NSW CUP PREVIEW: Vulcans make changes

Vodafone Warriors fullback Glen Fisiiahi is making his return at fullback for the Auckland Vulcans today. Photo: Photosport.


Vodafone Warriors prop Russell Packer is set to make his comeback from injury via the NRL today after originally being named to turn out for the Auckland Vulcans in their New South Wales Cup clash against North Sydney at Mount Smart Stadium (12.05pm kick-off).


Packers name was missing from the confirmed Vulcans line-up for the first leg of todays triple header (followed by the NYC encounter between the Vodafone Junior Warriors and South Sydney at 1.55pm and the NRL fixture at 4.05pm).


The Vodafone Warriors wont confirm their final side until an hour before kick-off but Packer, whos returning from a bicep injury, has been running with the NRL side this week including yesterdays final run before todays clash against the Rabbitohs.


Among a number of changes to the Vulcans team, Vodafone Warriors fullback Glen Fisiiahi starts at fullback after being on bereavement leave. His inclusion results in regular fullback Zoram Watene moving to the bench.

Also playing for the Vulcans for the second week running is veteran

Vodafone Warriors centre Jerome Ropati, again wearing jersey No 19.


AUCKLAND VULCANS v NORTH SYDNEY BEARS


Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

12.00pm, Sunday, April 7

Referee: Daniel Caddy


AUCKLAND VULCANS


21 GLEN FISIIAHI

2 TANGI ROPATI

19 JEROME ROPATI

22 SIO SIUA TAUKEIAHO

3 ATELEA NAFETALAI

6 CARLOS TUIMAVAVE

7 HARRY SIEJKA

16 NATHANIEL PETERU

9 SILIVA HAVILI

10 DANIEL PALAVI

11 JOHN PALAVI

8 SUAIA MATAGI

13 MURRAY ITI

Interchange:

1 ZORAM WATENE

12 AGNATIUS PAASI

18 PATRICK SIPLEY

20 HERMAN RETZLAFF

18 PATRICK SIPLEY


HEAD COACH: WILLIE SWANN