NZ Warriors 'tried to avoid' clash with All Blacks

SARAH HARVEY
Last updated 05:00 20/06/2014
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It's not ideal for spectators and the Warriors are less than happy about it, too.

A scheduling clash which will see the Warriors playing the Broncos in round 15 at the same time the All Blacks take on England in the final test of the series, on Saturday night, is something the club tried to avoid, chief executive Wayne Scurrah said.

"When the scheduling requests come out we advise the NRL of all significant clashes that are known at the time and this one would have been one of those.

"It's not ideal and where possible we try and avoid it so everyone gets the best of both worlds."

However, Scurrah said the Warriors and the NRL were largely at the whim of Australian broadcasters, Fox and Nine.

"Ultimately they will look at the weekend and they will be determining what's happening in Australia and what's best. Sometimes, unfortunately, where we end up flows out at the end. The NRL are pretty good at taking into account big clashes. It is one of those that clearly couldn't be avoided."

Scurrah said it appeared the clash had not had an impact on spectator numbers with about 13,000 tickets sold as of yesterday - more than for the same time for the Warriors last match at Mt Smart.

"If the weather comes good there will be plenty of people cancelling their All Blacks tickets and coming to our game instead."

The All Blacks test in Hamilton is sold out with 25,000 fans expected at the match.

Meanwhile, Warriors members and fans have been challenged to wear onesies to the game on Saturday in an attempt to beat a rather obscure Guiness World Record for the "largest gathering of people wearing one-piece pyjamas".

The existing record of 1184 was achieved by Ringwood School in Hampshire, England on February 14 this year.

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