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  1. Walter sobchak

    Walter sobchak First Grade

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    as a casual Pommie warriors fan can you guys name a few rookies to look out for this upcoming season.

    Will we see haze perham breakthrough? What about that Fijian kid on the wing?

    Also do you guys know if west tigers centre/halfback Tommy Talau and knights fullback star toa have opted to play for the kiwis??

    Thanks in advance guys.
     
  2. Iron Lion

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    Rookies... I know that word... I remember it from a long-ago time.

    Oh, I remember now... the hope, the excitement ... the ...!!

    Must not think about rookies... Must not question the process .... must back Kearney...
     
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    No idea about Talau but Toa played Junior Kiwis this year I'm pretty sure.

    Not much hope RE rookies... maybe Perham or Ravutaumada, but given the number of guys in front of them it seems unlikely. Beale in particular just clogging up any reserve spots.

    Actually, Jackson Frei (or for a real sneaky one, Eliesa Katoa) might be the best bet? We just moved Satae & Sao out with no replacement so..
     
  4. Walter sobchak

    Walter sobchak First Grade

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    Toa also played for the Aussie schoolboys against England in 2018. As did Talau.

    Surely tommy Talau qualifies for NZ through his dad??

    As for the warriors I remember the good old days of Stacey Jones, clinton toopi, nigel&joe vagana and Ali Lauititi etc coming through the ranks.
     
  5. Iron Lion

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    The two best forward rookies at the Warriors in terms of impact are Elisea Katoa & Tom Ale.

    Both big dudes & powerful.

    Katoa is so talented he is in the full-time squad but he is nowhere near ready to play on a weekly basis.

    Tom Ale is another Jason Taumalolo but his development stalled this year after he was a complete terror for the opposition in 2018. He was impossible to bring down first tackle or 1 om 1. Only signed on a development contract though I heard several clubs were wanting to sign Ale.

    Warriors better invest heavily into him in 2020 so he is ready for NRL in 2021.
     
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    Wasn't Ale injured a bit this year?
     
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    Playing schoolboys just means he/they was going to school in Australia, doesn't it? (which, given that he's a Knights player..) - Taumalolo, Foran, Benji, Taupau, Proctor etc all played for the Australian schoolboys team for example.

    Honestly... we could have great prospects but it wouldn't matter. Kearney is a massive roadblock. Most will be lucky to see the field.
     
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    I feel the same and think I think , nah the writings on the wall for Kearney. He knows he has to blood players now or he is out the door.

    O'Sullivan is not even targetting seasoned players. They are going after rookies on purpose.

    New owners probably smart. To win back the fans you have to do it from the roots up.

    Young talent is there

    Katoa
    Ale
    P.Turner
    Curran
    Frei
    Rauvutamada
    Egan
    * Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
     
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    As the near immortal Yogi Berra once said "It's deja vu all over again" LOL

    Think he also said, "the future ain't what it used to be..." seems pertinent too
     
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    im guessing tommy talau's dad is Willie?
     
  11. Walter sobchak

    Walter sobchak First Grade

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    Yes.

    I believe willie was born in Samoa but I’m guessing moved to NZ as a kid with his parents or maybe as a young man on his own?
     
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    I was playing against Willie in under 13s in New Plymouth, Not sure if he was born in Samoa or not. But I recall him sounding Kiwi as
     
  13. Walter sobchak

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    Born in Apia, Samoa according to Wikipedia.

    Great player btw. Had a great spell at St. Helens.
     
  14. Matua

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    Could the son not be eligible for NZ considering he was born in Oz and his dad was born in Samoa. (Although the mum could be a KIwi and some news articles state Talau was born in the Naki).

    Does the Dad being an NZ citizen give eligibility?
     
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    dad being an NZ citizen would give him ancestry eligibility you’d think.
     
  16. Matua

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    I thought that eligibility worked on birthplace as opposed to citizenship?
     

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