Nathaniel Roache moves off the bench to start in the halves for the Vodafone Junior Warriors against Gold Coast today. Image | www.photpsport.co.nz

Former Mount Albert Grammar School pupil Nathaniel Roache has been added to the bench for the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ ninth-round NYC encounter with Canberra at Eden Park today (2.40pm kick-off).

He comes into the squad for his fifth appearance due to the originally-selected Solomone Kata being called into the club’s New South Wales Cup side to take on the Mounties in the first leg of today’s tripleheader.

The starting line-up is the same as coach Stacey Jones named on Tuesday with fullback Brad Abbey and centre Ken Maumalo making their ninth consecutive appearances of the season.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors will field a young halves competition of debutant Mikaere Beattie and Ata Hingano with co-captain Mason Lino turning out in the New South Wales Cup.

After a good run of results the Vodafone Junior Warriors lost 14-36 to Melbourne on Anzac Day.

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v CANBERRA RAIDERS

Eden Park, Auckland

2.40pm, Saturday, May 10

Referees: Chris Butler and Kasey Badger

         

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1        BRAD ABBEY

2        PAUL ULBERG

3        ADAM TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD

4        KEN MAUMALO

5        JOHN WESLEY TAUTI

6        MAFOA’AEATA HINGANO

7        MIKAERE BEATTIE

8        SAM LISONE (c)

9        KURT ROBINSON

10       KOUMA SAMSON

11       MICHAEL KI

12       MATIU LOVE-HENRY

13       JAMES BELL

Interchange:

14       JAMES TAYLOR

15       ALAMOTI FINAU

16       JORDAN BALDWINSON

23       NATHANIEL ROACHE

COACH: STACEY JONES

 

TELEVISION COVERAGE

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