For the 1995 season the newly formed Auckland Warriors became the first off-shore club to be admitted to the Australian Rugby League's premiership. Their debut match was against the Brisbane Broncos on 10 March 1995 in front of 30,000 people at a newly refurbished Mt Smart Stadium.
The original jersey colours selected were blue, white, red and green. Blue and white were recognised as the colours of Auckland, while red and green were the colours of the Warriors' original sponsor, DB Bitter. Today the team represents more of a national feel with its main jersey primarily black, whilst the Auckland and Pacifica heritage of the club is evident through its secondary playing strips and off field wear.
Over their history the Warriors have claimed one minor premiership (in 2002), reached two grand finals (2002 and 2011), and reached the play-offs 7 times, whilst developing a large number of New Zealand representative players.