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Raurimu Massive

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Apr 26, 2012
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Whangarei
2016 NRL TRIALS
Vodafone Warriors V Gold Coast
Toll Stadium, Whangarei
5.30pm, Saturday, February 13

Tickets on sale from November 23 www.eventfinda.co.nz

Vodafone Warriors V St George Illawarra
Trafalgar Park, Nelson
5.00pm, Saturday, February 20

Tickets now on sale www.ticketek.co.nz/warriorsnelson

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I saw a billboard for upcoming events at Toll Stadium here in Whangarei, and it included the Warriors in Feb. Haven't seen any other info on preseason matches so wouldn't have a clue who the opposition is, but here's hoping it's not just some poxy Qld Cup team like we've had here in the past.

Anyone else heard anything about preseason games?
 
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Jay M

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Will probably drive up for that. Road trip with the lads :). Tough call on crashing in Whangarei with family, partying in Kaiwaka with family/friends, or driving back to Auckland afterwards though...
 

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Vodafone Warriors head north and south in 2016


The Vodafone Warriors are taking NRL football to regional New Zealand after confirming North Island and South Island venues for their 2016 trials.

They’ll head north to Whangarei to face the Gold Coast Titans at Toll Stadium on Saturday, February 13 (5.30pm kick-off) followed by a trip to Nelson when they’ll take on the St George Illawarra Dragons in a Mike Pero-sponsored trial at Trafalgar Park on Saturday, February 20 (5.00pm kick-off).

The Gold Coast match will be the Vodafone Warriors’ first full NRL trial in Whangarei after previous preseason hit-outs against Queensland Cup sides the Burleigh Bears in 2011 and the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles in 2012.

The trip south creates history with Motueka-raised Nelson College old boy Simon Mannering in line to lead the Vodafone Warriors in the club’s first appearance in one of New Zealand’s oldest cities.

Head coach Andrew McFadden welcomed the opportunity to stage two fully-fledged trials in the provincial cities.

“It’s great for the club, the players, members and fans to have the Vodafone Warriors playing in centres around the country like Whangarei and Nelson,” he said.

“We love visiting communities many of us haven’t been to, especially Nelson which will see the Vodafone Warriors for the first time.

“With the Whangarei trip, fans will be able to witness a real NRL trial for the first time.

“Coming straight after the NRL Nines at Eden Park, these two matches will be absolutely vital for us as we look to prepare for the 2016 season.

“We’ve got a lot of new players coming into the squad this season so these trials will give us a chance to look at them all and to build combinations.”

As well as Mannering, the Vodafone Warriors have high-profile signings Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke in a 2016 NRL squad which also includes Kiwis Manu Vatuvei, Shaun Johnson, Ben Matulino, Thomas Leuluai, Tuimoala Lolohea, Ben Henry and Bodene Thompson, Origin forwards Jacob Lillyman (Queensland) and Ryan Hoffman (New South Wales) plus other new NRL signings Jeff Robson, Blake Ayshford and Ligi Sao.

Toll Stadium manager John Lynch said fans in the Northland region have a huge appetite for the Vodafone Warriors and rugby league generally.

“They loved it when the club was here in 2011 and 2012 and turned out in force,” he said.

“We also had a superb crowd when the Kiwis played Samoa here in the Four Nations last year. “With this being our first fully-fledged NRL trial, we know Northland fans will turn out in bigger numbers again and we also anticipate a lot of people from Auckland will make a day of it.”

Trafalgar Events director Aldo Miccio said he and co-director Barry Galbraith were delighted the Mike Pero-sponsored Nelson trial had been made possible after plans for a match before the 2015 season had been shelved due to the Dragons’ commitments in the World Club Challenge.

“It’s fantastic to see this game finally coming to Nelson,” said Miccio.

“So many people from not only the Nelson region but also Blenheim and West Coast have been looking forward to this for a long time.

