Simon Mannering will captain the Vodafone Warriors in his 250th career appearance with regular skipper Ryan Hoffman struck down by a virus and ruled out of today’s 17th-round NRL clash against the Gold Coast Titans at Mount Smart Stadium (5.00pm kick-off; match day sponsor: TNT).

With Hoffman unable to play for the first time this season, the 29-year-old Mannering switches to the second row with Charlie Gubb off the bench to start at loose forward.

Brought onto the interchange is 19-year-old Bunty Afoa, set to make his debut as Vodafone Warrior #213.

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v GOLD TITANS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

5.00pm, Saturday, July 2

Referees: Matt Cecchin and Chris James

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 DAVID FUSITU’A

2 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

3 BLAKE AYSHFORD

4 SOLOMONE KATA

5 KEN MAUMALO

6 THOMAS LEULUAI

7 SHAUN JOHNSON

8 JACOB LILLYMAN

9 ISSAC LUKE

10 ALBERT VETE

11 BODENE THOMPSON

13 SIMON MANNERING (c)

17 CHARLIE GUBB

Interchange:

14 NATHANIEL ROACHE

15 SAM LISONE

16 BEN MATULINO

24 BUNTY AFOA

HEAD COACH | ANDREW McFADDEN