AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 31: (L-R) Wairangi Koopu of the Warriors shakes hands with team-mate Ruben Wiki after the round 25 NRL match between the Warriors and the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium on August 31, 2008 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

In this week's five players we'd bring back we look at the New Zealand Warriors.

For those who missed last week's intro, these are five former players from the club we'd bring back to improve the current NRL squad.

As mentioned in last week's Sharks article, recently retired players, or those playing in Super League are not considered. Manu, Mannering, Johnson etc will therefore not be considered.

See also - If we could bring back 5 players from: Cronulla Sharks, Canberra Raiders, Canterbury Bulldogs, North Queensland Cowboys


1. Stacey Jones

The obvious choice. Stacey Jones is arguably the best ever Warrior. Truthfully I can't really mount much of an argument for anyone other than the incredible number seven.

He's straight into the jersey in the current squad and more than fixes their worries in the halfback role.

Playing over 270 games for the club across two stints, Jones achieved literally everything other than the illusive NRL Premiership.

He was the first player picked for the Kiwi national side each and every time they played and was key to ending the Kangaroos 27 year series winning streak. He played 48 times for New Zealand.

The 2002 Golden Boot winner would completely transform the current Warriors lineup. Can you imagine the partnership he and RTS would have created? Sign me up for that!

One of the best kicking games of the era, I would absolutely love to see the young Warriors lead by a 2002 carnation of Stacey Jones.

Stacey Jones