RLWC17 squads

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  1. grouch

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    Strongest squad I've ever seen outside Oz/NZ/Eng
     
  2. East Coast Tiger

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    Only three halves and one hooker. If they get injuries there they will struggle big time.
     
  3. grouch

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    Two hookers - Havili and Katoa. But yeah. Need the halves to both stay fit and play well
     
  4. East Coast Tiger

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    Yep I didn't notice Havili.

    It's their best halves combo, although Jim Dymock played for them once upon a time. But still their big weakness.
     
  5. Disco

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    Pretty good team....and that is without Kata and Vatuvei

    1. Will Hopoate
    2. David Fusitu’a
    3. Michael Jennings
    4. Konrad Hurrell
    5. Daniel Tupou
    6. Tuimoala Lolohea
    7. Ata Hingano
    8. Andrew Fifita
    9. Sione Katoa
    10. Sam Moa
    11. Manu Ma'u
    12. Sio Siua Taukieaho
    13. Jason Taumalolo

    14. Siliva Havilli
    15. Joe Ofahengaue
    16. Tevita Pangai jnr
    17. Sika Manu/ Peni Terepo
     
  6. KeepingTheFaith

    KeepingTheFaith Referee

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    Kiws squad: Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Gerard Beale, Adam Blair, Kenny Bromwich, Addin Fonua-Blake, Peta Hiku, Shaun Johnson, Thomas Leuliuai, Danny Levi, Isaac Liu, Simon Mannering, Te Maire Martin, Jason Nightingale, Kodi Nikorima, Russell Packer, Jordan Rapana, Brad Takairangi, Joseph Tapine, Martin Taupau, Elijah Taylor, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Dean Whare.
     
  7. adamkungl

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    Kiwis likely line up as

    1 RTS
    2 DWZ
    3 Beale
    4 Whare
    5 Rapana
    6 TMM
    7 Johnson
    8 Packer
    9 Levi
    10 Blair
    11 Mannering
    12 K.Bromwich
    13 Taupau

    14 K.Nikorima
    15 Taylor
    16 JWH
    17 Asofa-Solomona

    18 Takairangi
    19 Tapine
    20 Hiku
    21 Leuluai
    22 Liu
    23 AFB
    24 Nightingale
     
  8. East Coast Tiger

    East Coast Tiger Coach

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    Italy being announced now.
     
  9. adamkungl

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    Tbh that squad is a testament to NZs modern depth. It's still strong, though lacking some names. The potato coach will be their bigger downfall.
     
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  10. KeepingTheFaith

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    Centres and wings listed on wrong side. Leuluai will be there for either TMM or Levi. I think Tapine will force his way in too.

    Certainly looks like a bits and parts Kiwi team, but you never know. At least they're rewarding guys who showed good form (Blake, Liu, Takairangi, Nikorima, TMM, Levi etc).
     
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  11. morningstar

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    Strong set of forwards as expected, gash spine.

    4 Tongan born in the 24.
     
  12. adamkungl

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    Potential Tonga lineup - note excellent wingers and centres depth

    Tonga
    1 Hopoate
    2 Fonua
    3 Kata
    4 Jennings
    5 Tupou
    6 Lolohea
    7 Hingano
    8 Fifita
    9 Havilli
    10 Moa
    11 Taumololo
    12 SST
    13 Ma'u
    ..
    14 Katoa
    15 BMM
    16 Ofahengaue
    17 Manu
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    18 Langi
    19 Hurrell
    20 Fusitua
    21 Pangai Jr
    22 Ta'ai
    23 Terepo
    24 Vatuvei
     
  13. Matua

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    Basically that Kiwis team is rewarding two guys convicted of assault while not selecting two others for taking recreational drugs - I find that a bit messed up. Moral stand made on drugs, but not on assault ... what a joke.

    Edit: I don't have a problem with Packer and Blake being eligible, just think it's a silly double standard. The NZRL could have just stood Bromwich and Proctor down a match or two.
     
  14. adamkungl

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    They aren't permanently banned. The two you mentioned have done their time, whether or not you agree with that time is another debate.

    Fwiw I think it's a stand for team culture more than drugs anyway - the captain going out partying after a weak loss is trash.
     
  15. KeepingTheFaith

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    Very true. The banned/injured/defected/overlooked team would be interesting

    1. Lolohea
    2. Fusitua
    3. Kahu
    4. SKD
    5. Vatuvei
    6. Foran
    7. Benji
    8. Matulino
    9. Luke
    10. Bromwich
    11. Harris
    12. Proctor
    13. Taumalolo

    14. Taukeiaho
    15. Ma'u
    16. Moa
    17. Kasiano

    Could make a 3rd team out of NRL experienced players too. Gone are the days where Willie Talau was five eight and Nigel Vagana fullback. We still have the occasional Harris to 6, but as you already pointed out - David Spudwell is our coach.
     
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  16. Clifferd

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    Not the biggest Fifita fan but props to him for switching allegiances to help A minion nation out. Tonga look strong and should reach the semis
     
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  17. East Coast Tiger

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    Kahu is an odd non-selection.

    Bennett send him for surgery?
     
  18. Matua

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    Did you see my edit? Must have made it as you were typing.

    Clearly the team culture is stuffed, which is why their are deflections - making an idiotic stand a day after something happened has hardly helped team culture.

    The NZRL are making the Warriors seem like a competent organisation.
     
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  19. KeepingTheFaith

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    Bingo
     
  20. Diesel

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    Kiwis won't have to worry about Kidwell forgetting to use Taumalolo
     
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