David Fusitua scores a try at the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines rugby league tournament. Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Day 1, Saturday 15 February 2014. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/www.Photosport.co.nz

NRL UPDATE | Fusitua to debut

David Fusitua (pictured) will make his NRL debut after being called in to replace veteran winger Manu Vatuvei for the Vodafone Warriors’ second-round encounter with St George Illawarra at Eden Park today (5.00pm kick-off).

 

Vatuvei left the field with an ice pack on his shoulder and neck area after last week’s game against Parramatta and was again troubled by the injury at training on Wednesday

 

Fusitua, still eligible to play in the NYC this year, played trials against Gold Coast and Brisbane this season as well as representing the club at NRL Nines at Eden Park last month. He becomes Vodafone Warrior No 189, the fifth player to make his debut for the club this season.

 

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

 

Eden Park, Auckland

5.05pm, Saturday, March 15

Referees: Jared Maxwell and Grant Atkins

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

 

1 SAM TOMKINS

2 GLEN FISIIAHI

3 DANE NIELSEN

4 JEROME ROPATI

18 DAVID FUSITUA

6 CHAD TOWNSEND

7 SHAUN JOHNSON

8 SAM RAPIRA

9 NATHAN FRIEND

10 BEN MATULINO

11 JAYSON BUKUYA

12 SIMON MANNERING (c)

13 JOHN PALAVI

Interchange:

14 JACOB LILLYMAN

15 SUAIA MATAGI

16 BEN HENRY

17 FELETI MATEO

 

HEAD COACH: MATTHEW ELLIOTT

 

 

ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA

 

1 ADAM QUINLAN

2 BRETT MORRIS

3 DYLAN FARRELL

4 GERARD BEALE

5 JASON NIGHTINGALE

6 GARETH WIDDOP

7 SAM WILLIAMS

8 TYSON FRIZELL

9 MITCH REIN

10 DAN HUNT

11 LEESON AH MAU

12 BEN CREAGH (c)

13 TRENT MERRIN

Interchange:

14 BRONSON HARRISON

15 KYLE STANLEY

16 JOEL THOMPSON

17 MIKE COOPER

 

COACH: STEVE PRICE

 

 

 

BETTING – WWW.TAB.CO.NZ

 

FIND ODDS FOR VODAFONE WARRIORS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA

 

Go to https://www.tab.co.nz/sport/#game/133540/1/warriors-v-st-gi

 

Head to head:

Vodafone Warriors $1.30 vs Dragons $3.30

 

 

TV COVERAGE

 

SKY SPORT 2: Coverage starts at 4.30pm, kick-off 5.05pm