Siliva Havili brushes through the pads.

NRL TEAM NEWS | Havili to start

Siliva Havili will start at hooker in a late change to the Vodafone Warriors’ line-up for their 12th-round NRL clash against the Newcastle Knights at Mount Smart Stadium today (4.00pm kick-off; match day sponsor: TNT).

Havili was originally selected on the bench for his first NRL appearance of the season with the veteran Nathan Friend set to be the injured Thomas Leuluai’s replacement.

Havili had six NRL appearances last year and also made his Test debut for the Kiwis as well as being in New Zealand’s title-winning Four Nations squad.

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

4.00pm, Sunday, May 31

Referees: Ben Cummins and David Munro

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1        SAM TOMKINS

2        JONATHAN WRIGHT

3        TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

4        SOLOMONE KATA

5        MANU VATUVEI

6        CHAD TOWNSEND

7        SHAUN JOHNSON

8        JACOB LILLYMAN

14      SILIVA HAVILI

10      BEN MATULINO

11      BODENE THOMPSON

12      RYAN HOFFMAN

13      SIMON MANNERING (c)

Interchange:

9        NATHAN FRIEND

15      SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO

16      SAM LISONE

17      ALBERT VETE

HEAD COACH: ANDREW McFADDEN