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NRL 2020 Round 1 - Knights v Warriors TEAM LIST

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NZWF Official thread for the 2020 Round 1 Warriors team list and discussion...

Vodafone Warriors v Newcastle Knights
3.00pm, Saturday, March 14, 2020
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Vodafone Warriors
1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c)
2 Patrick Herbert
3 David Fusitua
4 Peta Hiku
5 Ken Maumalo
6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
7 Blake Green
8 Leeson Ah Mau
9 Wayde Egan
10 Lachlan Burr
11 Adam Blair
12 Tohu Harris
13 Isaiah Papalii
Interchange
14 Kodi Nikorima
15 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
16 Eliesa Katoa
17 Karl Lawton
18 King Vuniyayawa
20 Hayze Perham
21 Leivaha Pulu
22 Taane Milne

Head coach Stephen Kearney
 

JaggedJ

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Paul Turner a chance for fullback if they can get an injury dispensation? Or could Kodi pop up there?

They may try to leave Hiku in place

I doubt we get injury dispension for the backs. We've still got Milne, Perham, AK, and Pompey who can fill a role if need be.

Forwards are decimated, and even then the NRL could probably still come back and say "bugger off, you've got enough"

8. Ah Mau
9. Egan
10. Jamayne Tounua-Brown
11. Pulu
12. Harris
13. Papali'i

14. Blair - has played prop
15. Burr - has played prop
16. Katoa
17. Nikorima

All those guys are top 30 without being played entirely out of position. Will be interesting to see how strict the NRL are on this type of thing.

I'll say this though, if Pulu isn't picked he might as well put his feet up and take a paid year off because SK won't be letting him anywhere near first grade.
 
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WellingtonOrca

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Forwards are decimated, and even then the NRL could probably still come back and say "bugger off, you've got enough"

They need to name 21, not just 17 though, which is why the dispensation will be asked for as the rest of our 29 apart from those you've picked are backs or injured. They'll probably be asking for Ale or ATG to be included at least.
 

JaggedJ

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They need to name 21, not just 17 though, which is why the dispensation will be asked for as the rest of our 29 apart from those you've picked are backs or injured. They'll probably be asking for Ale or ATG to be included at least.

If Curran and Paasi are ruled out straight away then that's possible. If we play the "hope they come right" game and name them it's not going to work.

Lawton has played lock, Milne has played second row. It really comes down to how lenient the NRL are.

Hopefully they're not complete dicks.
 

Kestrel84

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I am getting over by this shit. You would think the one place you might find some optimism in the tough times it would be here. Nothing wrong with criticising the team with discussion and reasons etc, but posts just saying we are shit/fucked is pointless

It's a form of stress management and quasi-reverse psychology.

Coming onto a fan forum for a sports team that underachieves and has had a bad past decade, and expecting optimism is far fetched. But I salute you, sir.
 

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Vodafone Warriors v Newcastle Knights
3.00pm, Saturday, March 14, 2020
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Vodafone Warriors
1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c)
2 Patrick Herbert
3 David Fusitua
4 Peta Hiku
5 Ken Maumalo
6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
7 Blake Green
8 Leeson Ah Mau
9 Wayde Egan
10 Lachlan Burr
11 Adam Blair
12 Tohu Harris
13 Isaiah Papalii
Interchange
14 Kodi Nikorima
15 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
16 Eliesa Katoa
17 Karl Lawton
18 King Vuniyayawa
20 Hayze Perham
21 Leivaha Pulu
22 Taane Milne

Head coach Stephen Kearney
 

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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in and two debutants named

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Front rower Jamayne Taunoa-Brown and young second rower Eliesa Katoa are poised to make their NRL debuts when the Vodafone Warriors open their 2020 campaign against Newcastle at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday (3.00pm kick-off local time; 5.00pm NZT).

The Melbourne-born 23-year-old’s inclusion on the interchange bench continues a hectic last month which has seen him go from an on-trial contract to a fulltime deal after representing the Vodafone Warriors at the Perth NRL Nines and joining the Australian Indigenous squad for the All-Stars clash against the Maori Kiwis in Robina on February 22.


Taunoa-Brown, who also has Maori heritage, featured in the club’s final NRL trial against Wests Tigers in Rotorua on March 1 and now has his first-grade opportunity after playing in lower grades during stints with the Melbourne Storm and the Newcastle Knights as well as Norths Devils when he was with the Brisbane Broncos.

Joining him among the four players listed in jerseys 14-17 is another big man in 20-year-old Katoa, signed by the Vodafone Warriors after standing out for Tamaki College in the Auckland First XV rugby union competition.

Born in Hihifo in Tonga, Katoa has impressed throughout the offseason after having his first taste of rugby league with the club’s under-20 side last year. He was used in both NRL trials in Palmerston North and Rotorua.

A third player Fijian King Vuniyayawa is also close to his first NRL appearance after being named on the extended bench with utility back Hayze Perham, middle forward Leivaha Pulu and centre/second rower Taane Milne.

Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, who picked up a foot injury in the Rotorua trial, is set to lead the Vodafone Warriors into the 2020 season but prop Agnatius Paasi (ankle) and back rower Josh Curran (calf) haven’t been named.

In Paasi’s absence, Lachlan Burr is listed to partner veteran Leeson Ah Mau in the starting front row while new signing Wayde Egan is named as the run-on hooker in his NRL debut for the club. Egan becomes Vodafone Warrior #240 with Taunoa-Brown #241 and Katoa #242.

The club’s 2019 NRL rookie of the year Chanel Harris-Tavita has been named to partner Blake Green in the halves with Kiwi international Kodi Nikorima on the bench along with back-up hooker Karl Lawton, set to make his NRL return from shoulder surgery.

Playing his 148th career game on Saturday will be second rower Tohu Harris in what will be his first NRL outing in nine months since being side-lined with a foot injury after the June 14 encounter with Gold Coast last year.

This will be the third time in the last six seasons that the Vodafone Warriors have opened the season against the Knights. They’ve had wins in two of their last three outings at McDonald Jones Stadium and have an 8-10 win-loss record in 18 matches in Newcastle.

In 41 matches overall the Vodafone Warriors have a 21-19 advantage with one game drawn.
 
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