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Joe Galuvao, pronounced Nuluvao, was one half the all powerful hair bears for both the Penrith Panthers of the mid 90's and the Kiwis. The second half of the powerful second row combination was Tony Puletua. Born and raised in Auckland, it is offen forgotten by many in rugby league circles that Joe started out as a talented hard running fullback. Joe debuted for his home club of Auckland in 1998 against the Sydney Roosters in Australia in round 8. Ultimately Joe would play 27 times for the Warriors before reading the writing on the wall with the signing of Ivan Cleary for the 2000 season and moved to the Penrith Panthers in 2001. It took the Panthers no time at all to realise that Joes talents layed in the forward pack and not at the back and he soon found himself making a big impact in the second row for Penrith. By 2005 Joe had played 78 times for Penrith with the highlight of his time with the club being the 2003 NRL grand final victory. Lured to South Sydney with a big money offer, things didn't go well from the start with injuries and lack of form causing headaches for the South Sydney coaching staff. A campaign to encourage Joe to retire or "swap the paddock for the pulpit" was lead by Hollywood mega star and South Sydney co-owner Russell Crowe. The mention of the pulpit being an indication of Joes strong religious standing. Instead Joe signed with the Parramatta Eels for the 2008 season playing 34 games over the course of the next two seasons. In 2010 Joe put pen to paper with the Manly Sea Eagles. In 2011 Joe won the NRL title for the second time in his career when his Manly side beat the NZ Warriors in the 2011 grand final with a final score of 24 - 10. Joe is a talented musician, particularly talented with the guitar.

Follow Joe on Twitter: @joegee8


Club Games Tries Goals FG's Points
Warriors 27 4 0 0 16
Penrith 78 15 0 0 60
South Sydney 23 3 0 0 12
Parramatta 34 4 0 0 16
Manly 72 1 0 0 4

Warriors # 56

Name: GALUVAO, Joe
Place of Birth: Auckland
Positions: Prop
Professional clubs: Warriors, Panthers, Souths, Eels, Manly
Club Titles: 2003, 2011 NRL
Rep Honors: 4 tests for NZ, 2 tests for Samoa
39 Years

Perhapes rugby leagues most famous fish and chip shop owner, George Gatis. Born in Townsville this nuggetty hooker learned his trade at the Wests Panthers in the Queensland cup. In 2001 George made his first grade debut for the North Queensland Cowboys and would go on to play a further 24 games for the club over the next 3 seasons with a broken arm and knee reconstruction seriously hampering Georges first grade aspirations. George was released by the Cowboys at the end of the 2003 season and he returned to the family business of fish and chips. 2005 finds then Warriors assistant coach and former player Kevin Campion paying a visit to the Gatis fish and chip shop, offering George the oppotunity to trial with the Warriors through preseason training and from this George was offered and accepted a two year contract with the New Zealand club. George signed with the Huddersfield Giants in the ESL, on a two year contract. Just three months into his new contract George quit the Giants and rugby league to return to the family business of fish and chips due to his fathers failing health. However, George was approached by the Cowboys to come out of retirement as injury cover for Aaron Pain. George would play just the 1 NRL game for the Cowboys in 2008 and playing most of the season with the Northern Pride before retiring again for good at the end of the season. George played 2 tests for Greece through his heritage.


Club Games Tries Goals FG's Points
North Queensland 25 4 0 0 16
Warriors 39 6 0 0 24
Huddersfield 10 1 0 0 4

Warriors # 128

Name: GATIS, George
Place of Birth: Queensland
Positions: Hooker
Professional clubs: Cowboys, Warriors, Giants
Rep Honors: 2 tests for Greece
39 Years

Pita is a born and breed southern man of Samoan extraction. He is a Sydenham Swans rugby league club junior who moved to Auckland with his parents and played for the Richmond Rovers rugby league club. In 2007 Pita played for the Waitakere Rangers in the Bartercard cup. In 2008 Pita played for Auckland in the Bartercard premiership and then for the Auckland Vulcans that year. Later, he was named as the Vulcans rookie player of the year. In 2010 Pita signed for the Warriors and by 2011 had made his debut on the 24th of july.

Pita played his sole test match for Samoa on the 16th of october 2010 against world cup champions the Kiwis.

