Heading into the 28th and most critical game of their 2013 NYC campaign, the Vodafone Junior Warriors have used a total of 34 players.


Theyve taken a group of 19 to Sydney for todays grand final against the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium (5.55pm kick-off NZT).


With the team as cover are utility Sam Cook and prop-second rower Stedman Lefau.


Ultimately, though, the responsibility is set to fall on the same 17 players used in the preceding finals matches against the Sydney Roosters (58-6) and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (54-38). In all the Vodafone Junior Warriors have fielded just 19 players during the play-offs with Lafu Feagaiga and Lefau used in the week one win over South Sydney (20-18) before making way for Siliva Havili and Viliami Lolohea to come into the side.


Among the 17 entrusted with the quest for a third premiership in four years, there are special links with Marist Saints, the same Auckland club which produced Sonny Bill Williams. Fullback David Fusitua, centre Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, standoff Tuimoala Lolohea, halfback Mason Lino and second rower Michael Sio are all Marist juniors.


A total of 17 of the 19 players in Sydney were born in Auckland, the only exceptions being centre Solomone Kata (born in Tonga) and Lino (born in Samoa).



FULLBACK DAVID FUSITUA


Date of Birth: 16/10/1994

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Marist Saints

Position: Fullback/Wing

Height: 192cm

Weight: 96kg

Rep Honours: Junior Kiwis 2012, NZ Resident 18s 2011

NYC Games: 34 (2012-2013), 72 points (18 tries)

Secondary School: Kelston Boys High School


WING METIA LISATI


Date of Birth: 05/04/1994

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Bay Roskill Vikings

Position: Wing/Fullback

Height: 184cm

Weight: 92kg

Rep Honours: Nil

NYC Games: 15 (2013), 24 points (6 tries)

Secondary School: Mount Roskill Grammar School



CENTRE NGATAUA HUKATAI


Date of Birth: 11/07/1994

Birthplace: Auckland

Junior Club: Kings College (rugby union)

Position: Centre/Wing

Height: 187cm

Weight: 94kg

Rep Honours: Junior Kiwis 2012, NZ Secondary Schools (rugby union) 2011

NYC Games: 44 (2012-2013), 72 points (18 tries)

Secondary School: Kings College



CENTRE ADAM TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD


Date of Birth: 27/09/1994

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Marist Saints

Position: Utility

Height: 185cm

Weight: 92kg

Rep Honours: NZ Residents 18s 2012

NYC Games: 33 (2012-2013), 44 points (11 tries)

Secondary School: Lynfield College



WING VILIAMI LOLOHEA


Date of Birth: 04/07/1993

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Otahuhu Leopards

Position: Wing/Centre

Height: 183cm

Weight: 89kg

Rep Honours: NZ Residents 18s 2011, NZ Secondary Schools 2011

NYC Games: 37 (2011-2013), 84 points (21 tries)

Secondary School: Otahuhu College



STANDOFF TUIMOALA LOLOHEA


Date of Birth: 23/01/1995

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Marist Saints

Position: Halfback/Standoff/Fullback

Height: 177cm

Weight: 89kg

Rep Honours: NZ Residents 18s 2012, NZ Residents 16s 2011

NYC Games: 27 (2013), 134 points (22 tries, 23 goals)

Secondary School: Kelston Boys High School



HALFBACK MASON LINO


Date of Birth: 04/02/1994

Birthplace: Apia, Samoa

Junior Club: Marist Saints

Position: Halfback

Height: 176cm

Weight: 84kg

Rep Honours: NZ Residents 18s 2011-2012

NYC Games: 40 (2012-2013), 281 points (5 tries, 130 goals, 1 field goal)

Secondary School: Avondale College



PROP ALBERT VETE


Date of Birth: 24/01/1993

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: St Kentigern College (rugby union)

Position: Prop

Height: 188cm

Weight: 110kg

Rep Honours: NZ Barbarians (rugby union)

