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New Zealand Warriors
Club information
Full nameNew Zealand Warriors Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s)The Warriors, The Wahs
Colours  Blue
  Green
  Red
  White
Founded1995 as Auckland Warriors
Websitewarriors.kiwi
Current details
Ground(s)
CEOCameron George
ChairmanKen Reinsfield
CoachAndrew Webster
CaptainTohu Harris
CompetitionNRL Men's Premiership
2023 season4th
Home jersey
Home colours
Away jersey
Away colours
Current season
Records
Premierships36
Runners-up0 (2002, 2011)
Minor premierships98 (2002)
Wooden spoons0
Most capped301Simon Mannering
Highest try scorer152Manu Vatuvei
Highest points scorer1,131Shaun Johnson

The New Zealand Warriors are a professional rugby league football club based in Auckland, New Zealand that competes in the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership and is the League's only team from outside Australia. They were formed in 1995 as the Auckland Warriors, and are affectionally known as the Wahs. The Warriors are coached by Andrew Webster and captained by Tohu Harris. The Warriors are based at Go Media Stadium Mt Smart in the Auckland suburb of Penrose. They are the year on year champions on paper. But never the NRL champions. The West Tigers will win another competition before the warriors make the GF.

For the 1995 season the newly formed Auckland Warriors became the first club from outside Australia to be admitted to the Australian Rugby League's premiership when it expanded from 16 to 20 teams. As a result of the Super League war in the mid-1990s, Auckland left the ARL to compete in the Super League competition of 1997, before joining the re-unified NRL the following year. They re-branded themselves the New Zealand Warriors in 2001. The club has yet to win a premiership as of 2023. They have won one minor premiership (in 2002), and reached two grand finals (2002, 2011), reaching the finals eight times.

History

History of the bid

Original logo for the Auckland Warriors

Rugby league in New Zealand was largely centred around Auckland since the establishment of the New Zealand Rugby League in 1909. Auckland produced the bulk of the New Zealand team for many years, and a number of these players were recruited to play professionally in either Australia or England.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Auckland representative side consistently provided strong opposition to touring teams. An Auckland team was admitted into the mid-week ARL Amco Cup competition in 1978. In their first year they made the semi-finals, and were defeated by the overall competition winners, Eastern Suburbs. They remained in the competition until the early 1980s. In 1987, an Auckland side toured Great Britain and claimed wins over powerhouse clubs Leeds and Wigan.

In 1988, serious investigation into an Auckland team entering the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) commenced, encouraged mainly by Mount Albert, which at that time was one of the strongest rugby league clubs in the country. On 17 May 1992, it was announced that an Auckland-based club would enter the Australian Rugby League competition in 1995. This followed very good turnouts to a number of NSWRL matches played in Auckland. The new team was to be called the Auckland Warriors and would be run by the Auckland Rugby League. The original colours selected were blue, white, red and green. Blue and white are recognised as the traditional sporting colours of Auckland, while red and green were the colours of the Warriors' original sponsor, DB Bitter. The original logo was designed by Francis Allan, of Colenso.

First season – 1995

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
10th (of 20) 22 13 0 9 544 493 +51

The coach of the new team would be former Parramatta and Wigan coach John Monie. A number of senior players were signed, such as Greg Alexander and Andy Platt. Captain Dean Bell was a high-performing signing. Former Rugby union players such as John Kirwan and Marc Ellis were brought in, in later years.

The Warriors' first year in the Australian Rugby League was 1995. Their debut match was against the Brisbane Broncos on 10 March 1995 in front of 30,000 people at a newly refurbished Mount Smart Stadium. The Warriors led 22–10 at one point in the second half of the match, however Brisbane defeated the new club 25–22.

A home crowd attendance record of 32,174 was set at Mount Smart Stadium in Round 6 of the 1995 ARL season, a record that was not topped until Round 1 of the 2011 NRL season.[2]

The Warriors were deducted two competition points for an interchange error. In a match against Western Suburbs, the Warriors used five interchange players instead of the allowed four. The Warriors won the match, 46–12. This error led to the club ultimately missing the finals by two competition points. The season saw the debut of future star, Stacey Jones, who scored a try on debut in a 40–4 rout of Parramatta in Sydney.

Second year blues – 1996

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
11th (of 20) 21 10 0 11 412 427 −15

The Australian Rugby League season 1996 could have been regarded as a better one for the Warriors. The Warriors found themselves siding with the Super League during the Super League War when the New Zealand Rugby League signed up to the rebel competition. They claimed their first 'victory' over Brisbane in round one of the competition that year, after all Super League clubs agreed to boycott the first round of the competition in protest. The Warriors won the two points when they travelled to Brisbane with a squad of players that were unsigned to Super League, forcing the Broncos to forfeit the match.

With four rounds remaining the Warriors were in sixth place in the competition, seemingly headed for a finals berth. They proceeded to lose all four matches to tumble out of the finals.

Super League war – 1997

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
7th (of 10) 18 7 0 11 332 406 −74

The Warriors spent 1997 in the breakaway Super League Telstra Cup competition. Despite the reduced number of teams, they failed to make an impression on the competition. Monie was replaced by Frank Endacott as coach midway through the 1997 season. The only positive was the team's performance in the World Club Challenge. The Warriors defeated United Kingdom powerhouses Wigan and St Helens, as well as Warrington. The Warriors were knocked out in the semi-finals by eventual winners Brisbane, going down 16–22.

Beginning of the NRL era – 1998

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
15th (of 20) 24 9 0 15 417 518 −101

The first season of the reformed competition was a year that saw few highlights for the club. It was readily apparent that the club needed a new approach and attitude. Fortunately for them, they were in a better position than the other two clubs that joined the competition in 1995.

Tainui era – 1999

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
11th (of 17) 24 10 0 14 538 498 +40

Former Kiwi Mark Graham took over as coach in 1999. The club was sold off to a consortium that included ex-Kiwi coach Graham Lowe and the Tainui tribe. The club again disappointed on field, but a mid season ultimatum saw a strong finish to the season, with the side winning five of their last six games. The signs appeared promising for the new millennium.

Financial collapse and reinvention – 2000

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
13th (of 14) 24 8 2 16 426 662 −236

In National Rugby League season 2000 the Warriors could only finish second last. This season included the Warriors' largest ever loss in their history to date, 54–0 to St. George Illawarra in Wollongong. Alarmingly, the problems off-field overshadowed the on-field problems. The majority shareholders were under intense financial pressure, and the club's future was looking bleak at best. The key assets of the club were purchased by business tycoon Eric Watson. This did not include player contracts, and many players were released and had to fight to get the money they had been promised. Ultimately only 10 players from the 2000 season were retained.

The club was re-branded as the New Zealand Warriors, with new colours of black and grey – resembling the national sporting colours. New coach Daniel Anderson and CEO Mick Watson focused on signing unknown New Zealand talent. There were only six Australians in the 2001 squad, and only three foundation players – Monty Betham, Stacey Jones and Logan Swann.

First finals series – 2001

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
8th (of 14) 26 12 2 12 638 629 +9

In a season where the re-branded New Zealand Warriors were tipped to finish in second-last place behind the North Queensland Cowboys, the team surprised all, qualifying for their first ever finals appearance in the National Rugby League season 2001.

The Warriors were involved in Round 8 in one of the biggest near-comebacks in the history of the NRL. Down 24–8 to Canterbury-Bankstown with under six minutes remaining, the Warriors rattled off three tries in as many sets, only failing to win the match as Stacey Jones missed a conversion from in front of the posts in the final minute.

