Celebrations for the Vodafone Warriors’ 25th season will continue this Sunday when the players take to the field at Mt Smart Stadium in a one-off heritage strip which honours Auckland Rugby League, grassroots footy clubs and the inaugural 1995 squad.
The blue and white jersey, inspired by the champion 1956 Auckland representative team, features the names and clubs of all the players who took the field for the Vodafone Warriors in 1995.
The jersey was launched as part of the year-long celebration of the Vodafone Warriors and their 25 seasons in the NRL.
This one, in particular, pays tribute to the original players and also the grassroots rugby league clubs where the superstars of 1995 first made their mark. The colours are also a tribute to the Auckland Rugby League and its contribution to the Vodafone Warriors over a quarter of a century.
Sunday’s match against the Penrith Panthers coincides with The Great Vodafone Warriors Charity Day and the jerseys worn by the players will then be individually signed and put up for auction to raise money for the club’s five charity partners – Shine, Ronald McDonald House, LeVa, Paralympics New Zealand and KidsCan.
The Panthers have also agreed to donate several of their match-worn jerseys, which will also be signed and put up for auction on Trade Me.
There are a number of ways fans can support the fundraising initiative. To find out, click here.
And in a bid to encourage fans to get on board with the charity day while also looking the part this weekend, the Vodafone Warriors and their merchandise partner, Playbill, have priced the jersey at just $99 for adults and $69 for kids.
Ten percent of all proceeds will then be donated to the overall fundraising total.