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New Zealand Warriors

New Zealand WarriorsHaving 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 however became the first NRL side in Premiership history under the McIntyre system, to beat the Minor Premiers from eighth position in the first week of the 2008 finals series.

In 2014 the Warriors just missed out on a finals berth finishing the regular season in ninth place. Despite ending the season on the same amount of total points (28) as the Brisbane Broncos the New Zealand-based side missed out due to a less favourable points differential.

Full 2015 NRL draw can be found here.

Forgotten what happened last year? Review the 2014 NRL Grand Final and State of Origin with The Roar.

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New Zealand Warriors Articles

Auckland Nines preview part 1: Hunua (yellow) group

Auckland Nines preview part 1: Hunua (yellow) group

by , 28 Jan 2015

The Auckland Nines are back for 2015 and kick off on January 31. The nines are promising to be even better and more exciting than they were last year. As all the squads for each particular group get named, I’ll preview each group right here on The Roar. The teams in the Hunua Group for […]

The New Zealand Warriors need a new club culture

The New Zealand Warriors need a new club culture

by , 22 Jan 2015

A new logo, new coaching staff, new jerseys, a few new players and a new CEO – we’ve seen it all before, but 2015 shapes as a particularly important year for the Warriors. The club that always promises so much yet delivers so little has re-assembled for the upcoming season and expectations, as always, are […]

Enough with the sour grapes – Shaun Johnson is the world’s best rugby league player

Enough with the sour grapes – Shaun Johnson is the world’s best rugby league player

by , 20 Dec 2014

Shaun Johnson’s wizard-like Four Nations performance should go down as one of the most dominant displays by a half in international rugby league history – that is why he won the Golden Boot. The award is awarded to the best player over a calendar year that includes club and Test match performances, but Rugby League […]

Golden Boot winner Shaun Johnson must go to the next level

Golden Boot winner Shaun Johnson must go to the next level

by , 20 Dec 2014

Shaun Johnson has won the 2014 Golden Boot award as the best player in rugby league, but the 2015 NRL season will be his real litmus test. Johnson beat Sam Burgess, who came second in the voting. James Graham was third, Greg Inglis fourth, Johnathan Thurston fifth, and Jesse Bromwich sixth. The Warriors and Kiwi […]

Push grows for second New Zealand NRL team

by , 23 Nov 2014

A bid for a second New Zealand NRL team based in Wellington has been launched with the aim of entering the competition in the 2018 season. On the back of New Zealand’s Four Nations triumph and earlier Tri-Nations and World Cup successes, a consortium of Australian and Kiwi investors believes the time is right for […]

Top 10 NRL off-season moves

by , 16 Oct 2014

Although the premiership party remains in full swing in Redfern, much of the NRL’s attention has swiftly turned to 2015 and beyond. Every club has dipped into the transfer market, some far more than others. Teams such as the Sharks, Titans and Tigers have recruited in decent numbers, reflecting their need to overhaul their rosters […]

Mastermind season review: New Zealand Warriors

Mastermind season review: New Zealand Warriors

by , 27 Sep 2014

Despite the acquisition of one of the Super League’s biggest names in Sam Tomkins, 2014 turned out to be yet another disappointing year for the New Zealand Warriors. The pressure was on Matthew Elliott and his talented playing list to deliver this season, but their campaign went on the back foot the moment they lost […]

I coulda been a contender! The coulda beens of 2014

I coulda been a contender! The coulda beens of 2014

by , 10 Sep 2014

The regular season is over, and as we head into one of the most exciting finals series in recent memory eight teams and their fans are drowning their sorrows with tap beer and odd clothing. It would be too harsh to say that they failed, as I’m sure not all teams start a year with […]

What is wrong with the Warriors?

What is wrong with the Warriors?

by , 9 Sep 2014

Another year gone, the same outcome for the Warriors and their fans. Let’s recap season 2014 from the New Zealand Warriors. It was a poor start followed by an improved run of form during Origin, followed by four to six weeks of games where they look like the best team in the NRL and may […]

McFadden frustrated by Warriors flop

by , 8 Sep 2014

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden failed to hide his frustration after his talented, but under-achieving side missed out on a gilt-edged opportunity to make the NRL finals. With Brisbane losing to Melbourne on Friday and Parramatta going down to Canberra on Saturday, the Warriors’ destiny was in their own hands against Penrith on Sunday night. The […]


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