Vodafone Warriors back at North Harbour

Shaun Johnson try-bound against the Titans the last time the Vodafone Warriors played at North Harbour Stadium in 2012. The same two teams return to the stadium in 2014. Photo: Photosport


Trials football at North Harbour Stadium is back on the Vodafone Warriors schedule with confirmation they will face the Gold Coast Titans there on Sunday, February 09 next year in the first of their two 2014 preseason hit-outs.


The same two sides met in the last trial played at North Harbour Stadium in 2012, the 10th time the Vodafone Warriors had appeared there in the lead-up to an NRL campaign.


This will be the third consecutive trial between the two clubs after they also met at Pizzey Park on the Gold Coast in February this year.


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Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott welcomed the home trial.


It works well for us playing the Titans at North Harbour Stadium and then going into the NRL Auckland Nines the following weekend at Eden Park, he said.


Its going to be a brilliant week for rugby league in the city.


The Vodafone Warriors will finish their 2014 trials programme against Brisbane at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Sunday, February 23 before starting the NRL season two weeks later.


When the Vodafone Warriors and Gold Coast met at North Harbour Stadium in 2012, the home side won 26-10. Hooker Nathan Friend made his debut for his new club against his old one that day while lining up in the centres for the Titans was Dominique Peyroux, later signed by the Vodafone Warriors for the 2013 season.


In line for their club debuts in the 2014 edition will be new signings Sam Tomkins, Jayson Bukuya and Chad Townsend. As well as Tomkins and Bukuya, a host of other Rugby League World Cup representatives will be in contention to play.


Again headlining Gold Coasts 2014 squad are World Cup-winning Kangaroos Greg Bird and Nate Myles along with the likes of Jamal Idris, Dave Taylor, Luke Bailey, Ashley Harrison, David Mead, Mark Minichiello and Luke Douglas.

Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah encouraged all members and fans to make the most of the clubs return to North Harbour Stadium.


North Harbour has given us fantastic support for a long time now, he said.


Its a great opportunity for members and fans to see two NRL teams in action in what will be a hugely exciting time for rugby league in the city.


The NRL trial will kick off at 4.00pm while the Vodafone Junior Warriors will also be on the programme playing a trial starting at 2.00pm.


The Vodafone Warriors are in their sixth week of offseason training but wont have their full squad back together until the New Year with their Kiwi internationals and Tomkins not due to come into camp until January 13.


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