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8 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Isaac Luke. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Isaac Luke, often where they are interviewed.

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8 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Isaac Luke. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Isaac Luke, often where they are interviewed.

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Brian Smith: Isaac Luke officially back with the Warriors

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LISTEN TO BRIAN SMITH TALK WITH D'ARCY AND GORAN ABOVE
Veteran hooker Issac Luke will stay with the Warriors but a potential shoulder reconstruction could delay his start to next season.
The 31-year-old has signed new one-year deal for next year, while young second-rower Isaiah Papali'i has penned a one-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until at least the end of the 2020 season.
It's understood Luke accepted a heavily reduced offer to remain in Auckland after talks to join Newcastle broke down following news he requires shoulder surgery which could keep him sidelined until March next year.
"It's good to have the contract all sorted out," said Luke.
"We always wanted to stay in New Zealand, my wife and the kids. I'm really happy here at the club and I'm pleased I have another season with the boys."
Luke's new deal follows lengthy negotiations with the Warriors first tabling their offer for him to consider back in July.
The 254-game veteran was hoping for a longer contract but will now hope to maintain his strong form next season to inspire either the Warriors or another rival club to sign him for 2020 and beyond.
However, Luke is in doubt to be fit for the early rounds of next season with the club fearing he could require a full shoulder reconstruction and face a lengthy recovery of up to four to six months.
The former South Sydney Rabbitoh visited a specialist on Wednesday to have an MRI scan to determine the extent of the damage and is expected to go under the knife in the next week.
Luke has a history of shoulder issues and missed the round 10 loss to the Sydney Roosters after suffering a dislocation in the previous week's win over Wests Tigers.
"It's probably likely to be some kind of reconstruction," Warriors general manager of football Brian Smith told Radio Sport.
"The decision for anyone to have an operation at any time is always with the individual, in sport as well as out in the public.
"So no one's telling Issac what he has to do, but if he wants to play football he's got to get that shoulder tidied up so that he and we can get a lot more of the contact training in that he wasn't able to do for much of 2018.
"The operation will be in the next few days and it will be a few months, I would say, in a full recovery, depending on exactly what they find in the MRI."
Meanwhile, Papali'i's extension comes after 20-year-old was named on Monday in the Kiwis squad for next week's transtasman test against Australia in Auckland and the end of year tour of the UK.
The Warriors NRL Rookie of the Year was also selected for the Junior Kiwis and may drop out of the senior squad to captain the Under 20s team in their curtain-raiser clash against the Junior Kangaroos, before re-joining the senior side for the three-test series against England.
His re-signing comes after the club also recently locked in fellow Warriors junior products David Fusitu'a, Ken Maumalo, Jazz Tevaga and Bunty Afoa.
"Isaiah is a great young prospect who has quickly established himself at NRL level," said Warriors coach Stephen Kearney.
"He's a wonderful example to players aiming to make it into the NRL coming through our system. He really impresses with his attitude and resilience."
Oct 03 2018 · 8mins
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Cameron George: Decision due tomorrow on Isaac Luke's Warriors future

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The end is nigh for Issac Luke's protracted contract negotiations.
It's understood Luke has accepted a heavily reduced offer to remain in Auckland after talks to join Newcastle broke down following news he requires shoulder surgery which could keep him sidelined until March next year.
Warriors boss Cameron George told D’Arcy and Goran the deal is not quite done, but a meeting tomorrow between Luke and the club will sort it once and for all.
George responded last week to being asked about the deal with "how long is a piece of string", but now is confident the matter will be settled.
"That's why we catch up tomorrow when I'm in Auckland and we can go from there."
The new contract comes after lengthy negotiations between the two parties with the Warriors first tabling their offer for Luke to consider back in July.
The 31-year-old was hoping for a longer two or three year deal but will now hope to maintain his strong form next season to inspire either the Warriors or another rival club to sign him for 2020 and beyond.
Luke enjoyed a standout season in helping the Warriors to their first finals appearance in seven years before their campaign ended in the qualifying final loss to Penrith in week one of the playoffs.
His dynamic running and creativity out of dummy-half saw him rediscover his best form after his play suffered during his first two years at the Warriors (2016-17) as he battled weight and fitness issues.
His resurgence was rewarded when he reclaimed his Kiwis jersey for the June test against England in Denver before he finished the season among the nominees for the Dally M Hooker of the Year award.
The Warriors will be expecting more of the same from him next year as the club's first-choice hooker while looking to further blood young No 9 Nathaniel Roach who missed the entire season recovering from back surgery.
Luke's pending signing comes after the Warriors last week announced versatile forward Jazz Tevaga had re-signed for next season with an option for 2020, while the club has further depth in the position through back-up hookers Karl Lawton and Sam Cook.
Tevaga last week celebrated winning the Dally M Interchange Player of the Year after an impressive campaign that saw him come off the bench to play loose-forward while he also filled in at dummy-half in Luke's absence.
However, the extent of Luke's shoulder injury is still to be confirmed after he carried the problem throughout the season while also managing an Achilles strain.
Luke has a history of shoulder issues and missed the round 10 loss to the Sydney Roosters after suffering a dislocation in the previous week's win over Wests Tigers. The injury has ruled him out of next week's transtasman clash against the Kangaroos in Auckland and the Kiwis' end of year tour of the UK.
Meanwhile, the Warriors on Monday confirmed former Kiwis World Cup winning captain Nathan Cayless has signed a two-year deal to coach the club's Intrust Super Premiership side.
The Warriors have also announced they will play a home game at Wellington's Westpac Stadium in each of the next two seasons. The date of next year's game will be confirmed when the 2019 premiership draw is released in November.
- with content from NZ Herald
LISTEN TO CAMERON GEORGE TALK WITH D'ARCY AND GORAN ABOVE
Oct 02 2018 · 7mins
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Todd Lowrie: Lack of clarity around Isaac Luke's future

