Warriors dominate tournament team

Warriors players fill 11 of the 17 spots in the tournament team named after the NZRL women’s nationals finished in Auckland on Sunday.

After retaining their title, Counties Manukau provides six players in all, five of whom have been signed for the Warriors’ second NRL women’s premiership campaign.

The five are fullback Apii Nicholls, wing Atawhai Tupaea, hooker Krystal Rota, prop Aieshaleigh Smalley and second rower Onjeurlina Leiataua.

Akarana, which lost the final 4-32, supplies nine players in the tournament team.

The Falcons' six contracted Warriors squad members are wing Jules Newman, halfback Charntay Poko, prop Annetta Nuuausala and loose forward Georgia Hale plus T J Noble and Crystal Tamarua on the bench.

 

NZRL NATIONAL WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT TEAM

1 APII NICHOLLS (Counties Manukau)

2 JULIANA NEWMAN (Akarana)

3 SHONTELLE WOODMAN (Akarana)

4 JOEANNHA PURCELL (Akarana)

5 ATAWHAI TUPAEA (Counties Manukau)

6 TAWNY BURGESS (Mid Central)

7 CHARNTAY POKO (Akarana)

8 ANNETTA-CLAUDIA NUUAUSALA (Akarana)

9 KRYSTAL ROTA (Counties Manukau)

10 AIESHA LEIGH SMALLEY (Counties Manukau)

11 NGATOKOTORU ARAKUA (Akarana)

12 ONJEURLINA LEIATAUA (Counties Manukau)

13 GEORGIA HALE (Akarana)

14 KRISTINA SUE (Mid Central)

15 TANIKA-JAZZ NOBLE (Akarana)

16 GENEVA TAINUI WEBBER (Counties Manukau)

17 CRYSTAL TAMARUA (Akarana)