General Young Umaga joins Melbourne Storm

2big2strong_old

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Cade Umaga has followed in the footsteps of his famous father, by signing a development contract with an Australian rugby league club.
The 16-year-old year 12 pupil at Scots College has agreed terms with the Melbourne Storm and will probably play SG Ball (under-18) football next year.
His father, Tana, was a former Junior Kiwi who joined the Newcastle Knights in 1991 but didn't settle and returned home soon after. He then went on to build a storied career in rugby union, playing 74 tests for the All Blacks including 21 as captain.
But home sickness shouldn't be a problem for the son, with the Storm football department confirming last night that Cade will remain based in Wellington.
As a scholarship holder with the club, he will initially travel to Melbourne for various training camps and be eligible for the SG Ball team. That will include sessions with the full NRL squad, but Umaga would not become based in Australia until he was offered a contract with the club's Toyota Cup (under-20) team.
All the same, Wellington Rugby League general manager Jason Hemson said Cade's signing was a coup for the 13-man code.
"He played in our [under] 17s this year, in the national comp, and got picked in the New Zealand Merit side, which is a New Zealand 17s side which doesn't get to play anybody," Hemson said. "He plays backrow for us and plays for the Randwick club, having previously played for Wainui."
Hemson added that Umaga was a genuinely exciting prospect.
"He's a very good player. Good work ethic, strong, tall, good pedigree obviously."
Additional information was difficult to gather, as attempts were made to shut the story down. Umaga's school first XV coach, Dave Meaclem, spoke to The Dominion Post, but did not want his comments reported until the boy's parents had given the all-clear.
"I'd just be careful what you did. I know that Rochelle and Tana are pretty protective of him," he said.
Tana Umaga's management made it clear that neither he nor Cade would speak about the signing.
His name might set him apart for now, but Cade Umaga is just one of many Wellington age-group players believed to have agreed to terms with NRL clubs.
Nineteen was Hemson's latest estimate, including NZ Secondary Schools' rugby union flanker Tupou Sopoaga. The younger brother of Wellington and Highlanders first-five-eighth, Lima Sopoaga, Tupou will join the Canterbury Bulldogs.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/4327060/Young-Umaga-joins-Melbourne-Storm
 

Magic Stick_old

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That NZ secondary schools side got raided big time...NZ rugby union must be doing something wrong...oh well
 

HD_old

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"Additional information was difficult to gather, as attempts were made to shut the story down. "

lolwut?
 

Jesbass_old

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"Additional information was difficult to gather, as attempts were made to shut the story down. "

lolwut?

League taking union players is precisely the sort of story that those in the union fraternity may want to keep on the downlow...especially when one of those players is the son of a former All Blacks captain.
 

HD_old

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Lol they most not be the cleverest bunch. The stories going to get out there, regardless.

I hate the Union fraternity, they remind me of government and bankers. Shady ****s trying to keep down the common folk
 

Jesbass_old

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Yeah, I'm not a big tin foil hat wearer myself, but a lot of the skepticism and caution around the union fraternity has a kernel of truth in it.
 

a.c.e_old

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All my life saving says this Umaga stays in league.

Please note:

I dont have any life savings :)
 

playdaball_old

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Tana's brother Mike stayed in league.

Not really

Mike switched from RU to RL (Halifax from memory) then back to RU

Umaga - Marshall (Canterbury RU Wingman and Tana and Mike's nephew) - RL to RU (throw in basketball too)

Tana - RU to RL to RU

What other NZ Secondary School players have switched apart from Matt McGahan?

The bottom line is that players will switch between codes more often now chasing the $.
 

a.c.e_old

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Or he could follow other family members to wrestling?

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Can you smell what The U-Maga is boiling?
 

Esoj_old

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League taking union players is precisely the sort of story that those in the union fraternity may want to keep on the downlow...especially when one of those players is the son of a former All Blacks captain.

yeah I'm pretty sure it would of spread in union circles quite quickly since umaga is still highly regarded and also NZRFU hq is down in wellington so I'm pretty sure it would of spread to them quite quickly.
 

Jr Warlord_old

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the 19 players mention in the link are from the wellington area. tanas son is not a nz schools rep and the only one i know that have got nrl contracts are mcgahan, sopoaga and niko nikoro.