Offseason signing Henare Wells will make his debut for the Vodafone Warriors’ Intrust Super Premiership side in Sunday’s fourth-round clash against the Wyong Roos at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday (1.00pm kick-off).

The 23-year-old Taumarunui-born will start at fullback after recovering from a hamstring injury he picked up during the Downer NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park on February 6-7.

A Papakura Sea Eagles junior, Wells played NYC football with the Sydney Roosters – when Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was a team-mate – before having a stint with the Newtown Jets in the New South Wales Cup (now the Intrust Super Premiership) and the Burleigh Bears in the Intrust Super Cup in Queensland.

In other changes David Fusitu’a replaces Konrad Hurrell in the centres, captain Ali Lauitiiti moves into the front row and John Palavi comes off the bench to start at loose forward.

The big selection news for the NYC team is the return of outstanding prop Bunty Afoa from an injury lay-off.

Also back after missing last weekend's clash against Melbourne are halfback Zion Ioka and centre Melino Fineanganofo.

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v WYONG ROOS

Mount Smart Stadium #1, Auckland

1.00pm, Sunday, March 27

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 HENARE WELLS  

2 KEN MAUMALO

3 MATT ALLWOOD

4 DAVID FUSITU’A

5 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD

6 ERIN CLARK

7 ATA HINGANO

8 JAMES GAVET

9 ZAC TIPPINS

10 UPU POCHING

11 ALI LAUITIITI (c)

12 RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

13 JOHN PALAVI

Interchange:

14 MARATA NIUKORE

15 PAUL TULI

16 PAT SIPLEY

17 JAMES BELL

18 TOMAS AOAKE

COACH | STACEY JONES

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

1.45pm, Monday, March 28

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 KANE TELEA

2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA

3 JUNIOR PAUGA

4 MELINO FINEANGANOFO

5 LEVI McBIRNEY

6 SHELDON PITAMA (c)

7 ZION IOKA

8 BUNTY AFOA

9 CHRIS SIO

10 ISAIAH PAPALII

11 OFAHIKI OGDEN

12 JOSEPH PRICE

13 JOSEPH VUNA

Interchange:

14 TUALIMA TUALIMA

15 KENESE KENESE

16 KOLI ONEONE

17 KEANU DAWSON

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

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