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The Warriors appear to be at long odds to retain one of their best players for the 2019 NRL season.
Veteran hooker Isaac Luke has been offered a heavily reduced one-year deal to stay at the Mount Smart club, with the Newcastle Knights among the contenders to sign him.
A shift to Newcastle would be a snug fit for Luke, and would likely see him competing with compatriot Danny Levi for the hooking role.
The move would be a blow for the Warriors and would require young hookers Nathaniel Rozche and Jazz Tevaga to potentially fill the void, while 2018 Karl Laughton could also be in the mix unless the club looks elsewhere.
Todd Lowrie, part of the Newcastle Knights coaching system, told D'Arcy and Goran that he could not confirm or deny if Luke would be heading across the ditch. 
Luke's decision should be known within the next week.
LISTEN TO TODD LOWRIE TALK WITH D'ARCY AND GORAN ABOVE
Sep 19 2018 · 10mins
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Richie Barnett: Karl Lawton should replace Jazz Tevaga as cover for Isaac Luke

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Sky NRL analyst, Richie Barnett who thinks Karl Lawton should be on the bench as cover for Isaac Luke as opposed to Jazz Tevaga. He also told us about the time he missed the birth of his second child (In light of Roger Tuivasa- Schek missing tonight’s game vs the Eels).
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May 18 2018 · 8mins
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Richie Barnett: Karl Lawton should replace Jazz Tevaga as cover for Isaac Luke

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Sky NRL analyst, Richie Barnett who thinks Karl Lawton should be on the bench as cover for Isaac Luke as opposed to Jazz Tevaga. He also told us about the time he missed the birth of his second child (In light of Roger Tuivasa- Schek missing tonight’s game vs the Eels).
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May 18 2018 · 8mins
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Tony Iro: Isaac Luke has until Friday

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The Warriors will give Isaac Luke until Friday to prove his fitness for this Saturday's NRL match against the Wests Tigers.
Luke injured his knee in the ANZAC day loss to the Melbourne Storm, and was thought to be sidelined for several weeks.
However, he has been named to start this weekend, and assistant coach Tony Iro told the Radiosport Breakfast they will give him every chance to play.
"We'll probably make that call depending on how Isaac goes and just how training goes today and then on Friday the captain's run."
LISTEN TO TONY IRO TALK WITH RADIOSPORT BREAKFAST ABOVE
May 01 2018 · 8mins
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Tony Iro: Isaac Luke has until Friday

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The Warriors will give Isaac Luke until Friday to prove his fitness for this Saturday's NRL match against the Wests Tigers.
Luke injured his knee in the ANZAC day loss to the Melbourne Storm, and was thought to be sidelined for several weeks.
However, he has been named to start this weekend, and assistant coach Tony Iro told the Radiosport Breakfast they will give him every chance to play.
"We'll probably make that call depending on how Isaac goes and just how training goes today and then on Friday the captain's run."
LISTEN TO TONY IRO TALK WITH RADIOSPORT BREAKFAST ABOVE
May 01 2018 · 8mins
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Andrew McFadden on Isaac Luke's personal strife

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Warriors coach Andrew McFadden joined The Devlin Radio Show to discuss Isaac Luke and his form, which has come in for criticism in recent weeks, and reveals the personal struggle which may explain it. 
LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW ABOVE
Luke has come under fire for his monosyllabic, muted responses to questions from Radio Sport commentator Allen McLaughlin during an interview at training this week
Andrew McFadden's moved to outline the reasons behind Issac Luke's sub-par form to start the NRL season.
The Warriors coach said while that was unacceptable, there are special circumstances including complications around the birth of his fourth child.
"One, his child, although he was playing he wasn't training with us much at that time and secondly, he's had a few calf injuries and a couple of knee injuries which has just not allowed him to be on the field as much as we'd like".
McFadden said criticism of Luke's form has been fair but insists there's no question around Issac Luke's commitment to the NRL club.
"I gave the team a bit of a spray at half time last weekend. Some of that was directed at Issac as well but he came out at the second half, he scored at try, he responded. Again, we're not happy with it, he's not happy".
Luke is unhappy with his own form at the moment .
However, he says that's not an excuse in this instance.
"That's sort of unacceptable behaviour for a senior player certainly the person involved [McLaughlin] I respect him a lot and he deserved more respect".
McFadden said he has confidence Luke will get to his best.
Apr 01 2016 · 7mins