during the International Rugby League Test Series match between England and New Zealand at the Olympic Stadium on November 7, 2015 in London, England.

The Warriors have announced the signings of utility Peta Hiku and back rower Matiu Love-Henry.

Hiku (24), named in the Kiwis’ Rugby League World Cup squad last week, has signed for three years after being granted an early release from his contract with the Warrington Wolves in the English Super League.

Taupo-raised Love-Henry, who played 32 NYC games for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in 2014-2015, is coming home after two years with the Brisbane Broncos where he played for the Norths Devils in Queensland’s Intrust Super Cup. He has a one-year deal.

“We’re delighted to be able to secure Peta, a player who brings us not only international experience but also a background in both the NRL and the Super League,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“Another benefit is the working relationship he has with Stephen (Kearney) through his time with the Kiwis.

“Matiu didn’t manage to break into the NRL with Brisbane but Stephen was impressed with his development and attitude when he was at the Broncos.”

Hiku is the fourth Kiwi international the Vodafone Warriors have secured for 2018 and beyond, joining Kiwi captain Adam Blair, second rower Tohu Harris and backline utility Gerard Beale along with 2017 Mate Ma’a Tonga international Leivaha Pulu.

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In his only NYC season in 2012, Hiku made 23 appearances for the Vodafone Junior Warriors and was named the club’s Vodafone NYC Player of the Year. He spent the next three seasons with Manly, quickly earning his NRL debut and going on to score 28 tries in 60 games while being used at fullback, wing and centre. He moved to Penrith in 2016 before joining Warrington where he scored 10 tries in just 11 appearances.

Making his Test debut in 2014, Hiku was a key contributor to the Kiwis’ Four Nations triumph covering the fullback position for the injured Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

He joins fellow new signings Blair and Beale in the Kiwis at RLWC2017 along with Simon Mannering, Shaun Johnson and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

New Zealand Warriors 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Gerard Beale (Cronulla Sharks, 2020), Adam Blair (Brisbane Broncos, 2021), Manaia Cherrington (Cronulla Sharks, 2018), Anthony Gelling (Wigan Warriors, 2020), Blake Green (Manly Sea Eagles, 2020), Tohu Harris (Melbourne Storm, 2021), Peta Hiku (Penrith Panthers, 2020), Karl Lawton (Gold Coast Titans, 2019), Matiu Love-Henry (Brisbane Broncos, 2018), Agnatius Paasi (Gold Coast Titans, 2019), Leivaha Pulu (Gold Coast Titans, 2020), Zac Santo (Canberra Raiders, 2018)
2018 Losses
Matthew Allwood (released), Erin Clark, Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Kieran Foran (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Charlie Gubb (Canberra Raiders), Ata Hingano (Canberra Raiders), Ryan Hoffman (Melbourne Storm), Jacob Lillyman (Newcastle Knights), Tuimoala Lolohea (Wests Tigers), Ben Matulino (Wests Tigers), Ofahiki Ogden (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Toafofoa Sipley (Manly Sea Eagles), Bodene Thompson (Leigh Centurions), Manu Vatuvei (Salford Red Devils)
Blake Ayshford (2019), James Gavet (2020), Shaun Johnson (2021), Mason Lino (2020), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (2020), Nathaniel Roache (2020), Ligi Sao (2019), Patrick Sipley (2018), Lewis Soosemea (2018), Albert Vete (2019), Joseph Vuna (2018)
Off Contract 2019
Blake Ayshford, Karl Lawton, Issac Luke, Agnatius Paasi, Ligi Sao
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  1. Now that we have signed all these below average backs on big dollars tine for us to actually sign another former kiwi international?????
    I’d swap Ken Maumalo and Albert Vete or both Sipley brothers for Lewis Brown.

    1. RTS
    2. Fusitua
    3. Ayshford
    4. Beale
    5. Hiku
    6. Hingaro
    7. Johnson
    8. Blair
    9. Luke
    10. Gavet
    11. Brown
    12. Harris
    13. Mannering

    14. Teveaga/Lino
    15. Pulu
    16. Lisone
    17. Afoa/Love-Henry

    18. Afoa/Love-Henry
    19. Teveaga/Lino
    20. Sao
    21. Kata
    22. Pappali
    23. CNK

    • I agree on the first point though bringing them back home might make there performance better but only time can tell and I don’t think there on massive coin but probably overs.

      As for Brown really hope not he was very poor for manly this year and way past his best years. I think what the warriors are going to do is push Mannering back to second row and Blair to lock which means Bunty Afoa and James Gavet should start as there our best two options at the moment.

      I also think ayshford will be the one dropped instead of Kata yes Kata has a bad year but there is reasons behind this if he starts the
      season of poor next year then I’m all for it

      also on this site there is this myth that he is a solid defender but his side of the field leaked the most points and there were a lot of times where it was his poor read and missed tackles that led to those points now as a whole ayshford has been somewhat of a surprise and definitely plays at his best every week but he just isn’t a every week nrl grade player as Kata has proven he can be in the past.

