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Stephen is the youngest player to captain the New Zealand test team, when he was aged just 21. Stephen played his junior rugby league for the Kapiti Bears in the Wellington RL. Playing from the Kapiti club Stephen represented New Zealand for the first time for the Junior Kiwis. By 1991 Stephen was playing senior rugby league for his new club, the Ranwick Kingfishers and for the Wellington provincial team. 1991 saw Ranwick lose the Wellington RL grand final to the Wainuiomata Lions 16 - 4. Stephen turned professional in 1992 when he signed for the Western Suburbs Magpies in Sydney. He would stay with the Magpies for 2 seasons and play 46 games before returning to New Zealand to play for the Auckland Warriors. Stephen debuted for the Warriors in the Warriors very first game in the NRL against the Brisbane Broncos. In 1999 Stephen returned to Australia this time with the Melbourne Storm. The move would prove to be a fruitful move when the Storm won their first ever NRL title against the St George Dragons. Backing this up by winning the 2000 world club challenge, beating an out of sorts St Helens 44 - 6 in England. While playing for the Storm Stephen became the first New Zealander to play 250 NRL games. Stephen would be involved in an ugly incident when he and fellow Storm team mate Marcus Bai were involved in a tackle in which fellow Kiwis test team mate Jarrod McCracken would be tipped onto his head and suffer a career ending injury. McCraken later sued Stephen and Bai for $90,000 plus damages. Stephen signed for Hull FC in 2005 and saw out the remainder of his career with them and winning the 2005 challenge cup. In 2006 Stephen retired from playing and took up an assistant coaches role with the Melbourne Storm under Craig Bellamy. In 2008 Stephen was appointed as the New Zealand test coach on a 2 year contract. With legendary Australian coach Wayne Bennett as his assistant coach Stephen lead the New Zealand kiwis to a world cup victory over Australia in the final, winning the game 34 - 20. As a result of this victory Stephen was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. In 2010 Stephen was appointed the head coach of the Parramatta Eels, succeeding former Warriors and Kiwis coach Daniel Anderson. in 2012 Stephen was sacked as coach of the Eels after winning just 10 games from 42 outtings. In october 2012 Stephen was appointed as the Brisbane Broncos assistant coach.


Clubs Games Tries Goals FG's Points
Western Suburbs 46 6 0 0 24
Warriors 79 11 0 0 44
Melbourne 139 20 0 0 80
Hull FC 24 5 0 0 20

 Warriors # 11

Name: KEARNEY, Stephen ONZM
Place of Birth: Paraparaumu, Wellington
Positions: Second row
Professional clubs: Wests, Warriors, Storm, Hull FC
Club Titles: 1999 NRL, 2000 WCC, 2005 Hull FC CC
Rep Honors: 47 tests for NZ (player), 22 tests for NZ (coach)
45 Years

Denan Kemp is a former Warriors player who played for the club from 2009 - 2010.Born in the Gold Coast, Australia. Kemp was originally a soccer player for the Mudgeeraba SC before being scouted by the Brisbane Broncos who succeeded in convincing him to convert to rugby league. He debuted in the NRL in round 10, 2007, against the Manly Sea Eagles. In his debut Kemp scored a solo try, running 75 metres. In 2008 Kemp was named the Broncos’ rookie of the year before making the trip across the Tasman to the New Zealand Warriors. A competent goal kicker and winger; Kemp played 10 games for the Warriors, scoring 46 points. Kemp would re-sign with the Broncos for the 2010 season, after being granted an early release from the final year of his contract. Since leaving the Warriors Kemp has also played for the Australian Sevens squad in the IRB Sevens, the Southern Districts Rugby Club, and the St George Illawarra Dragons.


Club Games Tries Goals FG's Points
Brisbane 32 21 0 0 84
Warriors 10 1 21 0 46

Warriors # 144

Name: KEMP, Denan
Place of Birth: Gold Coast, QLD
Positions: Wing
Professional clubs: Broncos, Warriors, Dragons
30 Years

Tony, a 25 test veteran for the Kiwis began his coaching career with the Leeds alliance team which he took all the way to the championship. In 1999 Tony joined Wakefield as a player but by 2000 decided to hang up his boots and moved into the coaching ranks taking over from Andy Kelly at the Wildcats and was instrumental in helping the Wildcats avoid relagation. In 2001 Tony returned home to be assistant coach to Daniel Anderson and he made his plans to be the next NRL coach at the Warriors clear. Mid way through the 2004 season with player power flexing it's muscles Tony got his wish when Anderson was axed by the Warriors. However Tonys tenure as the Warriors NRL coach wasn't to be a happy and he only lasted one and half seasons himself before he was sacked himself. Controvercy somewhat surround Tony just weeks before he was sacked when it was revealed that he had used his cell phone to call the NRL headquarters to make his complaints about the standard of refereeing clear to the powers that be and more to the point some of the more dubious calls going against the Warriors.

2008 saw Tony named in the Taranaki rugby league team of the century and in 2010 Tony was named as the Kiwis team manager.