After a mid-season struggle, the Warriors upset the minor premiers Parramatta 29–18 at home, in what was a highlight match.

Then, with their season on the line, the team won four matches in a row, starting with impressive 34–8, 30–0, and 14–8 home victories over fellow finals-bound teams Canterbury, Cronulla and the Sydney Roosters. The Warriors also scored 24 unanswered points in the final quarter to beat the Panthers 48–32. Their first finals appearance was sealed with a bruising 24–24 draw with the Storm at Colonial Stadium (now Marvel Stadium), but the effects of this match were seen a week later, as the Warriors were beaten by 30–18 at home by the Cowboys, a win that saw the North Queenslanders avoiding the wooden spoon.

In their first-ever finals appearance, they were defeated by the Minor Premiers, the Parramatta Eels 56–12. The loss was at the time the largest in finals series history.

Minor Premiership and Grand Final – 2002

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
1st (of 15) 24 17 0 7 2 688 454 +234

The Warriors reached their zenith to date in the National Rugby League season 2002. They won the Minor Premiership, finishing in first place at the conclusion of the regular season after Canterbury lost 37 competition points late in the season due to severe salary cap breaches. The club played what stands as the first finals match to have been held outside Australia at Mt Smart Stadium in the first week of the Finals Series. The Warriors would defeat their bogey side Canberra 36–20 after surviving an early scare.

For the Preliminary Final against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Stadium Australia the Warriors' sponsors, such as Vodafone New Zealand and Eric Watson, purchased 15,000 tickets and gave them away for free to anyone with a New Zealand passport. Reportedly, in the 45,000 crowd there were more Warriors supporters than Cronulla supporters – astonishing considering Cronulla are a Sydney-based club. The Warriors went on to win 16–10 with John Carlaw scoring a famous try after latching onto a pinpoint Stacey Jones grubber-kick.[3]

The Grand Final against the Sydney Roosters was a tight match for the first hour. The Warriors trailed 2–6 at half time, but took a lead just after halftime when Jones scored a great grand final try – as he left defenders sprawling in his wake on a 40-metre run to the try line. The Roosters ran away with the match in the final 20 minutes after captain Brad Fittler was involved in a head clash with Warriors prop Richard Villasanti. The final score was 8–30.

Top-eight again – 2003

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
6th (of 15) 24 15 0 9 2 545 510 +35

2003 was another quite successful year for the Warriors.

After blowing an early 16–0 lead to lose 26–36 to the Newcastle Knights in Round 1, the Warriors embarked on a five-match winning streak to announce themselves as contenders for the season. However, the Warriors then struggled through the middle-stages of the season, squandering a 26–12 lead with eight minutes remaining to lose to the Parramatta Eels dramatically 28–26 at Parramatta Stadium. There was also an insipid 10–30 loss in Townsville to the North Queensland. They played their first ever extra time match, defeating South Sydney 31–30, recovering from a 6–24 deficit.

The Warriors secured their playoff spot, ultimately finishing sixth on points differential, a dangerous position to finish, as the 6th-placed finishers had been eliminated after the first week of the playoffs in the past three seasons.

Their first finals match was against Canterbury at the Sydney Showground (now Giants Stadium). The Warriors turned on one of their finest performances ever, stunning the Bulldogs early to lead 16–4 at halftime, and after a Canterbury comeback tied the scores at 16-all, scoring five tries in 16 minutes to blow the Bulldogs away, eventually winning 48–22. Winger Francis Meli scored five tries, a finals record. This prompted Graham Lowe, a known critic of the Warriors to say that the Warriors would win the premiership. The next week a Stacey Jones field-goal in the dying minutes got the Warriors past a gallant Canberra Raiders 17–16. They however lost in the Preliminary Final to the Minor Premiers and eventual Premiers Penrith Panthers, 20–28. It was a disappointing loss for the Warriors, who did not lead at any point of the match, and blew their chance early in the second half to take their first lead, when Henry Fa'afili lost the ball with the line wide open.

Worst year yet – 2004

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
14th (of 15) 24 6 0 18 2 427 693 −266

Before the National Rugby League season 2004 started, there were predictions of the Warriors having a highly successful season. These were proved wrong, as the Warriors managed to only win six games to finish equal last, only escaping the wooden spoon by having a superior points differential to South Sydney. Coach Daniel Anderson resigned mid-season after an embarrassing 52-point loss to the Sydney Roosters. His assistant Tony Kemp was given the head coach position, and in his first game in charge the Warriors recorded an emotional 20–14 win over Canberra. A week later, the Warriors' first match in Christchurch since 1996 was a flop, as the Warriors were destroyed by the Wests Tigers 4–50. The season finished with an embarrassing six-game losing streak.

The management looked to rescue a poor year with some high-profile signings. Canterbury captain Steve Price was signed, as was Kiwis captain Ruben Wiki, North Queensland half Nathan Fien and Roosters winger Todd Byrne.

Rebuilding begins – 2005

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
11th (of 15) 24 10 0 14 2 515 528 −13

2005 was an improvement over the horror scenes of 2004. The team remained competitive for all of their matches, and their largest loss was only 18 points. The team had a good chance to make the finals, however a four match losing streak late in the season removed those chances. The season was tinged with sadness, as it was announced it would be star halfback Stacey Jones last season with the club before he would join French Super League club, Catalans Dragons. His last match for the team against Manly at Brookvale Oval was a fine way for him to sign off with the club as he scored the match-winning try with three minutes to go in a 22–20 victory.

At the end of the season the structure of the team was reviewed. CEO Mick Watson resigned and was replaced by Wayne Scurrah. Tony Kemp was sacked as coach and his assistant Ivan Cleary replaced him as head coach.

Salary cap drama – 2006

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
10th (of 15) 24 12 0 12 2 552 463 +89

In February 2006, the Warriors were found to have committed major breaches of the salary cap in 2005. This followed the high-profile signings of Steve Price and Ruben Wiki. On 27 February the NRL announced the club would be deducted four competition points and the club would also be fined A$430,000.

Even before the penalty the Warriors were expected to struggle and were being picked as wooden spooners in some quarters. With the four-point deduction, the Warriors won their first NRL game away from Auckland, with a 26–10 victory over the reigning premiers, the Wests Tigers, at Jade Stadium in Christchurch.

On 25 June the Warriors recorded their largest ever win, defeating South Sydney 66–0 at Stadium Australia, as part of a four-match winning streak that claimed the scalps of the Sydney Roosters, Newcastle Knights, and also the Penrith Panthers. This streak was ended in an 18–22 golden-point loss to the Bulldogs, in a game where the Warriors surrendered an early 16–0 lead.

The Warriors finished the season on a positive note leaving room for optimism for 2007 and beyond. They caused arguably the upset of the season, defeating the Minor Premiers Melbourne 24–20 at Olympic Park Stadium in Melbourne, preventing the Storm from going the full regular season unbeaten at home.

Impressively, it took the Warriors 24 weeks to be completely out of finals contention. The Warriors finished winning eight of their final twelve games, including a 42–16 thrashing of the Roosters in Round 25, which included four tries by Jerome Ropati. Had the Warriors not suffered the four-point deduction, they would have finished in eighth place on the ladder, and hence would have taken part in the finals series. As it was, they finished tenth on the ladder.

There were a number of revelations in the squad. Unheralded halfback Grant Rovelli was a standout performer. Winger Patrick Ah Van has cemented a first grade spot and impressed many with his performances, while George Gatis and Nathan Fien were fine performers at hooker, and centre Simon Mannering has been one of the Warriors most impressive backs.

