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Roosters arrange weekend fly-in, fly-out deal with Kiwi schoolboy

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Daniel Lane

Teen signings ... Piki Te Ora Rogers, left, is set to be flown over from New Zealand each weekend to play SG Ball matches for the Sydney Roosters, while fellow 17-year-old Te Aorere Pewhairangi has been snapped up by Parramatta.

Teen signings ... Piki Te Ora Rogers, left, is set to be flown over from New Zealand each weekend to play SG Ball matches for the Sydney Roosters, while fellow 17-year-old Te Aorere Pewhairangi has been snapped up by Parramatta. Photo: Manawatu Standard

THE Roosters will fly a 17-year-old hotshot from New Zealand each Friday to play in their SG Ball side and jet him home in time to be at school first thing of a Monday morning.

Piki Te Ora Rogers, who was described by his agent Tyran Smith as a ''rare talent'', signed a three-year-deal with Sydney Roosters after he was keenly pursued by Souths and Parramatta.

The New Zealand Maori under-17s representative became the code's most hotly pursued under-18 player after he paid his own way from Auckland to play in a series of inter-club trial matches. While the Roosters have flown players from Queensland to play in the SG Ball competition, which lasts for eight weeks, Rogers will be their first trans-Tasman traveller.

''Piki is a lock but he's a ball player, a real footy player, and they are very rare,'' Smith said. ''He plays what is in front of him. He runs hard, he can hit hard and he's very determined to make it.''

Smith said the Roosters sealed the deal when they understood Rogers wanted to complete his education at a Palmerston North boarding school.

''Piki is doing very well at school and he was reluctant to leave that,'' said Smith, a former NRL player and New Zealand international.

Rogers will be required to follow a strict training program when he returns to New Zealand just before Christmas. He will be back in Australia in January to play in a number of trials for his new club.

''If, after the trials, the Roosters think he's worthy of it, they will fly him over on a Friday, he'll play for the SG Ball side on the Saturday and go home either that night or Sunday.''

Smith said Rogers had the temperament to succeed in isolation.

''He's a determined kid. He knows to show the Roosters respect by doing even more than they expect from him. This situation, and it is unique, could only work for a kid like Piki because he's not the type of character who'll get caught up in it and think he's made it before he has. He knows he has to work hard and show discipline. It's a good test for him. He's on a training camp with the Roosters this weekend and gaining some great experience by training with club's under-20 and the A team.''

Smith said he had already discussed with his contacts at the New Zealand Warriors how their players cope with the different time zones, air travel, the need to be hydrated during flights, to stretch when possible and wear compression garments to ensure the blood circulates after sitting for long periods.

''It's important that this works for Piki and we are getting the best information available to ensure he is equipped,'' he said.

While Parramatta missed out on Rogers, they have recruited Te Aorere Pewhairangi, a rugged centre also aged 17. Pewhairangi, whose older brother Api plays for the Newcastle Knights under-20s team, will relocate to Sydney and live in an apartment next to Parramatta Leagues club.

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