“To have the Vodafone Warriors at Trafalgar Park for the first time and playing another NRL side of the Dragons’ quality is going to be the premium sporting event on the Nelson calendar in 2016.

“Having a homecoming for Simon Mannering adds a special dynamic. It’s an opportunity not to be missed, the first chance for sports fans from the region to celebrate and honour him for his achievements in rugby league for both the Vodafone Warriors and the Kiwis.

“It will be a huge day for Nelson and the top of the South Island.”

Mannering isn’t one for fanfare but he’s looking forward to the possibility of being able to play in his home region in front of family and friends.

“I don’t get home too often these days so it’ll be special heading back there with the Vodafone Warriors for the first time,” he said.

“Having family and friends there will add to it and I’m certainly looking forward to it.

“There’s a long way to go yet but the biggest focus for us when it comes around is going to be our performance and how we use it to help us with our preparation for next season.”

Mannering was playing rugby union at Nelson College when coach Paul Bergman encouraged him to try rugby league in 2003. It led to Mannering playing at the national secondary schools rugby league nationals and ultimately being signed by the Vodafone Warriors in 2004 before making his NRL debut as an 18-year-old against Brisbane in 2005.

He has since gone on to make 236 NRL appearances, leaving him behind only Stacey Jones (261) on the club’s all-time list while he has also played 41 Tests for the Kiwis (only Ruben Wiki, Gary Freeman, Stacey Jones and Stephen Kearney are ahead of him).

2016 NRL TRIALS

Vodafone Warriors V Gold Coast
Toll Stadium, Whangarei
5.30pm, Saturday, February 13

Tickets on sale from November 23 www.eventfinda.co.nz

Vodafone Warriors V St George Illawarra
Trafalgar Park, Nelson
5.00pm, Saturday, February 20

Tickets now on sale www.ticketek.co.nz/warriorsnelson
 

snake77

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Jul 12, 2013
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A good use of the trials getting the club out to remote areas like the Aussie clubs out to the country areas. Sure as an Aucklander its good to go out to a trial at North Harbor but a trial in Auckland is a bit of a watse considering the club plays here for all of their games besides potentially one or two a year.

It would have been good to get another televised game in Dunedin like the last few years.
 
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Sup42

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May 7, 2012
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Pleased for Mannering that he gets to play at home, but against the Bogey Dragons ?
Are the NZ Gods of rugby league serious ?

Its only a trial I guess.

I'd rather we got tested by the dragons preseason than get over excited by thumping someone like Brisbane or the storm....to then go on and flop in the competition proper.

The dragons offload and dummy half run against the Warriors, its all they've ever done to foil us.

Good test for Morgans new defensive regime, they will have to be on point to cover St George's second phase game.
 
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mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Mt. Wellington, Auckland
New Zealand Warriors confirm NRL trial match against St George Dragons in Nelson
Last updated 05:00, November 14 2015
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Simon Mannering of the Warriors fends against Jack Bird and Anthony Tupou of the Sharks during the 2015 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Cronulla Sharks at Mt Smart Stadium.

Nelson is set to play host to the Warriors early next year - the first time the New Zealand NRL franchise has played in captain Simon Mannering's hometown.

Event sponsor Mike Pero and the Vodafone Warriors confirmed on Saturday morning that they will take on St George Illawarra Dragons at Nelson's Trafalgar Park on February 20, in front of what is expected to be a sell-out crowd of close to 12,000 spectators.

The match will be one of the first opportunities for Warriors fans to see new marquee signings Isaac Luke and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in action, while it is bound to be a memorable occasion for former Motueka High School and Nelson College student Mannering, who has been the captain of the Warriors since 2010.

"I don't get home too often these days so it'll be special heading back there with the Warriors for the first time," he said.

"Having family and friends there will add to it and I'm certainly looking forward to it. There's a long way to go yet but the biggest focus for us when it comes around is going to be our performance and how we use it to help us with our preparation for next season."