Follow Pita on Twitter: @PitaGodinet


Club Games Tries Goals FG's Points
Warriors 8 2 0 0 8

Warriors # 170

Name: GODINET, Pita
Place of Birth: Christchurch
Positions: Hooker
Professional clubs: Warriors
Rep Honors: 1 test for Samoa
30 Years

Mark Kerry Graham. One of the greats of New Zealand rugby league and regarded by many within the game of rugby league as an all time great. Mark played for the North Sydney Bears and it was his time at the North Sydney Bears that convinced rugby league tome to rate Mark as one of the 100 best players of all time in 1995. Also in 1995 Mark was inducted as one of the legends of league. In 1996 he was inducted into the New Zealand sports hall of fame.

In 1999 when Maori tribe Tainui took over the ownership of the Auckland Warriors and placed Malcolm Boyle and Graham Lowe in charge of the club one of the first things Lowe did was install Mark as the clubs NRL coach. 1999 was a steady as she goes season for the newly promoted coach and he acheived a winning percentage of 41%, winning 10 games from 24. However things went from indifferent to bad for the 2000 season where Mark was only able to acheive a winning percentage of 30% with 8 wins from 26 games and by seasons end his position with the club had become untenable. However it is the mark of the man himself that when presented with an extention to his contract mid season 2000 he stated that he wanted wait until he had proven himself as a coach before extending his contract. And further stating that if the team didn't make the play offs he would step down before the 2001 season. After leaving the Warriors Mark took up a part time contract with the Auckland Blues as the provinces defensive coach. From there Mark found himself in Japan coaching the defense for the Kintetsu club. Mark now lives in Australia where he works in the mines and coaches local rugby league clubs.


Club Games Won Lost Drew Winning %
Warriors 50 18 30 2 36

Name: GRAHAM, Mark
Place of Birth: Auckland
Positions: Coach
Professional clubs: Warriors
Rep Honors: 28 tests as a player. 1 for rest of world.
62 Years

Warrior # 182

Name: GUBB, Charlie
Place of Birth: Wellington, New Zealand
Positions: Prop
Professional clubs: Warriors
Club Titles: 2010 NYC Champions
27 Years

The one that got away. Thats how Sir Graham Henry discribes his former Kelston boys high school puple. Thats how highly Awen was rated as a player. Awen played his first game of league as a 3 year old playing for the Portland Panthers in Northland. Awen moved with his family to Auckland and it was at the Point Chev Pirates that Awen first met his future Warriors and test team mate and soon to be life long friend Stacey Jones. In 1993 Awen was part of a Auckland RL development tour of Australia and he soon impressed watching scouts and it wasn't long before Australian clubs were knockign at his door. As a 17 year old Awen moved to Australia to play for the Manly Sea Eagles and came under the tutelage of former Australia test coach and all time test great Bob Fulton. After siding with Super league durring the early days of the Super League war Awen found himself out in the cold with Manly so signed with the Auckland Warriors, returning home for the 1996 season. Awen debuted against the North Sydney Bears for the Warriors, round 4 1996. A further 169 games for the Warriors were to follow for Awen. Along with good friend, Stacey Jones, Awen is only the second Warrior to recieve a testimonial from the club and is the only Warriors to have a jersey designed specially for him. One moment for the highlighs reel in Awens time with the Warriors was his huge hit on Rooster forward Ned Catic, easily one of the biggest hits of the modern era. In 2007 Awen moved to the ESL, playing with the Castleford Tigers. At the end of the 2007 season Castleford were relagated to the Championship. Though Awen could have walked away from his final year of his contract with the Tigers he choose to honor it saw out his contract. Awen was instrumental in helping Castleford back upto the ESL. Awen retired at the end of 2008. Although capped 10 times for New Zealand, Awen also played 2 tests at the 1995 world cup for Tonga and again played for Tonga at the 2008 world cup. Since ending his footballing career Awen has gone on to enjoy a successful broadcasting career with both the Sky TV network and the Maori channel. Awen has in recent times helped out with coaching of the Pt Chev Pirates and made himself available for charitable events like the 2011 fight for life and white ribbon New Zealand.

Follow Awen on Twitter: @AwenGuttenbeil


Club Games Tries Goals FG's Points
Warriors 170 15 0 0 60
Castleford 20 0 0 0 0

Warriors # 33

Name: GUTTENBEIL, Awen
Place of Birth: Whangarei
Positions: Second row
Professional clubs: Warriors, Castleford
Rep Honors: 3 tests Tonga. 10 tests Kiwis
41 Years
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