Wellingtons Charlie Gubb (pictured) will make his first New South Wales Cup appearance for the Auckland Vulcans in their second-round encounter with the Newtown Jets at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday (1.00pm kick-off).


The 22-year-old travelled with the Vodafone Warriors side last week, filling the 18th mans role for the opening round NRL clash against Parramatta. Photo: Photosport.


On trial during the offseason he has recently been signed on a one-year NRL contract after returning to New Zealand from a two-year stint with Wynnum-Manly in the Queensland Cup competition.


He moved to Brisbane after being part of the NYC premiership-winning Vodafone Junior Warriors in 2010 and then savoured back-to-back titles with Wynnum-Manly.


A junior with the University Hunters in Wellington, Gubb comes into the Vulcans starting line-up alongside fellow prop Suaia Matagi, also signed on a one-year NRL contract after impressing coaching staff during the Vodafone Warriors offseason training programme.


With Bill Tupou being called into the NRL side to replace the injured Manu Vatuvei, Steve Waetford starts on the wing while ex-Gold Coast utility Dominique Peyroux switches to the second row after starting in the centres in last weekends 24-26 loss to Manly. Atelea Nafetalai, who also trained with the Vodafone Warriors over the offseason, comes into the centres.


Among the five players named on the bench is 2012 Vodafone Junior Warriors hooker Trent Bishop, whos still eligible for the NYC side.


The Jets will be bringing some familiar faces to Auckland. Included in their starting line-up are centre Adam Henry and hooker Nafe Seluini, both in the Vodafone Junior Warriors 2010 title-winning side. Ivan Penehe, a Vodafone Warriors NRL squad member in 2011 and 2012, is on the bench along with Saulala Houma, also in the clubs NRL group in 2011.


Other players with NRL experience named for the Jets include Michael Oldfield, Ben Jones and Tinirau Arona.


Houma scored two tries and Seluini and another New Zealander Josh Ailaomai, a former junior with the Te Aroha Eels in Wellington, also scored tries in the Jets 30-16 first-round win against the Illawarra Cutters last weekend.


AUCKLAND VULCANS v NEWTOWN JETS


Mount Smart Stadium No 1, Auckland

1.00pm, Saturday, March 16

Referee: Jamal Thompson


AUCKLAND VULCANS


1 ZORAM WATENE

2 STEVE WAETFORD

3 MALAKAI WATENE-ZELEZNIAK

4 ATELEA NAFETALAI

5 NGANI LAUMAPE

6 AARON NOOTAI

7 HARRY SIEJKA

8 CHARLIE GUBB

9 ALEHANA MARA

10 SUAIA MATAGI

11 JOHN PALAVI

12 DOMINIQUE PEYROUX

13 MURRAY ITI

Interchange:

14 TRENT BISHOP

15 AGNATIUS PAASI

16 SIO SIUA TAUKEIAHO

17 DANIEL PALAVI

18 HERMAN RETZLAFF


HEAD COACH: WILLIE SWANN