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James Bell of Scotland during a media session ahead of the Rugby League World Cup 2017 tournament. Papakura Sea Eagles Rugby League Club, Auckland, New Zealand. 16 October 2017. Copyright Image: William Booth /

Almost 30 players with Vodafone Warriors connections past, present and future will be involved in the Rugby League World Cup. 

Of the squad that finished the Vodafone Warriors' 2017 NRL and Intrust Super Premiership campaigns, a total of 12 players are in the New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, Scotland and United States squads while new signings Adam Blair, Gerard Beale and Peta Hiku are also in the Kiwi line-up.

Two other 2017 players who left the club midway through the season - Vodafone Warriors great Manu Vatuvei and Tuimoala Lolohea - are in Tonga's squad.

And another 12 ex-Vodafone Warriors have been included in five squads - Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga and Ireland.



Played for Vodafone Warriors in 2017 | Bunty Afoa (Toa Samoa), James Bell (Scotland Bravehearts), Bureta Faraimo (United States Hawks), David Fusitu'a (Mate Ma'a Tonga), Ata Hingano (Mate Ma'a Tonga), Shaun Johnson (NZ Kiwis), Solomone Kata (Mate Ma'a Tonga), Sam Lisone (Toa Samoa), Simon Mannering (NZ Kiwis), Ken Maumalo (Toa Samoa), Jazz Tevaga (Toa Samoa), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (NZ Kiwis). Released during season: Tuimoala Lolohea (Mate Ma'a Tonga), Manu Vatuvei (Mate Ma'a Tonga).

Signed by Vodafone Warriors for 2018 | Gerard Beale (NZ Kiwis), Adam Blair (NZ Kiwis), Peta Hiku (NZ Kiwis).

Former Vodafone Warriors | Leeson Ah Mau (Toa Samoa), Pita Godinet (Toa Samoa), Siliva Havili (Mate Ma'a Tonga), Konrad Hurrell (Mate Ma'a Tonga), Thomas Leuluai (NZ Kiwis), James Maloney (Australia Kangaroos), Suaia Matagi (Toa Samoa), Russell Packer (NZ Kiwis), Api Pewhairangi* (Ireland Wolfhounds), Ukuma Ta'ai (Toa Samoa), Sio Siua Taukeiaho (Mate Ma'a Tonga), Elijah Taylor (NZ Kiwis).

  • Api Pewhairangi played for the Vodafone Warriors in the Intrust Super Premiership.
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