Live updates: NRL – NZ Warriors v St George Dragons at Wollongong’s WIN Stadium

The club will be buzzing after this week’s revelation that  NZ Kiwis captain James Fisher-Harris will head across the ditch next season, but that won’t help them in the short term, as they try to consolidate their position in the top eight.

Under new coach Shane Flanagan, they have wins over Wests Tigers, Gold Coast Titans and the Se Eagles under their belts, and certainly seem better than their second-to-last finish last year.

In a late change, the Warriors have lost the services of utility Chanel Harris-Tavita, with centre Ali Leiataua promoted to the interchange.

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TAB Odds: Warriors $1.40, Dragons $2.85


Fisher-Harris signing may persuade veteran star Johnson to stay on at Warriors – Blair

Signing NZ Kiwis captain James Fisher-Harris may help NZ Warriors persuade veteran half Shaun Johnson to extend his career past the current campaign, suggests retired prop Adam Blair.

Fisher-Harris, 28, will be released early from his contract with Penrith Panthers to cross the Tasman next season on “compassionate grounds”, effectively replacing Dally M Prop of the Year Addin Fonua-Blake, who will head back to Sydney to join Cronulla Sharks.

The front-rower has been a core member of the Panthers’ championship run over the past three years and was awarded the Golden Boot, as international player of the year, after leading New Zealand to a shock 30-0 victory over world champions Australian in last year’s Pacific Championship final.

Blair describes his arrival as “one of the biggest signings for the Warriors”, but not just for his expected impact on the field.

“When Shaun heard about Roger (Tuivasa-Sheck) coming back this year, that most probably made him want to play another year,” Blair told “Maybe it’s the case again and we will get Shaun for another year.

“For most players, when they get to the backend of their career, they’re wanting to know what’s coming and how that will suit you. This is what players look for… it’s something Shaun will think about, when he sits down to think about 2025.”

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