NRL TEAM NEWS | Tomkins back

Fullback Sam Tomkins has been confirmed to make his return for the Vodafone Warriors in their 15th-round NRL clash against the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium in Robina tonight (5.30pm kick-off local time, 7.30pm NZT).

The England international had a stint on the side-line with a PCL knee injury picked up in the third-round clash against Parramatta at Mount Smart Stadium on March 21.

In his comeback appearance against Newcastle on May 31 he aggravated the injury although he played out the contest helping the Vodafone Warriors to a 24-20 win.

While there was optimism he would play again in each of the last two games against South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters he was ultimately ruled out both times despite being named.

Tomkins wasn’t originally selected to face the Titans but trained well during the week and also came through a light run after the team arrived on the Gold Coast yesterday to clear the way for his return tonight. He’ll start at fullback in jersey No 20 replacing Tuimoala Lolohea.

There are also two changes to the starting forward pack announced on Tuesday.

Origin representatives Jacob Lillyman and Ryan Hoffman have both been confirmed but they will be on the interchange bench resulting in Sebastine Ikahihifo starting in Lillyman’s place in the front row and Raymond Faitala-Mariner in the second row for Hoffman.

Lillyman and Hoffman join Siliva Havili and Charlie Gubb on the interchange.

 

GOLD COAST TITANS v VODAFONE WARRIORS

Cbus Super Stadium, Robina

5.30pm, Saturday, June 20

Referees: Matt Cecchin and Gavin Reynolds

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

20       SAM TOMKINS

2        KEN MAUMALO

3        KONRAD HURRELL

4        SOLOMONE KATA

5        MANU VATUVEI

6        CHAD TOWNSEND

7        SHAUN JOHNSON

15       SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO

9        NATHAN FRIEND

10       BEN MATULINO

11       BODENE THOMPSON

16       RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

13       SIMON MANNERING (c)

Interchange:

8        JACOB LILLYMAN

12       RYAN HOFFMAN

14       SILIVA HAVILI

17       CHARLIE GUBB

HEAD COACH: ANDREW McFADDEN