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Trials for under-16 and under-18 players will be held in Christchurch and Auckland in the coming weeks as the Vodafone Warriors continue their search for talented footballers to join the club’s Sky Sport Future Warriors programme.

First up there will be a trial weekend for South Island players to be held in Christchurch on September 17 and 18 while there will also be a trial in Auckland for North Island players in mid-October.

The trial is open to players throughout New Zealand and Australia.

A key focus is identifying players eligible to represent the Vodafone Warriors in the under-19 S G Ball Cup, which the Vodafone Warriors have re-entered in 2023 after a three-year Covid-enforced absence.

In re-launching the team, the Vodafone Warriors yesterday announced the much-decorated former Vodafone Warrior Adam Blair as the new head coach.

Registrations are now open for players interested in being involved in the South Island trial. Players considered will be under-16 (born in 2006-2007) and under-18 (born in 2004-2005).

The trial will be staged at Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub, Augustine Drive, Wigram, Christchurch.

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All players involved must bring a mouth guard while they will also need to bring their own water bottle, shorts, socks and boots.

Programme | Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub

Saturday, September 17
Once registrations are closed the Sky Sport Future Warriors and Southern Zone will work together to select about 50 players from each age group for the first trial.
Arrival time on Saturday will be 9.30am with the trial matches beginning at 10.30am.

Sunday, September 18
After Saturday’s trials, the Sky Sport Future Warriors select 25 players from each age group to play the second trial against under-16 and under-18 Scorpions sides.

NB: Please note if you have been selected in the under-16 and under-18 Scorpions sides you do not need to register for the trials.

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