A Wigan Warriors 'dream team' of the club's New Zealand players

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A Wigan Warriors 'dream team' of the club's New Zealand players

Post by josie andrews » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:39 pm

After Thomas Leuluai was hailed one of Wigan's best overseas players, it got us thinking about the club's brilliant New Zealand players.


Here is a 'dream team' of Wigan's Kiwi contingent over the years...

https://www.wigantoday.net/sport/a-wiga ... 458?page=2
Anyone can support a team when it is winning, that takes no courage.
But to stand behind a team, to defend a team when it is down and really needs you,
that takes a lot of courage.

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Re: A Wigan Warriors 'dream team' of the club's New Zealand players

Post by Wiganer Ted » Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:38 pm

Some great players there who were brilliant to watch.
Good that Lance Todd hasn't been forgotten.
With just 17 some equally great players are not in there.
Charlie Seeling, he was known as the greatest ever Rugby Union All Black before he signed for Wigan. Heard that he persuaded Lance Todd to sign for us. A descendant of Charlie's is still a season ticket holder at Wigan.
No Brian Nordgren either. Didn't see Nordgren play but Ray French had seen him and told me what a truly great player he was.

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Re: A Wigan Warriors 'dream team' of the club's New Zealand players

Post by morley pie eater » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:09 pm

Wot, no Doc Murray :D

The problems with these teams are comparing different eras and having to pick people out of position.

I'd rather just have a list of the 13/17/20 best New Zealanders to play for us. Any debate could be about the quality of the player rather than picking Tony Iro at 2nd row and Tuigamala on the wing. (And, yes, i know they may have played there, but that's where the debate starts to focus on the wrong qualities.)

And finally, Paul Koloi was Tongan.

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Re: A Wigan Warriors 'dream team' of the club's New Zealand players

Post by medlocke » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:06 pm

Gelling, Really?, He came as a project player and left as project player

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Re: A Wigan Warriors 'dream team' of the club's New Zealand players

Post by DaveO » Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:29 am

medlocke wrote:Gelling, Really?, He came as a project player and left as project player
A ridiculous inclusion. To put him in before Kevin Iro who is nuts.

Mind you the fact Tony Iro who played 50 games for us gets in when his brother didn’t despite his brother paying double the number shows you how daft this list is.

I also agree with the comment earlier about picking players based on position being silly. Dean Bell was famous as a centre not a loser forward!

Poor journalism.


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Re: A Wigan Warriors 'dream team' of the club's New Zealand players

Post by Wiganer Ted » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:04 am

Gelling was from the Cook Islands.

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Re: A Wigan Warriors 'dream team' of the club's New Zealand players

Post by ancientnloyal » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:23 am

Certainly is poor journalism... what else do you expect from that site?

Anyway, Lance Todd is in so I am happy
Rugby, Family and Strava... that’s about it for me tbh

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Re: A Wigan Warriors 'dream team' of the club's New Zealand players

Post by josie andrews » Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:04 pm

Wiganer Ted wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:04 am
Gelling was from the Cook Islands.
He played International for Cook Islands he was born in Auckland 😊
Anyone can support a team when it is winning, that takes no courage.
But to stand behind a team, to defend a team when it is down and really needs you,
that takes a lot of courage.

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Re: A Wigan Warriors 'dream team' of the club's New Zealand players

Post by Wiganer Ted » Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:13 pm

He told me that was where he came from!

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Re: A Wigan Warriors 'dream team' of the club's New Zealand players

Post by morley pie eater » Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:25 pm

Wherever Gelling is from, he was a centre, and would be behind Tuigamala, Todd, Bell, Carmont and probably others. End of story.

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