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Having joined the Australian Rugby League in 1995, the New Zealand Warriors struggled initially before enjoying regular finals appearances in the 2000s. The Warriors have made the Grand Final twice, in 2002 and 2011, but have come away empty-handed on both occasions.
The Warriors endured a rough campaign in 2017. They were still in touch with the top eight in late June, despite only winning seven of their first 15 matches, but a nine-game losing streak to close out the season saw them finish the season well off the pack.
Senior coach: Stephen Kearney
Captain: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2017 finish: 13th
2018 Team List
Bunty Afoa, Blake Ayshford, Gerard Beale, James Bell, Adam Blair, Manaia Cherrington, Sam Cook, David Fusitu’a James Gavet, Blake Green, Tohu Harris, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Peta Hiku, Ata Hingano, Shaun Johnson, Solomone Kata, Matiu Love-Henry, Mason Lino, Sam Lisone, Isaac Luke, Simon Mannering, Ken Maumalo, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Agnatius Paasi, Isaiah Papali’i, Junior Pauga, Hayze Perham, Leivaha Pulu, Nathaniel Roache, Zac Santo, Ligi Sao, Tevita Satae, Patrick Sipley, Lewis Soosemea, Jazz Tevaga, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Albert Vete, Joseph Vuna, King Vuniyawa
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