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Glen Fisiiahi forced out due to concussion

Winger Glen Fisiiahi has been forced out of the Warriors’ NRL clash Wests Tigers in Sydney on Saturday night. Fisiiahi, named in the side on Tuesday, has been ruled out with concussion and has been replaced by Kevin Locke. “We were set on Glen playing but he took a heavy knock against Parramatta last week and he hasn’t been passed fit to play after failing a concussion test,” Warriors coach Ivan Cleary said. “He’ll be back for sure but now Nobby (Locke) has his first chance of the season.” Fisiiahi, a star in the Junior Warriors’ last season, became the 163rd player to represent the Warriors when he made his debut in the 18-24 loss to Parramatta last week but he struggled under the high ball.

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Krisnan Inu dropped, Cleary confident in new faces

Warrior fans will today be asking why their $300,000 star signing is this weekend making his regular season debut for the club at Leichhardt Oval in the NSW Cup.The Warriors were also struggling to explain why smiling assassin Krisnan Inu – one of the highest-profile club hoppers in the off-season – was yesterday demoted to play for the Auckland Vulcans against Wentworthville on Saturday. It came as Warriors coach Ivan Cleary alluded to an incident behind closed doors that is understood to have had a negative bearing on the 23-year-old New Zealand international’s chances of winning a spot in the Warriors’ top 17. “He knows what he did and that will stay between us,” Cleary said yesterday. The Warriors mentor refused to comment on the club’s team selection process, but did defend his decision to promote rising star Glen Fisiiahi at Inu and Kevin Locke’s expense. Continue reading

Warriors trio debut

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary will hand 20-year-old Glen Fisiiahi his NRL debut against the Parramatta Eels at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday night. Joining Fisiiahi in their first appearances for their new club are experienced new signings Feleti Mateo and Shaun Berrigan, with Mateo named in the second row against his former team-mates, while ex-Brisbane utility Berrigan has been picked on the interchange bench. The match will be the first Warriors home game in Auckland played away from Mt Smart Stadium since the club was formed in 1995. Fisiiahi, new signing Krisnan Inu, Kevin Locke and Bill Tupou were all in contention for the right winger’s spot throughout last month’s trial matches, with Fisiiahi ultimately rewarded for his form just months after excelling for the Junior Warriors when they won the 2010 NYC grand final. Continue reading

Manly 14 – Auckland 12

Brett Stewart has made a successful comeback to rugby league in Manly’s 14-12 pre-season trial win over the New Zealand Warriors at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland. The gifted fullback played 20 minutes against the New Zealand side and declared himself on track to play in his side’s round one NRL match against the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on March 12. Stewart, returning to the game after consecutive season-ending knee injuries, hadn’t played since the first round of the competition in 2010. The 25 year-old said he “couldn’t be happier” with his cameo appearance and was keen to get some more game time under his belt. A try to fringe second rower Vic Mauro eight minutes from time was enough to give his side the win. The Warriors had led for much of the physical encounter but couldn’t quite close out the match. Continue reading

Veteran fullback Lance Hohaia and skipper Simon Mannering make their first appearances as the Warriors roll out their strongest team, excluding Sam Rapira and Manu Vatuvei, in the fourth and final trial on Saturday. A scan cleared senior prop Rapira of structural damage to his heavily strapped wrist, which he injured while captaining the 30-0 win over Queensland Cup side Burleigh in Whangarei, the club’s third trial success last weekend. “He won’t play this week but he should be fine,” relieved coach Ivan Cleary said of his No.1 front-rower, who missed a large chunk of last season with a busted knee. Strike weapon Vatuvei will likely be preserved from a Manly Sea Eagles battering at North Harbour Stadium after pulling up ‘sore’ at training on Tuesday. That’s handy, as Cleary can test out undecided finishers. Continue reading

Rapira has scans on injured wrist

New Zealand coach Ivan Cleary will eagerly await the results of scans on prop Sam Rapira’s injured wrist.

Rapira suffered the injury while captaining the Warriors in Saturday night’s rugby league trial victory over Queensland Cup side Burleigh at Whangarei.

In a match originally scheduled to be against the Sydney Roosters, the Warriors cruised to a 30-0 win on the back of a double to nippy fullback Kevin Locke.

