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Warriors name virtually unchanged team for Broncos match

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Publish Date
Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 6:15PM
Adam Blair and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck make up the Warriors line-up. (Photo / Getty)

The Warriors have announced the team for their match against the Broncos.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is part of near unchanged Warriors 17 for the match, with the only alteration to the lineup forced through suspension.

Veteran Adam Blair gets a reprieve, back in the side following a one game suspension picked up by Agnatius Paasi.

Bunty Afoa has been drafted from the interchange to replace Paasi, while Blair fills Afoa's spot on the bench.

Blair's 298th career NRL appearance comes against his former club after missing the last two games against the Dragons (suspension) and the Panthers last week (omitted).

The 33-year-old Blair is now on track to play his 299th game against his original club Melbourne on June 8 and his 300th away to Gold Coast on June 14.

Hooker Nathaniel Roache hasn't been selected for the wider 21-man team, as he struggles to overcome a cork to his back suffered in the win over the Dragons. It means Issac Luke gets another chance to stamp his mark, in their ongoing battle this season for the No 9 jersey.

The match-up against the Broncos has special significance. For just the second time, the NRL Indigenous Round honours New Zealand's Indigenous people and culture as well as Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders.

In their 25th season, it also coincides with the Warriors' 42nd encounter with original opponents the Broncos. On that night in 1995 foundation captain Dean Bell led the team into battle for the first time and he'll reprise the role on Saturday when he walks out ahead of the 2019 squad to present the Broncos with a gift as part of the indigenous round festivities.

The Warriors will also pay a special tribute to the late Quentin Pongia on Saturday, to honour the former Kiwis captain.

After a battle with cancer, 48-year-old Pongia passed away in Greymouth last Saturday.
Pongia was a legend of the New Zealand game, carving out a fearsome reputation across 35 tests for the Kiwis and an NRL career with the Raiders, Warriors, Roosters and Dragons.

There will be a video tribute to Pongia on the big screen at Mount Smart while a minute's silence will be observed before kick-off .

WARRIORS
1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)
2 DAVID FUSITU'A
3 PETA HIKU 
4 PATRICK HERBERT
5 KEN MAUMALO
6 KODI NIKORIMA
7 BLAKE GREEN
8 BUNTY AFOA
9 ISSAC LUKE 
10 LEESON AH MAU
11 ISAIAH PAPALI'I
12 TOHU HARRIS
13 LACHLAN BURR
Interchange:
14 JAZZ TEVAGA
15 ADAM BLAIR
16 LIGI SAO
17 KARL LAWTON
18 GERARD BEALE
20 LEIVAHA PULU
21 CHRIS SATAE
22 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
HEAD COACH | STEPHEN KEARNEY

 

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