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Introducing ‘Tangaroa’, the sparkling jersey the Vodafone Warriors will wear at the second Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park in Auckland on January 31 and February 1 next year.

The Canterbury of New Zealand kit for the Nines extravaganza was officially unveiled today, the design named after and paying homage to Tangaroa, the Māori god of the ocean.

Vodafone Warrior Tuimoala Lolohea, who represented the club at the inaugural NRL Nines this year, was excited about the new kit after modelling it at a Canterbury of New Zealand photo shoot today.

“I like it. It’s a nice design and a really cool looking jersey,” he said.

“It was great playing in the Nines this year and I’d love to have the chance to wear this strip again at the tournament next year.”

The strip features the paua shell, chosen to represent Aotearoa (New Zealand); the paua is held in high regard by Māori as a taonga (or treasure) from Tangaroa.

Designer Dave Burke said the paua shell’s colours represent something unique and vibrant, therefore capturing the competition and spirit of the NRL Nines.

Emerging from the chest of the jersey is the club’s traditional tiki, defiant and ready for the challenge that lies ahead.

The mangotipi (white pointer shark) design on the body of the jersey reflects movement, speed and travelling. Sharks also represent strength, determination and power, all of which are attributes of a warrior.

Jerseys will be available from early December in adults’ and kids’ sizes. Shorts will be available in adults’ sizes only.



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