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Eels beat Warriors to claim Auckland Nines

Parramatta may have the spectre of starting the competition on minus four points hanging over them, but the Eels could not have started their 2016 campaign any better after beating the New Zealand Warriors 22-4 in the final of the Auckland Nines.

Auckland Nines: The rookies to watch

Hot property: Panthers recruit Te Maire Martin was invited to train with the Kiwis before he had even played an NRL match.

Michael Carayannis   The Auckland Nines has been a launching pad for some of the brightest talents in the game in recent seasons. Michael Carayannis runs his eye over the uncapped NRL players who are expected to take the tournament by storm.

New Zealand Warriors under-20s player Tala Mailei's family mourn 'mummy's boy'

Seventeen-year-old Tala Mailei, far right, pictured with brothers Vaa, 23, and Alesana, 11.

Sam Sherwood   Tala Mailei's family are mourning a boy who was "always happy and always smiling".

Warriors in touch with family over star’s death

"We're in shock. This is dreadful for Tala's family and also for all of us at the club."

Sam Sherwood   New Zealand Warriors managing director Jim Doyle said on Monday the club was in constant communication with the family of Tala Mailei after the 17-year-old rising star was found dead in Christchurch on Sunday.

New Zealand Warriors reeling following death of under-20s player Tala Mailei

"We're in shock. This is dreadful for Tala's family and also for all of us at the club."

The New Zealand Warriors are in shock after 17-year-old rising star Tala Mailei was found dead in Christchurch on Sunday.

Robson makes family sacrifice to keep NRL dream alive

Fresh start: Warriors recruit Jeff Robson walks the red carpet during the unveiling of the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines ...

Michael Carayannis   Jeff Robson has made the tough decision to leave his family in Sydney as he eyes an NRL farewell with the Warriors.

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Pritchard commits to Hull despite late Warriors offer

Heading to the UK: Frank Pritchard.

Adrian Proszenko   Frank Pritchard has knocked back a late and lucrative offer to continue his NRL career at the Warriors, but the Test forward will honour his commitment to Hull FC.

Throw the bank at Doyle and make him NRL chief

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Andrew Webster   Support is growing for the Warriors boss to the vill the void left by Dave Smith

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Robson joins Warriors for 2016

On the move: Jeff Robson.

Jeff Robson will swap roles with Chad Townsend for the 2016 NRL season, after the veteran Cronulla playmaker was snapped up by the Warriors on a one-year deal on Wednesday.

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Warriors doctor reiterates concerns about prescription drugs

An elderly man became seriously ill from prescription drugs, police say.

Adrian Proszenko   New Zealand Warriors doctor John Mayhew has reiterated his concerns about the misuse of prescription drugs in the NRL, believing the cultural problem is at its worst in Sydney.

McFadden slams partying Warriors

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David Long   Three players were filmed on stage with American R&B star Ginuwine two days before 50-point thrashing by Wests Tigers.

Warriors partying onstage before drubbing

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Three New Zealand Warriors players have been caught partying hard two nights before the Auckland-based NRL club fell to their second hammering in a row. 

End of an era as Richards and Galloway farewell Tigers fans

Veterans farewell: Robbie Farah, Keith Galloway and Pat Richards pose after the match.

Chris Barrett   Two of the joint venture's favourite sons played their final home games in a 34-point thrashing of the New Zealand Warriors.

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Farah winning PR war after starring role for Tigers

Lap of honour: Robbie Farah gestures to the crowd after the Tigers beat the New Zealand Warriors at Campbelltown Sports ...

Chris Barrett   The only thing that matched the standout performance of Robbie Farah at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday was the awkwardness of the media conference that followed.

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Farah stars in Tigers romp after being shown door

The unhappy hooker: Robbie Farah runs the ball during the round 25 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the New ...

Chris Barrett   The NSW Origin hooker had a blinder against the New Zealand Warriors in what may well have been his final home game for the club.

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Cowboys sweat on pair after resounding win

Shoo-in: Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys.

David Long and Steve Mascord   The seasons of North Queensland representative stars James Tamou and Michael Morgan hang in the balance after the Cowboys scored 50 unanswered points against the Warriors.

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Panthers end Warriors' season with 24-10 win

Penrith passion: Konrad Hurrell of the Warriors is tackled by Josh Mansour and Jamie Soward.

Michael Carayannis   Penrith moved away from an unlikely wooden spoon with a 24-10 win against the Warriors, who were playing for their season.

Mason and Matulino hit hard by NRL judiciary for shoulder charges

Facing a charge: Willie Mason.

Brad Walter   Manly prop Willie Mason and Warriors forward Ben Matulino are the first players hit with suspensions under the NRL's revised shoulder charge rule.

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Matulino shoulder charge may end his season

In strife: Ben Matulino.

Brad Walter   Willie Mason and Jayson Bukuya are expected to be cleared of illegal shoulder charges but Ben Matulino's season may be all but over.

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St George Illawarra Dragons far too strong for New Zealand Warriors in wet Wellington affair

Scorching: Tyson Frizell scores for the Dragons as they dismantled the New Zealand Warriors.

Liam Hyslop   The New Zealand Warriors' NRL season is in tatters after a comprehensive 36-0 thrashing at the hands of an understrength St George Illawara Dragons in Wellington on Saturday.