Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will lead the strongest available side in the Vodafone Warriors’ final NRL trial against Wests Tigers at the International Stadium in Rotorua on Sunday.

After fielding a host of emerging players in last Saturday’s 16-18 loss to Melbourne in Palmerston North, head coach Stephen Kearney has named a vastly experienced squad.

Maori Kiwis co-captain Adam Blair and standoff Kodi Nikorima both come into the side after helping their side to a famous 30-16 win over the Australian Indigenous team in Saturday night’s intense All-Stars contest.

Blair is selected to start in the second row while Nikorima lines up in the halves alongside veteran Blake Green.

Front rower Josh Curran and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown will back up from the bench after playing for the Australian Indigenous side in Robina.

In other features Kiwi second rower Tohu Harris starts after recovering from a foot injury which has side-lined him since June last year, David Fusitua is again named in the centres – he was used in the role in Palmerston North – with Patrick Herbert on the right wing and new signing Wayde Egan starting at hooker.

As well as Tuivasa-Sheck, Blair, Harris, Nikorima and Green, other first-choice players having their first and only trial ahead of the 2020 campaign will be front rowers Agnatius Paasi and Leeson Ah Mau, Isaiah Papalii – named at loose forward – and Kiwi winger Ken Maumalo.

Included on a 12-man bench are halfback Chanel Harris-Tavita and middle forward Lachlan Burr – both used in Pamerston North – and centre Peta Hiku, who returns from offseason surgery. Also on the interchange is hooker Karl Lawton after returning from surgery last weekend.

WARRIORS

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)

2 PATRICK HERBERT

3 HAYZE PERHAM

4 DAVID Fusitua

5 KEN MAUMALO

6 KODI NIKORIMA

7 BLAKE GREEN

8 LEESON AH MAU

9 WAYDE EGAN

10 AGNATIUS PAASI

11 ADAM BLAIR

12 TOHU HARRIS

13 Isaiah Papalii

Interchange:

14 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA

15 JAMAYNE TAUNOA-BROWN

16 ADAM TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD

17 KARL LAWTON

18 PAUL TURNER

20 TAANE MILNE

21 JOSH CURRAN

24 PETA HIKU

25 LACHLAN BURR

26 ELIESA KATOA

27 EDWARD KOSI

28 LEIVAHA PULU

(Photo: David Fusitua. Credit: Lex Wright).

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