Josh Curran is confirmed on the interchange to replace injured rookie Eliesa Katoa for the Vodafone Warriors' 19th-round NRL clash against Canberra at GIO Stadium today (2.00pm kick-off local time; 4.00pm NZT).
Katoa was named on the interchange bench on Tuesday to make his return from a broken hand he picked up early in the 36-6 win over Newcastle in Tamworth on August 29.
However, his name was missing after two players were omitted from the original 21-man squad as required 24 hours before kick-off. Also moved off the extended bench is young outside back Rocco Berry.
Other than Curran's inclusion, the game day 17 is the same as the one selected with Paul Turner and Gerard Beale the two players omitted an hour before kick-off.
With Parramatta loan players Daniel Alvaro and George Jennings returning to their club and front rower Jamayne Taunoa-Brown suspended, Vodafone Warriors interim head coach Todd Payten was forced to make line-up changes when releasing his side on Tuesday.
Alvaro and Jennings made their sixth and final appearances of their loan stint in Sunday’s 14-22 loss to Cronulla, a result which ended any chance the Vodafone Warriors had of making the play-offs.
They were involved in the club’s last four victories along with two close losses to competition leader Penrith and the Sharks but they were prevented from playing against their parent club two weeks ago.
Rookie Taunoa-Brown has played in each of the Vodafone Warriors’ 18 first matches but he picked up a grade two dangerous contact charge for a tackle on Sharks second rower Siosifa Talakai which carried a one-match suspension for an early guilty plea.
Match: Raiders v Warriors
Round 19 -
Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-KlokstadFullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Winger for Raiders is number 2 Semi ValemeiWinger for Warriors is number 2 Adam Pompey
Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod CrokerCentre for Warriors is number 3 Adam Keighran
Centre for Raiders is number 4 Jordan RapanaCentre for Warriors is number 4 Peta Hiku
Winger for Raiders is number 5 Nick CotricWinger for Warriors is number 5 Hayze Perham
Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack WightonFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
Halfback for Raiders is number 7 George WilliamsHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Chanel Harris-Tavita
Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh PapaliiProp for Warriors is number 8 Lachlan Burr
Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Siliva HaviliHooker for Warriors is number 9 Karl Lawton
Prop for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis LuiProp for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 John Bateman2nd Row for Warriors is number 10 Isaiah Papali'i
2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jack Murchie
Lock for Raiders is number 13 Joseph TapineLock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz Tevaga
Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Tom StarlingInterchange for Warriors is number 14 Wayde Egan
Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Ryan SuttonInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Adam Blair
Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Hudson YoungInterchange for Warriors is number 17 Tom Ale
Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Corey Harawira-NaeraInterchange for Warriors is number 18 Josh Curran
- Referee: Chris Sutton
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
His absence sees the experienced Lachlan Burr back as a starting prop with development player Tom Ale (21) to make his NRL debut after being named in jersey #17. He’s set to become Vodafone Warrior #250.
Moving onto the left wing for Jennings is Hayze Perham – used in the centres the last five games – with Adam Keighran making his long-awaited return in the centres where he played in his last and only appearance this season against Canberra in round two.
Tohu Harris has again been listed in #12 and Isaiah Papali’i in #10 but Harris will start in the middle with Papali’i on the left edge once more. Along with Harris and Jack Murchie, Papali’i played the full 80 minutes against the Sharks.
With Taunoa-Brown unavailable, Harris and interchange forward Adam Blair will remain the only players to have lined up in all 19 matches so far.