NRL TEAM NEWS | Hurrell to start

Konrad Hurrell has been confirmed to start in the centres replacing Ngani Laumape for the Vodafone Warriors’ fifth-round NRL clash against the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park today (5.00pm kick-off local time; 7.00pm NZT).

Laumape was initially named to make his first NRL appearance of the season after recovering from a knee injury he suffered in February.

After returning with the club’s New South Wales Cup side last week, Laumape trained with the NRL line-up throughout the week but had some soreness after Friday’s training session so it was decided not to take him.

Hurrell injured his left knee in a heavy fall in the first-round match against Newcastle and was being set for a return next week.

However, he trained well this week and travelled to Melbourne as cover for Laumape. He’ll now line-up in his customary position on the right edge for his 58th career appearance.

Also coming into the final 17 is utility Dominique Peyroux, who has been playing in the centres for the club’s NSW Cup side. He replaces Albert Vete.

The final interchange comprises Peyroux, Nathan Friend, Sebastine Ikahihifo and Sam Lisone.

 

MELBOURNE STORM v VODAFONE WARRIORS 

AAMI Park, Melbourne

5.00pm, Monday, April 06 

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

2 JONATHAN WRIGHT

22 KONRAD HURRELL

4 SOLOMONE KATA

5 MANU VATUVEI

6 CHAD TOWNSEND

7 SHAUN JOHNSON

8 JACOB LILLYMAN

9 THOMAS LEULUAI

10 BEN MATULINO

11 BODENE THOMPSON

12 RYAN HOFFMAN

13 SIMON MANNERING (c)

Interchange:

14 NATHAN FRIEND

15 SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO

16 SAM LISONE

21 DOMINIQUE PEYROUX

HEAD COACH: ANDREW McFADDEN