second row

  1. 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...
  2. Wairangi Koopu

    Wairangi Koopu

    Dynamic Warriors forward, an interchange player in the club’s grand final loss to the Roosters in 2002. Played 159 games for the Warriors before signing for the Storm. Represented the ANZACs against Cumbria after being selected in NZ’s Tri Nations squad in 2004. 1999–2008 NZ Warriors...
  3. 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...
  4. Tyran Smith

    Tyran Smith

    Rugby League nomad, a centre turned back-rower, represented the Maori team in the 2000 World Cup. Smith appeared in 8 Tests for NZ between 1994 and 2000. Only played one season with the Warriors where he made 10 appearances and scoring one try. He was in great form with the W’Tigers in the...
  5. 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...
  6. Bryan Henare

    Bryan Henare

    Played 22 games for the Auckland Warriors. The Former junior Kiwi played for St Helens in the 44-6 loss to Melbourne in the World Club Challenge in January 2000. Henare later played for Oldham, Leigh and Featherstone Rovers in the second tier Northern Ford premiership in England. 1995 - New...
  7. Mark Carter

    Mark Carter

    Signed from the Auckland Blues during the Warriors early fascination with signing All Black players. The Mark Carter experiment would largely be a failure and he would be the last All Black straight from Rugby that the club would sign. 1991-98 - New Zealand All Blacks 1996 - Played for...
  8. Mark Horo

    Mark Horo

    Auckland back rower, the younger brother of 1985-88 Test forward Shane Horo, played for English Club Salford in 1988-89, before joining P’matta. Mark Horo made his Test debut in the Kiwis’ stunning 13-6 win over Australia in 1987 while still playing in Auckland. He represented NZ in the 1988...
  9. Denis Betts

    Denis Betts

    Great Britain forward, a veteran of 30 Test appearances and a three-times Lions tourist (1990, 1992 and 1996), joined his former Wigan coach John Monie at the newly promoted Auckland Warriors in 1995. Betts, who had played with Wigan since 1986, returned to the club in 1998 until seeing out his...
  10. Andy Platt

    Andy Platt

    Great Britain Test forward played for St Helens (1982-87) and Wigan (1988-94) during his English career before joining his former Wigan coach John Monie and fellow team mates Dean Bell, Denis Betts and Frano Botica at Auckland for the Warriors’ debut season in the ARL. Platt played 35 games for...
  11. Logan Edwards

    Logan Edwards

    Edwards played for the dominating Canterbury provincial side of the early 1990s alongside such talent as Quentin Pongia,Mike Dorreen, Whetu Taewa and coach Frank Endacott. This side continued its success as the Canterbury Cardinals in the 1994 Lion Red Cup. In 1993 he was selected for the New...
  12. Tony Tatupu

    Tony Tatupu

    Tony first played for the Mt Albert Lions in the Auckland competition before joining the North Harbour Sea Eagles for the 1994 Lion Red Cup season. Between 1991 and 1993 he played 12 games for Auckland.[1] From there he joined the Auckland Warriors for their inaugural season in the Australian...
  13. Stephen Kearney

    Stephen Kearney

    Junior Kiwi representative captain showed tremendous promise in Wests’ President's Cup grand final win over St George in 1992. Kearney developed into an accomplished ball-playing forward in 1993 and toured England and France with the Kiwi national side at the end of the year. He became the...
  14. Gavin Hill

    Gavin Hill

    Goal-kicking Auckland forward, a former rugby union player with the NZ Maori team, gave good service to the Bulldogs for two seasons before signing with the Auckland Warriors. Hill made his Test debut with the Kiwis in the one-off match against Papua New Guinea in 1992 but was sensationally...
  15. Ryan Hoffman

    Ryan Hoffman

    ‘Hoff’ starts his 13th season five appearances short of his 250th NRL game. He joins three former team-mates Nathan Friend (from his Melbourne days) and Thomas Leuluai and Sam Tomkins (from his season with Wigan in 2011). This is not the first time he has lived in New Zealand having spent two...
  16. Agnatius Paasi

    Agnatius Paasi

    Born in Tonga, Paasi moved to New Zealand when he was three years old. At age 17, Paasi moved to Australia on a scholarship to play for Keebra Park State High School where they won the Arrive Alive Cup in 2009. He also played some Australian rules football for the school. He was offered a...
  17. John Palavi

    John Palavi

    John Palavi is yet another product from St Paul’s College where he was head boy and school dux in 2010. He had to juggle his studies with his sporting pursuits, making his NYC debut for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in 2009 while still in his second-to-last year at school. By the end of his...
  18. Sebastine Ikahihifo

    Sebastine Ikahihifo

    Ikahihifo presented a challenge for commentators when he first appeared on the NYC scene in 2009 and again when he made his NRL debut late in the 2012 campaign. Boasting explosive speed as a wide-running second-rower, he has a huge capacity for work on both attack and defence. A big minutes...
  19. Raymond Faitala-Mariner

    Raymond Faitala-Mariner

    Educated at Edgewater College, the highly promising back rower made his NYC debut as an 18-year-old in 2012 and went on to make six appearances. He made rapid progress the following year, establishing himself as a wide-running second rower. Faitala-Mariner strung together three exceptional...
  20. Sam Lousi

    Sam Lousi

    Sam Lousi was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He is the younger brother of Sione Lousi who plays international rugby league for Tonga. A Bay Roskill Vikings and Richmond Rovers junior, Lousi was educated at St Paul's College in Auckland. He played for the New Zealand Warriors Toyota Cup squad...