Recruit Krisnan Inu also found the tryline, while young outside back Glen Fisiiahi continued to impress the coaching staff by scoring yet another try.

But the biggest news was the wrist injury to Rapira, who sat on the bench for the bulk of the second half. Continue reading

Warriors trial positions, a closer look …

Vodafone Warriors standoff James Maloney will make his first appearance of the year in Saturday’s NRL trial against Queensland Cup side the Burleigh Bears at Whangarei’s Toll Stadium. After missing the Greymouth match against Newcastle, the club’s 2010 NRL Young Player of the Year was an original selection for last Saturday’s encounter with Parramatta in Rotorua, only to be ruled out through illness. Formerly with Parramatta and Melbourne, Maloney (24) had an outstanding 2010 season when he scored 188 points including 10 tries in his first full NRL campaign. It put him in contention for Dally M recognition and he was on the shortlist for the standoff of the year at the Rugby League International Federation’s awards announced at Eden Park last November. Maloney also won selection in the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII which travelled to Port Moresby to play Papua New Guinea. Continue reading

X-ray clears Kevin Locke of serious injury

Winger Kevin Locke has been cleared of a serious hip injury after scoring the match-winning try in the Warriors’ dramatic 20-18 win over the Sydney Roosters on Sunday. Locke, who scored three tries for the match, collided with a Christchurch goalpost in scoring the match-winner and was taken to hospital soon after for x-rays.  He stayed behind with team doctor John Mayhew on Sunday night before flying back to Auckland on Monday.  Mayhew said while Locke was still in some pain, x-rays had confirmed there was no serious injury to his hip.  “He has heavy bruising on the left side of his hip but there is no fracture or evidence of anything other than that,” he said.  Mayhew said Locke also had a medial ligament strain in his left knee as a result of the collision with the goalpost. “It’s too early to put a time frame on how long he will be sidelined for as we’re still assessing the full extent of his injuries,” he said

The jubilant New Zealand Warriors hoped their star Kevin Locke had escaped serious injury after his hat-trick inspired them to a 20-18 National Rugby League (NRL) win over the Sydney Roosters in rain-soaked Christchurch today. In what Warriors fullback Lance Hohaia described as the coldest match he’d ever played — on either side of the Tasman — Locke’s try from a kick and chase in the dying seconds, and James Maloney’s goal from in front, handed them an unlikely victory after the Roosters led 18-8 with six minutes left. But it left Locke writhing in agony, clutching his hip after he slammed into the upright in beating the Roosters’ chasers to the ball. As Maloney added the extras, the diminutive winger was carted off AMI Stadium on a buggy but still managed a wave to the roaring crowd of 20,721. “I know he’s pretty sore; he’s in hospital being assessed and we won’t know until later on tonight or tomorrow,” said Hohaia, who created the matchwinning try with a grubber for Locke. “It (the final move) was planned; we were setting up for a play like that the tackle before and Kevin was right there. He never gave up the chase, he’s a little speedster and he got there. We’re really happy for him and hopefully the injury isn’t too severe.”

Warriors almost back to full strength

Captain Simon Mannering, winger Manu Vatuvei and halfback Brett Seymour have been named along with debutant prop Mataupu Poching for the New Zealand Warriors’ National Rugby League (NRL) match against North Queensland in Auckland on Saturday. Mannering and Vatuvei have had restricted game time this season because of hamstring injuries while Seymour has been out of action with a broken thumb since his club debut against Gold Coast in the opening round. “We’ve been waiting patiently for Simon, Manu and Brett to return and it’s a great boost for us to have them back straight after the bye round,” coach Ivan Cleary said today. “All three are obviously hugely important to the side for a whole range of reasons. We’ve had to battle through recently without them but at last we have some better news in terms of our injured players.” Poching has been named to team up with Kiwis prop Sam Rapira in the starting front row while the other change in the packs sees Mannering replace Lewis Brown, with Ben Matulino moving to the interchange bench. With Seymour restored at halfback, James Maloney replaces Joel Moon at standoff and Kevin Locke comes in on the right wing for Patrick Ah Van, who has a broken jaw and is expected to be out of action for four weeks.