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Piecing together full squad's cultural diversity

If any club exemplifies what the NRL’s first Multicultural Round is all about this week, it must be the Vodafone Warriors.

They have perhaps the most exotic squad in the competition bringing together powerful New Zealand, Polynesian and Australian ties, links with numerous nations from around the globe and a pronounced flavour of the Māori and Indigenous Australian races.

In all, the squad embraces at least 17 nationalities plus the two indigenous cultures from each side of the Tasman Sea.

Wellington-born Pride Petterson-Robati, who is yet to make his NRL debut, has the most diverse background. He is of Cook Islands and Māori (Ngāti Porou) extraction while he also boasts Swedish and Danish blood through his granddad.

While the players were all born in New Zealand, Australia, Tonga or Fiji, there are family ties with a host of nations, not least Samoa and also Scotland, Ireland, England, Laos, South Africa, Chile, Germany, Poland, Cook Islands, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

A total of 11 players have Māori or Indigenous Australian heritage; Reece Walsh has both Māori and Indigenous Australian links.

CULTURAL LINKS Nationality Ancestry
Bunty Afoa NZ Samoa
Euan Aitken Australia Scotland
Tom Ale NZ Tonga
Jesse Arthars NZ Māori, Samoa, England
Rocco Berry NZ  
Josh Curran Australia  Indigenous Australian (Dharug), Ireland
Wayde Egan Australia  
Lleyton Finau NZ Tonga
Addin Fonua-Blake Tonga Tonga, New Zealand
Jackson Frei Australia South Africa
Tohu Harris NZ Māori (Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu), Scotland
Chanel Harris-Tavita NZ Māori (Ngāpuhi), Samoa
Shaun Johnson NZ Laos
Eliesa Katoa Tonga  
Otukinekina Kepu NZ Fiji, Tonga
Valingi Kepu NZ Fiji, Tonga
Edward Kosi NZ Samoa
Matt Lodge Australia Ireland
Marcelo Montoya Fiji Chile
Jack Murchie Australia  
Ben Murdoch-Masila NZ Tonga, Scotland
Kodi Nikorima NZ Māori (Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Rauru), Ireland
Taniela Otukolo Tonga  
Aaron Pene Australia Samoa, Germany
Pride Petterson-Robati NZ Cook Islands, Māori (Ngāti Porou), Sweden, Denmark
Adam Pompey NZ Māori (Tainui)
Junior Ratuva Fiji  
Bayley Sironen Australia Finland
Ash Taylor Australia Indigenous Australian (Yuwaalaraay and Munanjali)
Jazz Tevaga NZ Samoa, Māori (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Te Arawa)
Viliami Vailea Tonga  
Reece Walsh Australia Indigenous Australian, England, Māori (Ngāti Hineuru), New Zealand
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak NZ Māori (Ngāti Maru), Tonga, Poland


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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