Captain Simon Mannering, front rower Jacob Lillyman and centre Konrad Hurrell will make their first appearances in the Vodafone Warriors’ preseason campaign in Saturday’s final hit-out ahead of the 2015 NRL season.
The trio missed the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines as well as the NRL trials against the Gold Coast Titans and the Penrith Panthers but they have been confirmed to turn out in Saturday’s inter-squad clash at Bruce Pulman Park in Papakura (3.00pm kick-off).
Mannering has come off a heavy 2014 campaign in which he was on the field for close to every minutes of the Vodafone Warriors’ 24 matches while he was also ever-present leading the Kiwis in five Tests culminating in the Four Nations victory in Wellington.
Lillyman (knee) and Hurrell (wrist) are making comebacks from offseason surgery.
Saturday’s trial in Papakura is the feature attraction of a Vodafone Warriors community day; it’s the first time the club’s NRL stars have played on a suburban ground.
Head coach Andrew McFadden will field an NRL side against a Stacey Jones-coached New South Wales Cup line-up. The teams will be selected from the club’s wider NRL squad with the possibility of some NYC players also being involved.
There will also be a trial between two sides selected from the club’s NYC and Academy squads (12.30pm kick-off).
VODAFONE WARRIORS – COMMUNITY DAY
Saturday, February 21
Bruce Pulman Park
138 Walters Road
12.30pm | Vodafone Junior Warriors v Vodafone Warriors Selection
3.00pm | Vodafone Warriors (NRL) v Vodafone Warriors (NSW Cup)