Mannering was playing rugby union at Nelson College when coach Paul Bergman encouraged him to try rugby league in 2003. It led to Mannering playing at the national secondary schools nationals, making the New Zealand Secondary Schools team and ultimately being signed by Warriors in 2004 before making his NRL debut as an 18-year-old against the Brisbane Broncos in 2005.

He has gone on to make 236 NRL appearances, leaving him behind only Stacey Jones (261) on the club's all-time list while he has the record for most games as captain for the club with 136.

Trafalgar Events director Aldo Miccio said he and co-director Barry Galbraith were delighted a Nelson trial match had been made possible after plans for a match there before the 2015 season had been shelved due to the Dragons' commitments in the World Club Challenge.

"Having a homecoming for Simon Mannering adds a special dynamic. It's an opportunity not to be missed, the first chance for sports fans from the region to celebrate and honour him for his achievements in rugby league for both the Warriors and the Kiwis," he said.

"It will be a huge day for Nelson and the top of the South Island and also a great chance for people to explore the beautiful Nelson Tasman region."

Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden welcomed the opportunity to stage the pre-season match in Nelson.

"It's great for the club, the players, members and fans to have the Warriors playing in centres around the country," he said.

"We love visiting communities many of us haven't been to, especially Nelson which will see the Warriors for the first time. It will certainly be special for Simon.

"Coming straight after the NRL Nines at Eden Park, our trials will be absolutely vital for us as we look to prepare for the 2016 season, even more so with this game in Nelson because it will be our last outing before the season proper."

The Dragons' squad includes former Kiwi captain Benji Marshall and current Kiwi wing Jason Nightingale, Origin players Josh Dugan and Ben Creagh, England internationals Gareth Widdop and Mike Cooper.

Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketek.co.nz/warriorsnelson.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/leagu...ial-match-against-st-george-dragons-in-nelson
 

Johnnyray

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Oct 11, 2014
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Nelson. It's Christchurch's Christchurch ... ;)

So here is how NRL Schedule for NZ Warriors 2016 Season is starting to look like :

Auckland Nines :

Waitangi Weekend 6-7 February Eden Park Auckland.

Preseason Trial Matches

1.) Gold Coast Titans 13 February Toll Stadium Whangarei.
2.) St. George Illawara Dragons 20 February Trafalgar Park Nelson.

Going on this assume there will be third yet to be announced trial match be played somewhere in Australia following week ...
 

matiunz

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Jul 15, 2013
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Nelson. It's Christchurch's Christchurch ... ;)

So here is how NRL Schedule for NZ Warriors 2016 Season is starting to look like :

Auckland Nines :

Waitangi Weekend 6-7 February Eden Park Auckland.

Preseason Trial Matches

1.) Gold Coast Titans 13 February Toll Stadium Whangarei.
2.) St. George Illawara Dragons 20 February Trafalgar Park Nelson.

Going on this assume there will be third yet to be announced trial match be played somewhere in Australia following week ...

Didn't most clubs scrap the 3rd trial and essentially use the 9s as a replacement hit out?
 
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Jay M

Warriors 1st Grader
Sep 25, 2012
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Back in Auckland
The Nelson game will be a cracker - Nelson in summer is hard to beat.

The Whangarei one will be interesting though - a few mates and I are heading up for that one. Be interesting to see what drinks are available at that game given Toll Stadium is predominantly Lion Red territory, but given that the Warriors are not sponsored by Lion at all anymore!

Only thing to consider for that day is... do we drive back to Auckland post game (finishing about 7.30pm) before we go out drinking... or do we stay in Whangarei to drink... decisions decisions...
 
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Raurimu Massive

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Apr 26, 2012
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Whangarei
Only thing to consider for that day is... do we drive back to Auckland post game (finishing about 7.30pm) before we go out drinking... or do we stay in Whangarei to drink... decisions decisions...
We've had two of our biggest bars in town close down in the past few months - there might not be anywhere left to drink at by Feb!
 

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