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The New Zealand Warriors have sacrificed plenty to be lining up for this clash against St George Illawarra.

After relocating from Auckland to NSW due to the travel restrictions in place between Australia and New Zealand because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Warriors will have a lot of sentimental support for the rest of their 2020 premiership campaign.

But the most important focal point for Stephen Kearney is for his team to get a win after losing their first two matches in March.

The Dragons are in the same boat after suffering defeats at the hands of the Wests Tigers and Panthers to open their season.

The Rundown

Team news

Warriors: Former Raider Jack Murchie has been elevated into the interchange for his new club. Eliesa Katoa has been promoted to the starting second row with Isaiah Papali'i switching to lock and Adam Blair to prop. Front-rower Lachlan Burr was omitted 24 hours from kick-off along with bench back Adam Pompey, while Chanel Harris-Tavita and Josh Curran dropped out on game day. The Warriors have won their past three games against the Dragons.

Dragons: St George Illawarra are 1-17, with Trent Merrin and Adam Clune dropping off the extended bench on game day after Jacob Host and Jackson Ford were culled from the reserves on Friday. Cameron McInnes returns from injury for an 80-minute stint at hooker at the expense of Issac Luke, who has been under the weather and underwent COVID-19 testing as a precaution. The veteran rake was cleared to return to training last week but has missed several sessions and selection as a result.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 Patrick Herbert
    Winger for Dragons is number 2 Jordan Pereira
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Peta Hiku
    Centre for Dragons is number 3 Brayden Wiliame
  • Centre for Warriors is number 4 Gerard Beale
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
    Prop for Dragons is number 8 Korbin Sims
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Cameron McInnes
  • Prop for Warriors is number 13 Adam Blair
    Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 17 Eliesa Katoa
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
  • Lock for Warriors is number 11 Isaiah Papali'i
    Lock for Dragons is number 13 James Graham

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Karl Lawton
    Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Josh Kerr
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 King Vuniyayawa
    Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Blake Lawrie
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Agnatius Paasi
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Tyrell Fuimaono
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 22 Jack Murchie
    Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Euan Aitken