Kodi Nikorima signs with the New Zealand Warriors



  • Kiwi international Kodi Nikorima is to join the Vodafone Warriors immediately after being snared from Brisbane through to the end of the 2021 NRL season.

    Vodafone Warriors chief executive Cameron George confirmed the Palmerston North-born 25-year-old Nikorima would be in line to make his Vodafone Warriors debut when they face St George Illawarra in the NRL’s inaugural Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, May 11 (5.30pm kick-off).

    “We couldn’t be more excited to secure a player of Kodi’s calibre, especially at this stage of the season,” said George.

    Peter O’Sullivan and our recruitment team have done a terrific job in securing Kodi

    Cameron George
    Vodafone Warriors chief executive
    “We’ve been patient in watching the player market for some time. Peter O’Sullivan and our recruitment team have done a terrific job in securing Kodi, who will certainly add value to our club.”

    Nikorima joins the Vodafone Warriors after making 86 appearances for the Broncos, the last of them in last Saturday night’s 29-6 win over Cronulla. In his rookie season in 2015 he was on the bench in Brisbane’s golden point grand final loss to North Queensland.

    A Kiwi debutant the same year, he has now played 13 Tests, starring at halfback in the Kiwis’ 2018 end-of-season internationals against Australia and England. He was the man of the match in the 34-0 third Test win over England at Elland Road in November.

    “Kodi will bring a lot to our club with his ability and experience,” said Vodafone Warriors general manager football Brian Smith.

    “He’ll also be a huge help around the club in helping to mentor our young halves.”

    Nikorima will arrive in Auckland this weekend and will be at Mount Smart Stadium to watch the Vodafone Warriors take on Newcastle on Sunday.

    I’m really excited about coming to the Vodafone Warriors and moving to Auckland

    Kodi Nikorima
    New Vodafone Warriors signing
    “I’m really excited about coming to the Vodafone Warriors and moving to Auckland,” he said.

    “It’s a new challenge after being at the Broncos for so long but I’m looking forward to working with the coaching staff and the players. I like the direction the club is heading in and it will also be good to be around a lot of familiar faces, both the coaches and team-mates.

    “I also want to thank the Broncos for the opportunity they gave me to develop as a player. The club has been a huge part of my life and I’m grateful for the way so many people supported me there.”

    Throughout his NRL career, Nikorima has demonstrated his utility value. Used off the bench in his first two seasons, he provided options in the halves as well as at hooker and fullback. Since then he has been used mainly at halfback but has also started at fullback.



  • Surprise, surprise…not!



  • We should go after CHT



  • @Jimmy said in Kodi Nikorima signs with the New Zealand Warriors:

    We should go after CHT

    We’ve signed enough halves over the last 2 years.



  • Well benji is finished at the end of the year and Reynolds isn’t very stable…CHT can also kick goals pretty well, has a great running game and can also help out with the game mangement



  • Thought exactly this when switched over to channeI 5022 and didn’t see him on the field last night.



  • @Jimmy said in Kodi Nikorima signs with the New Zealand Warriors:

    We should go after CHT

    Sorry but who is CHT?



  • @Spud_Murphy said in Kodi Nikorima signs with the New Zealand Warriors:

    @Jimmy said in Kodi Nikorima signs with the New Zealand Warriors:

    We should go after CHT

    Sorry but who is CHT?

    I believe they mean Chanel Tevita Harris (CTH) the young fullback/5/8 from the Warriors. Not sure where we’d play him though.



  • Kodi is easily the worst half in the comp

    What the Broncs saw in him originally and now the Warriors …



  • @Balmain_Boy I’d say we are the definition of a club that needs a 5/8 with a 34year old Benj and a fragile 30 year old Reynolds. Get someone on the first plane to Auckland to talk to them quick


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    @Curly_Tiger said in Kodi Nikorima signs with the New Zealand Warriors:

    @Balmain_Boy I’d say we are the definition of a club that needs a 5/8 with a 34year old Benj and a fragile 30 year old Reynolds. Get someone on the first plane to Auckland to talk to them quick

    Tyson Gamble age 22 position 5/8th



  • @Balmain_Boy It’s Chanel Harris-Tavita (CHT). He’s looked a real talent to me so far - defensively solid for a 20 year old half a few games into his career + he’s shown a decent kicking game + he’s a goal kicker & as he gets more experience and confidence I think we’ll see more of his running game. I would over-stack the squad in the halves if we could get him on the cheap, I think he’d be a worthwhile punt.



  • @Geo Why not have both?



  • What about Sean O’Sullivan? A clever, organising player.


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    @Curly_Tiger said in Kodi Nikorima signs with the New Zealand Warriors:

    @Geo Why not have both?

    Sure… just saying we have more than Mashall and Reynolds as well as our own development players in Madden and Talau both Australian Schoolboys coming through…


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