New Zealand Warriors 2021 TV schedule, squad and team guide
Most fans will be hoping the Warriors can be competitive this year after their coronavirus-enforced troubles.
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The brave Warriors endeared themselves to most NRL fans last year after narrowly missing out on the finals despite spending almost their entire campaign playing away from home due to COVID-19. They had to endure the sacking of coach Stephen Kearney and the loss of some players who returned home to New Zealand for family reasons.
And they did it without complaining and with smiles on their faces. It was an inspiring effort and hopefully they can do better in 2021. The Kiwis will again be based on the NSW Central Coast for the start of the 2021 season, but at least this year they will be more prepared and know what to expect under new coach Nathan Brown.
They also have some big signings who will boost the confidence of their teammates. Tongan Test forwards Addin Fonua-Blake and Ben Murdoch-Masila provide strike power to their forward pack, which has also been bolstered by the addition of Kane Evans and Bayley Sironen.
In the backline, the Warriors have added experience via centres Euan Aitken and Marcelo Montoya. They should prove difficult to contain this year.
How to watch New Zealand Warriors NRL matches
Bad news for fans of the Warriors – this season, only three of their games are airing live and free on the Nine Network. They have to wait all the way to round 17 for their first free-to-air clash of the season. Meanwhile, 21 fixtures are exclusive to Fox League.
So you might want to consider getting a subscription to Kayo Sports, Foxtel or Foxtel Now. That way, you won't miss a minute of the action as the 2021 NRL season unfolds. Feel free to check out our Kayo vs Foxtel guide to see which service is better for you.
Out of the three, Kayo Sports is a particularly appealing option, with no lock-in contracts and a generous content catalogue. Subscriptions start at $25 a month, which buys you access to more than 50 sports. Besides, features like SplitView and Interactive Stats will likely appeal to sports enthusiasts.
To celebrate the Warriors' 25th year in the NRL last season, the platform put together a special miniseries called Keeping the Faith which looked back on some of the highs and lows the club has experienced during its time in the competition. Episodes are available on demand. New Kayo Sports users can enjoy a 14-day free trial.
We have a full guide on how to stream the 2021 NRL season if you're keen to do more research on the subject.
Watch New Zealand Warriors matches overseas
If you're travelling outside Australia, you can use Watch NRL to keep up with your favourite team. We have a detailed article on how to stream the 2021 NRL season from overseas.
When do New Zealand Warriors play next?
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New Zealand Warriors squad
New Zealand Warriors history
The Warriors were formed in 1995 and became the first club from outside Australia to be admitted to the ARL premiership, the predecessor to the NRL.
The Warriors haven't managed to win a title since joining the competition, but they do have a minor premiership under their belt from back in 2002. That was the year they reached their first grand final, a feat they repeated in 2011 without yet managing to get over the line in the big one.
They've never won a wooden spoon and have made it to the finals eight times. The Warriors play their home games at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.
Image source: New Zealand Warriors team website
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