Sam Rapira will captain the Warriors in Saturday's trial
against the Gold Coast Titans. Photo Getty
Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott has included a mix of
experience and youth for Saturday's trial against the Gold
Coast Titans at Pizzey Park, Burleigh Heads.
In the absence of usual captain Simon Mannering, prop Steve
Rapira will lead the Warriors for the match which kicks off
at 8.15pm (NZT). New signings Dominique Peyroux and Harry
Siejka will get their first starts for the club.
For Auckland-born and raised Peyroux, 24, the match will be a
homecoming of sorts. The centre-winger was signed in early
November after 16 NRL appearances for the Titans in
Apart from Peyroux - named to play in the centres - Rapira
and former Penrith half Siejka, other players with NRL
experience selected are Carlos Tuimavave, Glen Fisiiahi, Pita
Godinet, Alehana Mara, Sam Lousi, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Sione
Lousi and Konrad Hurrell.
The Warriors' most experienced players are all being set for
the following trials against Penrith in Hamilton on Saturday,
February 16 and Brisbane in Dunedin a week later. Three of
them - Feleti Mateo, Shaun Johnson and Dane Nielsen - are all
playing in Saturday night's fourth annual NRL All Stars v
Indigenous All Stars season-opener at Suncorp Stadium in
"This trial is so important for us, as every trial is," said
"In this case it's an opportunity for us to use our wider
squad, to have a look at not just some established members of
our group but to also expose some players who are still
eligible to play for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in the NYC
and players who have been on trial over the summer."
Elliott also highlighted the selection of Auckland Vulcans
utility Aaron Nootai on the bench.
Tuimavave starts at fullback, where he finished the 2012 NRL
season, while eight-game Warrior Glen Fisiiahi is on the
wing. Fisiiahi was a Vulcans regular last year as was
Godinet, who's paired in the halves with Siejka, 21, who
featured for Penrith in each of the NYC's first five seasons.
Warriors team to play the Gold Coast Titans at Pizzey Park,
Burleigh Heads, on Saturday, kick-off 8.15pm (NZT), is:
Carlos Tuimavave, Glen Fisiiahi, Dominique Peyroux, Malakai
Watene-Zelezniak, Ngani Laumape, Pita Godinet, Harry Siejka,
Steve Rapira (c), Alehana Mara, Suaia Matagi, John Palavi,
Sam Lousi, Sebastine Ikahihifo. Interchange: Atelea
Nafetalai, Sione Lousi, David Fusitua, Aaron Nootai,
Nathaniel Peteru, Siliva Havili, Konrad Hurrell, Sio Siua
Taukeiaho, Trent Bishop, David Bhana.