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  • Saturday, February 7 | Titans v Vodafone Warriors, Toowoomba, 7.00pm
  • Saturday, February 14 | Vodafone Warriors v Panthers, 3.00pm
  • Sunday, February 15 | Luke Tipene Celebration Day, Glenora, 11.00am
  • Saturday, February 21 | Inter-squad trials, Papakura, 12.30pm

Trials in Toowoomba, Cairns
Thu 18th September, 01:01PM

The iSelect Titans will play pre-season trials in Toowoomba and Cairns in February 2015 after beginning playing commitments with the Auckland Nines from January 30 to February 1.

Last season the Titans’ full NRL squad stayed in Auckland and played the Warriors in a trial match the weekend after Nines but in 2015 the Warriors will cross the Tasman.

The match will be played on Saturday February 7 in Toowoomba at Clive Berghoffer Stadium where the Titans drew over 8500 last year for the match against North Queensland and brought $75,000 revenue to rugby league in city.

The Titans will again do coaching and promotional work in the city in the lead-up to the match, as part of the strong association that has developed with the Toowoomba Rugby League and the Clydesdales club.

The link also involves player welfare and education and Titans assisted in the Clydesdales setting up an apprenticeship mentoring system.

The weekend following the Titans-Warriors trial sees the reintroduction of the All Stars match (venue to be confirmed, likely to be Suncorp Stadium).

On February 21 the Titans will travel to Cairns for their final hit out against the Cowboys at Barlow Park, with the opening NRL round being played from March 5-9.

“It’s great to take a match to country areas and promote the game where rugby league is so popular and the few days at Toowoomba last year were a big success,” said Titans coach Neil Henry.

“We’ll field a strong side there and give some young players an opportunity and then go to Cairns for our final hit out again most of our key players.

“With a lot of our players having surgery early in the piece, we’re hoping to have a full complement of players available in February.”

The Titans’ pre-season matches:

January 30-Feb 1: Auckland Nines

February 7: v Warriors at Clive Berghoffer Stadium, Toowoomba.

February 21: v Cowboys at Barlow Park, Cairns.

The club is holding open trials for their under-20s squad in October at Station Reserve, Robina. They will be held on Saturday October 11 (open trial) and Sunday October 12 (for players selected from day one to trial further).
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Heard the Warriors will play the Panthers in Rotorua and the last trial will be a full match against the Reserve Grade team. Not sure where???
Heard the Warriors will play the Panthers in Rotorua and the last trial will be a full match against the Reserve Grade team. Not sure where???

That last game against the NSWarriors could be interesting. I'd like to see a 'probables' vs 'probables' type scenario where the talent is broken into certain combos (Tomkins and Konnie on one team, Shaun Johnson and TL on another for example) in order to work on set moves against quality opposition. The NRL side massacring the NSW Cup side doesn't do anybody any favours. Misplaced confidence for the NRL team and no confidence for the NSW team.
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Toowoomba? Ugh. Could have picked a better place to have a trial (ie closer to where I live.)
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NRL TRIAL | Return to Rotorua
Richard Becht
Mon 24th November, 05:00PM

Winger Manu Vatuvei warming up with the Vodafone Warriors before their last NRL trial in Rotorua in 2011. Image |

Several players from the Kiwis’ champion Four Nations squad are in line to feature when the Vodafone Warriors take on Penrith in an NRL trial at Rotorua International Stadium on Saturday, February 14 next year (3.00pm kick-off).

Between them the two sides have nine Four Nations winners in their 2015 squads including Vodafone Warriors Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei and Shaun Johnson plus Penrith’s Dean Whare and ex-Vodafone Warrior Lewis Brown who all played in last Saturday night’s 22-18 victory over the Kangaroos.

The Vodafone Warriors’ second trial ahead of their 20th anniversary season in 2015 will be their first in the Geyser City for four years. In 2011 they beat Parramatta 24-4 while in 2010 they accounted for the Sydney Roosters 26-8.

The 2015 Valentine’s Day match will be the central focus of a ‘Festival of Rugby League’.

In his first full season in charge, Vodafone Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden welcomed the chance to have the team on show in Rotorua.

“It’s always good to get around the country and give members and fans the chance to see the Vodafone Warriors up close,” he said.

“It’s a while since the team has been to Rotorua and the players are looking forward to it and so am I.

“This trial will be really important for us because it will be our last against an NRL side before the season starts. We’ll be looking to field the best side available to give us a good look at how we are shaping for the year ahead.”

The trial will showcase a vast array of current and former internationals as well as ex-Vodafone Warriors in the Penrith side, including coach Ivan Cleary.