Return to the Finals – 2007

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
4th (of 16) 24 13 1 10 1 593 434 +159

The Warriors completed their pre-season with two wins from three games, defeating the Auckland Lions 64–4, losing to the North Queensland Cowboys 32–14 and defeating the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 36–6.

The Warriors finished the 2007 season in fourth place. The season began with a 34–18 victory over Parramatta at Mt Smart Stadium. The following week the side created history by winning their first two games of the season with a 24–14 victory over premiers, the Brisbane Broncos – the first time they have ever won their opening two games of the season.

After a good start which saw the team sitting in fourth place with a 4–2 win–loss record, the team hit a period of indifferent form, falling into a six match losing streak following a last minute win over South Sydney. The team returned to form, defeating Cronulla 12–2 in wild weather at Toyota Park. Following that victory the side won 9 out of 12 games, with one draw. The Warriors clinched a playoff spot with a 36–14 win over an understrength Manly side, and claimed a home final the following week, defeating the Penrith Panthers 24–20 at CUA Stadium in Round 25.

The Warriors, by virtue of finishing the regular season in fourth place, won the right to host one of the finals matches in the first week of the playoffs. However, the Warriors narrowly went down to the Parramatta Eels 12–10 at Mount Smart Stadium, and their season ended with a 12–49 loss to the Cowboys in Townsville.

On 30 May the Warriors signed Australian Kangaroos' centre, Brent Tate from 2008 to 2010 in what was described as a "major coup" for the New Zealand club.

Second-half revival – 2008

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
8th (of 16) 24 13 0 11 2 502 567 −65
Ben Matulino and Evarn Tuimavave in Round 16 of the 2008 NRL season

The 2008 season did not start as brightly for the club, losing Wade McKinnon for much of the year during a pre-season loss to Newcastle, and losing captain Steve Price (rugby league, born 1974) for ten weeks, as well as injuries to other key players Manu Vatuvei, Jerome Ropati and Michael Witt. The team remained in contention for much of the season, however often performed very poorly away from Mt Smart Stadium, and suffered their first loss to South Sydney (28–35) since 1999, and went on to lose to South Sydney again later in the season (16–18). Despite poor results away, strong home form and a now common revival in the second half of the season saw the Warriors make the top eight for the second season running, incredibly despite spending only three weeks in the top eight all season. A top-eight berth was secured in the last game of the season, when the Warriors defeated the Parramatta Eels 28–6 at Parramatta Stadium, marking the first time since 1995 that the Warriors had won away to Parramatta.

With nothing to lose in the first week of the finals, the Warriors caused arguably the greatest finals upset ever, and arguably greatest victory in the history of the club, defeating the Melbourne Storm 18–15 at Olympic Park; in doing so, they became the first 8th placed team to beat the minor premiers, with Michael Witt scoring two minutes from full-time to clinch the win. Witt taunted Melbourne captain, Cameron Smith, before placing the ball for the historic victory.[4]

In week two of the playoffs, the Warriors came from behind to defeat the Sydney Roosters 30–13 at Mt. Smart Stadium. The Sydney Roosters led 13–6 at halftime before a second-half comeback saw the Warriors pile on twenty-four unanswered points to earn the Warriors a place in the preliminary finals. This was the first time since 2003 that the Warriors have reached the grand final qualifier, and third overall in 14 seasons. They however went down heavily to an inspired Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 32–6.

Tragedy strikes – 2009

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
14th (of 16) 24 7 2 15 2 377 545 −188

2009 started with the loss of young up-and-comer Sonny Fai, who drowned at Bethells Beach, near Auckland. He had gone into dangerous surf to rescue some relatives but was probably sucked under by a rip. Almost as if using the occurrence as an inhibitor, the Warriors had a very disappointing year, despite winning the opening two rounds against eventual grand finalists Parramatta Eels 26–18 and reigning premiers Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

After those great wins they proceeded to win a poor 1 of 8 games including a draw. They did however manage to beat West Tigers 14–0 and Newcastle 13–0 keeping both opponents scoreless, but it was the poor attacking that had every league fan questioning. and ultimately saw them lose their next 3 matches by heavy scores. They did beat the Roosters 30–24 at SFS and Raiders 34–20 at Mt Smart Stadium. But in the end the Warriors lost their final two games against the Bulldogs in Hazem El Masri's last home game [before the finals] and ultimately ended their season losing 0–30 to the eventual premiers Melbourne Storm.

Return to finals football – 2010

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The Club Championship (left) and the Toyota Cup (right), both won in 2010
Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
5th (of 16) 24 14 0 10 2 539 486 +53

Expectations were not high for the Warriors in 2010 after a disappointing 2009 season. The Warriors bolstered their playing stocks in the pivotal play-making positions by signing Brett Seymour after he was cut by Cronulla and James Maloney from Melbourne. In arguably one of their best ever performances they humbled the Brisbane Broncos 48–16 at Suncorp Stadium in Round 3, with Maloney tying a club-record with 28 points (3 tries and 8 goals). Kevin Locke scored a hat-trick in the Warriors miraculous 20–18 win over the Sydney Roosters at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, narrowly escaping a serious hip injury after a high-speed collision with the goal-post (in the process of scoring the game-winning try). The Warriors won five matches in a row for the first time since late in the 2003 season and finished in 5th position in the regular season. They were knocked out of the finals series in the first week, losing to Gold Coast Titans.

Another Grand Final – 2011

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
6th (of 16) 24 14 0 10 2 504 393 +111

2011 started out as emotional for the Warriors, due to the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. The Warriors began the 2011 season with an historic match at Auckland's Eden Park, the first regular season home game the club had played away from Mt Smart Stadium. The match drew a record home game crowd for the Warriors of 38,405 however unfortunately the Warriors could not repay the large crowd with a victory as they were beaten 24–18 by the Parramatta Eels. The Warriors went on to lose their following two matches and it appeared that Warriors fans were in for another season of disappointment. To their credit the Warriors bounced back and were in the running for a top four position late in the season but finished in 6th spot. Midway through the season coach Ivan Cleary was approached by the Penrith Panthers and was appointed as their coach for the 2012 season. Cleary remained coach for the remainder of the 2011 season and Brian McClennan was to be appointed his successor for the 2012 season. One of the highlights of the season was the unearthing of the young halfback Shaun Johnson who played a key role as the Warriors approached the 2011 finals series.

In week one of the finals series the Warriors were thrashed 40–10 by the Brisbane Broncos. Other results went the Warriors way and they were fortunate to progress to week two of the finals where they would meet a high flying Wests Tigers who had completed their 9th straight victory. The match was expected to go the Tigers way however a brilliant second half comeback by the Warriors culminated in a late and controversial try to Krisnan Inu which saw the Warriors win 22–20 and earn the right to play the Melbourne Stormfor a place in the Grand Final.

