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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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21
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.
Canterbury of New Zealand Dunedin
210 George Street
Lion Red Bar Visit The Baaa Sports Bar
1 Great King Street
Lion Red Bar Visit Starters
157 Frederick Street
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Brockville School and Abbotsford School
Bradford School and Green Island School
Kaikorai Valley College and Balaclava School
The Vodafone Warriors will have a field session at Carisbrook followed by a recovery session at Moana Pool.
267 George Street
Great King Street
Highlanders v Chiefs, Forsyth Barr Stadium:
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
185 Crawford Street
155 King Edward Street
Community Roots Carnival
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)