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Centre Dane Nielsen (pictured) has been ruled out of the Vodafone Warriors final home game of the season against the Canberra Raiders on another Super Saturday at Mount Smart Stadium tomorrow (match day sponsor: Vodafone). Photo: Photosport

The 25th-round NRL clash (5.05pm kick-off) is the final leg of a tripleheader on the clubs traditional Old Boys Day preceded by the Vodafone Junior Warriors-Canberra NYC match (2.45pm) and the New South Wales Cup encounter between the Auckland Vulcans and the Mounties (12.50pm).


Nielsen has been troubled by injuries in his last two outings, forced off after only 12 minutes with an ankle complaint in the Vodafone Warriors last home game against Penrith on August 18 and being replaced at halftime against Gold Coast last Saturday night with a shin injury.

Veteran Jerome Ropati, who scored two tries playing on the right wing against the Titans, is expected to start in the centres with Ngani Laumape coming back onto the wing for what would be his 13th NRL appearance in his rookie season.

With Nielsen out, the Vodafone Warriors now have almost a third of their NRL squad on the injured list. The net effect of the high casualty rate is that the Auckland Vulcans are able to call on only four players from the NRL squad for their match against the Mounties tomorrow Pita Godinet, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, John Palavi and Charlie Gubb.

The current injury list is:

Glen Fisiiahi - Fullback/Wing - Pectoral (out for season)

Ben Henry - Second Row/Centre - Knee (out for season)

Sebastine Ikahihifo Prop/Second Row Knee (round 26)

Sam Lousi - Prop/Second Row - Knee (indefinite)

Sione Lousi - Prop/Second Row - Knee (out for season)

Alehana Mara Hooker Ribs (indefinite)

Danie Nielsen Centre Ankle/Shin (round 26)

Russell Packer - Prop - Hamstring (round 26)

Steve Rapira - Prop/Second Row - Knee (out for season)

Carlos Tuimavave Utility Hamstring (round 25/26)
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