The Warriors travelled to Melbourne as outsiders but turned in what is considered one of the most complete performances in the club's history. The Warriors controlled the match and sealed the Melbourne Storm's fate with Shaun Johnson mesmerising the Storm defence to send Lewis Brown in for the try that would send the Warriors to their second ever Grand Final, where they would meet the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

The Warriors would again start the match as heavy underdogs and with a side boasting only three players who had previously played in a Grand Final (Manly on the other hand could boast their coach and eight players who had won the 2008 NRL premiership with the club, plus another who had won a premiership in 2003 with Penrith). Heavy defence from both sides was the feature until the Warriors opened the scoring with a penalty goal to James Maloney in the 28th minute, but a little more than a minute after the restart, a bad read in defence saw prolific try scorer Brett Stewart in for the 1st try. Just before the break, the Warriors were then unlucky not to receive a penalty for obstruction in the lead up to Manly's second try which saw them go into the sheds down 12–2. A further try to Clive Churchill Medal winner Glenn Stewart in the 57th minute saw Manly's lead out to 18–2. The Warriors refused to die however, and clawed their way back with tries to Manu Vatuvei and Elijah Taylor in the 63rd and 68th minutes. Unfortunately Maloney missed both conversions which could have taken the score to 18–14 and a grandstand finish, but a try to Manly captain Jamie Lyon with only a minute remaining put the result beyond doubt as the Warriors were beaten by a clinical Manly outfit 24–10 – yet their effort in reaching just their second ever Grand Final (and their first in nine years) was a triumph for the club and departing coach Ivan Cleary and won praise from those in the NRL.

2011 was a successful season all-round for the New Zealand Warriors, with all three grades reaching the Grand Final. The club's NYC team defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 31–30 in golden point extra time in the NYCGrand Final to win their second premiership, while NSW Cup affiliate the Auckland Vulcans went down 30–28 after conceding a last minute try to Canterbury-Bankstown in the NSW Cup Grand Final.

Grand Final hangover – 2012

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
14th (of 16) 24 8 0 16 2 497 609 −112

2012 was meant to promise so much for the Warriors following their grand final appearance of 2011. A new coach with a successful track record in Brian 'Bluey' McClennan, a stable squad and strong public support indicated that 2012 could have been the year they finally broke their premiership duck. The season again kicked off with a home game at Eden Park, with a strong crowd of 37,502 witnessing the Warriors go down 20–26 to Manly in a grand final rematch. The match was perhaps an indication of things to come, with the Warriors performing strongly on attack but being let down by weak defence at crucial stages which ultimately cost them the match.

The season did not improve much from that point, with the Warriors failing to find any semblance of consistency throughout the season. There were some highs, such as their 44–22 drubbing of South Sydney, but these were far outweighed by the deep lows. Their season is best summed up by a dismal month of football between Rounds 20 and 23. The Warriors surrendered 19- and 18-nil leads in succession and lost (a first in the history of the game), before leaking 97 points in their next two defeats. In the process they lost all semblance of a quality rugby league team.[5]

Injuries were not kind to the Warriors, with the side using 29 players over the course of the season – the second highest of any team in the NRL. The Warriors season unravelled over the latter rounds. Ultimately Brian McClennan was sacked with three rounds remaining, with assistant coach Tony Iro taking over the reins for the final two rounds. The change of coach did not result in a change of fortunes however, as the Warriors limped out of the season with an eight match long losing streak – a club record.

Following a lengthy search for a new coach former Penrith and Canberra boss Matthew Elliott was appointed as head coach in October 2012.

A year under Matt Elliott – 2013

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
11th (of 16) 24 11 0 13 2 495 554 −59

Another horror start for the Warriors in 2013 as they win just 2 of their opening 10 games. The Warriors came back into finals contention winning 7 games out of 8 including a 56–18 win against the Brisbane Broncos in Brisbane. As finals approached the Warriors ended with just 2 wins from their remaining 6 games to see them finish the season 11th. In Round 10, on 18 May the Warriors lost 6–62 to the Penrith Panthers which was their largest ever loss in the club's history. Captain Simon Mannering won the club's Player of the year and Ngani Laumape won Rookie of the year.

In September, after months of speculation, the Warriors confirmed the signing of former Man of Steel winner Sam Tomkins on a three-year deal from English club Wigan Warriors for a record transfer fee of $1,000,000 NZD.[6]

Third year since grand final; third head coach – 2014

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
9th (of 16) 24 12 0 12 2 571 491 +80

In the First edition of the NRL Auckland Nines, The Warriors were favourites to win. They finished top of their pool winning all three games but lost the semi-final to eventual winners North Queensland Cowboys. The Warriors started the season two wins and two losses but in Round 5 after a 37–6 loss to Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks the club sacked head coach Matthew Elliott replacing him former Canberra Raiders player Andrew McFadden. Unfortunately the Warriors missed the playoffs for the 3rd season in a row after missing out on points difference to the Brisbane Broncos. Simon Mannering won his 4th Player of the year award, while David Fusitu'a won Rookie of the year.

A year of McFadden; some success, then the losses mount – 2015

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
13th (of 16) 24 9 0 15 2 445 588 −143

The 2015 season marked 20 years since the Warriors first joined the Australian professional rugby league now known as the NRL.

The Warriors were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines by eventual runners up Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

Warriors ended the season with eight consecutive loses after Shaun Johnson broke his ankle while scoring a try against Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in Round 20. Ben Matulino was named club Player of the year with Tuimoala Lolohea named club Rookie of the year.

Big name signings – 2016

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
10th (of 16) 24 10 0 14 2 513 601 −88

To start 2016 the team welcomed the major signings of 2015 Dally M Fullback of the Year Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, from the Sydney Roosters and Kiwi international Issac Luke, from the South Sydney Rabbitohs. The Warriors finished as runners-up in the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines, losing to the Parramatta Eels in the final, 22–4.

The Warriors started the season losing their first three matches. The Warriors beat the Newcastle Knights 40–18 to record their first win of the season and then defeated the Sydney Roosters in a Golden Point thriller in Gosford a week later. After a loss to Melbourne Storm on Anzac Day, the team came under scrutiny with many calling for the sacking of coach, Andrew McFadden. As well as this, six Warriors players were stood down after mixing prescription drugs with energy drinks.

After 11 rounds, the Warriors stood at four wins from 11 games. As State of Origin came into effect, the Warriors started to elevate their performance. Winning four from five games, with the exception being a golden point loss to the table-topping Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. After Round 18, the Warriors were in the top eight and needing only to win four out of their final eight games with three of their final four games on home turf. An achievable target, however, the club recorded just two wins from their final eight games to finish tenth on the ladder and for the fifth year in a row, missed out on finals. Simon Mannering received his fifth Warriors Player of the Year.

On 12 September 2016, it was announced that Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney would replace Andrew McFadden as head coach for 2017, with McFadden being retained as an assistant.

The Kiwis spine – 2017

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
13th (of 16) 24 7 0 17 2 444 575 −131

After the restructuring of the Warriors coaching staff and with the signing of Kieran Foran, there was much anticipation leading into the season for the team as the side featured the 2015 Kiwis "spine" (Tuivasa-Sheck, Foran, Johnson, Luke), and coach, Stephen Kearney. The Auckland Nines were perhaps a sign of things to come as the Warriors were left win-less and at the bottom of their pool. They kicked off the regular season with a narrow victory over the Newcastle Knights. It would be one of few wins for the 2017 season. Heading into their first bye of the season, they had just won six from 14 games. Worse was yet to come. After that bye, they defeated the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Mt Smart Stadium in what would turn out to be their last win of the season. After that, the Warriors would go on a losing streak until the season's end, creating a club record of nine straight losses and one of the worst seasons in the club's history. As well as this, notable names such as Ryan Hoffman, Jacob Lillyman, Charlie Gubb and Kieran Foran had left the club. After so much promise and hype leading up to the championship, it seemed to have been all too familiar for Warriors fans. So much so, during a school visit in September, after their season had ended, one student asked them why they were "so bad", while another, who had little knowledge of rugby league, asked them where they finished on the competition ladder.[7]

In December 2017, the New Zealand Warriors expressed their interest in applying for a licence to participate in the inaugural NRL Women's season.[8]

End of finals drought – 2018

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
8th (of 16) 24 15 0 9 1 472 447 25

After a dismal 2017 season, the Warriors made a few key signings. This included experienced New Zealand Internationals Gerard Beale, Adam Blair, Tohu Harris & Peta Hiku. Significantly it also included veteran journeyman playmaker Blake Green, along with Agnatius Paasi, Leivaha Pulu, Anthony Gelling & Karl Lawton. In the beginning of the year, many people tipped that the Warriors would finish last, and claim their first wooden spoon in history. But surprisingly enough, the Warriors began the season with five straight wins, their best ever start to a season, which included away wins over the Sydney Roosters, Canberra Raiders & the South Sydney Rabbitohs, marking their first win in Perth from numerous attempts. They ended up finishing 8th, but only two competition points out of 4th in one of the closest top 8's in NRL History, they played Penrith Panthers in an elimination final on Saturday 8 September at Stadium Australia. This was their first finals series appearance since 2011, but lost to Penrith 27–12.

