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Afoa and Ale extend contracts to end of 2025 season

Club juniors Bunty Afoa and Tom Ale have re-signed with the One New Zealand Warriors until the end of the 2025 NRL season.

Front rower Afoa (26) became the 28th member on the club’s 100-game roll of honour when he memorably brought up the landmark in last year’s Mount Smart Stadium homecoming clash against the Wests Tigers.

And after a delayed start to the 2022 season following ACL surgery, fellow front rower Ale (23) ended the campaign with strong displays in each of the One New Zealand Warriors’ last four matches.

“Bunty and Tom are outstanding examples of players who have come through our system and taken their opportunities. They demonstrate real pride in the club and all they do,” said One New Zealand Warriors head coach Andrew Webster.

“Bunty was a junior when I was first here and it has been a thrill to watch him develop into a seasoned and consistent first grader while Tom has been hampered by injury but has done everything in the preseason to indicate he’ll be an asset.”

As general manager recruitment, development and pathways, former Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden said the pair were showing the way for the next generation.

“Bunty was a fantastic player for us in the NYC and it was an honour to be able to give him his NRL debut in 2016,” he said.

“He thoroughly deserves his contract extension and shows our juniors what can be achieved through total commitment to the club and maintaining the highest standards on and off the field. Tom is just starting his first-grade career but he has the same traits.”

After being side-lined for the entire 2020 season following knee surgery, Afoa appeared in 44 of a possible 48 games in 2021 and 2022. Used almost exclusively in an interchange role, he averaged 81 metres and 23 tackles a game despite averaging just 36 minutes a match; he produced career best numbers of 572 tackles and 2150 metres gained in 2022 while making just two errors (after only one in 2021).

Ale came through the club’s pathways to earn his NRL debut against Canberra late in the 2020 season, his only appearance that season. Two more games followed in 2021 but an ACL injury playing for feeder club Redcliffe in the Queensland Cup later that season delayed his return for the Dolphins until mid-July last year.

He duly earned a recall to the NRL side and immediately impressed when he averaged 89 metres and 12 tackles a game despite averaging only 26 minutes a match.




Born August 20, 1996
Birthplace Auckland, NZ
Junior clubs Point Chevalier Pirates, Mount Albert Lions (Auckland)
Position Prop
Height 188cm
Weight 113kg
Warriors No 213
NRL debut One New Zealand Warriors v Gold Coast Titans, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, July 2, 2016 (Rd 17)
NRL games 108 (2016-2022)
NRL points 28 (7 tries)
Representative 8 Tests Toa Samoa 2016-2022, Rugby League World Cup 2017


Born April 1, 1999
Birthplace Auckland, NZ
Junior club Mount Albert Lions (Auckland)
Position Prop
Height  183cm
Weight 109kg
Warriors No 250
NRL debut One New Zealand Warriors v Canberra, GIO Stadium, Canberra, September 20, 2020 (Round 19)
NRL games 7 (2020-2022)
Representative Junior Kiwis 2018, New Zealand Secondary Schools 2018
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