Club legends line up for old boys’ day at Mt Smart

More than 40 former Vodafone Warriors players, including seven club captains, are expected to descend on Mt Smart Stadium this Saturday as the club prepares to celebrate its 25th season in the NRL.

Saturday’s clash with the Bulldogs will see the Vodafone Warriors mark a return to their original colours.

The match is also being billed as the club’s annual Old Boys’ Day and a huge contingent of former players are expected to participate in the festivities.

Former club captains John Simon, Kevin Campion, Steve Price and Simon Mannering are flying over from Australia for the game and will join their fellow old boys on the field before kick-off where they will be introduced to the crowd. Monty Betham, Stacey Jones (assistant coach) and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck are the other captains who will be present on Saturday.

Other old boys who have confirmed their attendance include club legends Manu Vatuvei, Awen Guttenbeil, Logan Swann, Francis Meli, Brent Webb and Wade McKinnon.

Former coach Frank Endacott is also flying up from Christchurch for the occasion.

The former players and Endacott will be introduced to the crowd at 4:39pm before embarking on a lap of honour around the venue many of them starred at in yesteryear. They will then form a guard of honour for Tuivasa-Sheck and his team as they take the field to square off against the Bulldogs.

“We are incredibly proud of our history and former players,” Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George said.

“To have so many former players back at Mt Smart Stadium for what promises to be a huge day for the club is fantastic.”

The old boys have also been invited by coach Stephen Kearney to watch Friday’s captains’ run and then join this year’s squad for lunch.

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s season-opener but a number of bays are already sold out with many others filling up fast.

To secure your tickets, click here: https://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/vodafone-warriors-v-canterbury-bulldogs-auckland-16-03-2019/event/24005630A5BF307E

CONFIRMED OLD BOYS:

Warrior Number 5 – Whetu Taewa

Warrior Number 11 – Stephen Kearney

Warrior Number 12 – Tony Tatupu

Warrior Number 15 – Tea Ropati

Warrior Number 18 – Joe Vagana

Warrior Number 21 – Logan Edwards

Warrior Number 24 – Stacey Jones

Warrior Number 25 – Mike Doreen

Warrior Number 26 – Richie Blackmore

Warrior Number 30 – Mark Horo

Warrior Number 32 – Nigel Vagana

Warrior Number 33 – Awen Guttenbeil

Warrior Number 35 – Iva Ropati

Warrior Number 38 – Bryan Henare

Warrior Number 42 – Logan Swann

Warrior Number 48 – Aaron Whittaker

Warrior Number 50 – Jerry Seuseu

Warrior Number 53 – Tyran Smith

Warrior Number 55 – Ali Lauiti’iti

Warrior Number 61 – Monty Betham

Warrior Number 62 – Cliff Beverley

Warrior Number 65 – Francis Meli

Warrior Number 69 – John Simon

Warrior Number 78 – Paul Whatuira

Warrior Number 80 – Shontayne Hape

Warrior Number 81 – Henry Fa’afili

Warrior Number 86 – Kevin Campion

Warrior Number 88 – Justin Morgan

Warrior Number 90 – Motu Tony

Warrior Number 94 – Anthony Seuseu

Warrior Number 97 – Brent Webb

Warrior Number 98 – Sione Faumuina

Warrior Number 108 – Jerome Ropati

Warrior Number 110 – Epalahame Lauaki

Warrior Number 115 – Manu Vatuvei

Warrior Number 117 – Herewini Rangi

Warrior Number 121 – Steve Price

Warrior Number 123 – Ruben Wiki

Warrior Number 125 – Simon Mannering

Warrior Number 132 – Wade McKinnon

Warrior Number 151 – Lewis Brown

Warrior Number 171 – Ben Henry

Former Coach – Frank Endacott