Story: Amateurism and professionalism

Professional Australasian championships: National Rugby League (3rd of 4)

Professional Australasian championships: National Rugby League

Warriors hooker Nathan Friend intercepts a mid-air Josh Hoffman of the Brisbane Broncos during a National Rugby League (NRL) match in Auckland in May 2012.  Friend, an Australian, switched to the Warriors in 2012 after playing for the Broncos and other Australian League teams. The New Zealand-based Warriors are the only non-Australian team to have played in the NRL. In 2006 the team was found to have breached the cap on salaries paid to its top players.

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Geoff Watson, 'Amateurism and professionalism - Rise of professionalism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 January 2020)

Story by Geoff Watson, published 5 Sep 2013