In April 2018, the Warriors would be sold by long-time owner, Eric Watson, to the Carlaw Heritage Trust and Autex Industries, for $16 million NZD.

To top off the year, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck won the Dally M Medal, becoming the first Warriors player to do so, and the Warriors would become one of four inaugural teams in the NRLW.

This would also be the end of Shaun Johnson's first stint at the Warriors.

A disappointing 25th season – 2019

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
13th (of 16) 24 9 1 14 1 433 571 −141

The club celebrated its 25th season in top level Rugby League in 2019 by returning to their original jersey and colours, as well as modifying their logo close to their original 1995 logo (with Auckland being replaced by New Zealand). The season got off to a near-perfect start for the Warriors, defeating the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 40–6 at home, which was played the day after the 2019 Christchurch Mosque Shootings. But then things started to go downhill for the club losing heavily in their next two games against the Tigers (34–6), and the Sea Eagles (46–12). A 26–10 win over the Gold Coast Titans at home gave the club hope that 2019 would be as successful as 2018 as, but four straight losses, including close losses against South Sydney in Round 5 (28–24), and a controversial loss to the Melbourne club on Anzac Day (13–12) almost wrote off any chance of another finals appearance. The Warriors then won their next two games against St. George Illawarra (26–18), and Penrith (30–10), but they were unable to win at home, holding a six-game losing streak at Mt Smart, which was finally broken in their shock 24–16 win over Manly in Round 21. But after the win over Manly Warringah, the Warriors were beaten by the Sydney Roosters 42–6, Cronulla-Sutherland 42–16 and South Sydney 31–10 ending any chance of another finals appearance. However, they were able to end the season on a positive note, beating the 4th placed Canberra 24–20 in Canberra.

After just 16 months of joint ownership, Autex Industries would become the sole-owner of the team after buying out the 66% share in the Warriors owned by the Carlaw Heritage Trust

COVID Pandemic Season Part 1 - An Unexpected Sacrifice – 2020

Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
10th (of 16) 20 8 0 12 0 343 458 −115

Going into the 2020 NRL season, the Warriors were looking to improve on their dismal 2019 campaign. However, even before kick off of their first-round game against the Newcastle Knights, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that people travelling into New Zealand would be subject to a mandatory self-isolation period of 14 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this not only meant that the Warriors would have to self isolate for 14 days and not play should they return home, but it would be nearly impossible to accommodate visiting sides. As a consequence the Warriors-based themselves in the Northern New South Wales town of Kingscliff and moved their round 2 game on 21 March against the Canberra Raiders to Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.[9] Two days after the Raiders game, the NRL suspended the competition,[10] with the aim to resume a shortened season to be held over 20 rounds (including the first two rounds that have already taken place) by 28 May.[11][12] When the competition resumed, the Warriors started their new campaign on a perfect note, in a memorable 18–0 win over St. George Illawarra at their temporary home at Central Coast Stadium. On 20 June, the day after an embarrassing 40–12 loss to South Sydney, the Warriors sacked Stephen Kearney as coach with former Wests Tigers premiership player Todd Payten taking over as caretaker coach.[13] However, despite their performances, they did improve in the second half of the season with back to back wins over the Wests Tigers (26–20) and Manly (26–22) and were gallant in their loss to the Sydney Roosters (18–10). The Warriors ended up finishing 10th, and saw 2020 as a year of success despite not qualifying for the finals. They flew home on 28 September following their 40–28 win over Manly Warringah.

COVID Pandemic Season Part 2 - Central Coast Warriors - 2021

Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
12th (of 16) 24 8 0 16 1 453 624 -171

Before the 2021 season, the Warriors signed former St. George Illawarra and Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown as head coach. Despite having to be based on the Central Coast again due to a lack of a travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand, the Warriors went into the new season with optimism, firstly, the Warriors upset a star studded Gold Coast 19–6 in their season opener at Gosford. The following week, Newcastle narrowly beat the Warriors 16–20 and were largely written off for their round 3 clash against Canberra at GIO Stadium, after trailing 31–10 at the 48 minute mark, the Warriors produced their biggest ever comeback scoring 24 unanswered points to win 34–31.

On Easter Sunday, the Sydney Roosters beat the Warriors 32–12 at the Sydney Cricket Ground despite the Warriors being in touch in the first half and would the following week let Manly Warringah in for their first win of the season losing by a Daly Cherry-Evans field goal to record their 2nd loss by less than 6 points in 4 weeks. On 6 April, it was announced that the Trans Tasman bubble had opened two ways, but due to risks that the borders could close and the Warriors and any away team travelling to New Zealand could be stuck there and the NRL could be suspended, the Warriors decided to base themselves in Gosford for the entire year. The Warriors did record some impressive victories since the announcement, upsetting St. George Illawarra in Kogarah 20–14, holding on to beat North Queensland 24–20 in Gosford and winning a thriller to beat the Wests Tigers 30-26 also played in Gosford. Unfortunately for the Warriors, it would be another year where they didn't make the finals, as they had a seven-game losing streak between Rounds 12 to 19 and lost their last three games, including a 44–0 loss to the Gold Coast which was labelled as their worst performance of the season.[14]

COVID Pandemic Season Part 3 -Homecoming with No Wooden Spoon – 2022

Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
15th (of 16) 24 6 0 18 1 408 700 −292

The Warriors began their season with two losses with defeats against St. George Illawarra in Round 1 (28–16) and the Gold Coast Titans in Round 2 (20–18). Before going on to win their next three matches, beating the Wests Tigers (16–12), Brisbane (20–6) and North Queensland (25–24). However, that streak came to an end when they suffered a defeat to the Sydney Roosters in Round 6 (22–14).

After the 3-3 start to the season, the Warriors went on to lose eight of their next nine games including defeats to Cronulla in Round 9 (29–10) in a game where the Cronulla side was reduced to 11 players and a 70–10 loss to Melbourne on ANAZC Day which is the clubs biggest loss in their history.[15]

In this stretch, coach Nathan Brown was sacked following a 44-10 defeat to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

On 3 July, the Warriors returned home to play at Mt Smart Stadium in New Zealand for the first time in 1038 days. They hosted the Wests Tigers in front of a sold-out crowd of 26,009. They would go on to win the match by a score of 22–2, breaking a 7-game losing streak.

