How the Warriors' new halfback Keighran stacks up against his predecessor Shaun 'Magic' Johnson. Leuluai was a gifted playmaker, but probably best remembered for his bruising edge defence. JavaScript is disabled. "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. Few players have brought as much flair and excitment to the Warriors jumper more than big Lauiti'iti. Speed to burn. Over their history the Warriors have claimed one minor premiership (in 2002), reached two grand finals (2002 and 2011), and reached the play-offs 8 times, whilst developing a large number of New Zealand representative players. Former Players 213. "The club's management has shown a level of compassion for the players in working through this and we appreciate their understanding of the unique set of circumstances each player is faced with," he said. Since 2005, Mannering has been a rock in the Warriors set up, and went on to captain his beloved club. NZ Warriors Coaches 2. Watch the brand new comedy series Code 404 now on Stan. However a perceived lack of assertiveness in the big moments often left the door open for criticism and fairly or not, Johnson was a regular scapegoat for a poor performance or season at Mt Smart. Some were at the back end of their careers when they arrived, others simply didn't stay long enough to warrant selection (Kieran Foran, Brent Tate). Arguably New Zealand’s greatest ever rugby league player, Jones was an automatic selection in Kiwi Test teams throughout his career, captaining his country for five years. If this list was constructed on natural ability alone, it would be Johnson then day light. It is unclear how the Warriors will cover the new player shortfalls. READ MORE: * How RTS became the Warriors' figurehead * Roos star backs Kearney's mid-air tackle call * Warriors turned to loud music to stay focused * Warriors smash Bulldogs in emotional opener. 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. Jun 12, 2015; Former Players; Solomone Kata. The club confirmed that David Fusitu'a, Ken Maumalo, Agnatius Paasi and King Vuniyayawa had been given a flight date of July 27, two days after playing the Roosters in Gosford during Round 11. Former prop turned strength and conditioning guru, Wiki's impact on the Warriors continues to this day. One of the game's best front-rowers, he came to the club as a champion and had an immediate impact on the culture, named captain upon arrival in 2005. The Warriors have tried to gain travel exemptions for the families of players amid COVID-19 crackdowns, enabling them to be reunited in Australia, but have so far been unable. Centre, fullback, wing or even five-eighth, Ropati was as solid an outside back as you get for the best part of 11 seasons. NZ Warriors Players 37. Ropati possessed great footwork and laid on the final pass for many of big Manu Vatuvei's tries. Warriors chief executive Cameron George said that the club and fellow players supported the decision of the departees, who will still need to complete a two-week quarantine in New Zealand. A workhorse, one of the few Warriors to be selected for State of Origin while playing on this side of the Tasman. Lance Hohaia was a fan favorite at Mt Smart. And although they have failed to deliver a premiership in that time, there is no denying the club have produced some of rugby league's most electric and hard-nosed players throughout their quarter century run. The Warriors have copped the worst of the situation, trapped in Australia due to international travel restrictions and mandatory 14-day quarantine periods. All things considered however, here's the top 25 Warriors of their NRL stretch. The Beast, Vatuvei's numbers speak for themselves. By the time they are finally reunited with their families, the returning players will have been away from them for more than three months. "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. NZWarriors.com is a fan forum of the NRL side; the Vodafone Warriors, and is run by other likeminded fans. When attempting to list the top 25 Warriors of all time, plenty of worthy names remain on the bench. This site is fully funded by ads you see. We do not ask for any money to help run the site, but if you like what you see and want to help us bring new features and resources, please consider upgrading your account to a contributing member. Choose from the latest range of jerseys and official training apparel or grab a bargain on a discounted clearance item. In his day, the now-coach of the Warriors was one of the most feared second-rowers in the game. The Samoan and Kiwi international played more than 100 games for the Warriors from 1998-2005. Warriors Staff 5. "We can't say enough about the sacrifice they have made being away from their families so long," George said in a statement on Wednesday.

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