It’s hard to believe that the NZ Warriors have been around now since 1995 and have a whole country behind them in the NRL National Rugby League competition.
I can remember the buzz and excitement when it was announced and the first games and I have been following them passionately ever since.
The team is the only current one not to be based in Australia in the NRL as they are based in Auckland and are based at Mount Smart Stadium there but also play their games in other parts of the country and also at the bigger stadiums in Auckland too.
In 1995 when the Warriors joined, the NRL was expanding from 16 to 20 teams.
Originally called the Auckland Warriors the New Zealand Warriors name was changed and the club rebranded in 2001.
The New Zealand Warriors up until now have claimed one minor premiership in 2002, they have reached two grand finals in 2002 and 2011, they have reached the NRL Finals play offs 7 times and have provided many heart attack moments of sheer enjoyment and bitter disappointment to their support team and all their fans for many, many years, but we still keep on supporting them….
Here is the NZ Warriors website :: Warriors Rugby League
Here is the National Rugby League website :: NRL Rugby League Website