In the Warriors remaining three home games of the season, the Warriors would go on to lose to the Melbourne Storm 24–12, where winger Ed Kosi scored the only points for the Warriors with 3 tries in his just his second game since being dropped after the Warriors record-breaking loss to the Storm earlier in the season, win against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 42–18, the teams biggest win since 2016, and lose to the Gold Coast Titans 27–26 in extra time of the final game of the season, after surrendering a 14-point lead in the final 7 minutes of the match.

In September 2022, the Warriors principal sponsor Vodafone New Zealand announced they would change their name to One New Zealand, as they are also naming rights sponsor, the Warriors subsequently announced they would change their name to the One New Zealand Warriors from November 2022 onwards.[16]

Up the Wahs – 2023

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Position Pld Won Drew Lost Bye Points for Points against Points differential
4th (of 17) 24 16 0 8 3 572 448 124

After 3 years playing out of Australia, the Warriors returned to New Zealand full-time in 2023.

The Warriors had a large amount of turnover from the 2022 season, which included the signings of Kiwis representatives Marata Niukore, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, and Te Maire Martin, as well as 2016 assistant coach Andrew Webster rejoining the club after spending the past two seasons with the Penrith Panthers as an assistant, winning two consecutive premierships.

The team started the year 3-1, which featured victories over the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville, ending the longest away losing streak in club history, as well as the second biggest comeback in club history, defeating the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 32-30 after trailing 26-6 in the first half, which would win the Halberg Awards (which recognises New Zealand's top sporting achievements) "Favourite Sporting Moment" for 2023.

Following a strong start to the year, the team went on to win 2 of their next 7 games, which included 3 consecutive defeats to the Melbourne Storm, Sydney Roosters, and Penrith Panthers, 3 teams which were considered premiership favourites in the preseason, in an 11-day stretch.

With several "contentious" calls in each of the three games, as well as the amount of travel required in a short period, One New Zealand CEO, Jason Paris, took to Twitter to voice frustrations with the NRL and its referees, saying "Are you kidding me? How biased are the @NRL bunker and referees against the @NZWarriors? Have they got money on them to lose?" It's like we are permanently against 14 on the field and they want us to play with 12". Following the threat of legal action by the NRL Referees, Paris apologised for his remarks.

After the 2-5 stretch, the team went on the win 10 of their remaining 12 matches, including 7 consecutively, and 3 games scoring 40+ points. During this period the team also went on to set a new record for consecutive away wins, and secure their first Top 4 berth since 2007.

The team faced the Penrith Panthers in the week one qualifying final, missing halfback Shaun Johnson through injury, they went on to lose the match 32-6, in Sydney.

In week two, the Warriors played the Newcastle Knights at home, defeating the Knights 40-12 to qualify for their first Preliminary Final since 2011. The game would be the 2nd largest attendance in the club's history at Mount Smart Stadium, and the 3rd largest attendance for a Rugby League match at the ground (26,083).

In the Preliminary Final in Brisbane against the Broncos, the team was competitive the first half, going into the break 24-12, a score which could have been 24-18 if not for 3 consecutive missed conversion attempts. The second half resulted in a blowout, with the Broncos scoring 3 unanswered tries to finish the game 42-12.

At the annual Dally M Awards, Addin Fonua-Blake and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak were awarded Prop and Winger of the Year respectively, while Shaun Johnson was named the Halfback of the Year, and lost by 1 point in the Dally M Medal race, finishing in 2nd place to Kalyn Ponga. This decision is marred in controversy, as the majority of fans and current and former NRL players claimed he was the clear winner and the most consistent over the whole season. Andrew Webster was named Coach of the Year, winning the award over his former lead coach Ivan Cleary, who was nominated also.

The year also saw a rise of the "Wahs" nickname, with the phrase "Up the Wahs" becoming a sensation. The nickname is contentious among some supporters of the club. many say it implies the club and fans as "cry babies" due to the New Zealand/Australian phrase "Have a wah", meaning to be sad/upset, usually in a derogatory manner

Season summaries

P=Premiers, R=Runners-up, M=Minor Premierships, F=Finals Appearance, W=Wooden Spoons
(Brackets Represent Finals Games)
Competition Games
played
Games
won
Games
drawn
Games
lost
Ladder
position
P R M F W Coach Captain Details
22 13 0 9 10 / 20 John Monie
21 10 0 11 11 / 20
18 7 0 11 7 / 10 John MonieFrank Endacott Matthew Ridge
24 9 0 15 15 / 20
24 10 0 14 11 / 17
26 8 2 16 13 / 14
26 (1) 12 (0) 2 (0) 12 (1) 8 / 14 Kevin Campion & Stacey Jones
24 (3) 17 (2) 0 (0) 7 (1) 1 / 15
24 (3) 15 (2) 0 (0) 9 (1) 6 / 15 Monty Betham
24 6 0 18 14 / 15 Daniel AndersonTony Kemp
24 10 0 14 11 / 15
24 12 0 12 10 / 15 Ivan Cleary
24 (2) 13 (0) 1 (0) 10 (2) 4 / 16
24 (3) 13 (2) 0 (0) 11 (1) 8 / 16
24 7 2 15 14 / 16
24 (1) 14 (0) 0 (0) 10 (1) 5 / 16 Simon Mannering
24 (4) 14(2) 0 (0) 10 (2) 6 / 16
24 8 0 16 14 / 16 Brian McClennanTony Iro
24 11 0 13 11 / 16
24 12 0 12 9 / 16 Matthew ElliottAndrew McFadden
24 9 0 15 13 / 16 Andrew McFadden
24 10 0 14 10 / 16
24 7 0 17 13 / 16 Stephen Kearney Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
24 (1) 15 (0) 0 (0) 9 (1) 8 / 16
24 9 1 14 13 / 16
New Zealand Warriors 2019
20 8 0 12 10 / 16 Stephen KearneyTodd Payten
New Zealand Warriors 2020
24 8 0 16 12 / 16 Roger Tuivasa-SheckTohu Harris
24 6 0 18 15 / 16 Tohu Harris
24 16 0 8 4 / 17

Finals appearances

9 (2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2018, 2023)

2024 squad

Main articles: List of New Zealand Warriors players and List of New Zealand Warriors representatives

Top 30 squad - 2024 NRL season Supplementary list Coaching staff
  • Sanele Aukusitino WG
  • Ben Farr FE, CE, FB
  • Etuate Fukofuka HK
  • Leka Halasima SR
  • Patrick Moimoi CE
  • Tanner Stowers-Smith PR

Extended squad

Head coach

Assistant coaches


Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)

Updated: 13 November 2023
Source(s): Warriors Football Department


2023/2024 signings & transfers

Contracts

Captains

There have been 25 captains of the Warriors since their first season in 1995. The current captain is Tohu Harris.

No Captain Years Games Notes
1 Dean Bell 1995 19 Inaugural Captain
2 Duane Mann 1995 1 Injury replacement
3 Stephen Kearney 1995-1998 19 Injury replacement
4 Greg Alexander 1996 16
5 Matthew Ridge 1997–1999 33
6 Denis Betts 1997 1 Injury replacement
7 Quentin Pongia 1998 2 Injury replacement
8 Stacey Jones 1999–2005 72
9 John Simon 1999–2000 28
10 Terry Hermansson 2000 4 Injury replacement
11 Kevin Campion 2001 23
12 Monty Betham 2002–2005 39
13 Ivan Cleary 2002 3 Injury replacement
14 Awen Guttenbeil 2003–2004 9 Injury replacement
15 Steve Price 2005–2009 90 2007 Dally M Captain of the Year
16 Ruben Wiki 2006–2008 12 Injury replacement
17 Micheal Luck 2008–2012 21 Injury replacement
18 Simon Mannering 2010–2018 137 Most matches as Warriors Captain
19 Brent Tate 2010 2 Injury replacement
20 Manu Vatuvei 2012 4 Injury replacement
21 Sam Rapira 2013 1 Injury replacement
22 Ryan Hoffman 2016–2017 24
23 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck[18] 2017–2021 104 2020 Dally M Captain of the Year
24 Blake Green 2018 2 Injury replacement
25 Tohu Harris 2019–present 16
26 Addin Fonua-Blake 2021–2022 16 Injury replacement
27 Peta Hiku 2021 1 Injury replacement
28 Wayde Egan 2023 3 Injury replacement
29 Dylan Walker 2023 1 Injury replacement

Coaches

There have been 15 coaches of the Warriors since their first season in 1995. (12 Full-time, 3 Interim) The current coach is Andrew Webster.

