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Momentum is gathering pace for the Warriors ahead of their second tilt at the NRLW premiership next month.

The Luisa Avaiki-coached squad has now been together for three weeks mixing training with a weekend camp in Whangarei along with promotional work.

A real highlight for the players this week was putting on their new strip for the first time for a photo shoot incorporating media opportunities with sponsors Flight Centre and Sky Sport as well as Vodafone Warriors TV and a visiting crew.

The players raved about the kit.

“I love the colours,” said wing Hilda Mariu.

“It’s definitely an honour and a privilege to put it on. It’s even better that’s it’s actually a women’s cut and it makes me feel excited and pumped for the season ahead.”


Centre Jules Newman, who switched from rugby union to rugby league only four months ago, is buzzing about the experience so far.

“The fact we look exactly like the boys brings us closer together,” she said.

The camp was built around training sessions and community activities, highlighted by a clinic which attracted 80 young players.

“The camp was very family-oriented,” said Mariu.

“It was awesome to be able to get together to bond and to train hard.”

No one relished the camp more than Northland-raised Newman.

“It was really good to back to my home province and really important for us girls to gel as a team, to create our own team culture and work out what we expect from each other.”

Present throughout the past week’s training nights and the photo shoot on Tuesday was a crew from which was in Auckland to gather material for its website and social channels.

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