Articles by NZWarriorsFaither

If it wasn't bad enough for the long suffering fans of the NZ Warriors having to deal with the clubs tired and old slogan of "Keep the Faith", which let's face it, is nothing more than a phrase that breeds an acceptance of mediocrity within the establishment, Mr 24% decides to bring his own catch phrase to the table, "Trust the Process". Let's not forget about the "Above the Line" slogan he also brought with him. Now i'm not sure where this line sits in the big scheme of things so i can...
Born in Toowoomba, QLD, Michael was not only a talented Rugby League player from a young age but was also a Champion Junior Boxer. Witt played 179 First Grade games in both the NRL (94) and English Super League (85). Over the course of his 179 Career Games he represented 6 Rugby League clubs over a 12 year career (Parramatta 27, Manly 20, NZ Warriors 43, Crusaders RL 42, London Broncos 43 and St George 4). Witt was offered a scholarship with the Eels in 1999 and went on to play in the SG...
Born in the ACT, Richard Villasanti or "Villa the Gorilla" as he was affectionately known, enjoyed a First Grade career spanning 8 season in which he played 116 games for 4 clubs (6 with Balmain Tigers in 1999, 7 for Wests Tigers in 2000, 96 for NZ Warriors 2001-06 and 7 for Cronulla Sharks in 2006). Richard also played 1 international for Australia and in doing so became the first Warriors player to represent the Kangaroos. Richard was a Junior Kiwi and was also selected for the wider...
The recent appointment of Stephen Kearney is a step in the right direction for the New Zealand Warriors. There was little doubt that the status quo wasn't working and even former coach Andrew McFadden admitted to being made head coach too early. Kearney has his detractors and its been interesting to see a lot of fans baulk at the decision to hand him the top job. The main sticking point is his record at the Parramatta Eels. What people tend to forget is that the Eels at the time was an...
It is no secret that the Warriors have the toughest travel schedule in the NRL. As far as professional sports go, for a club side they would have one of the more demanding in world sport. Of course there are other examples of club sides that rack up the frequent flyer miles but it's not a common occurrence and outside of sporting teams from NZ, you wouldn't be able to find too many clubs that are required to do quite as much travel as the Warriors do. As challenging as it may be for the...
Highly regarded as one of the best props in the business during his playing days, Joe is a veteran of 115 games for the Auckland Warriors between 1995-2000, 239 with the Bradford Bulls between 2001-2008 as well as making 2 Test appearances for Samoa in 1995 and 27 for New Zealand between 1996-2006. Although he did not manage to score a try in his 29 International Test appearances, remarkably, during a career spanning 14 seasons and with a total try tally that left him averaging almost 2...
Huge fan of Eric Watson. Before he bought a 75% stake in the Auckland Warriors the club was in all sorts of strife on and off the field. Poor results on the field saw record low crowd numbers, sponsors ditching the club and owners unable to keep feeding the bottomless pit that the club had become. That was until a mystery buyer the media had dubbed the White Knight stepped in and offered to underwrite the club. The aftermath wasn't pretty. The new company started from scratch which meant...
As his 2nd stint with the NZ Warriors draws to a close, Tommy will always be remembered as one of my favourite players to pull on a Warriors jersey, a bloke who punched well above his weight, a player who week in week out would roll the sleeves up and get through the "dirty work" that so many others tend to avoid, one of the best defensive halves in the game who could put on as big a hit as someone twice his size ON someone twice his size, a versatile player who could fill a number of key...
After three years at the helm of the New Zealand Warriors and three years of missing finals footy its time for Andrew McFadden to do the honourable thing and fall on his sword. His perplexing bench selections have boggled the minds of even longtime league fanatics. McFadden's penchant for carrying a specialist outside edge player seemed like a bad choice for most and absolutely pointless when that player would do nothing but warm the bench. Games against bigger packs like the Sharks saw...
Another must win match is on the cards for the Vodafone Warriors as they clash with the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Stadium in Robina. Both teams will be desperate for the 2 points as they sit precariously on the edge of the Top 8, a win would see one side move one step closer to playing finals footy in 2016 while a loss could have serious ramifications on their quest for glory this season. Both teams showed that they're capable of going the full distance in games, with the Warriors again...