Keeping up appearances in Dunedin

From the moment the Vodafone Warriors touch down at Dunedin Airport today (Thursday) the club will be involved in a wide range of community and promotional appearances outside the focal reason for their historic visit to the southern city.


A total of 25 players will be making the trip south on a special Air New Zealand grabaseat flight, due to land at 1.10pm.


A squad of 21 has been named to meet Brisbane at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday, February 23 (7.30pm), one change being made to the side since it was announced on Wednesday morning. Hooker Alehana Mara has been ruled out with a groin injury, Pita Godinet replacing him on the bench.


Mara is still travelling to Dunedin as one of four players wholl be involved in a host of community and promotional appearances. Hell be joined fellow NRL squad members Nathan Friend, Harry Siejka and David Fusitua.


They will be visiting six schools in the Dunedin area on Thursday and theyll also help out at Saturdays Community Roots Carnival. In between theyll visit Lion red bars and do in-store promotions for club sponsors Vodafone, Canterbury of New Zealand and dtr. Theyll also visit patients at Dunedin Hospital and theyll b at Forsyth Barr Stadium for Friday nights Super 15 rugby union clash between the Highlanders and the Chiefs.


The playing side trains at Carisbrook on Friday morning followed by a recovery session at Moana Pool. The squad is also likely to have a light field session after arriving on Thursday afternoon.


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DUNEDIN PROGRAMME


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21


Airport Arrival:

The Vodafone Warriors travelling party of football department, players and staff is due to land at Dunedin Airport at 1.10pm on Air New Zealand. Travelling with the team on a grabaseat-themed flight will be a large group of Vodafone Warriors members and fans.


Appearances:


4.30pm-5.30pm:

Canterbury of New Zealand Dunedin

210 George Street

Dunedin


6.00pm-6.45pm:

Lion Red Bar Visit The Baaa Sports Bar

1 Great King Street

Dunedin


7.00pm-7.45pm:

Lion Red Bar Visit Starters

157 Frederick Street

Dunedin


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22


School Visits:

10.00am-11.00am

Brockville School and Abbotsford School

12.00pm-1.00pm

Bradford School and Green Island School

2.00pm-3.00pm

Kaikorai Valley College and Balaclava School


Training Session:

10.00am-11.00am:

The Vodafone Warriors will have a field session at Carisbrook followed by a recovery session at Moana Pool.


In-Store Promotion:

4.00pm-5.00pm

Vodafone

267 George Street

Dunedin


Hospital Visit:

5.10pm-6.00pm:

Dunedin Hospital

Great King Street

Dunedin


Highlanders v Chiefs, Forsyth Barr Stadium:

7.15pm-9.30pm

Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott, football staff, players and club management will attend the Super 15 rugby union match between the Highlanders and the Chiefs.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23


Appearances:

9.30am-10.30am:

Rebel Sports

185 Crawford Street

Dunedin

11.00am-12.00pm:

dtr

155 King Edward Street

South Dunedin


Community Carnival:

12.30pm-2.30pm:

Community Roots Carnival

University Oval

12.45pm-1.15pm: The Vodafone Warriors playing squad and staff will

attend the clinic and mix with kids involved.


VODAFONE WARRIORS V BRISBANE, FORSYTH BARR STADIUM:

6.30pm Gates open

7.30pm Vodafone Warriors v Brisbane Broncos

9.10pm Game finishes (players to sign autographs)