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Shaun Johnson has been confirmed to make his return from injury in the Redcliffe-based Vodafone Warriors’ much-anticipated local derby against the Brisbane Broncos at Moreton Daily Stadium on Saturday (2.00pm kick-off local time; 5.00pm NZT).

Side-lined for the last three weeks after a first-round pectoral complaint, Johnson came through training strongly during the week to reclaim the halfback’s role in the unfamiliar jersey #24.

Kodi Nikorima, who started at halfback in last week’s 16-12 win over the Wests Tigers, moves to the interchange bench while left-footed kicked Chanel Harris-Tavita remains at standoff running the left side of the team’s attack.

There is another change in the backline.

Young centre Rocco Berry hasn’t been able to train this week after being struck down with a virus.

“He hasn’t tested positive for Covid but he has just had no energy in him,” said Vodafone Warriors assistant coach Stacey Jones.

“When a player can’t train, especially a young guy like Rocco, it’s a big ask to play him in an NRL game when he hasn’t had the right preparation.”

In his absence, Adam Pompey, who has started on the right wing the last two matches, moves into the centres for his 37th first-grade match with 2021 rookie winger Edward Kosi brought in from the extended bench for his sixth NRL appearance. Kosi played for feeder club Redcliffe last weekend, making 183 metres from 18 runs to help the Dolphins to a last-minute 13-12 win over 2021 Queensland Cup premiers Norths Devils.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
    Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Tesi Niu
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
    Winger for Broncos is number 2 Corey Oates
  • Centre for Warriors is number 2 Adam Pompey
    Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Jesse Arthars
    Centre for Broncos is number 4 Herbie Farnworth
  • Winger for Warriors is number 25 Edward Kosi
    Winger for Broncos is number 5 Selwyn Cobbo
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
    Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Albert Kelly
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 24 Shaun Johnson
    Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Adam Reynolds

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Jake Turpin
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Matthew Lodge
    Prop for Broncos is number 14 Thomas Flegler
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Keenan Palasia
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 13 Josh Curran
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 16 Teui Robati
  • Lock for Warriors is number 14 Jazz Tevaga
    Lock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 7 Kodi Nikorima
    Interchange for Broncos is number 8 Ryan James
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 12 Eliesa Katoa
    Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Kobe Hetherington
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
    Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Billy Walters
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 20 Ben Murdoch-Masila
    Interchange for Broncos is number 23 Brenko Lee

Reserves

  • Replacement for Warriors is number 17 Jack Murchie
    Replacement for Broncos is number 20 Corey Jensen

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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The Vodafone Warriors’ starting forward pack has also been adjusted with in-form Josh Curran moved to the right edge and Jazz Tevaga coming into loose forward.

Eliesa Katoa has been switched to the interchange while Ben Murdoch-Masila comes back onto the bench for his second appearance of the season. Faced with a lengthy recovery from a serious Lisfranc foot injury, Murdoch-Masila has regained match fitness playing for Redcliffe the last two weeks.

As well as Berry, new signing Aaron Pene has been ruled out with a shoulder injury this week but is expected to be available next week. The other players omitted from the extended 24-man squad 24 hours out from kick-off are forwards Pride Petterson-Robati and Valingi Kepu plus winger Junior Ratuva.

Jack Murchie has been confirmed as 18th man.

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