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Homecoming #4: Reinforcements named for finale

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.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
    Fullback for Titans is number 1 Jayden Campbell
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
    Winger for Titans is number 2 Greg Marzhew
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Jesse Arthars
    Centre for Titans is number 3 Jojo Fifita
  • Centre for Warriors is number 24 Viliami Vailea
    Centre for Titans is number 4 Phillip Sami
  • Winger for Warriors is number 22 Edward Kosi
    Winger for Titans is number 5 Corey Thompson
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
    Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Alexander Brimson
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 20 Daejarn Asi
    Halfback for Titans is number 7 Tanah Boyd

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Prop for Titans is number 8 Moeaki Fotuaika
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Titans is number 18 Jarrod Wallace
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Tohu Harris
    Prop for Titans is number 10 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken
    2nd Row for Titans is number 11 David Fifita
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Josh Curran
    2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Beau Fermor
  • Lock for Warriors is number 16 Eliesa Katoa
    Lock for Titans is number 13 Isaac Liu

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 13 Bunty Afoa
    Interchange for Titans is number 14 Paul Turner
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Freddy Lussick
    Interchange for Titans is number 15 Herman Ese'ese
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Ben Murdoch-Masila
    Interchange for Titans is number 16 Jaimin Jolliffe
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Tom Ale
    Interchange for Titans is number 17 Klese Haas

Reserves

  • Replacement for Warriors is number 18 Jack Murchie
    Replacement for Titans is number 19 Tony Francis

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Senior Review Official: Adam Gee

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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.

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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