2005

  1. Iafeta Paleaaesina

    Iafeta Paleaaesina

    Although his surname is often written with an apostrophe in the middle (between the 2 letter "a"s), this is incorrect. Played league for his High School Penrose College (now known as One Tree Hill College) he helped them make giant strides in the Auckland Secondary Schools competition. A sport...
  2. Richard Villasanti

    Richard Villasanti

    A Junior Kiwi, Villasanti was included in the wider Tonga squad for the 2000 World Cup but did not play in the tournament. Canberra junior found form as an interchange forward with the Warriors after two moderate seasons with the Tigers. Villasanti was used from the interchange bench in the...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Stacey Jones

    Stacey Jones

    Former Junior Kiwi Test captain made his mark as a 19-year-old halfback in the Warriors’ debut season. The grandson of Maunga Emery, NZ international halfback of the 1960s, Jones was selected in the Kiwis’ World Cup squad at the end of 1995 and was a regular visitor to the Test arena during the...
  8. Jerome Ropati

    Jerome Ropati

    Ropati is of Samoan descent and was educated at St Paul's College, a school noted for its rugby league teams. His junior club was the Marist Saints and he also played for the Marist Richmond Brothers in the Bartercard Cup. In 2002 Ropati was named captain of the Junior Kiwis squad which played...
  9. Simon Mannering

    Simon Mannering

    After completing his high school education at Nelson College in 2004, Simon was signed by the Vodafone Warriors and made his debut in 2005. He soon became a regular feature of the line-up, playing in all 26 matches for the Warriors in 2007 and also appearing in each of the Kiwis' six tests. He...
  10. Manu Vatuvei

    Manu Vatuvei

    Born in New Zealand and bred in Otara, Auckland. Attended Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate and played for the Otara Scorpions and Otahuhu Leopards in Auckland Rugby League competitions before playing for the Otahuhu Ellerslie Leopards in the Bartercard Cup. ‘The Beast’ was scouted at the age of 16...