Warriors suit up for 2012 NRL season

Last updated 17:28 21/11/2011

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The Warriors have revealed a new playing strip as they begin their off-season training programme for the 2012 NRL season.

A highlight of the jersey design is a return to a traditional rugby league v, a feature not seen on a regular Warriors jersey since 2003.

Veteran first-graders Micheal Luck and Manu Vatuvei were among the admirers as they tried on the ultra tight-fitting jerseys.

Also pulling on his new colours for the first time was the Warriors' major acquisition Nathan Friend, who has moved to Auckland after five seasons with the Gold Coast Titans.

The new home strip is again predominantly black, the jersey featuring a white v with red trim, while the away kit is white with a black and red v on the jersey.

Two other designs will be revealed during the season for special rounds.

The home jersey will have its first public outing when the Warriors their first-round encounter with the Manly Sea Eagles at Eden Park on the weekend of March 1-5.

Most of the Warriors' 30-man NRL squad reported for duty today to meet with new head coach Brian McClennan.

The first block of training will run through to December 23 before the players return for their preseason phase on January 5.

Apart from Friend, the other new faces in the 2012 NRL squad are six members of the Warriors' back-to-back NYC premiership-winning squad - Samiuela Lousi, captain Ben Henry, Konrad Hurrell, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Carlos Tuimavave and Sio Siua Taukeiaho.

In all 17 of the 30 players in the squad have played for the Junior Warriors since the NYC competition was introduced in 2008 while Mannering, Sam Rapira, Jerome Ropati and Manu Vatuvei all came through the club's development system in the pre-NYC days.

Three NRL trial matches have been confirmed for the Warriors at North Harbour Stadium, Coffs Harbour and Whangarei in February.

The first trial against the Titans will be played at North Harbour Stadium on February 4 and the last at Toll Stadium in Whangarei against Queensland Cup side the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles on February 18.

The second trial against South Sydney is set down for Coffs Harbour on February 11.

The full NRL squad is: Lewis Brown, Glen Fisiiahi, Nathan Friend, Pita Godinet, Ben Henry, Konrad Hurrell, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Krisnan Inu, Shaun Johnson, Jacob Lillyman, Kevin Locke, Samiuela Lousi, Sione Lousi, Micheal Luck, James Maloney, Simon Mannering, Alehana Mara, Feleti Mateo, Ben Matulino, Russell Packer, Ivan Penehe, Sam Rapira, Steve Rapira, Jerome Ropati, Ukuma Ta'ai, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Elijah Taylor, Carlos Tuimavave, Bill Tupou, Manu Vatuvei.

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