Veteran Vodafone Warriors centre Jerome Ropati continues his comeback while Steve Rapira returns from injury when they line up against the Mounties in the New South Wales Cup today (3.00pm kick local time; 5.00pm NZT).


It will be Ropatis third straight game for the Vulcans after making a full recovery from his latest knee injury.


Rapira, wholl start in the second row, has been sidelined the last two weeks after a serious ear injury in the opening minutes of the Vodafone Warriors NRL clash against Cronulla on March 24.


Also in the side again today are Vodafone Warriors Glen Fisiiahi and Carlos Tuimavave. Fisiiahi had his first outing last week since being on bereavement leave when he lined up at fullback in the 10-22 loss to North Sydney while Tuimavave, sidelined since February with a broken hand, also came back and will again run at standoff today.


Set to make his New South Wales Cup debut is impressive Vodafone Junior Warriors winger Viliami Lolohea.


Sebastine Ikahihifo was originally selected at loose forward today but, with Jacob Lillyman and Elijah Taylor ruled out of NRL action this week, Ikahihifo is with the Vodafone Warriors for their encounter with Canberra tonight.


Among the players with NRL experience for the Mounties, Canberras feeder side, are Dimitri Pelo, Michael Bani, Jake Foster, Jarrad Kennedy, Sam Mataora, Mark Nicholls, Michael Picker and Shane Shackleton while former Vodafone Junior Warrior Scott Jones is also in the squad.


AUCKLAND VULCANS v MOUNTIES


Aubrey Keech Reserve, Hinchinbrook

3.00pm, Saturday, April 13

Referee: Chris Sutton


AUCKLAND VULCANS


1GLEN FISIIAHI

2VILIAMI LOLOHEA

3SIO SIUA TAUKEIAHO

4JEROME ROPATI

5ATELEA NAFETALAI

6CARLOS TUIMAVAVE

7HARRY SIEJKA

18NATHANIEL PETERU

9SILIVA HAVILI

10SUAIA MATAGI

11JOHN PALAVI

12STEVE RAPIRA

15MURRAY ITI

Interchange:

14ZORAM WATENE

16DANIEL PALAVI

17AGNATIUS PAASI

19PATRICK SIPLEY

21TANGI ROPATI


HEAD COACH: WILLIE SWANN