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Vodafone Warriors NRL players will be out in force blitzing nine Auckland schools tomorrow delivering wellbeing messages as part of the NRL’s annual Community Carnival.

It means more than 30 schools around the country would have been introduced to the club’s Harvey Norman Community Warriors programmes in the last three weeks.

A total of 12 schools were visited in Whangarei before the NRL trial there against Gold Coast and the community team then went to 10 schools while in Nelson for last week’s trial against St George Illawarra.

NRL ambassadors Jerome Ropati and Georgia Hale along with Vodafone Warriors community relations manager Petrece Kesha will lead the visits presenting the club’s ACC Everyday Athlete programme while major charity partner KidsCan will also be involved at all nine schools.

The schedule starts at 9.00am with visits to Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Piripono in Otara, Redhill Primary School in Papakura and Wesley Intermediate School in Mount Roskill. Simon Mannering, Konrad Hurrell and Raymond Faitala-Mariner will be in Otara; Manu Vatuvei, Shaun Johnson and John Palavi; and Ben Henry, Solomone Kata and Bodene Thompson.

New Vodafone Warriors captain Ryan Hoffman, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Issac Luke and Jacob Lillyman are involved in the three groups going to schools from 10.30am-11.15am (Rongomai School in Otara, Park Estate School in Rosehill and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Maungarongo in Sandringham).

The final group of schools involved from 2.00pm-2.45pm are Wymondley Road School in Otara, Keruru Park School in Papakura and Christ the King School in Mount Roskill. Among the players involved are Thomas Leuluai, Ben Matulino and Tuimoala Lolohea.

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