Major new signing Issac Luke, veteran wing Manu Vatuvei and second rower Ben Henry headline the Vodafone Warriors’ squad for Saturday’s NRL trial against Gold Coast at Whangarei’s Toll Stadium (5.30pm kick-off).

After missing the Downer NRL Auckland Nines, Kiwi hooker Luke will be making his first appearance for the club since being signed from South Sydney.

Vatuvei has already had a huge week with his wife Jennifer giving birth to the couple’s fourth daughter yesterday; on Saturday he’ll make his return from offseason shoulder surgery.

Also making a comeback will be second rower Ben Henry, who missed almost all of the 2015 season after his second serious knee injury in two years.

Four players from the Vodafone Warriors’ NRL Nines squad will face the Titans with Ken Maumalo on the wing, Ata Hingano at standoff and Albert Vete and Charlie Gubb in the front row.

Two other new signings – Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Ligi Sao – are also included. Nicoll-Klokstad, signed from Melbourne, is set to start in the centres and Sao, who has returned to the club after three seasons with Manly, is at loose forward.

Other 2015 first graders named are Matt Allwood in the centres and Raymond Faitala-Mariner in the second row. A number of Vodafone Junior Warriors have also been picked including Erin Clark at halfback.

Among those on the bench is former Canterbury-Bankstown, Wests Tigers and Brisbane prop James Gavet, who has been on trial with the Vodafone Warriors in the offseason.

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v GOLD COAST TITANS

Toll Stadium, Whangarei

5.30pm Saturday, February 13

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

TOMAS AOAKE

KEN MAUMALO

CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD

MATT ALLWOOD

MANU VATUVEI

ATA HINGANO

ERIN CLARK

ALBERT VETE

ISSAC LUKE

CHARLIE GUBB

RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

BEN HENRY

LIGI SAO

Interchange:

VILIAMI KAVEINGA

JAMES GAVET

UPU POCHING

OFAHIKI OGDEN

JAZZ TEVAGA

BUNTY AFOA

MARATA NIUKORE

KANE TELEA

SEMISI TYRELL

 

GOLD COAST TITANS

ALI GRANT

BLAKE ANDERSON

JARROD TUA

CONNOR BROADHURST

TYRONNE ROBERTS-DAVIS

JAMAL FOGARTY

SAM IRWIN

KURT BERNARD

PAT POLITONI

DAVID HALA

MATT ROBINSON

MORGAN BOYLE

SAM SAVILLE

Interchange:

LUKE PAGE

JED CARTWRIGHT

DANIEL SCHWASS

DANE CLARK

WILL BUGDEN

HAYDEN SCHWASS

SAM MESKELL

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