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New Zealand Warriors quartet returning home this month

Omnisport logo Omnisport 15/07/2020 Dejan Kalinic
New Zealand Warriors' Ken Maumalo © Getty Images New Zealand Warriors' Ken Maumalo

New Zealand Warriors quartet David Fusitu'a, Ken Maumalo, Agnatius Paasi and King Vuniyayawa will fly home later this month.

The Warriors have relocated to Australia for the NRL season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

After Leivaha Pulu returned home two weeks ago, another quartet will depart on July 27 to reunite with their families.

"We can't say enough about the sacrifice they have made being away from their families so long," Warriors chief executive Cameron George said.

"We fully understand the predicament they have been in and we're so appreciative of what they have done in committing to the cause for as long as they have.

"When we travelled to Australia we promised the players everything possible in our control would be done to secure travel exemptions for their families to join them there.

"Ultimately the decision lies with government agencies to approve the applications the NRL made on our behalf. There hasn't been any sign of a favourable result, which we accepted was always a possibility. Given those circumstances David, Ken, Agantius and King are free to go home.

"As well as thanking them for all they've done we would like to thank Peter V’landys and the NRL for all the work they've put in for the players and their families. I would also like to thank the RLPA staff for their support of the players during this time. We're hugely disappointed it hasn't worked out as we would have liked but it was out of our control."

The Warriors are considering how they may replace the quartet in their squad.

New Zealand have won three of their nine games this season to be two points adrift of the eighth-placed Wests Tigers.

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