Apart from Mannering, Vatuvei and Johnson the Vodafone Warriors had Thomas Leuluai, Suaia Matagi, Siliva Havili and new signing Bodene Thompson in the Kiwis’ 24-man Four Nations squad while Penrith winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak was originally selected before being ruled out with injury.

With the Vodafone Warriors having their first trial against the Titans on the Gold Coast, the Rotorua trial is set to give fans their first chance to see new signings Ryan Hoffman, Matt Allwood and Thompson. Hoffman was in Australia’s Four Nations squad along with Penrith’s Josh Mansour and Matt Moylan.

The quota of Four Nations players in contention to feature in Rotorua doesn’t end there either with the Vodafone Warriors also boasting England fullback Sam Tomkins and Toa Samoa utility Dominique Peyroux.

As well as Brown, Penrith’s squad is heavy on other Kiwi internationals and former Vodafone Warriors in Isaac John, Jeremy Latimore, Sam McKendry, Sika Manu and Elijah Taylor. Other high profile players in Penrith’s squad include Jamal Idris, Brent Kite, James Segeyaro, Jamie Soward and Peter Wallace.

The ‘Festival of Rugby League’ will feature community activities across the weekend plus a nines tournament and age group fixtures on game day to help launch the northern region competition.

  • Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster from tomorrow (November 25). They can be bought at Ticketmaster outlets nationwide (including the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre in Rotorua), on line at or by calling 0800 111 999.

  • Prices | $20 for adults, $7.50 for kids, $45 for a family pass (two adults and three kids) and $70 per person for the corporate lounge including food service and own cash bar.
“This trial will be really important for us because it will be our last against an NRL side before the season starts. We’ll be looking to field the best side available to give us a good look at how we are shaping for the year ahead.”

This intrigued me so i went and googled some stuff and found this one....

This was meant to be late Feb in Nelson against the Dragons, before the Dragons accepted the Club Challenge invite.

We are obviously keen for 3 trials, Maybe there will be a trial against a QLD cup side? I know we've played the Bears and Seagulls before.


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Thank you mode81 mode81 for mercifully cropping of yourself out of those pics. Was eating breakfast when I was viewing them :p.

Are those all the ones you have of that trial? Interested in any that feature Nathan Fein or shots of the #9 jersey if you have em...
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Rugby league feast this February
Richard Becht
Mon 2nd February, 05:36PM

With the second edition of the NRL Auckland Nines over, the game in its traditional form is now front and centre for the Vodafone Warriors as they eye a feast of football throughout February.

It will take them from Toowoomba to Rotorua followed by visits to Auckland suburban grounds in Glen Eden and Papakura while veteran winger Manu Vatuvei will also be on NRL All Stars duty on the Gold Coast.

Head coach Andrew McFadden was straight into NRL mode today for a programme which starts against Gold Coast in hooker Nathan Friend’s hometown Toowoomba on Saturday (7.00pm kick-off local time).

The Titans, among the Vodafone Warriors’ pool opponents at the Nines, have been regular trials rivals on a home and away basis in recent years (they met at North Harbour Stadium last year).

McFadden has indicated the squad to travel to Toowoomba will comprise players outside the group used for the Nines while the trial against the Penrith Panthers in Rotorua on Saturday, February 14 (3.00pm kick-off) will feature the top side.

“The match in Rotorua will be our most important trial,” he said.

“We’ll be fielding our best side there as we look towards the opening round against Newcastle (on March 7). It’s the only major NRL trial we have this season and also the only one in New Zealand.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity for people from the Bay of Plenty and Waikato region – and also for those travelling from Auckland – to see top NRL players including internationals.”

The night before the Rotorua trial (February 13), Vatuvei is due to make his third appearance for the All Stars in Robina while a football-packed weekend will be rounded out on Sunday, February 15 with a special day in Glen Eden in honour of young Glenora player Luke Tipene.

Tipene, who had been contracted to the Vodafone Warriors’ 2015 NYC squad, died after being attacked early on November 1 last year.

The day will feature a number of trial matches and other events to be announced later this week.

The Vodafone Warriors will round out their preseason preparations with two inter-squad trials and on a community day at Bruce Pulman Park in Papakura on Saturday, February 21.

McFadden said all available NRL players would be involved in a hit-out between the club’s NRL and New South Wales Cup squads.

Further details about the Rotorua and Papakura events will also be released this week.


