2000

  1. Scott Coxon

    Scott Coxon

    A Newcastle junior, Coxon played for the Knights' President's Cup and reserve grade sides but could not break into the first grade side. Seeking first grade opportunities Coxon moved to the Western Suburbs Magpies in 1998. Over the next two years Coxon ended up making 39 first grade appearances...
  2. Matt Spence

    Matt Spence

    Spence then moved to Australia, joining the Parramatta Eels and making his first grade debut in 1995. He impressed many in his rookie season and was awarded the Eric Grothe Rookie of the Year award at Parramatta. However he needed a knee reconstruction in 1997 and this injury plagued his next...
  3. Ivan Cleary

    Ivan Cleary

    Manly junior had a great season at fullback while deputising for the injured Matthew Ridge in 1993. Cleary's standout performances earned him a contract with Norths but after being injured in the early part of the season, he made his comeback in the centres because of the good form of rookie...
  4. Scott Pethybridge

    Scott Pethybridge

    Pethybridge was only 17 when he made his debut in the NSWRL Premiership, for the Penrith Panthers. He went on to play 34 games for the Panthers before leaving during the Super League war. In 1996 he was part of the Junior Kangaroos tour of Fiji. After deciding to align himself with the...
  5. Talite Liava'a

    Talite Liava'a

    Liava'a is one of a handful of players to have played in two World Cups, representing Tonga in 1995 and 2000. At the 1995 World Cup he was twenty four and playing for the Litchfield Bears when picked by coach Mike McClennan. After his exposure in England at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup...
  6. John Simon

    John Simon

    17-year-old schoolboy sensation made his first grade debut with the Steelers in 1990. Strong and fast with a great kicking game, Simon represented City Firsts in 1991-92 and was selected for the NSW side in the latter year. Despite a confident display in a match that the Blues won, Simon was...
  7. Robbie Mears

    Robbie Mears

    Not wanted by the Bulldogs for 1999, Mears moved into the bush and played for the Ourimbah Magpies in the Country Rugby League Central Coast Division. His form was good enough to make the Country Firsts team for the curtain raiser to the ANZAC Test, where his performance got him noticed by...
  8. Clinton Toopi

    Clinton Toopi

    Toopi began his career playing rugby league with the junior ranks of the Mt Wellington and Otahuhu Leopards clubs. As a junior he was a forward but was shifted to the centres with the Warriors. His first grade career began with the then Auckland Warriors, debuting against the South Sydney...
  9. Francis Meli

    Francis Meli

    Powerful Auckland winger made his Test debut against France in 2001 after representing Samoa in the 2000 World Cup. Meli was a try-scorer against Australia in the 28-10 Test loss in Wellington at the end of 2001. The following year Meli took his place in the Warriors grand final team that lost...
  10. Cliff Beverley

    Cliff Beverley

    Beverley signed for the then Auckland Warriors in 1999. He made his debut in round four, replacing an injured Matthew Ridge. He played 44 National Rugby League games for the club, half of them from the bench. 1995 Waitakere City 1999–2001 Auckland Warriors 2002 Barrow Raiders 2003–2005 Salford...
  11. Monty Betham

    Monty Betham

    Former Auckland lock, captain of the Junior Kiwis, represented Samoa in the 2000 World Cup competition before shifting to hooker in 2001. Betham, the son of the NZ boxing champion of the same name, represented NZ against France and Australia (as a lock) during the historic 2001 season in which...
  12. Terry Hermansson

    Terry Hermansson

    Late-blooming front-row hardman Terry Hermansson played four Tests for New Zealand during an eight-season tenure in the Australian premiership with South Sydney Rabbitohs, Sydney City Roosters and Auckland Warriors. Hermansson underlined his potential by representing New Zealand Schoolboys...
  13. Jason Death

    Jason Death

    Nuggety player who was picked up cheap and proved to be a worth every cent. Won the Warriors Player of the Year award during his first season with the team. Played for the Warriors mainly at hooker but was known to fill in at lock. Went on to sign for the Rabbitohs and called it a day in 2004...
  14. Odell Manuel

    Odell Manuel

    Manuel played for the Warriors for two seasons, winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1999. In 2000 he represented the New Zealand Māori at the World Cup. He then spent two years at Canberra which were much less successful. Mid way through his first season he was injured in a collision with...
  15. Ali Lauitiiti

    Ali Lauitiiti

    Talented forward, a veteran of 11 Tests for the Kiwis between 1998 and 2002, was named ‘Dally M’ second rower of the year in 2002 – the year that club lost the grand final to the Roosters. Lauititi was selected to play against Australia in July 2003 but was forced to miss the match through...
  16. Jerry Seuseu

    Jerry Seuseu

    A Mangere East Hawks junior, Seuseu represented the Counties Manukau Heroes in the Lion Red Cup in 1995 and 1996 before joining the Auckland Warriors where he was named Reserve Grader of the Year in 1997 in a side that lost the Reserve Grade Grand Final. Seuseu then became a stalwart in the New...
  17. Lee Oudenryn

    Lee Oudenryn

    Made his debut for the Eels shortly after his switch from playing soccer. A noted speedster, Oudenryn gained a reputation as the fastest player in rugby league when he defeated Great Britain winger Martin Offiah, generally regarded at the time to be the fastest player, by half a metre in a...
  18. Logan Swann

    Logan Swann

    Logan Swann was signed in 1994 as a Warriors development player. He played Warriors Colts in 1995 and Warriors Reserves in 1996. He was selected by his Reserves coach Frank Endicott, who was also coaching the Kiwis, to represent his country in 1996. He stayed with the Warriors for seven...
  19. Awen Guttenbeil

    Awen Guttenbeil

    Auckland backrower represented Tonga in 1995’s World Cup competition before being graded with the Warriors. Guttenbeil was chased by several professional clubs after an Auckland Development Tour of Australia in 1993 and ended up moving to Sydney at the age of 17 to sign for the Manly-Warringah...
  20. Nigel Vagana

    Nigel Vagana

    Auckland winger/centre, the cousin of Test forward Joe Vagana, played a season with Warrington in 1997 before returning to the Warriors. He was part of the Auckland Warriors Reserve Grade team that lost in the Grand Final to the Cronulla Sharks. In 1999 Vagana (along with captain Matthew Ridge)...