Tickets to the One New Zealand Warriors’ historic first NRL match in Napier go on sale today.
McLean Park will become the 10th stadium in New Zealand to stage a One New Zealand Warriors NRL match when they host the Brisbane Broncos in their round 13 home clash on Saturday, May 27, next year.
Tickets are available on presale to members through www.ticketek.co.nz from 10.00am today (December 9) before being released to the public from 10.00am on Monday (December 12).
It will be a highly charged occasion for Hastings born and bred local hero Tohu Harris when he leads the One New Zealand Warriors out onto McLean Park.
“It will be a huge honour captaining the side in front of family and friends,” he said.
“It’s special every time I play for our club but that night will have extra significance.
“After being in Australia for so long, it means a lot to us taking games to other areas outside Auckland. It’s our chance to reconnect with our members and fans.”
Napier City Council event manager Kevin Murphy said the One New Zealand Warriors’ visit would be one of the city’s biggest sporting events of the year.
“It’s so exciting for us having the Warriors in the Hawkes Bay for the first time,” he said.
“Now fans from the province and surrounding districts can secure their seats for what will be a huge night.”
First-year One New Zealand Warriors head coach Andrew Webster has a squad featuring a host of new signings in the shape of Kiwis’ World Cup players Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Marata Niukore plus Dylan Walker, Mitchell Barnett, Te Maire Martin, Luke Metcalf, Brayden Wiliame and Jackson Ford. Other players on the roster include Tohu Harris, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Shaun Johnson, Jazz Tevaga, Bunty Afoa, Addin Fonua-Blake, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Bayley Sironen, Wayde Egan, Marcelo Montoya and Josh Curran.
The Kevin Walters-coached Broncos boast an array of stars including Adam Reynolds, Payne Haas, Kotoni Staggs, Herbie Farnworth, former Warriors fullback Reece Walsh and Patrick Carrigan among others.