Vastly experienced prop James Gavet will line up for the One New Zealand Warriors in Sunday’s fourth-round New South Wales Cup clash against competition leader Canterbury Bankstown at Mount Smart Stadium (1.30pm kick-off).
The 33-year-old, who returned home last year after a stint in the English Super League, has been named on the interchange.
Gavet made a total of 74 NRL appearances from 2012-2019 for Canterbury Bankstown (1), Wests Tigers (12), Brisbane (1), the Warriors (42) and Newcastle (18). He last played for the Warriors in 2018.
He moved to the Super League spending two seasons with the Huddersfield Giants in 2020 and 2021 before coming home to play for his junior club Richmond in the Fox Memorial competition in Auckland.
He comes into a One New Zealand Warriors side showing a number of changes after a 12-20 loss to the North Sydney Bears in torrid contest.
Match: Warriors v Bulldogs
Round 4 -
Fullback for Warriors is number 18 Taine TuaupikiFullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Joash Papalii
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Setu TuWinger for Bulldogs is number 2 Blake Wilson
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Ali LeiatauaCentre for Bulldogs is number 3 Declan Casey
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Rocco BerryCentre for Bulldogs is number 4 Braidon Burns
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Moala Graham-TaufaWinger for Bulldogs is number 20 Zac Montgomery
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Ben FarrFive-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Josh Reynolds
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Ronald VolkmanHalfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Karl Oloapu
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Zyon Maiu'uProp for Bulldogs is number 17 Billy Tsikrikas
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Paul RoacheHooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Ryan Gray
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Tahi BaggaleyProp for Bulldogs is number 21 Jack Stringer
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Kalani Going2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Kitione Kautoga
2nd Row for Warriors is number 15 Isaiah Vagana2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Reece Hoffman
Lock for Warriors is number 13 Demitric SifakulaLock for Bulldogs is number 13 Harrison Edwards
Interchange for Warriors is number 12 Nicholas HalaliloInterchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Khaled Rajab
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 James GavetInterchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Lipoi Hopoi
Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Mosese FaeamaniInterchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Zac Hetherington
Interchange for Warriors is number 20 Selumiela HalasimaInterchange for Bulldogs is number 23 Josh Kalati
Replacement for Warriors is number 21 Navajo DoyleReplacement for Bulldogs is number 19 Bailey Hayward
Head coach Slade Griffin lost four players in the match, winger Sanele Aukusitino and prop Patrick Vaivai with concussion as well as captain Michael Sio (foot) and standoff Eiden Ackland (thigh). Ackland incurred his injury in the course of scoring a spectacular individual try.
Former Roosters winger Moala Graham-Taufa comes in for Aukusitino, Ben Farr is back from injury to replace Ackland in the halves, Paul Roache is at hooker for Sio and Gavet replaces Vaivai on the bench.
Kalani Going will captain the side in Sio’s absence. He was among a number of telling contributors in the arm wrestle with the Bears making 166 metres from 17 runs as well as 31 tackles.
ONE NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS v CANTERBURY BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
1.30pm, Sunday, March 26, 2023
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
ONE NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
1 GERONIMO DOYLE
2 SETU TU
3 ALI LEIATAUA
4 ROCCO BERRY
5 MOALA GRAHAM-TAUFA
6 BEN FARR
7 RONALD VOLKMAN
8 ZYON MAIUU
9 PAUL ROACHE
10 TAHI BAGGALEY
11 KALANI GOING
12 NICK HALALILO
13 DEMITRIC SIFAKULA
14 JACOB LABAN
15 ISAIAH VAGANA
16 JAMES GAVET
17 MOSESE FAEAMANI
Head coach | SLADE GRIFFIN