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Once We're Warriors

Television (Full Length) – 1995

This documentary follows the build-up by the Auckland Warriors to their first match in Australia’s National Rugby League competition (against the Brisbane Broncos). They are the first offshore club to compete in the NRL. The excitement and routines of a burgeoning pro sport franchise — from training to brand development — are captured alongside player profiles: Dean Bell is captain, coach is John Monie, and future Kiwi league legend Stacey Jones is an 18-year-old rising star. Presented by Temuera Morrison, the score is hard rock, and the jersey sponsor is DB Bitter.

For young Kiwi rugby league players it’s always been the ultimate dream. Now we have a Winfield Cup team based in Auckland, a team that gives players a chance to achieve that dream, and to reach the very top of professional football without leaving home.
– Temuera Morrison

Key Cast & Crew

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John Harris


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Chas Toogood

Producer, Director

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Neil Newcombe

Sound Mix

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Russell Hay

Sound Mix

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Chris Tegg


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Barbara Free


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Produced by

Chas Toogood Productions