'I believe that was disrespectful' - Warriors take aim at NZ Rugby after teen's Sevens selection

After Etene Nanai-Seturo's successful New Zealand Sevens debut in Sydney over the weekend, Warriors CEO Cameron George has criticised New Zealand Rugby.

Nanai-Seturo, 18, is contracted to the Warriors until the end of next year, although has made his intentions to switch codes to rugby union clear to the Auckland NRL club.

The young talent was picked for the New Zealand side to compete in Sydney last week, much to the ire of the Warriors, with George telling RadioLIVE about his anger towards NZR.

"There has to be respect amongst codes and I believe we are not being shown that right now," George said yesterday.

"There are a number of parties involved in this but at the end of the day, New Zealand Rugby understood the situation of this gentleman and to simply go name him in that squad I believe that was disrespectful."

"He is employed by us so to simply walk out on us and go play a different code it would have been dealt with much easier and in a proper way."

With the dispute showing no signs of abating any time soon, George says that the Warriors could take legal action over the matter.

"This may go down the path of ending up in court to ascertain who's right and who's wrong. That advice is still coming to use and that's all I can say with the legal side of things."

Nanai-Seturo could feature for the New Zealand sevens side again, with the team yet to name their squad for this weekend's Hamilton leg of the World Series.

Etene Nanai-Seturo breaks a tackle during the HSBC Sydney Rugby Sevens Quarter Final between New Zealand  and Australia at Allianz Stadium, Sydney,  Sunday 28th January 2018. Copyright Photo: David Neilson / www.photosport.nz
Etene Nanai-Seturo playing for New Zealand sevens Source: Photosport


Warriors get 'a little bit grubby' in pre-season training camp with fun drills on Papamoa Beach

The Warriors have begun their pre-season training camp south of Mount Maunganui with a grueling gym session and some fun beach games to bring the new-look squad together.

The Kiwi NRL team has assembled at Papamoa beach for a four-day training camp to focus on condition and chemistry ahead of their first pre-season match against the Storm in Rotorua next month.

Peta Hiku said the hard work which kicked off at 6am was rewarded by an entertaining afternoon in the sun.

"We got a bit of sand in the mouth and the face, the boys got a little bit grubby," he said.

"This camp hopefully will bring us all together and learn a little bit more about footy."

Activities on the beach included "some ultra-competitive surf lifesaving races" which the yellow team, led by Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, won.



Young untapped league talent look to impress NRL scouts at Pasifika Cup

NRL scouts will once again descend on Auckland this weekend hoping to find the rugby league superstars of tomorrow.

Facilitated by the Warriors, the Pacific Youth Cup is helping to create pathways for young talent.

Warriors development coordinator Jordan Friend says the tournament is great, giving young players an opportunity to showcase their skills.

"The player pathways are massive, it's always a well-publicised thing in a tournament such as this," said Friend.

"It provides opportunities for players that might not of have had it previously."

Seth Tauamiti played in last year's tournament for the Maori U18 and is now living in the Warriors house.

Tuki Simpkins with the Maori U16 has been signed by the Cowboys.

Hayze Perham during a Warriors training session at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. NRL Rugby League. Monday 22 January 2018 © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz
Hayze Perham during a Warriors training session at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland. Source: Photosport

Another former Maori age grade rep Hayze Perham has just gone to his first NRL camp with the Warriors.

While scouts offer opportunities Friend says the players have to put in the work.

"I think that's the key message, is it's a long term-goal, first and foremost you've got to enjoy your football, work hard, things don't come easy."

Current NRL players have already given their endorsement for the tournament, with it expected to be even bigger next year.

NRL scouts will once again descend on Auckland hoping to find league stars of tomorrow this weekend. Source: 1 NEWS