Euan Aitken, Wayde Egan and Jesse Arthars all return for the Vodafone Warriors’ fourth and final Homecoming Series match against Gold Coast at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday (5.00pm kick-off).
The sold-out season-ending encounter will also double as a farewell for Aitken and Arthars as well as fullback Reece Walsh, standoff Chanel Harris-Tavita and second rower Eliesa Katoa who all finish with the club this weekend.
Egan (back spasms) was a late injury withdrawal ahead of last Friday night’s loss to Penrith while Aitken was unavailable for personal reasons.
Arthars returns in a changed centres combination after missing the last five games through a quad injury and then a virus.
First-choice hooker Egan will again wear the #9 jersey with Aitken slotting straight back into the second row where he was initially named for the Penrith game.
Match: Warriors v Titans
Round 25 -
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece WalshFullback for Titans is number 1 Jayden Campbell
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-ZelezniakWinger for Titans is number 2 Greg Marzhew
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Jesse ArtharsCentre for Titans is number 3 Jojo Fifita
Centre for Warriors is number 24 Viliami VaileaCentre for Titans is number 4 Phillip Sami
Winger for Warriors is number 22 Edward KosiWinger for Titans is number 5 Corey Thompson
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-TavitaFive-Eighth for Titans is number 6 AJ Brimson
Halfback for Warriors is number 20 Daejarn AsiHalfback for Titans is number 7 Tanah Boyd
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-BlakeProp for Titans is number 8 Moeaki Fotuaika
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde EganHooker for Titans is number 18 Jarrod Wallace
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Tohu HarrisProp for Titans is number 10 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken2nd Row for Titans is number 11 David Fifita
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Josh Curran2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Beau Fermor
Lock for Warriors is number 16 Eliesa KatoaLock for Titans is number 13 Isaac Liu
Interchange for Warriors is number 13 Bunty AfoaInterchange for Titans is number 14 Paul Turner
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Freddy LussickInterchange for Titans is number 15 Herman Ese'ese
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Ben Murdoch-MasilaInterchange for Titans is number 16 Jaimin Jolliffe
Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Tom AleInterchange for Titans is number 17 Klese Haas
Replacement for Warriors is number 18 Jack MurchieReplacement for Titans is number 19 Tony Francis
- Referee: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Touch Judge: Jon Stone
- Senior Review Official: Adam Gee
Veteran halfback Shaun Johnson, replaced at halftime with a calf complaint last week, is set to start his 184th match for the club – and his 22nd of the season – again teamed up in the halves with Tavita-Harris.
Bunty Afoa, named to start at loose forward, will achieve the distinction of being the only player to appear in each of the Vodafone Warriors’ 24 matches this season.
Named on the extended bench in jersey #18 is departing second rower Jack Murchie, who missed last week’s match with injury. Also included are standoff Daejarn Asi and prop Jackson Frei who are both leaving the club as well.
The Vodafone Warriors and Gold Coast will again play for the Zae Wallace Shield, named in honour of the young Aucklander and Titans under-20 player who died in 2019.