No Name Seasons Games Wins Draws Losses Win % Premiers Runners-up Minor premiers Wooden spoons Notes
1 John Monie 1995–1997 52 26 0 26 50% Sacked mid-season
2 Frank Endacott 1997–1998 33 13 0 20 39.4%
3 Mark Graham 1999–2000 50 18 2 30 36%
4 Daniel Anderson 2001–2004 92 51 2 39 55.4% 2002 2002 First finals appearance in 2001
First minor premiership in 2002
First grand final appearance in 2002
Resigned mid-season 2004
5 Tony Kemp 2004–2005 37 13 0 24 35.1%
6 Ivan Cleary 2006–2011 137 68 3 66 49.6% 2011
7 Brian McClennan 2012 22 8 0 14 36.4% Sacked mid-season
8 Tony Iro 2012 2 0 0 2 0% Caretaker Coach
9 Matthew Elliott 2013–2014 29 13 0 16 44.8% Sacked mid-season
10 Andrew McFadden 2014–2016 50 22 0 28 44%
11 Stephen Kearney 2017–2020 79 33 1 45 41.8% Sacked mid-season
12 Todd Payten 2020 14 6 0 8 42.9% Caretaker coach
13 Nathan Brown 2021–2022 31 11 0 19 35.4% Resigned mid-season
14 Stacey Jones 2022 11 2 0 9 18.2% Caretaker coach
15 Andrew Webster 2023– 27 17 0 10 62.9% Incumbent coach

Kits

Sponsors

Year Kit manufactuerer Major sponsor Back Top sponsor Sleeve sponsor Back Bottom sponsor Front Shorts sponsor Back Shorts sponsor Chest sponsor
1995 Canterbury DB Bitter DB Bitter Ansett - - - -
1996
1997 Nike - DB Bitter DB Bitter
1998 Nike Bartercard
1999 Vodafone -
2000 Puma Vodafone -
2001 Lion Red
2002 Electric & Automation Services
2003 Bond & Bond
2004 Bond & Bond
2005 Konica Minolta Keno
2006 Loadlift Western Union Konica Minolta
2007 Suzuki
2008 Canterbury HiFX
2009
2010
2011 SkyCity
2012 Wendy's
2013
2014 Fernbaby
2015 Woodstock Bourbon -
2016
2017 Bendon
2018 TNT dtr
2019 Mazda FedEx
2020
2021 Sky Sport Autex Acoustics
2022 Puma
2023 One New Zealand One New Zealand Autex Acoustics I AM HOPE
2024 Dynasty Maxigesic GWM

Individual records and awards

Main article: List of New Zealand Warriors records

* indicates player still active for Warriors

Simon Mannering Medal

Year Player Notes
2023 Shaun Johnson* Also Dally M Halfback of the Year
Also RLPA Players' Champion (RLPA player of the year)
2022 Euan Aitken
2021 Tohu Harris* Second award
2020 Tohu Harris* Also Dally M Second Row of the year
2019 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck First player to win three consecutive awards
2018 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Second award
Also Dally M Medal Winner (NRL player of the year)
2017 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2016 Simon Mannering Fifth award
First player to win five awards
2015 Ben Matulino Second award
2014 Simon Mannering Fourth award
First player to win four awards
2013 Simon Mannering Third award
First player to win three awards
2012 Ben Matulino
2011 Simon Mannering Second award
2010 Manu Vatuvei
2009 Micheal Luck
2008 Simon Mannering
2007 Steve Price First player to win two awards
First player to win back to back awards
Also Dally M prop of the year
2006 Steve Price
2005 Ruben Wiki
2004 Wairangi Koopu
2003 Francis Meli
2002 Ali Lauiti'iti Also Dally M second row of the year
2001 Jerry Seuseu
2000 Robert Mears
1999 Jason Death
1998 Joe Vagana
1997 Stacey Jones
1996 Stephen Kearney
1995 Tea Ropati

Rookie of the Year

Year Player Notes
2023 Taine Tuaupiki*
2022 Viliami Vailea
2021 Reece Walsh Also RLPA rookie of the year award winner
2020 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
2019 Chanel Harris-Tavita*
2018 Isaiah Papali'i
2017 Bunty Afoa*
2016 Nathaniel Roache
2015 Tuimoala Lolohea
2014 David Fusitu'a
2013 Ngani Laumape
2012 Ben Henry
2011 Shaun Johnson*
2010 James Maloney
2009 Russell Packer

Dally M Awards

The Dally M Awards are the official annual awards for the National Rugby League competition.

Year Award Winner
2023 Coach of the year Andrew Webster*
2023 Winger of the year Dallin Watene-Zelezniak*
2023 Prop of the year Addin Fonua-Blake*
2023 Halfback of the year Shaun Johnson*
2023 VB Hard Earned player of the year Addin Fonua-Blake*
2020 Provan-Summons Medal New Zealand Warriors
2020 Captain of the year Roger Tuivasa-Sheck*
2020 VB Hard Earned player of the year Tohu Harris*
2020 NRLW Try of the year Madison Bartlett
2020 Second Row of the year Tohu Harris*
2019 Winger of the year Ken Maumalo
2018 Ken Irvine Medal David Fusitu’a
2018 Interchange of the year Jazz Tevaga*
2018 Fullback of the year Roger Tuivasa-Sheck*
2018 Dally M Player of the year Roger Tuivasa-Sheck*
2015 Peter Frilingos Memorial Award Nathan Friend
2007 Captain of the year Steve Price
2007 Prop of the year Steve Price
2002 Second Row of the year Ali Lauiti'iti
2002 Coach of the year Daniel Anderson
1995 Winger of the year Sean Hoppe

Most games

Rank Games Player Career
1 301 Simon Mannering 2005–2018
2 261 Stacey Jones 1995–2005, 2009
3 226 Manu Vatuvei 2004–2017
4 212 Ben Matulino 2008–2017
5 207* Shaun Johnson 2011–2018, 2022-
6 195 Logan Swann 1997–2008
7 188 Jacob Lillyman 2009-2017
8 185 Lance Hohaia 2002–2011
9 175 Awen Guttenbeil 1996-2006
10 173 Sam Rapira 2006–2015

Most tries

Rank Tries Player Career
1 152 Manu Vatuvei 2004–2017
2 82 Stacey Jones 1995–2005, 2009
3 74* Shaun Johnson 2011–2018, 2022-
4 63 Simon Mannering 2005–2018
5 61 David Fusitu'a 2014–2021
6 60 Francis Meli 1998–2005
T-7 57 Clinton Toopi 1999–2006
T-7 57 Lance Hohaia 2002–2011
9 54 Jerome Ropati 2003-2014
10 53 Sean Hoppe 1995-1999

