2013

  1. Charlie Gubb

    Charlie Gubb

    Gubb is another Vodafone Warrior who cut his teeth on rugby union before switching codes. A Wellington College graduate, Charlie played in the schools’ First XV but switched to rugby league in 2008 and made his start in the Wellington club circuit with University Hunters. He was scouted by the...
  2. Sio Siua Taukeiaho

    Sio Siua Taukeiaho

    Taukeiaho is of Tongan descent and played for the Otara Scorpions in 2010 before being signed by the New Zealand Warriors. He played in the 2011 Toyota Cup winning Junior Warriors and was named in the Junior Kiwis that year. He made his first grade debut in round 26 against the St. George...
  3. Elijah Taylor

    Elijah Taylor

    Born in Taranaki, Taylor attended Patea High School before moving to Northland with his family, where he attended Kaitaia College. Taylor was a rugby union age group representative for Taranaki, Northland and Auckland before taking up rugby league in 2006 while studying at St. Paul's College...
  4. Sione Lousi

    Sione Lousi

    A tall back row forward or prop, Sione Lousi is another graduate from the Vodafone Warriors’ development programme. With links to the Richmond and Bay Roskill clubs, he’s a product of Auckland’s St Paul’s College, which has developed a long line of Kiwis including Mark Graham, Dane O'Hara, Nigel...
  5. Jacob Lillyman

    Jacob Lillyman

    Lillyman attended Columba Catholic College, Charters Towers, where he was a boarding student for a while. His youth club was the Richmond Tigers in Northwest Queensland. While attending Kirwan State High School, Lillyman played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 2002. Jacob Lillyman arrived...
  6. 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...
  7. Suaia Matagi

    Suaia Matagi

    Matagi served a year in Manawatu Prison, after being convicted of assault. His conviction meant he could not obtain a visa to travel to Australia until 2012. Following his release from prison, Matagi began playing rugby league. He played for the Te Atatu Roosters and Mount Albert Lions in the...
  8. Dominique Peyroux

    Dominique Peyroux

    New Zealand-born but of Cook Islands, French, Samoan and Solomon Islands descent, Peyroux played junior rugby league in Auckland before moving across the Tasman at age 15 to chase his dream of a career in the NRL. He signed with the Roosters in 2007 but was unable to earn a spot in the NRL...
  9. Carlos Tuimavave

    Carlos Tuimavave

    Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Tuimavave is of Samoan descent and played his junior football for the Mount Wellington Warriors while attending St. Patricks School and Sacred Heart College, both in east Auckland. Tuimavave is a cousin of former New Zealand Warriors, Newcastle Knights and Hull...
  10. Pita Godinet

    Pita Godinet

    Godinet is a Sydenham and Richmond Rovers junior. Godinet played for the Waitakere Rangers in the 2007 Bartercard Cup. In 2008 he represented Auckland in the Bartercard Premiership and played for the Auckland Vulcans in the NSW Cup. He was named the Vulcans rookie of the year. In 2010 Godinet...
  11. Thomas Leuluai

    Thomas Leuluai

    The son of James Leuluai and part of the famous Leuluai Rugby League family he was the youngest player to ever debut for the Warriors. He became the second youngest Kiwi Test player (barely 18) when he debuted against Australia in July 2003. He had limited first team experience at New Zealand...
  12. 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...
  13. Ngani Laumape

    Ngani Laumape

    Ngani Laumape first started turning heads playing rugby union as a stand-out for the Palmerston North Boys’ High School First XV. On the rugby league scene he featured for the NZ Residents 18s in 2011, was signed by the Vodafone Warriors and earned a place in the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ NYC...
  14. 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...
  15. Glen Fisiiahi

    Glen Fisiiahi

    From a well-known Auckland rugby league family, Glen Fisiiahi was given a brief taste of NYC football in 2009, making three appearances in the squad. In 2010, Fisiiahi became a first-choice player for the Vodafone Junior Warriors, scoring 20 tries in 26 matches in the team’s memorable...
  16. Todd Lowrie

    Todd Lowrie

    A Scone Thoroughbreds junior, Lowrie began his career with the Newcastle Knights between 2003 and 2006. He joined the Parramatta Eels in 2007. After a few extensive injuries to the Parramatta Eels squad Lowrie was given a chance in the first-grade run on side, he played almost every game of the...
  17. Nathan Friend

    Nathan Friend

    Born and raised in Toowoomba, Friend started playing rugby league at the age of five for Wests Juniors. In 2000 he joined the Brisbane Broncos feeder club the Toowoomba Clydesdales and in 2002 he moved to Brisbane to train full-time with the Broncos, making his first-grade debut later that year...
  18. Feleti Mateo

    Feleti Mateo

    Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Mateo is of English and Tongan descent. Mateo attended Westfields Sports High School until Year 10 and then moved to Terra Sancta College. During this time he played for the Dundas Shamrocks and Lalor Park Kookaburras before being signed by the Parramatta Eels...
  19. 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...
  20. Dane Nielsen

    Dane Nielsen

    From the North Queensland town of Mackay, Nielsen is of Indigenous Australian and Solomon Island descent and was a Norths Devils junior. Nielsen started his NRL career with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, making his début on 20 July 2007 against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. In 2008 Nielsen...