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Foran Warriors start delayed: report

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/12/2016
Kieran Foran © Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Kieran Foran

Kieran Foran probably won't be cleared by the NRL in time to play the Warriors' season-opening game, according to a media report.

Sydney's Daily Telegraph says Kiwis international five-eighth Foran is unlikely to make his debut for the Warriors against the Newcastle Knights in Auckland on March 5.

The newspaper says it understands the NRL integrity unit holds reservations about Foran fulfilling the commitments he was asked to meet before being cleared to play.

The troubled 26-year-old must prove he is fit to return to rugby league after he left the game earlier this year following a host of personal issues that saw him released by Parramatta.

Foran is also continuing his rehabilitation from a serious shoulder injury which has prevented him from training fully with his new team-mates.

Chief executive Jim Doyle says it is all-but inevitable that Auckland-born Foran will play for the Warriors but the start date can't be guaranteed.

He said Foran and the Warriors were working diligently with the NRL and the player's personal well-being was improving steadily.

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