Matiu Love-Henry during the Junior Warriors v Junior Knights match. NYC Holden Cup U20s Rugby League. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. New Zealand. Anzac Day, Sunday 31 May 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.co.nz

Wellington-raised Kauri Aupouri will become the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ 16th debutant this season when he lines up in the halves in tomorrow’s 21st-round NYC clash against the Cronulla Sharks at Mount Smart Stadium (2.40pm kick-off; match day sponsor: DEWALT).

The 20-year-old Te Aroha Eels junior comes into the side at standoff to team up in the halves with the established Erin Clark, who has played in all 18 matches in his rookie season.

Educated at Wainuiomata High School, Aupouri has represented both New Zealand Secondary Schools and New Zealand Universities and was on Penrith’s books last year but returned home and earned a contract after playing in the Vodafone Warriors’ open NYC trial at Cornwall Park in October last year.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors, fifth on the ladder despite last week’s loss to Manly, will be desperate to snap an uncustomary run of form at home. Since the competition became in 2008, they have been a dominant force at Mount Smart Stadium but they have now gone five games without success on their own turf.

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v CRONULLA SHARKS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

5.00pm, Saturday, August 01

Referees: Phil Henderson and Shane Rehm

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 BRAD ABBEY

2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA

3 MARATA NIUKORE

4 SEMISI TYRELL

5 PAUL ULBERG

6 KAURI AUPOURI

7 ERIN CLARK

8 BUNTY AFOA

9 CASEY LAFAELE

10 PAUL TULI

11 OFAHIKI OGDEN

12 MATIU LOVE-HENRY

13 JAZZ TEVAGA

Interchange:

14 CHRIS SIO

15 KOLI ONEONE

16 TUALIMA TUALIMA

17 AMONI TUFUI

18 WESLEY TAUTI

COACH: KELVIN WRIGHT