Most tries in a season

Rank Tries Player Season
1 24 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2023 (Including 3 Finals Matches)
T-2 23 Francis Meli 2003 (Including 3 Finals Matches)
T-2 23 David Fusitu'a 2018 (Including 1 Finals Match)
4 20 Manu Vatuvei 2010 (Including 1 Finals Match)
5 19 Sean Hoppe 1995[19]

Most points

Points Player Career
1,131* Shaun Johnson 2011–2018, 2022-
694 Stacey Jones 1995–2005, 2009
608 Manu Vatuvei 2004–2017
547 James Maloney 2010–2012
439 Ivan Cleary 2000–2002
357 Lance Hohaia 2002-2011
340 Matthew Ridge 1997-1999
331 Gene Ngamu 1995-1999
291 Michael Witt 2007-2009
270 Tony Martin 2004-2007

Most points in a season

Rank Points Player Season
1 242 Ivan Cleary 2002
2 188 James Maloney 2010
3 180 James Maloney 2011
4 177 Shaun Johnson 2013
5 176* Shaun Johnson 2023

Most points in a match

Points Player Details
28 Gene Ngamu 3 tries, 8 goals vs North Queensland, 1996 (Won 52–6)
28 Ivan Cleary 1 try, 12 goals vs Northern Eagles, 2002 (Won 68–10)
28 James Maloney 3 tries, 8 goals vs Brisbane Broncos, 2010 (Won 48–16)
26 Shaun Johnson 3 tries, 7 goals vs Canberra Raiders, 2013 (Won 50–16)
26 Shaun Johnson 2 tries, 9 goals vs Canberra Raiders, 2014 (Won 54–12)

Club records

Biggest wins

Margin Score Opponent Venue Year
1 66 66–0 South Sydney Rabbitohs Stadium Australia 2006
2 58 68–10 Northern Eagles Mount Smart Stadium 2002
3 48 48–0 Parramatta Eels Mount Smart Stadium 2014
4 46 52–6 North Queensland Cowboys Mount Smart Stadium 1996
T-5 44 60–16 Western Suburbs Magpies Campbelltown Stadium 1999
T-5 44 52-8 Penrith Panthers Mount Smart Stadium 2001

Biggest losses

Margin Score Opponent Venue Year
1 60 10–70 Melbourne Storm Melbourne Rectangular Stadium 2022
2 56 6–62 Penrith Panthers Penrith Stadium 2013
3 54 0–54 St. George Illawarra Dragons Wollongong Showground 2000
4 52 6–58 Sydney Roosters Sydney Football Stadium 2004
T-5 46 10–56 Melbourne Storm Olympic Park Stadium 2000
T-5 46 6–52 Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Brookvale Oval 2008
T-5 46 4–50 Wests Tigers Lancaster Park 2004

Kept opposition to nil

Score Opponent Venue Year
66–0 South Sydney Rabbitohs Stadium Australia 2006
48–0 Parramatta Eels Mount Smart Stadium 2014
42–0 Newcastle Knights Mount Smart Stadium 1999
42–0 Gold Coast Titans Mount Smart Stadium 2014
30–0 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Mount Smart Stadium 2001
26–0 North Queensland Cowboys Mount Smart Stadium 2006
18–0 St. George Illawarra Dragons Central Coast Stadium 2020
14–0 Wests Tigers Mount Smart Stadium 2009
13–0 Newcastle Knights Mount Smart Stadium 2009

Kept to nil

Score Opponent Venue Year
0–54 St. George Illawarra Dragons Wollongong Showground 2000
0–44 Sydney Roosters Sydney Football Stadium 2002
0–44 Gold Coast Titans Robina Stadium 2021
0–42 Melbourne Storm Melbourne Rectangular Stadium 2016
0–36 St. George Illawarra Dragons Wellington Regional Stadium 2015
0–32 Sydney Roosters Mount Smart Stadium 2018
0–26 Penrith Panthers Campbelltown Stadium 2020
0–24 North Queensland Cowboys Mount Smart Stadium 1999
0–24 Sydney Roosters Sydney Football Stadium 2015
0–20 Newcastle Knights Hunter Stadium 2020
0–14 Sydney Roosters Mount Smart Stadium 2023

Most consecutive wins/losses

Most consecutive home wins/losses

Most consecutive away wins/losses

Biggest comeback

Recovered from a 21-point deficit.

Recovered from a 20-point deficit.

Recovered from a 16-point deficit.

Worst collapse

Surrendered a 26-point lead.

Surrendered an 18-point lead (three-times).

Surrendered a 16-point lead (three-times).

Golden Point record

Result Score Opponent Round
Won 31-30 South Sydney Rabbitohs Round 16, 2003
Lost 26-28 North Queensland Cowboys Round 15, 2004
Lost 29-30 Canberra Raiders Round 20, 2004
Lost 18-22 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Round 18, 2006
Draw 31-31 Sydney Roosters Round 21, 2007
Won 17-16 Sydney Roosters Round 6, 2009
Draw 14-14 Melbourne Storm Round 7, 2009
Draw 32-32 Penrith Panthers Round 21, 2009
Won 17-13 Parramatta Eels Round 10, 2015
Won 32-28 Sydney Roosters Round 5, 2016
Lost 18-19 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Round 16, 2016
Lost 21-22 Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Round 25, 2017
Draw 18-18 Brisbane Broncos Round 17, 2019
Won 25-24 North Queensland Cowboys Round 5, 2022
Won 21-20 Canberra Raiders Round 8, 2022
Lost 27-26 Gold Coast Titans Round 25, 2022
Won 21-20 Canberra Raiders Round 21, 2023

Largest home attendances

Largest attendances at the four venues used as home grounds.

Head-to-head records

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Titans 32 20 0 12 62.50
Tigers 36 20 0 16 55.56
Cowboys 47 25 0 22 53.19
Dolphins 2 1 0 1 50.00
Raiders 50 24 0 26 48.00
Knights 48 23 1 24 47.92
Roosters 46 22 1 22 47.83
Rabbitohs 40 19 0 21 47.50
Bulldogs 43 20 2 21 46.51
Broncos 47 20 1 26 42.55
Eels 44 19 0 25 43.18
Sharks 48 20 0 28 41.67
Panthers 51 18 1 32 35.29
Dragons 36 12 0 24 33.33
Sea Eagles 40 13 0 27 32.50
Storm 50 16 2 32 32.00

Women's team

In December 2017, the New Zealand Warriors expressed their interest in applying for a licence to participate in the inaugural NRL Women's Premiership.[8] In March 2018, they were awarded one of four licences for the league's inaugural season, to commence in September of the same year.[20] Luisa Avaiki was named the coach of the side.

The team competed in, and finished 3rd place in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons, the latter of which included the first ever standalone NRLW match held at Mount Smart Stadium.

In the 2020 season, because of COVID-19, the team was forced to field a side which only included five players from the previous season, with the rest of the team being Australian players. The team was coached by Jillaroos coach, Brad Donald. The side came in third place (from four) for the third consecutive year.

In June 2021, CEO Cameron George announced the team would not compete in the 2021 competition but plan to re-enter the competition in 2022. This did not eventuate, however, with the NRL announcing NRLW expansion to 10 teams for the 2023 season that did not include the Warriors.

In August 2022, during a Members-Only meeting with CEO Cameron George, Owner Mark Robinson, Coach Stacey Jones, and Captain Tohu Harris. It was announced their intention to re-enter the competition for the 2025 season.

See also

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