Warriors Orange Peeler
A talented prospect from the Waikato region, Moana only spent one year at the club before heading to England. A powerfully-built weapon used mainly off the bench.
Just over 20 years ago this week there was a game of rugby league in Auckland which created a wave of interest.
INTERCHANGE | MARTIN MOANA (#17)
Born in Huntly on August 13, 1973, Moana came through the Huntly South club and the Waikato representative side to earn a contract with the Auckland Warriors and ultimately a place on the interchange for the debut match against Brisbane. His Warriors stint was a brief one but he went on to fashion a long professional career in England making more than 200 appearances in all for Halifax as well as having terms with Huddersfield, Doncaster, Wakefield, Salford and finally Swinton. He retired with a total of more than 300 top level games. Moana represented Aotearoa Maori at the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.
NRL career: 5 games (1995), 4 points (1 try).
Warriors: 5 games (1995), 4 points (1 try).