The Warriors were the most entertaining sports team in New Zealand before they even played a game of rugby league.

The hype and fanfare leading up to the club's inaugural 1995 season was like nothing before or since. The squad was announced to press amid a dazzling light-show with a huge mountain opening up on stage. Other publicity stunts involved jet skis and cheerleaders; and somebody can vaguely remember a guest appearance from Hercules at one point.

If the on-field performances haven't always lived up to that hype, the very fact the Warriors even still exist to celebrate their 25th