David Fusitua and Ngataua Hukatai will be joined by Albert Vete in a bolstered Vodafone Junior Warriors line-up for todays 24th-round NYC match against the Gold Coast Titans at Skilled Park in Robina (3.15pm kick-off local time; 5.15pm NZT).
Fusitua and Hukatai were reunited in last Sundays loss to Penrith, Fusitua back in the side after time out of the NYC playing for the Vulcans in the New South Wales and a period on the sideline with an elbow injury.
Vete, who has made 32 NYC appearances overall, played 15 games for the Vodafone Junior Warriors earlier this season before turning out for the Vulcans in recent weeks.
The St Kentigern College old boy has been named on the bench while Fusitua is down to start at fullback and Hukatai in the centres.
Returning after missing last weeks match with injury is winger Braxton Stanley. Tama Koopu was originally named to start in the front row but was a late withdrawal today with an ankle injury. In his absence Abraham Papalii moves off the bench to start while Lafu Feagaiga comes onto the interchange.
Last week the Vodafone Junior Warriors were looking at the possibility of climbing back into the NYCs top four but their disappointing display in a 14-32 loss to the Panthers has seen them slip to sixth.
The ladder is congested, though, with Wests Tigers and the Vodafone Junior Warriors both on 30 points, just two behind the fourth-placed Sydney Roosters. The Titans are running third to last in the competition.
VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v GOLD COAST TITANS
Skilled Park, Robina
3.15pm, Saturday, August 24
Referee: Peter Gough
VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
9MICHAEL SIO (c)
20 LAFU FEAGAIGA
HEAD COACH: JOHN ACKLAND