during the round 15 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Manly Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Wollongong, Australia.

The New Zealand Warriors have confirmed the acquisition of St George Illawarra prop Leeson Ah Mau on a three-year deal.

Ah Mau returns to the Warriors, after making his debut for the Kiwi club in 2009.

The 28-year-old spent two seasons with the Cowboys in 2010-11, and has been plying his trade for the last seven years at the Dragons.

“Leeson will be a wonderful addition to our squad from next season,” Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney told warriors.kiwi.

“He’s a big forward who is consistently one of the Dragons’ best week in, week out. He fits the mould of the type of player we’re building our squad around – tough, durable and with a tremendous attitude in all he does on and off the field.

“We’ve always had an interest in him as did a number of clubs, so we’re really excited he was keen to come back home and join the club he started with.”

Ah Mau represented Samoa at the two previous Rugby League World Cups, and made his Test debut for the Kiwis during the recent Denver Test against England.


  1. And another winger with pace and size for 1st grade hit ups, + another half, centre and couple of more backrowers for depth for injury and origin in 19 who can step up like all the current top teams can all find depth who can handle it.
    Dragons missed out on a prop and winger prior to June 30 as well to bolster stocks this year. Bad management

  2. Do we dare go for David Klemmer ?? Said he’s happy to leave and with the dogs still in financial trouble we might be able to have them top up what the dragons pay ? A bit like jimmy graham. As for a winger… I really like Periera and or Herbert in NSW cup. Gypsey’s been a great servant but playing Mann on the wing and nightingale off the bench is s little strange to me. I’d have Mann as utility and promote one of the young blokes. Masters is worth a try too. IMO

  3. I couldn’t agree more with blm01. The Dragons should have signed at least 1 more forward and 1 more back before the June 30th deadline. I remember Ian Millward the recruitment manger saying when the Dragons let Joel Thompson go earlier this year, we will definitely be replacing Thompson not necessarily with a forward but with a back, did they happen? No. Bad Management, I agree.
    Why McGregor brought on Jason Nightingale when Jacob Host was injured in the first 5 minutes and left Nightingale in the 2nd row is beyond me, he should have gone straight to his wing position and put Mann in the forwards. After the match I visited my 90 year old Grandma in her nursing home and the first thing she said to me was what was Nightingale doing playing in the forwards? My answer to her was McGregor has no idea. What a shameful 7 minute period towards the end of the match when the Dragons let in 3 very easy tries, an under 12 team could have defended better.

    • I don’t agree. Yes …nightingale was shagged and left more holes than a c grade movie storyline. But I think Mary had the choice of putting Jason in or changing his whole forward rotation. He made the choice and it was all good till 65-70 minutes. And Gypsey always gives his all. He probably did 3 or 4 times more tackles than usual. But this needs to be Jason’s last year. We all want to remember him as a great ( if not unorthodox) champion… not a player who held out for one too many seasons.

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