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Vodafone Warriors captain Addin Fonua-Blake has been confirmed to start against North Queensland in Redcliffe tonight.

The powerhouse front rower's prospects of playing were rated as slim on Tuesday when he was named in jersey #20 for the fifth-round encounter at Moreton Daily Stadium.

By Wednesday head coach Nathan Brown said Fonua-Blake's chances had improved, last night he was retained in the 19-man squad and now he has been named in the starting line-up.

Bunty Afoa now moves back to the interchange with Eliesa Katoa shifted off the bench to fill the 18th man role.

The other players on the interchange are utility Kodi Nikorima, prop Aaron Pene and second rower Jack Murchie, who comes in for his first appearance of the season.

The five players omitted from the initial expanded squad were hooker Taniela Otukolo, forwards Pride Petterson-Robati and Otukinekina Kepu, winger Junior Ratuva and centre Viliami Vailea.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
    Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Scott Drinkwater
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 Edward Kosi
    Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Jesse Arthars
    Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Valentine Holmes
  • Centre for Warriors is number 4 Adam Pompey
    Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Peta Hiku
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
    Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Murray Taulagi
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
    Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Tom Dearden
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson
    Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Chad Townsend

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Matthew Lodge
    Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Jordan McLean
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
  • Prop for Warriors is number 20 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Prop for Cowboys is number 16 Reuben Cotter
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Tom Gilbert
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Bayley Sironen
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Jeremiah Nanai
  • Lock for Warriors is number 13 Josh Curran
    Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 8 Bunty Afoa
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 10 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Kodi Nikorima
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Jake Granville
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Aaron Pene
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Heilum Luki
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Jack Murchie
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Griffin Neame

Reserves

  • Replacement for Warriors is number 15 Eliesa Katoa
    Replacement for Cowboys is number 19 Brendan Elliot

Match Officials

  • Referee: Todd Smith
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Senior Review Official: Matt Noyen

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