The Warriors have signed Api Pewhairangi for the 2015 NRL season.
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The New Zealand Warriors have signed former Parramatta Eels utility Api Pewhairangi to a one-year deal ahead of the 2015 NRL season.
Having only played four first grade games for the Eels in 2014, the 22-year-old spent most of the year playing in the NSW Cup with Wentworthville.
Pewhairangi is a former New Zealand Maori representative who played for Ireland in the 2013 rugby league World Cup.
The youngster can play at centre or in the halves, and Warriors general manager said he had impressed while training with the squad in the off-season.
“We were well aware of Api’s ability after watching him come through the NYC and New South Wales Cup as well as playing some NRL football for the Eels,” Bell said.
“He was a real standout at our New South Wales Cup trial. We immediately invited him to join our squad for offseason training and he has continued to make a big impression which has now resulted in him being contracted.
“He has played in the centres but we like the look of him in the halves where he will definitely add to our depth.”