Having joined the Australian Rugby League in 1995, the New Zealand Warriors experienced financial re-invention in 2000 to finally help the club become a force in the NRL. Since 2000, the Warriors won a Minor Premiership in 2002 but lost the Grand Final to the Sydney Roosters in the same season. New Zealand became the first NRL side in Premiership history under the McIntyre system to beat the Minor Premiers from eighth position, doing so in the first week of the 2008 finals series.
The recruitment of Isaac Luke and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck had the Warriors well placed to challenge for the title in 2016. Ultimately, they performed below expectations and failed to make the finals. Head coach Andrew McFadden was removed from the role with Stephen Kearney named as the club’s new coach for the 2017 season.
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