Club Games Won Lost Drew Winning %
Warriors 37 13 24 0 35


Name: KEMP, Tony
Place of Birth: Whangarei
Positions: Coach
Professional clubs: Wakefield, Warriors
Rep Honors: 25 tests a player
50 Years

Educated at Gosfords St Edwards college in the central coast of NSW, Aidan was spotted by the Newcastle Knights while playing for the Ourimbah Magpies in the Jim Beam cup. Working his way up through the grades at the Knights. Oppotunities were few with the Knights so Aidan moved to the Sydney Roosters but failed to break into first grade partly due to Anthony Minichello who was rated as the best player in world rugby league at this stage of his career. So instead Aidan spent much of his time in the NSWRL under future Warriors coach Ivan Cleary. 2007 saw Aidan sign with the Warriors under his former coach at NSWRL level, Ivan Cleary. Aidan wasn't able to make an impression in his first season with the Warriors and spent the season with the Auckland Lions in the NSWRL. 2008 started off well for Aidan and he started the NRL season at fullback for the Warriors while first choice fullback Wade Mckinnon was injured, against the Storm. His next NRL oppotunity came in round 11 when giant winger Manu Vatuvei was injured. Over the coarse of the next couple seasons opptunites were few and far between and at the end of the 2009 season Aidan was released from the Warriors.


Club Games Tries Goals FG's Points
Warriors 20 8 0 0 32

Warriors # 136

Name: KIRK, Aidan
Place of Birth: Gosford, NSW
Positions: Wing
Professional clubs: Warriors
31 Years

In 2012 Sir John James Patrick Kirwan was knighted. John scored 35 tries in his 63 tests for the All Blacks. John is the grandson of former Kiwis international Jack Kirwan who played 5 tests for New Zealand between 1925 and 1927. Educated at Aucklands De La Salle college, John played his play union for Marist Brothers old Boys RFC. John was selected to play for both Auckland and the All Blacks whilst playing for Marist. John played a total of 96 games for the All Blacks with 63 of these being tests with a total of 63 tries from his 96 games still being a All Blacks record. John signed to play with the Warriors for there inaugural season in 1995 and debuted for the Warriors in round 6 of the that seasons against the Illawarra Steelers. John would go onto play 35 games for the Warriors over the 1995 and 1996 seasons, scoring 13 tries. After returning to rugby union John soon took up coaching initially with the NEC Green Rockets in Japan who John had only recently finished his playing career with. In 2001 John returned home to Auckland and took up an assistant coaching roll with the Auckland Blus in unions Super 12. By 2002 John was offered the Itialian national team coaching position and he would stay with the Italian team through to 2005. It was while in Italy that John met his wife Fiorella who he would have three children with. John and family moved back to Japan between the years 2007 and 2011 and coached the Japanese national team, culminating in the Japan team taking part in the rugby union world cup of 2011 in New Zealand. In 2012 John signed on to coach the Auckland Blues in the Super 15. John has given much of time to his charity of choice depression. He has fronted several television adverts in New Zealand about depression. Johns All Blacks number is 854.


Club Games Tries Goals FG's Points
Warriors 35 13 0 0 52

Warriors # 22

Name: KIRWAN, Sir John KNZM MBE
Place of Birth: Auckland
Positions: Wing
Professional clubs: Warriors
Rep Honors: 63 games for All Blacks
53 Years

The Taniwharau rugby league club is where Wairangi began his rugby league career in the mining town of Huntly. 1998 was a watershed year for Wairangi as he played for the Waikato Cougars in the Bartercard cup, played as a junior Kiwi and was named in the Waikato Maori team to compete in the national Maori tournament. The Warriors noticed his talents and signed him for the 1999 season and it was in 1999 that he made his first his NRL appearance against Melbounre in round 6. Wairangi would play 159 games for the Warriors over the coarse of 9 seasons and would play the positions of second row, lock, centre, hooker and stand off in the NRL. Wairangi earned the nick name Mr Consistency. Unfortunately in 2006 Wairangi suffered a serious shoulder injury and it plagued him through out the rest of his time with the Warriors and ultimately was a contributing factor in the Warriors decision to release Wairangi in 2008. After being cut by the Warriors Wairangi gave careful consideration to switching codes to union, even going as far as training with the Auckland Blues team but would stay with rugby league and signed a 1 year contract with the Melbourne Storm for 2009, the Storm would go on to win the NRL that season. Koopu linked up with former Warriors team mates Stacey Jones and Awen Guttenbeil while playing for the Pt Chev Pirates in the Auckland rugby league in 2010. These days Dane Wairangi Manurea Koopu co hosts Maori TV program Code.

Follow Wairangi on Twitter: @Ykoopu


Club Games Tries Goals FG's Points
Warriors 159 35 0 0 136
Melbourne 12 1 0 0 4

Warriors # 64

Name: KOOPU, Wairangi
Place of Birth: Opotiki
Positions: Utility
Professional clubs: Warriors, Storm
Club Titles: 2009 NRL
Rep Honors: 3 tests NZ, 5 games for NZ Maori
37 Years
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