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ED3N - THE RISING is just eight days away - eight days until the Vodafone Warriors play their first home game of the season and eight days until Sonny Bill Williams is back on Eden Park, this time playing the greatest game of all and turning out for the Sydney Roosters.

The billboards have been up for a month, newspaper advertising has been running and so have radio commercials.

The Vodafone Warriors' 2013 Official NRL Season Guide is out and so are the club's NRL and NYC team posters.


Tomorrow night the Vodafone Warriors kick off the 19th campaign in the club's history when they face the Eels at Parramatta Stadium (5.30pm kick-off; 7.30pm NZ time).

Then on Saturday, March 16 all roads will lead to Eden Park for the club's third visit to the country's biggest stadium when the Vodafone Warriors face SBW, James Maloney and rest of the Roosters for ED3N - THE RISING (7.30pm kick-off with the Vodafone Junior Warriors playing the young Roosters in the NYC curtain raiser at 5.15pm).

The last of Sonny Bill Williams' 19 rugby union Tests for the All Blacks was the 22-0 win there against Australia in August last year. In all he played eight times for the All Blacks at Eden Park.

With the catchcry Rise with Us, ED3N - THE RISING is set to be another blockbuster.



The 2011 opener against Parramatta drew a crowd of 38,412, a club record for a home game, with another huge attendance of 37,502 turning out for last years first-round clash against the Manly Sea Eagles.

The Roosters rank among the competitions most glamorous clubs, underlined by the buying spree they went on for 2013, their biggest signing unquestionably that of New Zealand double international Sonny Bill Williams; hes returning to rugby league after leaving the game in 2008 to switch to rugby union. Also signed by the Bondi Junction club was 2010-2012 Vodafone Warrior James Maloney and just a few days ago the Roosters inked a deal with Penrith centre Michael Jennings.

They also boast a potent Kiwi connection despite losing Kiwi winger Sam Perrett last season. Showing a liking for players with hyphenated names they not only have SBW but also Kiwi internationals Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Frank-Paul Nuuausala and Shaun Kenny-Dowall plus the promising Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Others on the roster with New Zealand connections include former Vodafone Junior Warrior Adam Henry, Tinirau Arona, Lama Tasi and Anthony Cherrington.

Major sponsor SKYCITY is the game day sponsor of an occasion which will also feature the highly-successful Vodafone Junior Warriors, the only team to make the finals in each of the NYCs first five seasons in existence. The NYC match is sure to kick off at 5.15pm.

This season the Vodafone Warriors will play home and away matches against the Roosters, South Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Manly, Cronulla and Penrith while theyll have only one-off games against Parramatta (away), North Queensland (home), Canterbury-Bankstown (home), Newcastle (home), Wests Tigers (away) and St George Illawarra (away).

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