2008

  1. Ruben Wiki

    Ruben Wiki

    Auckland centre (Otahuhu) came to Canberra in 1992 after representing the Junior Kiwis and NZ Maoris. Wiki's form as Mal Meninga's centre partner in 1994 made him one of the hottest properties in the game but the disclosure that he had signed a letter of agreement to play with the Auckland...
  2. Steve Price

    Steve Price

    C’bury officials spotted the young Toowoomba forward playing for Harristown High School in the Commonwealth Bank competition. Steve Price was a reserve forward in the grand final loss to Canberra in 1994 but in the premiership decider against Manly the following year, he produced that ‘something...
  3. Epalahame Lauaki

    Epalahame Lauaki

    Epalahame Lauaki was signed from the Glenora Bears and made his professional and Warriors debut in 2004. During his Warriors career he was used mainly as an interchange player, starting only ten games in sixty nine appearances. A player who was noted for his often brutal tackles he would become...
  4. Evarn Tuimavave

    Evarn Tuimavave

    Made his NRL debut against the Northern Eagles. In early 2003, he was dropped and spent the next twelve months in the Bartercard Cup. In 2007, he played for the Auckland Lions in the NSWRL Premier League. He then cemented his place in the top 25-man squad and was regularly named on the bench in...
  5. Lance Hohaia

    Lance Hohaia

    Waikato halfback had a sensational debut season with the Warriors in 2002 after represented Northern Districts against the touring French team in 2001. Hohaia grabbed the five-eighth role with both hands but an injury late in the season saw him relegated to the interchange bench in the club’s...
  6. 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...
  7. Russell Packer

    Russell Packer

    Educated at Foxton Beach School and Manawatu College, Packer originally played rugby union from a young age for the junior Foxton rugby club and also for a junior Marist club in Nelson. Packer also played in the Foxton Rugby League Under 14s side at the age of nine years in a curtain raiser...
  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. Sam Rapira

    Sam Rapira

    The older brother of Steve, Sam Rapira attended Hamilton Boys' High School and played for the Hukanui club. He later played for the Waicoa Bay Stallions in the Bartercard Cup. Rapira first made the Junior Kiwis in 2004, and played for them again in 2005. Also in 2005 he was named in the New...
  10. Ben Matulino

    Ben Matulino

    Signed out of Wellington, Ben Matulino made an immediate impression with the Vodafone Junior Warriors in the inaugural NYC competition in 2008. The former St Bernard's College student quickly earned promotion to the NRL, going on to appear in each of the Vodafone Warriors' remaining 15 matches...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Spence

    Player Ben Matulino

    Matulino creates an NRL first in 100th game Tuesday 19 June 2012 6:05 PM Vodafone Warriors prop Ben Matulino created an even more significant slice of history than initially thought when he appeared in his 100th NRL game in Saturday night’s encounter with Cronulla. Checks have confirmed he...