Hooker Sheldon Pitama leads the Vodafone Junior Warriors in their opening match of the 2016 NYC season. Image | www.photosport.nz

Vodafone Junior Warriors coach Kelvin Wright has made several changes for today’s third-round NYC encounter with the Melbourne Storm.

Out of the originally-selected side are centre Melino Fineanganofo and halfback Zion Ioka.

That has brought about a reshuffle with captain Sheldon Pitama moving into the halves and loose forward Chris Sio to hooker. Coming into the centres for his NYC debut is Filipo Fahiua.

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v MELBOURNE STORM

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

1.45pm, Sunday, March 20

Referee: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 KANE TELEA

2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA

3 JUNIOR PAUGA

21 FILIPO FAHIUA

5 LEVI McBIRNEY

6 EIDEN ACKLAND

9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)

8 ISAIAH PAPALII

13 CHRIS SIO

10 KENESE KENESE

11 OFAHIKI OGDEN

15 JOSEPH PRICE

12 JOSEPH VUNA

Interchange:

14 JEROME MAMEA

16 KEANU DAWSON

17 TUALIMA TUALIMA

20 KOLI ONEONE

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT