A Wigan Warriors 'dream team' of the club's New Zealand players

After Thomas Leuluai was hailed one of Wigan's best overseas players, it got us thinking about the club's brilliant New Zealand players.

Friday, 9th August 2019, 7:36 am
Updated Friday, 9th August 2019, 8:36 am
Thomas Leuluai

Here is a 'dream team' of Wigan's Kiwi contingent over the years...

A former Junior Kiwi, the elusive star began his career as a full-back before moving to No.6. He left Wigan at the end of 1998 for Bradford before switching codes.
The Beast added a physical presence to the all-conquering Wigan side after joining in 1987. Played mainly at centre, including Wembley finals from 1988 to 91, but also figured on the wing.

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The classy centre spent five years at Wigan from 2008, forming a lethal partnership with winger Pat Richards particularly during their title-winning 2010 campaign.
He played at Wigan from 1908-13 and went on to become a manager (the photo shows him leading training) and radio commentator. He had the Challenge Cup man of the match named after him. Buried in Ince cemetery
Another who played predominantly at centre, but the ex-All Blacks international was nicknamed Inga the winger! A powerhouse three-quarter for Wigan in the mid-90s.
He signed for Wigan in 1946 and became the first overseas player to win the Lance Todd Trophy in 1951. Mountford later went on to coach the New Zealand team.
Another ex-All Black, Botica is widely hailed for his goal-kicking accuracy but he was much more than a sharp-shooter, and developed into a fine halfback in the early-90s.
He only had a short stint at Wigan from 2003-04, but is remembered fondly as one of the most intimidating and toughest front-rowers. Sadly passed away earlier this year.
He has served Wigan with distinction during two stints, the World Cup-winner has just signed on to play one more year with Wigan.
He spent three years with Wigan from 2002, when he won the Challenge Cup, and by his second season was one of the most dominant props in Super League.
The towering forward spent a decade with Wigan as a player and successfully moved into coaching, taking charge of the side for the famous 1994 win in Brisbane.
Joined his younger brother Kevin at Wigan and soon carved out a reputation of his own, playing wing, centre and then moving into the back-row. Pictured at a Christmas lights switch on in Wigan
Mean Dean is a Wigan legend, who figured mainly at centre from the mid-80s but was easily tough enough to play loose-forward, a role he occasionally figured at.
The ultimate super sub, Panapa played in various positions during his stint with Wigan in the early-90s and was a firm fans' favourite.
An unsung hero of the successful Wigan side of the late-80s (left). Sadly passed away in 2003.
Unheard of when he arrived in 2012, the centre went on to become a firm fans favourite. Now at Widnes. Picture: SWPix
The prop edged Feka Paleaaesina on this list because of his Lance Todd Trophy heroics in 2011.