2009

  1. Ian Henderson

    Ian Henderson

    Henderson made his National Rugby League premiership debut for the Sydney Roosters against the Parramatta Eels in Round 1 of the2003 NRL season. After two years at the Roosters he moved to Parramatta however did not achieve more game time and left half way through the 2005 NRL season. Henderson...
  2. Brent Tate

    Brent Tate

    Tate, the brother-in-law of former Warriors captain and Australian Test forward Steve Price, was graded by the Broncos from Redcliffe in 2001. The straight-running centre had an amazing 2002 season – making his State of Origin debut for Queensland in the drawn series before being chosen as an...
  3. Aidan Kirk

    Aidan Kirk

    Aiden was a Newcastle Knights junior but would join the Roosters. As Anthony Minichello's underling he failed to make first grade and would instead play NSWRL Cup with then coach Ivan Cleary. He would eventually captain the side. In 2007 Kirk joined the New Zealand Warriors, reuniting with...
  4. Michael Witt

    Michael Witt

    Having played at a number of clubs as a journeyman he would sign a 3 year deal for the Warriors. He would play five-eight with Grant Rovelli in the halves and also was the Warriors first choice goal kicker. His goal kicking was at the time one of the most accurate in the competition. Witts most...
  5. Patrick Ah Van

    Patrick Ah Van

    Ah Van made his debut for the New Zealand Warriors in 2006 against the Manly Sea Eagles. He went onto play in fifty four games for the club. In 2007 he also played for the Auckland Lions in the NSWRL Premier League and he played for the Auckland Vulcans in the 2009 and 2010 NSW Cup competitions...
  6. Micheal Luck

    Micheal Luck

    After playing Australian Schoolboys rep footy in 1999 Luck would make his NRL debut for the Cowboys in 2001. Luck would play 76 games for the Cowboys, mostly from the bench, before signing for the Warriors. In his first season for the Warriors, 2006, Luck managed to play every single NRL game...
  7. Nathan Fien

    Nathan Fien

    Nathan Fien debuted for the Cowboys in 2000 and a year later he would be playing off the bench for Queenslands State of Origin squad. After playing 93 games for the Cowboys, Nathan signed with the New Zealand Warriors from season 2005 onwards. He later extended his contract until the end of...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. Kevin Locke

    Kevin Locke

    A Northcote Tigers junior who attended Northcote college, Locke first gained attention when he played for the Auckland Lionsin the NSWRL Premier League in 2007. In 2006 Locke made the Junior Kiwis side. In 2008 he was signed by the New Zealand Warriors and played in the Toyota Cup, finishing...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...