Saturday, February 7 | Titans v Vodafone Warriors, Toowoomba, 7.00pm

Saturday, February 14 | Vodafone Warriors v Panthers, 3.00pm

Sunday, February 15 | Luke Tipene Celebration Day, Glenora, 11.00am

Saturday, February 21 | Inter-squad trials, Papakura, 12.30pm
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Players named for Gold Coast trial

Two players from the Vodafone Warriors’ NRL Nines team and a total of six with first-grade experience have been included in a 23-man squad for the club’s opening trial against Gold Coast at Clive Berghofer Stadium in Toowoomba on Saturday (7.00pm kick-off NZ time).

Head coach Andrew McFadden has selected outside back Matt Allwood and utility Nathaniel Roache after they were both involved in the NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park.

Allwood made a try-scoring appearance against Canberra while the 18-year-old Roache wasn’t used in any of the side’s four games.

As well as Allwood (22), who had 11 NRL appearances for the Raiders last year, others with first-grade experience are 32-game utility Dominique Peyroux, former Parramatta utility Api Pewhairangi, props Charlie Gubb and Upu Poching plus back rower John Palavi.

Also included are seven players from the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ 2014 NYC premiership-winning squad. Roache, wing Paul Ulberg, front rower Toafofoa Sipley and loose forward James Bell all played in the grand final while stand-off Ata Hingano and back rowers Marata Niukore and Matiu Love-Henry were key contributors during the season. Apart from Bell the other six players are all NYC-eligible again this year.

McFadden has also chosen some other regulars from the club’s 2014 New South Wales Cup side in wing Jarrod Tua, halfback Sam Cook, back rower Raymond Faitala-Mariner and prop Nathaniel Peteru along with former Vodafone Junior Warriors Viliami Kaveinga and Stedman Lefau.

“After needing to consider the Nines as well, we can now concentrate solely on our preparation for the season proper,” said McFadden.

“This first trial is really important in terms of looking at options, testing our depth and finding out what players have to offer whether it be for the NRL or New South Wales Cup sides.

“It’s also a valuable opportunity for some of our younger players to have a taste of NRL trial football.”

The squad for the Gold Coast trial will train tomorrow before leaving for Australia on Friday.

The Vodafone Warriors have strong links with Toowoomba with Steve Price, Michael Witt and current hooker Nathan Friend all hailing from the area while former wing Justin Murphy lives in the region now.

The squad to travel to Toowoomba is:
Matthew Allwood, James Bell, Sam Cook, Ray Faitala-Mariner, Charlie Gubb, Ata Hingano, Viliami Kaveinga, Stedman Lefau, Matiu Love-Henry, Marata Niukore, John Palavi, Willie Peace, Nathaniel Peteru, Api Pewhairangi, Dominque Peyroux, Upu Poching, Nathaniel Roache, Toafofoa Sipley, Saula Solomona, Zac Tippens, Jarrod Tua, Paul Ulberg, Albert Vete.


Saturday, February 7
Titans v Vodafone Warriors
Toowoomba, 7.00pm

Saturday, February 14
Vodafone Warriors v Panthers
Rotorua, 3.00pm

Sunday, February 15
Luke Tipene Celebration Day
Glenora, 11.00am

Saturday, February 21
Inter-squad trials
Thought they would name a NSW/U20's team, and here we go.
Cappy going over for the trip or just sending Stacey?
Good luck to the young guys going over and hopefully Allwood can make an impact and put some pressure on those outside back spots.
I know score lines don't matter in such contests but I reckon we'll lose.
Is this a vulcans trial match?
Do any of them apart from maybe allwood even have a chance of first grade early in the season? If not it seems like a time wasting exercise that isn't going to help us win anything this season.
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What is the point?

If we are going to field a team as named then it says to me we are playing too many trial games!

Four trials is insanity. Perhaps good for us as we have so many ex 20's players chomping at the bits waiting to shine. But in principle i agree four is two too many. Honestly you have two trials. One legit. One experimental. That should be the norm. Especially after all these pre-season games popping up.
Seems to me that anyone in that trial is essentially being told - you're depth, and you're not seen as much more than that at this point...

One thing I find interesting is RFM. I know he's only young, but it seems like his career has really stagnated... Anyone with any inside word on how he's rated by the coaching staff??
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What is the point?

If we are going to field a team as named then it says to me we are playing too many trial games!
Its fantastic exposure for some of our future stars and Reserve Graders. Great chance for them to get some experience under their belt against slightly better quality opposition. This would be the first real hit out the vast majority of them would have had...
The purpose of a trial is right there in the name - to TRIAL.

The line-up for the Titans game has been selected in order to establish where the club stands in terms of depth. As has been said above, it boosts the expereince of alot of these guys who may have never had a taste of first grade footy. Its also a platform where we may uncover some hidden gems - am excited to see how players like Pewhairangi and Allwood go in a full-sanctioned match kitted in a Warriors jersey.
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