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Herewini began his playing days with the Taniwharua RL club in Huntly. Having played for the Waikato U17 and national U17 teams Herewini was selected for the junior Kiwis in 2002. In 2004 Rangi was rewarded with his consistent form with a contract with the Warriors and that same year he played his one and only game for the club against the Canberra Raiders in round 20. Dispite only playing 1 game for the NRL side he was rewarded with the clubman of the year award for the Warriors. In 2005 he signed to play with the Central Comets in the Queensland cup and by 2007 was playing for the Wynnum Manly club. In 2008 in a FOGS cup match Herewini suffered a serious spinal injury when he collided with a goal post. Thankfully he regained full movement in his arms and legs. Herewini returned to New Zealand and by 2011 was home coaching his junior club side the Taniwharua side.


Club Game Tries Goals FG's Points
Warriors 1 0 0 0 0

Warriors # 117

Name: RANGI, Herewini
Place of Birth: Huntly
Positions: Hooker
Professional clubs: Warriors
Rep Honors: Junior Kiwi
33 Years

Sam Rapira is the older brother to Steve Rapira who also playes for the Vodafone Wariors in the NRL. Sam was part of the Kiwis squad that won the 2008 rugby league world cup thus etching his name into rugby league folk lore. He is also a former junior Kiwi international.

Sam is a former Hamilton boys high school pupil who played for the Waicoa Bay Stallions in the Bartercard Cup. Sam made his Warriors debute in 2006 against the West Tigers and is contracted to the Warriors until 2014.

Sam's nicknames include Big Sam and Raps.


Club Game Tries Goals FG's Points
Warriors 110 10 0 0 40

Warriors # 131

Name: RAPIRA, Sam
Place of Birth: Hamilton
Positions: Prop
Professional clubs: Warriors
Rep Honors: 13 tests
30 Years

Steve is the younger brother of fellow Warrior Sam Rapira. Steve played his junior rugby league for the Hukanui club in the Waikato rugby league competition and then with the Waicoa Bay Stallions in the Bartercard cup before joining the Warriors juniors in 2008. In 2009 Steve joined the North Queensland Cowboys and played mainly for the feeder club the Mackay Cutters in the Queensland cup. In 2009 he was names the North Queensland Cowboys rookie player of the year. He made his debut for the Cowboys NRL side on the 11th of april 2010 against the Gold Coast Titans. 2010 saw Steve re-sign with the Warriors and return home to play his rugby league and in round 13 on 4th of june he made his NRL debut for the Warriors.


Club Games Tries Goals FG's Points
North Queensland 27 1 0 0 0
Warriors 9 0 0 0 0

Warriors # 169

Name: RAPIRA, Steve
Place of Birth: Hamilton
Positions: Second row
Professional clubs: Cowboys, Warriors
Rep Honors: Junior Kiwi
29 Years

Matthew John Ridge came to rugby league from the powerfull Ponsonby club and from an era where the Auckland rugby union swept all before it. Born in Rotarua to a European mother and Armenian father that he never knew. Matthew and his mother moved to Auckland when he was just a lad and Matthew soon began to excel at sports. However, the sports that he excel at were'nt the sports he would later make a name for himself at. Soccer and tennis were the first sports Matthew was recognised in. Regularly making junior soccer representative teams and offen dueling with champion New Zealand tennis player of the future Brett Steven for Auckland titles. Ridge had his fair share of trouble as a youth and the story of the taxi incident is widely known where he and a friend ran off from a taxi ride without paying. But by high school Matthew had found a passion for rugby union where he was a regular fixture in the Auckland school boy sides and in 1986 made the New Zealand school boys RU side. By 1989 Matthew has established himself in the Auckland senior provincial side and was selected All Blacks tour of Great Britain in 1989. Matthew played 6 tour matches for the All Blacks but didn't play in any of the tests. With the propect of years behind first pick All Black fullback John Gallagher ahead of him Matthew was open to a proposal put him by Manly coach Graham Lowe. Matthew and Zinzan Brooke were to be a package deal for the Manly club, with Ridge signing for $20,000 a season and Brooke signing for $60,000 a season. Just days before Manly club were to announce their duel signings Brooke asked to be released from his deal. Manly agreed to release Brooke and Ridge signed for Manly alone. Matthew has stated in subsequent years that he was somewhat bemused to find out that Brooke was to be paid a lot more than he to go to Manly. Ridge has also stated in later years that had he known that John Gallagher was about to sign to go to Leeds he would have stayed with union a little longer to win an All Blacks test jersey. Highly impressive with just the 6 games under his belt for Manly, Ridge was called up to the New Zealand Kiwis. Matthew was to be a main stay for the Kiwis across the course of the next 8 years with much of his time laterly with the Kiwis being spent as the captain. Somewhat controversially Ridge lead a changing room revolt against the match payments he and fellow Kiwis would earn against Australia in the 1995 world cup semi final in Huddersfield. Threatening to not take the field of play unless the NZRL increased match payments. The NZRL acceded to the players demands and the Kwis took the field and very nearly caused a shock upset, going down to the Kangaroos in extra time. In 1996 Matthews Manly side won the Optus cup title. Matthew defected from ARL aligned Manly to Super League when the league war broke out and he returned home to Auckland for 1997 to play with the Auckland Warriors, signing for some $700,000 dollars....a far cry from the $20,000 be originally signed for. Matthew debuted for the Warriors in round ones clash of 1997 against the Brisbane Broncos. Matthews time with the Warriors would be punctuated with injury, suspention and criticism from the media. Matthew would find himself suspended for a spitting incident against Bulldog supports and for man handling a referee durring the Balmain Tigers game. Matthew played just 37 games for the Warriors and retired at the end of the 1999 season. Matthew was the record points scorer for the Kiwis at the time of his retirment with 168 points, to this day the record still stands. Post Matthews playing career he was to feature highly on sports entertainment TV along side good mate Marc Ellis. Most notably on sports show "A game of two halves" and "Marc and Matthews rocky road to..." Matthew has been linked to several high profile woman in Sally Ridge, Carly Binding, Nicky Watson and Keita Nobilo of the wine dynasty. And for a brief time he was also involved with Rebecca Loos. In november of 2010 Carly and Matthew gave birth to London Luca Ridge, Matthews second son.


