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Homecoming: Putting Sky Sport Future Warriors' talent on display

Five of the Vodafone Warriors’ most promising junior players headline a Sky Sport Future Warriors Selection to face the Wests Tigers Cubs in Sunday’s curtain-raiser ahead of the club’s homecoming NRL clash at Mount Smart Stadium.

The match will parade the Vodafone Warriors’ future on a day when the present will be in focus with the past looking on.

Included in the under-18 line-up are fullback Sefanaia Cowley-Lupo, winger Eric Vaafusuaga, centre Ali Leiataua, prop Tamakaimoana Whareaorere and second rower Jacob Laban who have all been based in Redcliffe alongside the Vodafone Warriors’ NRL squad.

The match is a precursor to the Vodafone Warriors’ bid to return to the New South Wales Rugby League’s S G Ball Cup (under-19) next season.

Coaching the side is Grant Pocklington while long-time former NRL forward Adam Blair is assistant coach.

SKY SPORT FUTURE WARRIORS SELECTION

1 Sefanaia Cowley-Lupo
2 Eric Va'afusuaga
3 Ali Leiataua
4 Patrick Moimoi
5 Sio Kali
6 Xavier Tito-Harris
7 William Piliu (captain)
8 Dennis Sofara
9 Khalan Clyde
10 Tamakaimoana Whareaorere
11 Jacob Laban (captain)
12 Kayliss Fatialofa
13 Selu Halasima
14 Rodney Vea
15 Siale Siulangapo
16 Jeriko Filipi-Talisau
17 Phranklyn Mano Le-Mamea
18 Elijah Salesa-Leaumoana
19 Jarome Falemoe
Coach: Grant Pocklington
Assistant coach: Adam Blair
Strength and conditioning: Dayne Norton
Physiotherapist: Quentin Hokianga
Manager: Athens Henare

WESTS TIGERS CUBS

1 Taj’h Colquhoun
2 Ofele Lene
3 Wade Zreika
4 William Craig
5 Cameron Kanaan
6 Jonathan Ibrahim
7 Levi Conti
8 James Folaumoetui
9 Luke Keppie
10 Tony Sukkar
11 Lachlan Galvin
12 Lachlan Bush
13 Zak Clarke
14 Alekolasimi Jones
15 Heith Pritchard
16 Daniel Waqa
17 Jeremiah Leatigaga
18 Aidan Harb
Coach: Joey Saukuru

Acknowledgement of Country

The New Zealand Warriors honour the mana of the Indigenous peoples of Aotearoa, Australia and the Pacific. We acknowledge the traditional kaitiaki of the lands, elders past and present, their stories, their traditions, their mamae and their mana motuhake.

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