Five of the Vodafone Junior Warriors senior players return to bolster the side for todays 17th-round NYC clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Redfern Oval (kick-off 1.00pm local time; 3.00pm NZT).
After playing for the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup last week, regulars David Bhana, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Albert Vete and David Fusitua all return to the NYC side (the Vulcans have a bye this weekend).
Also brought back into the line-up is hooker Siliva Havili who has played most of the year with the Vulcans.
With Solomone Kata injured, Faitala-Mariner starts in the centres along with Fusitua, who was originally named at fullback.
Tuimoala Lolohea will again be used at fullback. He was exceptional in the role in last Sundays 34-28 win against Brisbane, scoring two tries to take his tally for the year to 12 in 15 appearances. He also kicked five conversions for a total of 18 points. The Vodafone Junior Warriors are now in fourth spot while the Rabbitohs are 12th.
VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Redfern Oval, Sydney
1.00Pm, Saturday, July 06
Referee: Matt Noyen
VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
13DAVID BHANA (c)
HEAD COACH: JOHN ACKLAND