Sport and Health

25 Years With The Warriors

The New Zealand Warriors are the country’s only professional rugby league franchise and are celebrating 25 years with KEEPING THE FAITH – 25 YEARS WITH THE WARRIORS, a new documentary series for Prime.

The documentary will feature interviews with Dean Bell, Graham Lowe, Daniel Anderson, Ali Lauititi among others.

Settle in for the night as the documentary will be followed by the NRL PREMIERSHIP: NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS vs BRISBANE BRONCOS LIVE from Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium.

Dean Bell , The Winfield Cup 1995. Photo: Photosport

Here are some New Zealand Warriors facts to celebrate 25 years (although you probably know these and more!)

  • The Warriors are New Zealand’s only professional rugby league team. The team were originally Auckland Warriors before becoming NZ Warriors in 2001
  • Rugby league was founded in 1909 – 110 years ago
  • The original colours of the team were blue, white, red and green with the original design by Francis Allan of Colenso. The team colours changed to black and grey however this has since returned to the original colourful jersey.
  • The first match of the ‘Auckland Warriors’ was against the Brisbane Broncos on the 10th March 1995 at Mt Smart Stadium which was and still is the Warriors home ground.
  • Dean Bell was the first captain of the Warriors who has since gone in to coaching and management and in 2012 named as the New Zealand Vodafone Warriors General Manager of Football.
  • The team have had 11 captains over the years, the longest serving as Simon Mannering for 6 seasons. As of 2018 Simon Mannering is also the clubs most capped player (301 games) and has won player of the year 5 times.
  • The team has also had 11 coaches with the highest winning percentage as Daniel Anderson with 55.43%
  • The most tries by any player on the team was Manu Vatuvei with 152 tries over 13 years

Our thoughts are with Quentin Pongia’s friends and family after his passing on the 18th May 2019. Pongia was Vodafone Warrior #52 and played for the Warriors 18 times in 1998.

KEEPING THE FAITH – 25 YEARS WITH THE WARRIORS (Saturday 25th May at 6pm on Prime)

NRL PREMIERSHIP: NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS vs BRISBANE BRONCOS (Saturday 25th May at 7pm on Prime), LIVE from Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium.

Auckland Warriors fans. Photo: Photosport

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