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Egan, Sironen and Berry return to line-up to face Manly

First-choice hooker Wayde Egan and second rower Bayley Sironen return from injury lay-offs in a revamped Vodafone Warriors side for Saturday night’s 13th-round NRL encounter with Manly Warringah at 4 Pines Park in Sydney (7.35pm kick-off local time; 9.35pm NZT).

They’ve both been unavailable for the last three matches, Egan with a calf injury and Sironen with osteitis pubis.

Egan slots straight back into the starting hooker’s job after utility forward Jazz Tevaga, recent signing Freddy Lussick and Taniela Otukolo filled the void against South Sydney, St George Illawarra and Newcastle.

It will be Egan’s 48th appearance for the club putting him on track to achieve the 50-game mark against former club Penrith on June 18. Sironen is on the interchange.

There’s a change in the centres with Rocco Berry returning to replace the injured Viliami Vailea. Berry will be playing his sixth match of the season and his first since the defeat by the Sharks.

While Egan and Sironen are back Josh Curran’s hoped-for return has been delayed by a week as he continues to recover from the MCL knee injury he picked up in the Anzac Day loss to Melbourne.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Reuben Garrick
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason Saab
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Morgan Harper
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Rocco Berry
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Tolutau Koula
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Adam Pompey
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Christian Tuipulotu
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Josh Schuster
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Kieran Foran
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Josh Aloiai
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Ben Murdoch-Masila
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan Croker
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Toafofoa Sipley
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Jazz Tevaga
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Andrew Davey
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 13 Jack Murchie
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Dylan Walker
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Taniela Otukolo
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Karl Lawton
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Martin Taupau
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Aaron Pene
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Sean Keppie
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Bayley Sironen

Reserves

  • Replacement for Sea Eagles is number 20 Kurt De Luis
    Replacement for Warriors is number 20 Dunamis Lui

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Senior Review Official: Gerard Sutton

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Egan’s comeback sees Lussick moving out of the side named in jersey #18 while Otukolo is retained on the interchange after making his sixth appearance for the club last Saturday.

As of this round, clubs are now required to name a 22-man squad on Tuesday rather than 24 players which applied for the first half of the season. The five additional players outside the listed playing 17 are Lussick, prop Dunamis Lui, back rower Eliesa Katoa, half Daejarn Asi and centre Jesse Arthars.

The Sea Eagles sit 11th on the NRL ladder on 10 points just one place and one win ahead of the Vodafone Warriors. They have lost their last three matches to Brisbane, Parramatta and Melbourne.

This is one of only four matches being played in a split round ahead for the opening game in the 2022 State of Origin series next week. The Sea Eagles have lost captain Daly Cherry-Evans to the Maroons while fullback Tom Trbojevic is out for the season.

VODAFONE WARRIORS v MANLY WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES

4 Pines Park, Sydney

7.35pm, Saturday, June 4

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 REECE WALSH

2 DALLIN WATENE-ZELEZNIAK

3 ROCCO BERRY

4 ADAM POMPEY

5 MARCELO MONTOYA

6 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA

7 SHAUN JOHNSON

8 BEN MURDOCH-MASILA

9 WAYDE EGAN

10 JAZZ TEVAGA

11 EUAN AITKEN

12 TOHU HARRIS (c)

13 JACK MURCHIE

Extended bench:

14 TANIELA OTUKOLO

15 BUNTY AFOA

16 AARON PENE

17 BAYLEY SIRONEN

18 FREDDY LUSSICK

20 DUNAMIS LUI

21 ELIESA KATOA

22 DAEJARN ASI

23 JESSE ARTHARS

Head coach | Nathan BROWN

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