Vodafone Warriors hooker Issac Luke will be back home in Taranaki on Monday for a day out in his home region together with the club’s managing director Jim Doyle.
Luke will meet and greet fans in his hometown of Hawera and also spend some of the day in New Plymouth.
Luke and Doyle will be in the province to promote the Vodafone Warriors' first-ever NRL game at New Plymouth’s Yarrow Stadium against the Canberra Raiders on Saturday, May 21. It's the Vodafone Warriors’ only home game outside Auckland.
“We are all very proud of Issac’s achievements and I am very pleased to hear that he is coming to Hawera to meet his supporters," said South Taranaki District Council mayor Ross Dunlop.
"He comes from a very well-known South Taranaki family and I know that he keeps in contact with his family. He has many fans in the town and I am sure he will be made very welcome.”
New Plymouth District Council mayor Andrew Judd said: “It’s going to be really exciting for Taranaki fans to see local star Issac Luke play on his home turf in May.
“There are heaps of league fans in the region and getting the chance to talk with Issac on Monday will be a hit with a lot of locals, both young and old.”
The agenda for the Monday visit is jam-packed from the time they touch down in New Plymouth until the time they leave with school visits in Hawera and New Plymouth, a meet and greet at Hawera i-SITE from 12.30pm to 1pm, and a question and answer session at the Mayfair in New Plymouth from 5.30pm-7.00pm.
Fans are encouraged to take this opportunity to come and meet Luke in their lunch break in Hawera or to get along to the Q&A session in New Plymouth; tickets are just $20 from Sport Taranaki or the Mayfair.
The 28-year-old Luke signed up to play for the Vodafone Warriors in 2015 after ending his 188-game career with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
More information and tickets for the match as well as Monday's visit can be found at www.npeventvenues.nz