Other clubs for Kiwi tal­ent

Sunday News - - LEAGUE -

by an NRL club, with an of­fer that would blow your mind.

‘‘So our choice is ei­ther leave the door open for the foxes to come in and take the hens, or we can fight back and do some­thing about it.

‘‘So we’re in the process of mak­ing de­ter­mi­na­tions about what the fu­ture holds for us, as a de­vel­op­ment club.’’

It goes against Smith’s per­sonal be­liefs to sign up play­ers so young and there is al­ways the pos­si­bil­ity of another Etene Nanai-Se­turo sce­nario hap­pen­ing, where he stays in New Zealand, but then de­cides to switch codes.

‘‘I feel it’s very un­healthy for the game, but we have to go there,’’ Smith said.

‘‘About 30 play­ers are leav­ing and have been leav­ing in each of the past few sea­sons, since these clubs have been raid­ing New Zealand for 15-year-olds.

‘‘That’s the re­al­ity. Are they get­ting all the best ones? They prob­a­bly had pretty much open slather at it, so they should have been able to pick the best ones.

‘‘But it doesn’t mean that we haven’t got good ones, be­cause we’ve got some who we’re very con­fi­dent will be­come NRL play­ers.’’ ❏ The Ki­wis will play Eng­land in a mid-sea­son test the United States for the next three years, ac­cord­ing to Aus­tralian re­ports.

De­spite reser­va­tions from NRL clubs los­ing their play­ers, and con­cerns about player wel­fare, News Ltd re­ported that the NZRL and their Eng­lish coun­ter­parts have agreed to stage the fix­ture.

War­riors cen­tre Solomone Kata cuts through the Cow­boys de­fence to set up their first try at Mt Smart Sta­dium.

Brian Smith aims to keep the best young Ki­wis.

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