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Vodafone Junior Warriors players dominate the New Zealand Residents side to face Toa Samoa in Saturday’s under-18 international at Pulman Park in Papakura.

Of the 18 players selected, 13 are with the club while a 14th – Isaiah Vagana – is on standby.

Among the 13 are the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ Jersey Flegg Rookie of the Year Kayal Iro and captain Tyler Slade.

Also involved are Vodafone Warriors academy staff members Tusa Lafaele and Jasen McCarthy.

“We are very proud of our Vodafone Warriors contingent who have earnt the opportunity to put the black and white jersey on, both players and staff,” said Vodafone Warriors general manager football Brian Smith.

“It also reminds you how young our Jersey Flegg squad is to have so many still eligible.”


12.00pm, Saturday, October 6
Pulman Park, Auckland

Aiden Aue (Mt Albert) Akarana
Antonio Aufai (Otahuhu) Counties Manukau
Antonio Poua (Otahuhu) Counties Manukau
Brooklyn Herewini (Whanganui Boxon) Mid Central
Caleb Pese (Richmond) Akarana
Christian Tuipulotu (Otahuhu) Counties Manukau
Deighton Ieriko (Richmond) Akarana
Emmanuel Tuimavave Gerrard (Mt Albert) Akarana
Junior Pua (Howick Hornets) Counties Manukau
Kayal Iro (Mt Albert) Akarana
Patrick Elia (Pt Chevalier) South Island
Paul Turner (Mt Albert) Northland
Potusa Fuilala (Otahuhu) Counties Manukau
Semisi Tapa (Otahuhu) Counties Manukau
Temple Kalepo (Richmond Bulldogs) Akarana
Tevita Mikaele (Otahuhu) Counties Manukau
Tukimihia Simpkins (Pikiao) Upper Central
Tyler Slade (Ellerslie) Akarana

Head Coach: Tusa Lafaele
Assistant Coaches: Cody Walker, Daniel McEwan
Manager: Tania Harris
Lead Trainer: Jasen McCarthy
Assistant Trainer: Lee Paru
Physio: Allan Horn
Standby players:
Daylee Dutton (Otahuhu) Counties
Isaiah Vagana (Mt Albert) Akarana
Shae Grey (Dannevirke Tigers) Mid Central

Acknowledgement of Country

The New Zealand Warriors honour the mana of the Indigenous peoples of Aotearoa, Australia and the Pacific. We acknowledge the traditional kaitiaki of the lands, elders past and present, their stories, their traditions, their mamae and their mana motuhake.

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