      Ok onto the forward pack and bench you picked. I already stated what I think the staring pack will be unless we sign a good new front rower so the bench 14. Will definitely be Roache unless he is injured and was definitely outshining Luke at some stages throughout the year. 15. Pulu there is no argument there even though I don’t really like the signing he might surprise. 16. I really don’t get this lisone thing the only time he actually cares is when the ball is in his hands the rest of the time is like he is playing touch at training i have never seen a guy care so little in defence especially when in 20’s he was a very strong defender now will he be in the 17 round 1 next year yes but I don’t think you earn a spot on the 1 reason if you run hard especially when you got Vete there who busts his ass every time he gets a chance. 17. I like Ligi Sao there he was good at manly but when he came back just never got the opportunity he kinda earned but I’d also like to see warriors sign a old head like Tagataese or someone like that and also some second row depth like bring back marata Niukore.

      • Yeah I don’t Rate Lewis Brkwn very much at all and yes he just had an awful season. I just think it’s something likely to happen. Apparently Manly are shopping him around and Kaerney has shown he loves to sign past there time, kiwi internationals. Plus Manly did have interest in Maumalo and he have plenty on backs now would make sense to cut one and sign a player in a position we need. At worst he provides experiance off the bench with the ability to cover hooker allowing us a 4 forward rotation. Id Definately swap Maumalo for Brown if that was an option.

        As for the centre postition. Kata was terrible last year in attack and defence. Ayshford who I agree isn’t much better atleast is more consistent than Kata. Kata refuses to pass which I hate. And he gives 2 big tackles a game and about 5 missed tackles and an error. Ayshford may miss a few, atleast sets Fusitua up in the corner and makes some tackles.

        If it were me in charge is be dropping a lot of players (Lisone, Sao, Ayshford, Maumalo, Sipley, Teveaga) and signing cheap and experienced players. (ie; Todd Carney, Daniel Alvaro, Lewis Brown, Kane Linnett)

    • get rid of Maumalo? he was one of our best this season averaging close to 200m per game with some huge carries, and he is getting better, he’s going to be the next beast for sure. If you wanna get rid of anyone get rid of Kata, he had a poor season, it seems he’s been a 1 trick pony and now everyone knows his run from dummy half trick.
      Now that we have an abundance of quality backs, id even be tempted to make Hiku full back, maumalo and fusitua both on the wing , ayshford and beale centre , and RTS to half back , crazy right!!!!!!! unless we can sign blake green

      • Yeah Crazy RTS is staying at fullback that’s for certain. Fusitua is Definately on one wing. Hiku and Beale are certain for a spot. Leaving 1 spot most likely in the centres. Maumalo is average. He gets very good metres early in the set but also drops the ball a lot and is terrible on defensive reads and actually doesn’t score much tries. Kata is also young and plays similar to Maumalo just not as effective. The reason I’d get rid of Maumalo first is 1: we have lots of wingers (Fus, Hiku, Beale, CNK, Santo) 2: Kata showed more potential in his first season than Maumalo meaning he’s more likely to be a star IMO. I want us to sign a hood half like Blake Green to play 6 but if we can’t why not sign a experianced player in the super league (Carney, Walsh, Kelly, Sandow) All of these players would take a pay cut just to be including in a NRL team.

  2. The only way NZ can achieve anything is to sign up all the current All Blacks and trick everyone into thinking there playing Rugby League which shouldn’t be hard given the current state of affairs regarding the “rules” and “refs” of the game

    • Mate in all honesty they have the cattle – they just need an A game coach. They lack ticker when the chips are down.

  3. Warriors in my opinion need-

    Good tough coach (Maguire)
    Organiser at 6 (Green/Sezer/Maloney)
    Better props

    They have a very talented rosters, just need to have guidance.

    • + 1 minus Maloney to many Penalties and missed tackles can’t afford that now that we signed Blair

    • Yeah I’d prefer Toovey but Madge would Definately be an improvement. Also I agree we need a number 6. But I think they want to give Hingaro and Lino another chance. I’d love to have Green/Sezer/Maloney. Another surprise name is throw in with those guys is Kane Elgey. Yes he isn’t a huge organiser or experianced but he could be worth a shot. He seems on the out at the Titans who are struggling. He spent time last season in reserve grade and showed heaps of potential before Ash Tsylor came and took over. Still think losing a back and signing a better forward is the priority

      • yer i think lino deserves another chance hingano has the more raps but into terms of kicking game and organsing he is better at this stage but i would love a sezar or green green in particular because he has experience playing away from family and used to playing homesick

        • Yeah yeah Lino had 6 games last season and was voted ISP player of the year. Due to his kicking game he just can’t seem to bring it at the top level. I would love to see Green come. If I had to list in order the halves I wanted in the 6 jersey if have.
          1. Green 2. Maloney 3. Elgey 4. Carney 5. Leuluai 6. Hingaro 7. Kelly

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