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Confirmed Lineup: Laban to debut, RTS on wing

Wellington-raised second rower Jacob Laban will make his NRL debut while milestone man Roger Tuivasa-Sheck starts on the right wing in the One New Zealand Warriors’ fifth-round encounter with South Sydney at Accor Stadium today (3.00pm kick-off local time, 5.00pm NZT).

The 19-year-old Randwick Kingfishers junior has been added to the interchange replacing back-up hooker Freddy Lussick, who played for the club's New South Wales Cup side against the Rabbitohs in today’s early game.

Laban will become Warrior #286 having been 18th man twice, first in the final regular season match against the Dolphins last year and again in the third-round game against Canberra in Christchurch on March 22.

It’s back to the future for Tuivasa-Sheck (Warrior #203) who has been moved to the right wing for his 200th career appearance.

In replacing injured try-scoring ace Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, he returns to the position where he started his NRL career with the Sydney Roosters before being moved to fullback.

Adam Pompey will again be at left centre where he lined up against Newcastle last week when Tuivasa-Sheck was used at fullback.

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Latrell Mitchell
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Izaac Tu’itupou Thompson
    Winger for Warriors is number 4 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Jack Wighton
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Rocco Berry
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Isaiah Tass
    Centre for Warriors is number 18 Adam Pompey
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Taane Milne
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Te Maire Martin
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Dean Hawkins
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson


  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Tevita Tatola
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
    Prop for Warriors is number 16 Bunty Afoa
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Keaon Koloamatangi
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 10 Mitchell Barnett
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Jacob Host
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jackson Ford
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu Harris


  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Michael Chee Kam
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Tom Ale
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Tallis Duncan
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Jazz Tevaga
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Sean Keppie
    Interchange for Warriors is number 20 Jacob Laban
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 18 Peter Mamouzelos
    Interchange for Warriors is number 21 Chanel Harris-Tavita


  • Replacement for Rabbitohs is number 17 Davvy Moale
    Replacement for Warriors is number 23 Ali Leiataua

Match Officials

  • Referee: Liam Kennedy
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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Yesterday the Warriors confirmed Watene-Zelezniak and Marata Niukore had been ruled out of today’s game.

It means the Warriors are without five frontline players after earlier losing utility Dylan Walker (ankle), second rower Kurt Capewell (concussion) and half Luke Metcalf (broken leg). See the Maxigesic Recovery Report for full details.

In Niukore’s absence through a new foot injury, Mitchell Barnett has been switched to the second row with Bunty Afoa starting in the front row.

In the side for the first time this season is #1 fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.

A hamstring injury kept Kiwi international Nicoll-Klokstad out of the club’s Preseason Challenge match against the Dolphins on February 24 and then the opening four rounds of the NRL season.

The 28-year-old comes back into the #1 jersey to move within three games of his 100th NRL career appearance. 

Nicoll-Klokstad hasn’t had a game since his man of the match performance in the Kiwis’ record 30-0 win over the Kangaroos in the Pacific Championships final in Hamilton on November 4, a day when the fullback made 277 metres from 30 runs (101 post-contact metres) with two line break assists, a try assist, six tackles breaks and four off loads.

With Metcalf unavailable, One New Zealand Warriors head coach Andrew Webster has called in Te Maire Martin to start in the halves alongside Shaun Johnson, reprising the partnership he used for the opening four rounds last season before Martin missed the following round with concussion and was then sidelined for a lengthy part of the season after breaking his fibula in the sixth round match against Newcastle.

Martin, who has played for the club’s New South Wales Cup side three times in the opening four rounds this season, was influential in Sunday’s 26-12 win over Newcastle with three line break assists, two try assists, 26 runs for 144 metres and 24 tackles without a miss.

Harris-Tavita, brought onto the interchange last Sunday, played the last 71 minutes of the match replacing Metcalf and scoring a try as well as creating one for Marcelo Montoya.

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