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2008 Preview - New Zealand Warriors
New Zealand Warriors 2008 By Michael Treacy LeagueUnlimited.com
1. Patrick Ah Van, 2. Michael Crockett, 3. Brent Tate, 4. Jerome Roparti, 5. Manu Vatuvai, 6. Michael Witt 7. Grant Rovelli, 8. Steve Price, 9. Nathan Fien, 10. Sam Rapira, 11. Reuban Wiki, 12. Simon Mannering 13. Michael Luck RES: 14. Epalahame Lauaki, 15. Evarn Tuimavave, 16. Sonny Fai, 17. Ian Henderson
One to watch this year - Ian Henderson
Ian Henderson has returned to the NRL following a successful stint in the English Super League with Bradford. The diminutive former Parramatta and Sydney Roosters hooker came of age over in the UK and finally started to realise his full potential. While many Australian fans would not have seen his performances over in the UK, his signing is a huge boost to the Warriors and will more than adequately replace surprise packet George Gatis this season.
In 2008, expect Ian Henderson to overtake Nathan Fien from the starting position, with his clever play and brilliant running game. Ian Henderson is definitely a signing for the Warriors fans to be excited over, and I am expecting a big year from the hooker as he strives to prove he is good enough for this level.
Rookie to keep your eye on - Sonny Fai
For many years Sonny Fai has been on the verge of First Grade with Warriors fans salivating over the prospect of his debut. Each year, however, fans get told that the Junior Kiwi