Interchange regular Bunty Afoa starts at loose forward in the Vodafone Warriors' Homecoming Series clash against the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs at Mount Smart Stadium tonight (8.00pm kick-off).
He swaps with Josh Curran who goes back to a bench also including 23-year-old Tom Ale who is having his first NRL outing in more than a year.
Ale, who made his debut in September, 2020, will play his fourth NRL match.
After recovering from a late-season ACL injury in 2021, he recently began his comeback with feeder club Redcliffe in the Hostplus Cup, impressing in the club's last three matches averaging more than 100 metres a game.
Ale will be one of four players having their first NRL appearance for the club on Mount Smart Stadium, the others being Jack Murchie, Daejarn Asi and Viliami Vailea.
Match: Warriors v Bulldogs
Round 22 -
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece WalshFullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Jake Averillo
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-ZelezniakWinger for Bulldogs is number 2 Jacob Kiraz
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Viliami VaileaCentre for Bulldogs is number 3 Aaron Schoupp
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Marcelo MontoyaCentre for Bulldogs is number 4 Braidon Burns
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Edward KosiWinger for Bulldogs is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Daejarn AsiFive-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Matt Burton
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun JohnsonHalfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-BlakeProp for Bulldogs is number 8 Max King
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde EganHooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Tohu HarrisProp for Bulldogs is number 10 Paul Vaughan
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Jack Murchie2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 16 Harrison Edwards
Lock for Warriors is number 15 Bunty AfoaLock for Bulldogs is number 13 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
Interchange for Warriors is number 13 Josh CurranInterchange for Bulldogs is number 12 Jackson Topine
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Freddy LussickInterchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Zach Dockar-Clay
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Eliesa KatoaInterchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Joe Stimson
Interchange for Warriors is number 22 Tom AleInterchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Chris Patolo
Replacement for Warriors is number 17 Jackson FreiReplacement for Bulldogs is number 20 Kurtis Morrin
- Referee: Chris Butler
- Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
- Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein
Interim head coach Stacey Jones has made a change to his starting line-up with Bunty Afoa moved to loose forward and Josh Curran shifting to the bench alongside Ale, Freddy Lussick and Eliesa Katoa.
Jackson Frei is the 18th man.
The three players to drop off the extended bench are Bayley Sironen, Taniela Otukolo and Rocco Berry.