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Manu Vatuvei scores a try during the NRL Rugby League match between the Vodafone Warriors and West Tigers at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 11 April 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga /

Vodafone Warriors managing director Jim Doyle has today expressed the club's concern over remarks former Kangaroos and Queensland representative Billy Moore made on the Fox Sports-produced NRL 360 programme last night.

Moore’s comment was made during a panel discussion about the Vodafone Warriors’ prospects without the injured Shaun Johnson.

At one point Moore said: “I don't see them (the Warriors) losing the ability to still score points. They get points because they play that coconut style, Polynesian sort of football... throwing it around”

Doyle said the comment was unnecessary.

“We’re disappointed Billy used that description when he was talking about our team,” he said.

“We’re proud of our Polynesian heritage and what Polynesian players and people have done for our club and what they mean to us.”

Doyle said it was especially disappointing the comments were made at a time when race issues were in the headlines, particularly with the case surrounding AFL player Adam Goodes and the fact the NRL has its Indigenous Round next week.

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