After a month sidelined with a hamstring injury, Sione Lousi is set to return this weekend. Image | www.photosport.nz

NRL LATE MAIL | Several changes

Manu Vatuvei, Ryan Hoffman and Konrad Hurrell are all out of the Vodafone Warriors’ 18th-round NRL clash against Melbourne at Mount Smart Stadium today (4.00pm kick-off; match day sponsor: Suzuki; game day theme: #EverydayHeroes).

Vatuvei has been ruled out with a shoulder injury he picked up in the club’s 30-8 win over the Canberra Raiders on June 27.

Hoffman is side-lined with the calf injury which forced him off the field in New South Wales’ loss to Queensland in Wednesday night’s State of Origin decider while Hurrell is out with an arm injury suffered in training this week.

Jonathan Wright replaces Vatuvei for his 13th appearance of the season, David Fusitu’a comes in for Hurrell and Raymond Faitala-Mariner starts in the second row for Hoffman.

Sione Lousi comes onto the bench for his second NRL game this season.

In another change, Queensland Origin prop Jacob Lillyman goes to the bench with Albert Vete starting.

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v MELBOURNE STORM

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

4.00pm, Sunday, July 12

Referees: Gerard Sutton and Chris James

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1        SAM TOMKINS

2        TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

18       DAVID FUSITU’A

4        SOLOMONE KATA

21       JONATHAN WRIGHT

6        CHAD TOWNSEND

7        SHAUN JOHNSON

17       ALBERT VETE

9        NATHAN FRIEND

10       BEN MATULINO

11       BODENE THOMPSON

15       RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

13       SIMON MANNERING (c)

Interchange:

8        JACOB LILLYMAN

14       SILIVA HAVILI

16       CHARLIE GUBB

23       SIONE LOUSI

HEAD COACH: ANDREW McFADDEN