard there's a few kiwi boys over here who will be moving home to play for us- we will have the bulk of the nz side which will also be good them because they can build their combinations before next years World Cup.
 

DANZ

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Aug 3, 2013
153
Why do you guys think touch is more popular than tag? Honest question.
Chur bro in Auckland id say Tag is now more popular than touch.

Can’t remember exact numbers but at the last Junior nats for Tag there was over 100 teams from u8 - u18. Majority were from Auckland.

Going off the top of my head teams came from south auckland, counties, Manukau harbour (yes all 3 are basically the same area), central, harbour, Waitakere, porirua, northland, hibiscus, east Auckland, auckland metro.

There’s no limit to the amount of teams a contingent can have per grade so some had two or three teams per grade.

It’s not very strong outside of Auckland, other than in Wellington but I’m pretty sure there’s plans to take the game around the rest of the country.
 

davewjnz

1st Grade Fringe
Mar 10, 2013
572
Auckland
Bit more on this- they're adding 2 teams next year- us and the roosters.
There's gonna be two pools and we're in the qld one which means we'll play the titans, broncos and cowboys twice home and away.
The big thing to come out of it is that nz touch have broken away from the nz union and signed a mou with nzrl. This is a big opportunity if nzrl play it right.
We'll be a good chance of winning it- I've heard there's a few kiwi boys over here who will be moving home to play for us- we will have the bulk of the nz side which will also be good them because they can build their combinations before next years World Cup.
Salary Capped?
Don't give up my day job?

Anyone in the forum ever play any National or International touch football by chance?
 

Boats n Hoes

1st Grade Fringe
May 14, 2012
1,387
Salary Capped?
Don't give up my day job?

Anyone in the forum ever play any National or International touch football by chance?
Played the 03 World Cup in Japan (Benji was playing for the Aussie Mixed team then and made his NRL debut that year) and 07 in South Africa.

Old boy now so play Masters and do a bit of coaching. Seen quite a few of the Touch boys get invited to various NRL clubs trials. Quite a few Aussie's come from Touch backgrounds - Matt Moylan, Matt Dufty, Bevan French, then of course there's SJ (who ripped a BOP team i was coaching apart - couldnt believe when i saw him next year how much beef he had put on when the Warriors picked him up, he was such a skinny whippet), Te Maire Martin another.....a lot of them running around in Jersey Flegg and u/20s. And i know at Nationals there was always the odd scout floating around.
 

Defence

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May 9, 2012
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Salary Capped?
Don't give up my day job?

Anyone in the forum ever play any National or International touch football by chance?
No salary cap- doubt any one would be getting paid.
Nrl didn't put any money into it this year- just agreed to let them use the names and gave them the platform. The clubs had to come up with $250,000 to pay their expenses.
It was a success tho and the nrl want to get more involved now.
I played in a pacific tournament for Australia many moons ago. Got a late call up coz half the team had pulled out. It was a bit weird pulling on the green and gold esp since half our team were kiwis.
 

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