Lawrence's forward move inevitable...


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    Lawrence’s forward move inevitable

    Wed 10 Feb, 2016, 6:00pm
    Jack Brady and Tony Webeck, NRL.com

    While the NRL All Stars game may be new territory for Wests Tigers’ Chris Lawrence, the World All Star’s journey to the back row isn’t groundbreaking territory.

    Back in 2007, just his second year of first grade football, Lawrence was a cog in the wheel of former coach Tim Sheens’s forward rotation for a little under his 18 games for the year.

    While never officially named in the back row until last season at the Tigers, Lawrence’s endeavours in the forwards started in Round 8, 2007 – where he scored six tries in the next five games from the interchange bench.

    As the 27-year-old readies himself to mix it with notorious hard men in James Graham, Martin Taupau, Tom Burgess and Kane Evans this week, Lawrence said he’s always seen the forwards as an inevitable destination.

    “I knew at some point I’d end up here, Sheeny’s had me playing there while Taniela Tuiaki was on the wing and Paul Whatuira was still there in the centres,” Lawrence told NRL.com.

    "I’ve always played a number of positions: wing, centre, five-eighth, lock and second row. The way it sort of worked out at the Tigers currently, the structure we play and the players we have, my best position is in the second row.

    “That’s where I fit in best and I really enjoyed playing there last year, it got me in the game a lot more which I enjoyed so I’m looking forward to doing that moving forward.”

    Apart from embracing different training types – namely wrestling sessions – nothing will change for Lawrence in 2016, with his style of play in the centres suiting his newfound position.

    “The back row suits me to be honest,” he said.

    "With the players we have had at the Tigers in the past like Benji Marshall, Rob Lui, Robbie Farah and Tim Moltzen they were able to really skip across and allow me to play a similar game as I do now, only I was in the centres.

    “My game hasn’t changed too much. It’s just a bit closer to the action.”

    While Lawrence has managed to play in Prime Minister XIII, City Origin and Kangaroos outfits in the past, the Eagle Vale St Andrews junior stressed the importance of the All Stars fixture.

    “I’m just really looking forward to playing in the event that it is, it’s an event that must stay,” Lawrence said.

    “From a personal side of things I get to play with players who I would never have the chance of playing alongside otherwise. To be able to spend this week with them and play a game with them is going to be pretty special.”

    http://www.nrl.com/lawrences-forward-move-inevitable/tabid/10874/newsid/92777/default.aspx


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    Enjoy the experience Rowdy…lap it up…



  • I am putting up a new term for the forum

    Lawrance-itis (Rowdy’s latest cliches despite playing little good football)

    I have got it.

    Guy has been on 6OOk for 5 years playing terrible football, and now is rewarded with captaincy and all stars.

    Th gravy train rolls on.



  • Yep congrats Rowdy well deserved. Hope he continues his good form in the 2nd row & earns a new contract with us.



  • Congrats Chris :slight_smile: Hope you get MOM…



  • I almost forgot about his days at 5/8th.

    Just some memories of a great Sheens comparison, on par with his comparison of Johnny Morris as the new Cooper Cronk.

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/wests-tigers-switch-chris-lawrence-to-five-eighth-for-clash-against-broncos/story-e6frep5x-1225886876874



  • Another slow news day



  • @greatodensraven:

    Yep congrats Rowdy well deserved. Hope he continues his good form in the 2nd row & earns a new contract with us.

    I have no problem with a new contract but it should only be for 2 years and no more than 300pa


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    @Eddie:

    I am putting up a new term for the forum

    Lawrance-itis (Rowdy’s latest cliches despite playing little good football)

    I have got it.

    Guy has been on 6OOk for 5 years playing terrible football, and now is rewarded with captaincy and all stars.

    Th gravy train rolls on.

    Yeah just think if Robbie didn’t ditch it for the Superbowl Rowdy wouldn’t of got a gig…



  • @Eddie:

    I am putting up a new term for the forum

    Lawrance-itis (Rowdy’s latest cliches despite playing little good football)

    I have got it.

    Guy has been on 6OOk for 5 years playing terrible football, and now is rewarded with captaincy and all stars.

    Th gravy train rolls on.

    $600,000 for the past 5 years - yeah right!

    The $600,000 (if it is that) is a result of a back ended contract - he is earning more now because they couldn’t pay him what he was contracted to 4 and 5 years ago. So, he was probably playing for about 1 or 200,000 then.

    He is just finishing earning $3 Million by your calculations Eddie - why would he still be playing football - he could retire.

    In reality he would not have earned any more on average over the 5 years than 350,000 per year. I am sure he would not expect to earn even that much per year if a new contract were offered.

    Don’t let the truth get in the way of dodgy figures though.

    Good on you Rowdy - hope you have a brilliant game.



  • @Eddie:

    I am putting up a new term for the forum

    Lawrance-itis (Rowdy’s latest cliches despite playing little good football)

    I have got it.

    Guy has been on 6OOk for 5 years playing terrible football, and now is rewarded with captaincy and all stars.

    Th gravy train rolls on.

    2015 was his best season in a few years and overall he was one of the team’s better performers; it coincided with a formal change in position and better run with injuries.

    You also can’t argue that at the time of his last contract, he was an elite-calibre centre/winger/FB, and it wasn’t a mistake to try and lock him in long-term.

    Plus by all reports he is super professional - trains well, diligent about rehab, has his own off-field business and education, doesn’t get caught up in drama.

    So by all means keep putting the boot into the guy, even though it seems evident that he still has something to offer, so long as we utilise him to his current skillset. In other words, if he stopped being a world-class centre some years ago but we kept playing him there because we didn’t have the cattle, that’s on us and not him.


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