The rookies Paul Crawley expects to impress in the NRL in 2018

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  1. castle eagle

    By:castle eagleJan 1, 2018
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    MANASE FAINU (SEA EAGLES):

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    Manly's Haumole Olakau'atu and Manase Fainu celebrate victory after the Parramatta Eels v Manly 2017 Holden Cup U20's Grand Final. Picture: Brett Costello
    Didn’t make the Holden Cup team of the year but was captain of Wayne Lambkin’s grand final-winning Manly side and also named the premiers’ best and fairest. Started the year in the halves but really found his home at hooker and was rewarded with a two-year contract extension. Tough and fearless, he’s also clever and apparently has the right amount of that other crucial ingredient all good hookers need, “mongrel”.

    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...8/news-story/9ca857f0c4e899f04f0c8c8b8f1d8716
     
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    • The Who

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      Fainu to halfback and DCE to 5/8?
       
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        Can you post the whole article please feathered friend ?
         
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          The kid looks special although given he is still eligible for 20s this year And he is on a rookie contract it’s unikley we will see him until 2019.
           
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          I think Paul Crawley is dreaming if he expects to impress those rookies in 2018. They won’t give him a second look.
           
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            By:HappilyManlyJan 1, 2018
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            https://www.seaeagles.com.au/news/2017/12/14/dce-impressed-by-fainu/

            DCE impressed by Fainu
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            Thu 14 Dec 2017, 12:16 PM
            Promising young Manly hooker Manase Fainu has more than impressed Sea Eagles captain Daly Cherry-Evans after just five weeks of pre-season training.



            “We have started doing some work with the halves and hookers, and Manase has been standing out, especially his physicality,’’ Cherry-Evans said.

            “He is an extremely powerful athlete for such a young kid.

            “Manase has tested our forwards really well in regards to how strong his ball carry is. He is quite sharp out of hooker and has shown some great skills.”

            Cherry-Evans
            Fainu, who played 28 matches for Manly in the Holden Cup this season, won the Club’s Best and Fairest award for that grade.

            At just 19, Fainu will again play a vital role for Manly’s Jersey Flegg (formely NYC) team in 2018.

            However, Cherry-Evans feels that Fainu could also handle the transition to playing against more seasoned campaigners in the NSW Intrust Super Premiership and the NRL should the opportunities arise.

            “Manase has all the ability and if he continues to work hard on his game, then hopefully first grade is not far away for him,’’ Cherry-Evans said.

            “He is only going to get better and better as the pre-season progresses and he has a great mentor in (first grade hooker) Api Koroisau.

            “Manase is the sort of person who is willing to learn and is not afraid to ask questions which is very important in young kids coming through.

            “The natural progression for Manase is to go up to Intrust. I don’t know what Trent Barrett’s plans are with him, but I certainly think he will be able to handle it.”

            Manly prop Addin Fonua-Blake said he had felt Fainu’s ability to hit hard in defence.

            “For his size, he is just like Api. That is exactly what we need, the smaller blokes giving it their all,’’ Fonua-Blake said.

            “It means that if it came down to the crunch, he is not going to shy away from the contact and put his body on the line for the team.”
             
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              By:manlyfan76Jan 1, 2018
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              Will be interesting to how joey Lussick hadles the competition.
               
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              Must have had egg substantially on their faces when the selectors of the 2017 Holden Cup Team of the Year failed to have the premiers, Manly, without one place in the 17 positions.
               
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                Yes the 2017 U20 NYC champions Manly were completely overlooked for most rep teams over the season. No player in the NYC team of the year, no player in the academic team of the year, no player in the U20 junior kangaroos, no player in the NSW U20’s. Only Manase Fainu in the Junior kiwi U20’s.

                However although this is a big part this is all not down to Nsw and Australian selectors having there favourites year after year for junior team duties despite form. Or certain media personnel constantly praising the performances of “the son of such and such” simply because they have the right last name which elevated their cause.

                This manly U20 team was based on the “team” comes first. There wasn’t 3 or 4 star players that they relied on week after week. Every week certain players put there hand up and then the next week another group did. This made it hard for other teams to shut them down. Shut Tom Wright down and Cade Cust steps up, Shut Faatui and Tarrant ,Titmuss and Martin step up, quiten Kioa up and Smalley gets you.

                This was a champion team, not a team full of champions. I expect a few should get a look in on 2018 U20 junior rep teams. Cust, Metcalf, Tarrant, Fainu, Olakautu, Titmuss, Kiao, Smalley, Andrew’s.
                 
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                  They’ll win again, half of them still under 20
                   
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                  Thanks for posting HM
                   
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                  Bump !!!!
                   
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                    Crawley's an imbecile, of course he'll impress, he's wearing a Manly jersey!
                     
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                    By:Medowie EagleJun 13, 2018
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                    On a different note where is Haumole Olakau'atu?
                     
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                    Played Jersey Flegg this year.
                     
                  • robbiea

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                    Fixed !
                     
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