Nate Roache approaches the tackle of Manu Vatuvei.

Vodafone Junior Warriors coach Kelvin Wright will use an unchanged side in the club's first NYC appearance of the season against Newcastle at Hunter Stadium today (12.00pm kick-off local time; 2.00pm NZT).

While heading into his rookie season as coach, Wright has worked with the players in his role as assistant coach over the last two years including his time with first-year coach Stacey Jones in the club's 2014 premiership-winning campaign.

Wright has named six players from the side that appeared in the grand final for today's encounter.

Hooker Nathaniel Roache is captaining the team, taking over from last year-s co-captains Mason Lino and Sam Lisone.

 

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS v VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

12.00pm, Saturday, March 07

Referees: Jon Stone and Josh McGowan

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 BRAD ABBEY

2 TOMAS AOAKE

3 MARATA NIUKORE

4 SEMISI TYRELL

5 PAUL ULBERG

6 ATA HINGANO

7 ERIN CLARK

8 BUNTY AFOA

9 NATHANIEL ROACHE (c)

10 TOAFOFOA SIPLEY

11 OFAHIKI OGDEN

12 MATIU LOVE-HENRY

13 JAZZ TEVAGA

Interchange:

14 PAUL TULI

15 TUALIMA TUALIMA

16 TAMATI IOANE-NIKO

17 ISAIAH COOPER-TETEVANO

18 SHELDON PITAMA

COACH: KELVIN WRIGHT