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Warriors sign Blake Green

Manly released the 31-year-old five eighth yesterday after securing disgruntled Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce.

Green, who was one of Manly's stars in 2017, had a year left remaining on his contracts.

Signed until the end of the 2020 NRL season, Green is moving to Auckland after helping the Sea Eagles surge to sixth this season from 13th in 2016.

Russell to leave Warriors at end of season

The Scotland fly-half has spent his entire senior career with the Warriors and was a Pro12 winner under Gregor Townsend in 2015.

Russell, who earned his 31st Scotland cap against New Zealand on Saturday, says his decision came from a desire to try something new, with the club announcing his departure in a lengthy statement.

Speaking to the Warriors' official website, he said: "I've shared so many fantastic moments with people who are now friends for life and to do it in front of the amazing Glasgow Warriors supporters at Scotstoun has been a dream come true.

Ata Hingano humbled by passionate fans on first trip to his homeland

The team will spend the next week in Tonga, given a chance to bond with one another as well as meet their fans before the Rugby League World Cup later this month, with Hingano blown away by the reception from the locals since players began to arrive yesterday.

"It's been pretty mean!" Hingano told 1 NEWS.

"Pretty much all of Tonga turned up, it definitely made the first day a memorable one."

Hingano even joked that he's wanting to get a gold tooth or two while in Tonga.

"If there's time, probably yeah," he said while giggling.

     

Tuivasa-Sheck named Warriors player of the year

The other finalists Simon Mannering, a record five-time winner, and halfback Shaun Johnson.

While he wasn't able to lead the Warriors to their first finals appearance in six years - the club finished 13th - Tuivasa-Sheck appeared in all but one of their 24 matches.

The other backs to receive the award previously are Manu Vatuvei in 2010 Francis Meli (2003), Stacey Jones (1997) and Tea Ropati (1995).

Mannering won the People's Choice Award after a season in which he went past Jones' club record of 261 appearances.

Warriors not short on motivation

Staring down the barrel of an eighth consecutive defeat, which would equal the club's record losing run, the Warriors are languishing in 13th position with two games remaining. 

‌‌But centre Blake Ayshford told NRL.com there was no chance his side would lack motivation come kick-off at Mount Smart Stadium.

"We have got the fans, it's our last home game, we are looking to build for next year, there's players playing for contracts and then obviously Benny Matulino, who has played over 200 games for this club, he will play his last home game," Ayshford said.

Warriors club no quick sale

While it's understood that the news that Watson could relinquish control of the Warriors has sparked interest in other prospective buyers, Davys says he's pressing ahead with his interest in the club and he's not being swayed by who the other potential owners might be.

"That's for Eric to decide, I'm focussed on what I'm doing to be fair," Davys said.

On Thursday, Warriors great Monty Betham launched a campaign for Warriors fans to buy the club.

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Makeshift pack rolling for Warriors

Despite being well beaten in a 36-16 defeat to the Canberra Raiders last Sunday, the Warriors powered through the middle of the park, averaging 49 metres on every set in Round 23.

Their total haul of 1814 metres was beaten only by the St George Illawarra Dragons last week, with Jacob Lillyman, Ben Matulino and Simon Mannering all running for over 100 metres individually.

For rookie big man Isaiah Papali'i, it has been heartening to get the job done without the presence of injured frontline props James Gavet and Albert Vete, as well as veteran back-rower Bodene Thompson.

Warriors lose sixth straight

The 36-16 loss to the Raiders at a rainy Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday afternoon typified all that's gone wrong this year. 

Some good effort in patches, but it wasn't converted into points and errors and sloppy defence proved costly.

Kearney blasted his players after their loss to the Knights last weekend for not trying. That wasn't as much a factor in this game, more a case of them being outclassed and having no confidence.

 "It's another disappointing night," lamented Kearney afterwards.

Foran ruled out ahead of Warriors clash with Raiders

Foran failed a fitness test on a shoulder complaint today, but was expected to be available for next week's meeting with South Sydney.

His absence means coach Stephen Kearney would have to rely on three young players to step up against the Raiders.

Ata Hingano and Mason Lino team up in the halves and Nathaniel Roache at hooker.

Hingano, who debuted late last season would be playing just his 12th NRL match and making only his fifth start, while it would be just the seventh appearance for Lino.

Mannering: Time to move on

It was perhaps the worst performance of the season against the club that looks set to pick up the NRL's wooden spoon for the third straight year, but the players are left with no choice but to dust themselves off and move on to Sunday's game against the Raiders.

That result ended any hope of the Warriors finishing in the top eight and they've got to get through four meaningless games before the season ends.

Mannering, who has played 276 games for the club, admitted it wasn't easy to get over the Knights defeat. 

"To be honest, it was hard," Mannering said.