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All confirmed for Dragons

Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney has confirmed more changes to an already vastly rearranged line-up for the club’s first match of the revived 2020 NRL season against St George Illawarra at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford today (3.00pm kick-off local time; 5.00pm NZT).

New signing Jack Murchie will become Vodafone Warrior #244 after being brought onto the interchange for this third-round encounter only nine days after joining the club from the Canberra Raiders.

His club debut will be the big back rower's fourth NRL outing.

Murchie's inclusion has come about after experienced middle forward Lachlan Burr was ruled out yesterday after suffering a head knock in Thursday's training session.

With Burr out, Adam Blair switches from loose forward to start in the front row, Isaiah Papali'i moves from the second row to loose forward and rookie Eliesa Katoa comes of the bench to start in the second row.

In Tuesday Kearney confirmed seasoned Kiwi international Gerard Beale's return in the centres in his comeback from his patella injury while fellow outside backs Patrick Herbert and Peta Hiku also came back into the side after missing the second-round clash against Canberra in March on compassionate grounds.

Beale, Hiku and Herbert have replaced Adam Pompey, the injured Adam Keighran and centre David Fusitu’a, who has been in quarantine after arriving late in Australia.

There’s a fourth backline change with Kiwi play maker Kodi Nikorima named to pair Blake Green in the halves.

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

With Leeson Ah Mau sidelined after pectoral surgery, rookie Jamayne Taunoa-Brown starts at prop. Nikorima, Taunoa-Brown and Papali’i all move into the starting line-up after being on the interchange in the 6-20 loss to the Raiders in Robina on March 21.

Brought onto the bench are prop Agnatius Paasi, who was injured for the Canberra match, and hooker Karl Lawton. King Vuniyayawa, used in the opening two rounds, remains on the interchange.

The match has special significance for Harris, who’ll be making his 150th career appearance.

With the NRL moving away from the established two-referee system, Chris Sutton has been named to control the match.