Palmerston North-born and raised Ngani Laumape has made a huge impact in his two seasons at the Vodafone Warriors.


He was signed from rugby union after starring for the Palmerston North Boys High School First XV and also making the New Zealand Secondary Schools side in 2011.


An explosive ball runner, he finished the 2012 season as the Vodafone Junior Warriors top try scorer with 16 tries in 20 NYC games.


He earned a fulltime NRL contract after training with the Vodafone Warriors in the offseason. While still NYC eligible, he started the year with the Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup before being promoted to make his NRL debut as Vodafone Warrior No 180 in the third-round clash against Cronulla (as a late replacement for an injured Glen Fisiiahi).


Just short of his 20th birthday when he debuted, Ngani went on to make 14 NRL appearances, scoring six tries and being awarded the clubs Vodafone NRL Rookie of the Year title.


STATS

Games: 14

Tries: 6

Line breaks: 8

Tackle breaks: 23

Total runs: 170

Total metres: 1610

Average runs per game: 12.1

Average metres per game: 115