Kiwis on show at Mount Smart
Vodafone Warriors signings Issac Luke and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will have their first up close and personal look at their new surroundings when they train with the Kiwis at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday.
The session, open to the public, starts at 10.00am as the world’s No 1-ranked Kiwis round off a two-day camp in Auckland before flying out that evening for their four-match England tour.
The 23-man New Zealand squad will use the Vodafone Warriors’ facilities including the gym and the dressing room, giving Rabbitohs hooker Luke and Roosters fullback Tuivasa-Sheck in particular the chance to familiarise themselves with their new home after being signed earlier this year.
Vodafone Warriors members and fans will be able to see Luke, Tuivasa-Sheck and the rest of the Kiwi squad training on Mount Smart’s main field on Sunday.
New Zealand Rugby League patron and Vodafone Warriors ambassador Sir Peter Leitch has urged sports fans to turn up in big numbers to support the Kiwis ahead of their historic first Test series against England; previously the Kiwis took on Great Britain with the most recent series ending in a 0-3 loss in 2007.
Members and fans will be able to watch the session from the East Stand while there'll also be a free Tegel barbecue avaiilable.
Luke and Tuivasa-Sheck will join new club-mates Ben Matulino and Tuimoala Lolohea for the tour while a number of Vodafone Warriors staff in the touring party are head trainer Dayne Norton, analyst Kelvin Wright, logistics manager Laurie Hale and doctor Simon Mayhew.
The England tour itinerary is:
Friday, October 23 | Leeds Rhinos, Leeds | 8.00am, October 24 NZT
Sunday, November 1 | England, Hull | 6.00am, November 2 NZT
Saturday, November 7 | England, London | 3.30am, November 8 NZT
Saturday, November 14 | England, Wigan | 2.00am, November 15 NZT
2015 KIWIS | ENGLAND TOUR
(Tests stats are for New Zealand only)
Gerard Beale (Sharks) | 25, 7 Tests, 118 NRL games
Adam Blair (Broncos) | 29, 31 Tests, 215 NRL games
Jesse Bromwich (Storm) | 26, 14 Tests, 132 NRL games
Lewis Brown (Panthers) | 29, 8 Tests, 150 NRL games
Manaia Cherrington (Wests Tigers) | 21, 0 Tests, 11 NRL games
Alex Glenn (Broncos) | 27, 10 Tests, 168 NRL games
Tohu Harris (Storm) | 23, 7 Tests, 76 NRL games
Peta Hiku (Sea Eagles) | 22, 6 Tests, 60 NRL games
Jordan Kahu (Broncos) | 24, 0 Tests, 35 NRL games
Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Roosters) | 27, 14 Tests, 196 NRL games
Isaac Liu (Roosters) | 24, 0 Tests, 64 NRL games
Tuimoala Lolohea (Vodafone Warriors) | 20, 0 Tests, 26 NRL games
Issac Luke (Rabbitohs) | 28, 33 Tests, 188 NRL games
Ben Matulino (Vodafone Warriors) | 26, 20 Tests, 173 NRL games
Sam Moa (Roosters) | 29, 6 Tests, 73 NRL games
Jason Nightingale (Dragons) | 29, 25 Tests, 197 NRL games
Kodi Nikorima (Broncos) | 21, 0 Tests, 20 NRL games
Kevin Proctor (Storm) | 26, 8 Tests, 155 NRL games
Curtis Rona (Bulldogs) | 23, 0 Tests, 32 NRL games
Sio Siua Taukeiaho (Roosters) | 23, 0 Tests, 28 NRL games
Martin Taupau (Wests Tigers) | 25, 6 Tests, 66 NRL games
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Roosters) | 22, 8 Tests, 84 NRL games
Dean Whare (Panthers) | 25, 12 Tests, 88 NRL games