Tag: New Zealand

Taumalolo nightmare: Heavyweight Kiwis are headed for an early World Cup exit

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis  Jason Taumalolo’s defection from New Zealand to the Tongans for the upcoming World Cup could be the final nail in the coffin for Kiwis coach David Kidwell who is already missing a swag of star players. It’s a painful blow for Kidwell with the news on Wednesday morning that premiership-winning Melbourne […]

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Johnson blames himself for Warriors woes ahead of must-win Broncos clash

Embattled New Zealand Warriors superstar Shaun Johnson has blamed himself for his team’s form slump after back-to-back losses. The Warriors are sitting 14th and desperately need to beat an understrength Brisbane at home this weekend. “I definitely think over the last couple of weeks I’ve let them down,” said Johnson. “There’s a lot of people […]

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Awesome foursome the best spine Kiwis have ever had: Stacey Jones

Kiwi legend Stacey Jones says New Zealand go into tonight’s Anzac Test against Australia with its greatest ever spine. The all-Warriors quartet of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Kieran Foran, Shaun Johnson and Issac Luke will play together at Test level for only the second time but that hasn’t stopped Jones hailing them as the best ever. “It’s […]

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Mannering’s presence makes New Zealand a better team says Coach

Former England Coach Steve McNamara knows how important Simon Mannering is to New Zealand. McNamara coached England against the Kiwis before moving to the New Zealand Warriors as an assistant coach. McNamara is now part of the Kiwi International coaching staff. And McNamara says New Zealand has struggled in Mannering’s absence over the last two […]

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A Kiwi amongst the pigeons: Why New Zealand must beat Kangaroos in Canberra

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis The team came through as expected and all the regulars were there: Smith, Cronk, Thurston, Boyd. Coach Mal Meninga even picked Blake Ferguson and Trent Merrin. Now that’s loyalty! What Meninga’s side also tells us is that with so little time to prepare, he’s forced to pick the majority of the […]

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