Shaun Johnson during the NRL Rugby League match between the Vodafone Warriors and The Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 27 June 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

Super Saturday in NZ

It’s Super Saturday with Auckland and Napier hosting back-to-back NRL matches this weekend – the first time New Zealand has hosted two NRL games on the same day.

The Vodafone Warriors will be looking to cement their place in the top eight when they take on the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland tomorrow (5.00pm).

And later Napier’s McLean Park will host its first ever NRL match when the Melbourne Storm go up against the St George Illawarra Dragons.

All four teams are packed with Kiwi internationals including Shaun Johnson, Simon Mannering and Ben Matulino for the Vodafone Warriors, Melbourne’s Jesse Bromwich, Kevin Proctor and Tohu Harris, St George Illawarra's Jason Nightingale and Benji Marshall and Manly's Kieran Foran, Peta Hiku and Steve Matai.

NRL head of marketing Lewis Pullen urged fans in New Zealand to take advantage of Super Saturday with all four teams capable of producing extraordinary play.

“These two high quality matches will be even better if big crowds are on hand to create an electric atmosphere,” said Pullen.

“We all know Kiwis love their NRL, and rugby league is even better when you’re at the game, so I urge fans to get along,” he said.

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