'High Voltage' jolt for NRL Nines

The Vodafone Warriors today handed the inaugural Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines a High Voltage jolt when they became the first club to unveil their colours for the blockbuster tournament at Eden Park on February 15-16. Photo: Photosport


After earlier taking the leap of faith SkyJump at SKYCITY with fellow newcomer Chad Townsend, Sam Tomkins continued his week-long promotional visit at Eden Park by revealing the Canterbury of New Zealand-designed High Voltage kit.


The launch of the strip coincidentally came only three hours after Tomkins had met Canterbury of New Zealand management and staff at the club sponsors new premises in Avondale.


The electric blue jersey is sure to be a standout among the other 15 NRL clubs during the two-day NRL Auckland Nines extravaganza.


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Tomkins, who has been keeping up a hectic schedule since arriving in Auckland on Monday, was excited about putting on his new clubs kit for the first time.


Im really looking forward to the NRL Nines. Its going to be a great event at an impressive stadium, he said.


Ive played here before for England (during the 2010 Four Nations) and Im certainly hoping Ill be playing here again for the Vodafone Warriors in the Nines and then in the three games we have at Eden Park early in the NRL season.


Indeed Tomkins is as familiar with Eden Park as he is with the Vodafone Warriors other two home venues being used in 2014; he played at Mount Smart Stadium for England against New Zealand Maori in 2010 and then at Westpac Stadium against the Kiwis.


After modelling the High Voltage strip on the field today, Tomkins was shown some of the facilities at Eden Park including the home dressing room the Vodafone Warriors will again use for their three 2014 NRL matches there against St George Illawarra on Saturday, March 15 (5.00pm), Canterbury-Bankstown on Sunday, April 13 (4.00pm) and Canberra on Saturday, May 10 (5.00pm).


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Tomkins was taken by the sheer size of the dressing room space in the quarters so familiar to rugby unions World Cup-holding All Blacks and the Blues. He took in the facilities, pausing as he exited to look at a giant wall poster of the World Cup winners.


Day three of his tour continued at Eden Park with a programme of one-on-one media interviews before he joined management, staff, players and their families at the Vodafone Warriors Christmas party.


Tomorrow Tomkins will connect with more partners before joining staff, coaches and some of the players at the clubs annual sponsors Christmas event at SKYCITY.