There are two rumours doing the rounds in the NRL, which both involve the Warriors. The first is that Sam Tomkins has been keen to leave the club and head back to Wigan to re-acquaint himself with his whanau.
The other rumour is that the Warriors have made a play in the stakes for Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, offering him a juicy upgrade on his current contract. Obviously these go hand in hand wth each other, but the Warriors don't have a good track record with luring Aucklanders back, this season alone so who knows. It's a similar situation to Jason Taumalolo as while Taumalolo joined the North Queensland Cowboys in his early teens and Tuivasa-Sheck crossed the ditch after school, they must both feel some sort of loyalty to their respective clubs.
Tuivasa-Sheck picked the Roosters over a bunch of other interested parties as they offered the best all round package and you'd have to imagine that the Roosters of all NRL clubs will be able to match the offer from the Warriors.
If winning is the goal, then Tuivasa-Sheck has the blueprint laid out infront of him with the Roosters. Trent Robinson is one of the best coaches in the NRL and the Warriors fall well behind the Roosters in all on-field aspects. It would be a huge signing for the Warriors though, Tuivasa-Sheck will be better than Tomkins, so much better.
Oh, another kiwi rugby player is heading to Europe. Francis Saili will join Munster from next season, all power to him. At least we'll be able to celebrate Steven Luatua and his loyalty to the great cause of New Zealand Rugby, what a fab human being.
With the Indian Premier League about to start, all kiwis seem to care about is how much money the Black Caps who are involved will earn. Are we going to judge these players on their cash stacks from a league full of billionaires or do we concern ourselves with their actual performance on the field? It should't be any surprise where we stand and this is a great opportunity for us to see where our beloved cricketers sit on a global scale.
One of those lads is Kane Williamson and he's my pick of the bunch to have the best tournament of all the kiwis and hopefully the entire IPL. He's a master against spin and has shots all round the wicket, but his ability to keep scoring while the big hitters like Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan and Moises Henriques for the Sunrisers hyderabad do their work around him.
Well, that's if Williamson can even get a spot in that batting line up.
They've also got Trent Boult playing for the Sunrisers, as well as Dale Steyn. Ouch.
Martin Guptill who won't be in the IPL, will however be playing County Cricket in England ahead of the Black Caps tour to the motherland. Guptill will play three County Championship games for Derbyshire, with the first starting on the 19th of this month. All the best Guppo.
The Black Sticks served up a solid 1-0 win last night against Argentina, with Olivia Merry scoring the only goal for the kiwis. They play again tonight in Gisborne and will be looking to continue their good work in creating plenty of chances but they need to convert a few more of them as Argentina will bounce back strongly.
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