10 Mar 2015

Twenty years of the Warriors - Dean Bell

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:10 pm on 10 March 2015

Twenty years ago today more than 28 thousand people flocked to Ericsson Stadium in Auckland for a special event in the history of New Zealand sport. On the 10th of March 1995, the Warriors rugby league team played its first match in the Australian Rugby League, the NRL. They took on the Brisbane Broncos, losing an exciting game 25 to 22. And this wasn't just a big day for rugby league. This match came several months before rugby union dropped its amateur status. League here went professional first. The Warriors captain in that first match was Dean Bell.