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NRL Profile: New Zealand Warriors

One of the surprise packages of last season, New Zealand Warriors have a foundation to build on as they go in search of NRL grand final glory in 2024.

Eventually denied by runners-up the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in the preliminary finals, head coach Andrew Webster and his side will be determined to go one step further and reach the grand final this year.

On the back of last season’s impressive efforts, Webster’s side are available at 19.00 to go all the way and win the 2024 grand final.  

Optimism growing at Warriors

After finishing the 2023 regular season in fourth place on the ladder and just four points behind table-toppers Penrith Panthers, the Warriors should be confident heading into the new campaign.

Enjoying great form towards the end of the season, the Auckland outfit went on to beat the Newcastle Knights 40-10 in the semi-finals, before a 42-12 defeat in Brisbane.

The Panthers and the Broncos were the standout teams last season and the Warriors showed they are among the best of the rest but still behind those two frontrunners.

New Zealand Warriors are 1.75 to finish in the top eight this coming season, while they are 2.05 to miss out on finals football.  

Key players

Enjoying another impressive season, halfback Shaun Johnson was instrumental in taking the Warriors to just 80 minutes from a shock grand final appearance in 2023.

The New Zealander found a rich vein of form and was playing with a confidence that seemed to feed into the rest of the squad.

Webster will be hoping for another big season from the 33-year-old Auckland man, while strong campaigns will also be expected of the likes of Tohu Harris, Wayde Egan, Addin Fonua-Blake and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.

New signings

The new season will see the return of winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck following his brief spell in rugby union.

Tuivasa-Sheck has decided to make the switch back to the NRL and will add quality and experience to the Warriors’ backline this year.

The club have also signed Chanel Harris-Tavita and Kurt Capewell, with the latter making the move from the Broncos.

Harris-Tavita had a brief hiatus from rugby league but it was confirmed back in May that the 24-year-old would return to the Warriors.

Capewell is an experienced second-row who will be looking to add dynamism to the Warriors pack for the new campaign.

Opening fixtures

The Warriors get their 2024 season underway on 8th March when they host the Cronulla Sharks at Go Media Stadium.

New Zealand Warriors are 1.60 to open the campaign with a win, while the Sharks are 2.35 to spoil the party.  

The Warriors travel to the Melbourne Storm in Round 2, before taking on the Canberra Raiders at Apollo Projects Stadium in Christchurch on 22nd March.

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