Ken Maumalo makes his NRL debut at last today coming in as a late replacement on the left wing for club great Manu Vatuvei in the Vodafone Warriors' 10th-round NRL clash against Parramatta at Pirtek Stadium.

Maumalo (20) was selected to make his first NRL appearance in the Vodafone Warriors' opening round encounter with the Newcastle Knights only to be ruled out after picking up a hamstring injury in the final team run on the eve of the match.

Since recovering from the injury he has played four games for the club's New South Wales Cup side, scoring three tries. He was in the NYC premiership-winning Vodafone Junior Warriors side last year.

He was presented with his first jersey by Vatuvei today.

Vatuvei made significant progress from the sternum injury which forced him off the field against the Sharks last weekend but ultimately didn't recover sufficiently to play his 10th match of the year.

PARRAMATTA EELS v VODAFONE WARRIORS

Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta

3.00pm, Saturday, May 16

Referees: Grant Atkins and Gavin Reynolds

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

2 JONATHAN WRIGHT

3 DOMINIQUE PEYROUX

4 SOLOMONE KATA

22 KEN MAUMALO

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 SIONE LOUSI

16 SAM LISONE

17 SAM RAPIRA

HEAD COACH: ANDREW McFADDEN