With the World
Sevens starting tomorrow theres a heap of Kiwis in the squads and the best news
would have to be the Warriors sending a competitive side. Last year they sent a
team that gave the juniors a chance, this year they can win the trophy, and the
The World Sevens give Motu Tony a first chance to play in his new club colours, he is in the Brisbane Broncos squad. Likewise Jeremiah Pai, who did not play a game for the Warriors in 2003, gets a chance to impress in the Parramatta Eels squad, the team that is joint favourites to win the trophy. Pai was only added to the squad when 2003 MVP Nathan Hindmarsh was ruled out due to a cruel suspension ruling.
Exciting Warrior and NZ Maori player from 2003, Willie Bishop, will also be at the World Sevens in 2004, with his club the Sydney City Roosters. And the exciting young Queensland based Kiwi, Benji Marshall, will be representing the West Tigers. A Former Warrior in David Myles will also represent the North Queensland Cowboys.
The New Zealand Residents side is a strong side selected from the Bartercard Cup. They are coached by Graeme Norton who is best known for his superleague work with the New Zealand Nines (Twice won the Superleague Nines) and the New Zealand Tri-Series squad (Lets not mention what happened there). The side is fast and mainly backs. Hopefully Hibiscus Coast fullback and superboot Daniel Floyd will get his chance to impress the NRL Clubs, be it the Warriors or anyone else.
That of course leaves the Warriors World Sevens side. They are captained by Francis Meli, Sione Faumuina was originally named but has been dropped after a reported drinking problem and fight allegations. The side has plenty of strength because Meli is joined by Clinton Toopi, Ali Lauiti'iti, Karl Temata, Wairangi Koopu and the up and coming Epalahame Lauaki. Brent Webb and goalkicker Tony Martin should give speed to the squad with Louis Anderson and Thomas Leuluai being the play makers. Daniel Anderson is the coach of the side.
Bring on the World Sevens!