Club Games Tries Points FG's Points
Manly 122 32 477 11 1093
Warriors 37 8 103 0 238

Warriors # 40

Name: RIDGE, Matthew
Place of Birth: Rotorua
Positions: Fullback
Professional clubs: Sea Eagles, Warriors
Club Titles: 1996 Optus cup
Rep Honors: 25 tests NZ
49 Years

Mark is the first and only NZ Warriors player to play for the Barbarian rugby union team when he represented the club by wearing the clubs socks in his only Barbarian appearance. Mark Darren "Sharky" Robinson played three games for the All Blacks between 1997 and 2001. Born in Whangarei Mark moved to North Harbour when his rugby talents began to be recognised. Mark played fis first game of first class rugby for North Harbour in 1996. Mark would go onto play 74 games for North Harbour betwen 1996 and 2002. Durring the same period Mark played Super 12 rugby for the Waikato Cheifs and Auckland Blues. In 2003 with window of opportunity between starting his contract with the Northampton and his final game with North Harbour then Warriors CEO Mick Watson announced a short term deal between the Warriors and Mark had been struck. Marks first hit out in a Warriors game came during the world 7's in Janurary of 2003 and then his first 13 man game against the Sharks in a trial match at North Harbour stadium. Marks one and only NRL game came against the Canterbury Bulldogs in round 8 of 2003, playing at hooker. Mark stated in a Sky TV interview after his NRL debut that it was the hardest, fastest game of rugby he'd ever played. When not playing for the Warriors Mark played for the North Harbour Tigers in the Bartercard cup. Mark played 4 seasons in the Guiness premiership for Northampton before moving to the London club Wasps, also in the Guiness premiership. On may the 1st 2010 Mark announced his retirement from rugby due to a degenerative knee injury.


Club Games Tries Goals FG's Points
Warriors 1 0 0 0 0

Warriors # 104

Name: ROBINSON, Mark
Place of Birth: Palmerston North NZ
Positions: Hooker
Professional clubs: Warriors
Rep Honors: 3 tests for NZ
42 Years

Iva Lewis Ropati represented the New Zealand Kiwis 4 times. Iva began playing for the Otahuhu Leopards as a junior but moved to the Te Atatu Roosters as he began to mature and won a Fox Memorial with the Roosters. He then played for the Mangere Easts Hawks, and while at Mangere East Iva was able to play along side brothers Joe, John, Peter and Tea before moving to England and playing with the Sheffield Eagles in 1991. By 1992 Iva had moved to the Featherstone Rovers and then by 1993 to the Oldham club. Iva held the record for the most tries scored in a season for the Sheffield Eagles until the 2012 season when Quentin Laulu-Togagae broke it with 35 tries. In 1994 Iva moved to Australia where he played for the Parramatta Eels in the Winfield cup of that year, appearing in 4 games for them before signing for and returning home to Auckland for the Warriors first ever season. Oppotunities were few and far between for Iva and he played just 7 games for the Warriors before returning to the local Auckland competition with the Manurewa Marlins. Iva is a qualified teacher and has moved through to the ranks of principle and has been principle of One Tree Hill and Howick college. In 2009 Iva was awarded the Sir Peter Blake leadership award along with 5 other New Zealanders. Iva is also a member of the New Zealand Rugby League as an independent director.


Club Games Tries Goals FG's Points
Sheffield          
Featherstone          
Oldham 36 25 0 0 100
Parramatta 4 2 0 0 8
Warriors 7 3 0 0 12

Warriors # 35

Name: ROPATI, Iva
Place of Birth: Auckland
Positions: Centre
Professional clubs: Sheffield, Featherston, Oldham, Eels, Warriors
Rep Honors: 4 tests for NZ
49 Years
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