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New Zealand Warriors 2017 Preview

  • Signings & Losses
  • Player Rankings
  • Strongest 17
  • Close Results Record
  • The Professor’s Prediction
  • Your Prediction

 

Signings & Losses

Signings: Kieran Foran (Free Agent – FE)

Foran looks to be the one and only recruit and he could be all the Warriors need to finally put them back in the Premiership hunt. After a much publicised 2016, Foran returns to his homeland looking to get away from the troubles Sydney carries. We have already seen what his partnership looks like with Johnson and if he has his head screwed on right they could possibly go all the way.

Losses: Thomas Leuluai (ESL – FE), Ben Henry (Retired – SR), Jonathan Wright (Manly – W), Shaun Lane (Manly – SR), Sione Lousi (QLD Cup – SR), John Palavi (Released – SR)

Only 1 major loss in Thomas Leuluai. He returns to the ESL after 3 – nothing more than solid – years at the Warriors. Ben Henry retires after his career was cruelly ruined by injuries. All others leaving had little contribution to the top side with none playing more than 10 games in 2016.

 

Player Rankings

Player Age 2016 Position 2016 Games Played 2016 Position Rank
Solomone Kata 23 C 21 2
Blake Ayshford 29 C 22 26
Matthew Allwood 25 C 4 33
Junior Pauga 21 C DNP DNP
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 24 FB 7 8
Tuimoala Lolohea 22 FB 22 12
Kieran Foran 27 FE 9 9
Charnze Nicoll Klokstad 22 FE DNP DNP
Erin Clark 20 FE DNP DNP
Shaun Johnson 27 HB 24 1
Ma’afoaeata Hingano 20 HB 2 14
Mason Lino 23 HB DNP DNP
Issac Luke 30 HK 20 8
Jazz Tevaga 22 HK 11 23
Nathaniel Roache 21 HK 11 36
Simon Mannering 31 LK 22 11
Ben Matulino 28 P 23 11
Jacob Lillyman 33 P 22 18
Albert Vete 24 P 15 58
Sam Lisone 23 P 21 60
James Gavet 28 P 10 67
Charlie Gubb 27 P 14 88
Toafofoa Sipley 22 P 2 91
Ligi Sao 25 P 2 92
Isaiah Papalii 19 P DNP DNP
Ofahiki Ogden 21 P DNP DNP
Bodene Thompson 29 SR 18 17
Ryan Hoffman 33 SR 23 18
Bunty Afoa 21 SR 4 48
James Bell 23 SR DNP DNP
Patrick Sipley 25 SR DNP DNP
David Fusitua 23 W 18 14
Manu Vatuvei 31 W 15 32
Ken Maumalo 23 W 10 52

Strongest 17

1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. David Fusitua
3. Tuimoala Lolohea
4. Solomone Kata
5. Manu Vatuvei
6. Kieran Foran
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Ben Matulino
9. Issac Luke
10. Albert Vete
11. Bodene Thompson
12. Ryan Hoffman
13. Simon Mannering

BENCH
14. Jacob Lillyman
15. Sam Lisone
16. Bunty Afoa
17. Jazz Tevaga

Close Results Record

Wins: 4
Losses: 3

The Professor’s Prediction

Verdict – 7th

Your Prediction