Prop Charlie Gubb is back for the Auckland Vulcans in their New South Wales Cup clash against Wentworthville at Mount Smart Stadium No 2. Photo: Photosport


The Auckland Vulcans are again able to field an all-Vodafone Warriors starting forward pack in todays New South Wales Cup encounter with Wentworthville at Mount Smart Stadium No 2 (11.00am kick-off).


With players returning from injury, coach Willie Swann is able to line up a front row of Russell Packer, Alehana Mara and Charlie Gubb with John Palavi, Sam Lousi and Sebastine Ikahihifo.


Also confirmed is veteran Vodafone Warriors centre Jerome Ropati after not being named earlier in the week. His try last week enabled the Vulcans to draw level 16-16 with Illawarra after a sizzling comeback from 0-16 only for the recovery to come to nothing when the Cutters kicked a late field goal for a 17-16 victory.


Despite back-to-back losses to Newtown and Illawarra, the Vulcans remain seventh on the ladder after a difficult five weeks. They had a three-week break in action before returning for their last two matches.


Set to continue their development are five players still eligible to play for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in the NYC winger Viliami Lolohea and four interchange forwards Siliva Havili, David Bhana, Raymond Faitala-Mariner and Albert Vete.


AUCKLAND VULCANS v WENTWORTHVILLE


Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

11.00am, Saturday, August 3

Referee: Daniel Caddy


AUCKLAND VULCANS


5STEVE WAETFORD

2VILIAMI LOLOHEA

3SIO SIUA TAUKEIAHO

21JEROME ROPATI

4TANGI ROPATI

6CARLOS TUIMAVAVE

7PITA GODINET

8RUSSELL PACKER

9ALEHANA MARA

10CHARLIE GUBB

11JOHN PALAVI

12SAM LOUSI

13SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO

Interchange:

14SILIVA HAVILI

15DAVID BHANA

16RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

17ALBERT VETE

18NATHANIEL PETERU


COACH: WILLIE SWANN