Ngani Laumape on one of the steeper sand dunes.

Ngani Laumape returns from a knee injury to line up in the centres for the Vodafone Warriors in their fourth-round New South Wales Cup clash against North Sydney at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday (1.00pm kick-off).

Laumape, who has made 30 NRL appearances since his debut in 2013, was sidelined with a knee injury he picked up in mid-February but has come through rehab to be available sooner than expected.

He has joined the comeback man George Carmont in the centres in what is otherwise a settled Vodafone Warriors side. Laumape replaces the experienced Dominique Peyroux who has been selected as 18th man for the club’s NRL side.

Fullback Viliami Kaveinga was originally named to play against Wentworthville last Saturday but was subsequently ruled out and replaced by Matt Allwood. He’s back in the No 1 jersey to face the Bears this week.

Otherwise the squad is the same as the one which accounted for Wentworthville 44-20, the second win in three starts which has the Vodafone Warriors lying fourth on the ladder at this early stage of the season.

While Allwood and Peyroux are missing this week, coach Stacey Jones has still been able to call on nine players with NRL experience. Leading ther way is Carmont, who also brings extensive Super League experience from his time with Wigan; in two games back in the game the 36-year-old former Newcastle centre had scored three tries.

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VODAFONE WARRIORS v NORTH SYDNEY BEARS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

1.00pm, Saturday, March 28

Referee: Jamal Thompson

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1        VILIAMI KAVEINGA

2        SAULA SOLOMONA

3        GEORGE CARMONT

4        NGANI LAUMAPE

5        JARROD TUA

6        API PEWHAIRANGI

7        SAM COOK

8        SUAIA MATAGI

9        SILIVA HAVILI

10       SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO

11       RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

12       SIONE LOUSI

13       JOHN PALAVI (c)

Interchange:

14       DAVID BHANA

15       CHARLIE GUBB

16       NATHANIEL PETERU

17       JAMES BELL

18       RAY TALIMALIE

COACH: STACEY JONES