NYC Games: 36 (2012-2013), 52 points (13 tries)

Secondary School: St Kentigern College



HOOKER SILIVA HAVILI


Date of Birth: 18/02/1993

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Manurewa Marlins

Position: Hooker

Height: 175cm

Weight: 99kg

Rep Honours: Junior Kiwis 2011-2012, NZ Residents 18s 2011

NYC Games: 56 (2011-2013), 108 points (26 tries, 2 goals)

Secondary School: St Pauls College



PROP JAMES TAYLOR


Date of Birth: 01/08/1994

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Northcote Tigers

Position: Prop

Height: 179cm

Weight: 102kg

Rep Honours: NZ Residents 18s 2011-2012

NYC Games: 26 (2012-2013), 20 points (5 tries)

Previous Clubs: Nil

Secondary School: Rosmini College



SECOND ROW RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER


Date of Birth: 26/07/1993

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Otahuhu Leopards

Position: Second Row/Loose Forward

Height: 186cm

Weight: 105kg

Rep Honours: Nil

NYC Games: 24 (2012-2013), 24 points (6 tries)

Secondary School: Edgewater College



SECOND ROW MICHAEL SIO


Date of Birth: 16/05/1993

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Marist Saints

Position: Loose Forward/Hooker

Height: 179cm

Weight: 94kg

Rep Honours: NZ Residents 18s 2011

NYC Games: 37 (2012-2013), 16 points (4 tries)

Secondary School: St Pauls College



LOOSE FORWARD DAVID BHANA (CAPTAIN)


Date of Birth: 10/01/1993

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Northcote Tigers

Position: Loose Forward

Height: 183cm

Weight: 96kg

Rep Honours: Junior Kiwis 2012, NZ Residents 18s 2011

NYC Games: 41 (2012-2013), 44 points (11 tries)

Secondary School: Birkenhead College



INTERCHANGE



EKO MALU


Date of Birth: 05/04/1993

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Mangere East Hawks

Position: Halfback/Standoff/Hooker

Height: 175cm

Weight: 85kg

Rep Honours: NZ Residents 18s 2011

NYC Games: 47 (2011-2013), 32 points (8 tries)

Secondary School: Aorere College



SAMUEL LISONE


Date of Birth: 19/02/1994

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Otahuhu Leopards

Position: Prop/Second Row

Height: 184cm

Weight: 102kg

Rep Honours: NZ Residents 18s 2011-2012

NYC Games: 27 games (2013), 24 points (6 tries)

Secondary School: Tangaroa College



KOUMA SAMSON


Date of Birth: 01/03/1994

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Glenora Bears

Position: Second Row/Loose Forward

Height: 185cm

Weight: 95kg

Rep Honours: NZ Residents 18s 2011-2012

NYC Games: 17 (2012-2013), 16 points (4 tries)

Secondary School: Green Bay High School



SOLOMONE KATA


Date of Birth: 03/12/1994

Birthplace: Neiafu, Tonga

Junior Club: Sacred Heart College (rugby union)

Position: Wing

Height: 177cm

Weight: 97kg

Rep Honours: Tonga Under-21 (rugby union)

NYC Games: 16 games (2013), 88 points (11 tries, 22 goals)

Secondary School: Sacred Heart College



18TH MAN SAM COOK


Date of Birth: 01/08/1993

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Northcote Tigers

Position: Halfback/Standoff/Loose Forward

Height: 180cm

Weight: 89kg

Rep Honours: Nil

NYC Games: 10 games (2013), 12 points (3 tries)

Secondary School: Westlake Boys High School



19TH MAN STEDMAN LEFAU


Date of Birth: 14/10/1993

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Clubs: Otahuhu Leopards, Mangere East Hawks

Position: Second Row/Loose Forward

Height: 183cm

Weight: 94kg

Rep Honours: Nil

NYC Games: 21 games (2013), 4 points (1 try)

Secondary School: Otahuhu College