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Sam Tomkins to NZ Warriors in 2015 (merged threads)

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Good on the lad to test himself in a better competition. For all those who claim he is the best fullback in the world, we will see.

Personally, at this point in time I think the likes of Barba, Slater, Inglis, Hayne, Stewart, Dugan,  Mincehello (and Tuavasa-Shek) are better, but that's for him to prove himself

 

I think thats the biggest thing, its hard to judge how good he is against these players so he needs to prove where he ranks. He is a special player and I cant wait to see how he goes next year, hopefully he can set the NRL alight!

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Must be the worst kept secret in RL history this one.

 

There's a lot of good things about this deal but I personally think he's nuts to go to NZ.   Given the flying back and forth over the Tasman Sea every other weekend, I'd have thought you get a pretty ropey quality of life being an Warriors player.   I'm surprised he hasn't gone to a Sydney club.

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He's not done too bad for a player Wigan were going to let go as a youngster.

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It was on Radio 4's today programme as well, with the guy speaking saying "RL was Australias national game" twice!! Nearly choked on my cornflakes.

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Must be the worst kept secret in RL history this one.

 

There's a lot of good things about this deal but I personally think he's nuts to go to NZ.   Given the flying back and forth over the Tasman Sea every other weekend, I'd have thought you get a pretty ropey quality of life being an Warriors player.   I'm surprised he hasn't gone to a Sydney club.

 

Yes ,it must be awful having to live in New Zealand and having to fly just over three hours every other weekend!

 

Auckland is a wonderful city and I'm sure the quality of life isn't  'ropey'.

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Must be the worst kept secret in RL history this one.

 

There's a lot of good things about this deal but I personally think he's nuts to go to NZ.   Given the flying back and forth over the Tasman Sea every other weekend, I'd have thought you get a pretty ropey quality of life being an Warriors player.   I'm surprised he hasn't gone to a Sydney club.

 

I presume Crowe wasn't prepared to pay a large transfer fee?

 

After all he seemed pretty keen on Tomkins in Leicester Square not so long ago.

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Good on the lad to test himself in a better competition. For all those who claim he is the best fullback in the world, we will see.

Personally, at this point in time I think the likes of Barba, Slater, Inglis, Hayne, Stewart, Dugan, Mincehello (and Tuavasa-Shek) are better, but that's for him to prove himself

I really don't see what else Tomkins could of done to prove himself better than the names you listed.

His stats over the last 3 seasons are just miles ahead of anyone else in the competition.

He proved himself against Aus/NZ in the 2011 bar from the final.

I'm glad he's over there though to prove himself it'll be great to see.

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Yes ,it must be awful having to live in New Zealand and having to fly just over three hours every other weekend!

 

Auckland is a wonderful city and I'm sure the quality of life isn't  'ropey'.

 

Not been to NZ, although I've rarely heard a bad word about it.

 

As someone who travels a lot with work, I can tell you that spending the better part of the year flying backwards and forwards gets tiring.  It's a lot of flying.   I imagine the NZ players have come to find turning up at Auckland airport a bit of a chore.

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After his RUWC paper talk on the cross-code forum I was a little apprehensive he'd venture to the dark side, so I'm glad he's staying in league. I was also suprised at the 3 year deal, as this would take him past 2015, but saying that, what are contract lengths these days anyway.

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Not been to NZ, although I've rarely heard a bad word about it.

 

As someone who travels a lot with work, I can tell you that spending the better part of the year flying backwards and forwards gets tiring.  It's a lot of flying.   I imagine the NZ players have come to find turning up at Auckland airport a bit of a chore.

Every sports team in America has to do this, they seem to go fine. It's a 3 hour flight every other week - that's nothing really.

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Every sports team in America has to do this, they seem to go fine. It's a 3 hour flight every other week - that's nothing really.

 

I've done it.  It's not nothing really.  It's a pain in the ######, but it's a manageable one.

 

I'm just surprised he went for NZ when he could have gone for a Sydney club.  Sydney is a great city and the centre of the RL World.   It seems to me to be the place to go.

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I've done it.  It's not nothing really.  It's a pain in the ######, but it's a manageable one.

 

I'm just surprised he went for NZ when he could have gone for a Sydney club.  Sydney is a great city and the centre of the RL World.   It seems to me to be the place to go.

I'm guessing the offers weren't there from the Sydney clubs, or if they were they weren't at the financial level of what the Warriors have given him. His contract is very large for someone with no NRL experience, so I wouldn't be surprised if the Warriors massively outbid everyone else.

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Is the whole thing that goes with it not part of what makes it crappy? A lot of folk (don't know if this applies to you SM) travel on their own for work, making it boring as. As well as this, it is often on top of your contracted hours, so you miss time with friends and family. On the other hand, three hours travelling with your mates, having the craic and still having plenty of free time (as I am sure these lads do - recovery is important) might not seem so bad... 

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After his RUWC paper talk on the cross-code forum I was a little apprehensive he'd venture to the dark side, so I'm glad he's staying in league. I was also suprised at the 3 year deal, as this would take him past 2015, but saying that, what are contract lengths these days anyway.

 

Yep, and if the England RU coaches really wanted him the RFU would easily find the spare change to overcome any contractual aspects.  Not saying they do or would but it wouldn't be an issue if they really wanted him but I think they have good cover for the positions Sam would be playing.   Anyway already too late for this forthcoming RU World Cup.

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Is the whole thing that goes with it not part of what makes it crappy? A lot of folk (don't know if this applies to you SM) travel on their own for work, making it boring as. As well as this, it is often on top of your contracted hours, so you miss time with friends and family. On the other hand, three hours travelling with your mates, having the craic and still having plenty of free time (as I am sure these lads do - recovery is important) might not seem so bad... 

 

Some good points there.   The travelling I do tends to be with colleagues, who are not quite the same as your teammates.

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I'm guessing the offers weren't there from the Sydney clubs, or if they were they weren't at the financial level of what the Warriors have given him. His contract is very large for someone with no NRL experience, so I wouldn't be surprised if the Warriors massively outbid everyone else.

 

Seem to recall reading that the Gold Coast Titans were after him, and were close on the contract, but didn't fancy the transfer fee involved. The Warriors have some serious money men behind them.

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Even made the BBC sports news this morning...and not in a negative way....

yeah I saw that, the sports girl couldn't wait to say how good rugby league is when the main presenter was trying to contrast the sale with the 125mill for Gareth bale!

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im sure there were a few Sydney clubs interested.. Russell Crowe seemed to be.. but Sydney clubs, and Aussie clubs in general never pay transfer fee's.. which would have been the biggest stumbling block for them i think.

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Fantastic news!  I really like how all the money in Oz RL is making it a more "international" tournament.  Makes it more fun and interesting for all those involved.

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Logan Tomkins wouldn't be a big loss to Wigan, he's had a few good games but a lot of average ones. Hardly set the world alight.

 

Much like Luke Burgess before he left. If they landed him he would come in handy as a bench/reserve hooker. You'd have to think playing first grade with his brothers would be an attractive proposition for Joel as well.

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Are'nt the NZ Warriors switching to Eden Park in 2014. The mecca of Kiwi-AB rugby with more than 30,000 on wont feel too much of a let down to Saracens and their post stamp sized patch at Barnet.

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