Vodafone Warriors V Canberra Raiders

Vodafone Warriors V Canberra Raiders

NRL rugby league is coming to Taranaki for the first time in history with the Vodafone Warriors taking this 11th-round ‘home’ game against the Canberra Raiders to Yarrow Stadium.

No Vodafone Warriors player is looking forward to it more than star signing Issac Luke, the Hawera-born hooker excited about the chance of playing in his home province in front of family and friends.
He’ll have quality team-mates around him including fellow Kiwi internationals Simon Mannering, Shaun Johnson, Manu Vatuvei, Ben Matulino, Thomas Leuluai, Tuimoala Lolohea and Bodene Thompson plus State of Origin veterans Ryan Hoffman and Jacob Lillyman.

The Canberra squad includes former Kiwi Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Kangaroos and Queensland forward Josh Papalii and a clutch of young stars under the guidance of coach Ricky Stuart.

A storied rivalry dates back to 1995 with nothing splitting the teams in a total of 34 encounters. Each team counts 17 wins but the Vodafone Warriors have won the last five contests since 2013.

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