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Two big names return to NZ Warriors side

Shaun Johnson was key to the Warriors win over the Rabbitohs can he do it against Manly
Shaun Johnson was in top form in the Warriors win over Souths will he do it against Manly. PHOTO: NRL

The NZ Warriors are welcoming back a pair of frontline players for Saturday's clash with the Manly Sea Eagles at Mt Smart.

Wing Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and forward Kurt Capewell have each recovered from the respective hamstring and concussion issues that forced them out of last weekend's win over South Sydney Rabbitohs and return to the starting line-up.


Watene-Zelezniak slots back on the right wing while Roger Tuivasa-Sheck moves back to left centre in his third switch in as many games.

Capewell's injection means Mitchell Barnett shifts back to the front row, where there will be no sign of Bunty Afoa for the next 6-8 weeks due to a hamstring injury.

Afoa joins fellow first-choice players Dylan Walker (ankle), Marata Niukore (foot) and Luke Metcalf (broken leg) on the sidelines.

Named on the interchange are utility Chanel Harris-Tavita, middle forwards Tom Ale and Jazz Tevaga plus rookie second rower Jacob Laban.

Listed on the extended bench are centre Adam Pompey, who was in the side with Watene-Zelezniak injured last week, fullback Taine Tuaupiki, prop Zyon Maiu’u, wing Edward Kosi and centre Ali Leiataua.

The Warriors are looking for their fourth straight victory when they take on the surging Sea Eagles, who are fresh off a big win over the premier Penrith Panthers.

NZ WARRIORS: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Dallin Watene-Zelzniak, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Rocco Berry, Marcelo Montoya, Te Maire Martin, Shaun Johnson Addin Fonua-Blake, Wayde Egan, Mitchell Barnett, Jackson Ford, Kurt Capewell, Tohu Harris. Interchange: Chanel Harris-Tavita, Tom Ale, Jazz Tevaga, Jacob Laban Adam Pompey, Taine Tuaupiki, Zyon Maiu'u, Edward Kosi, Ali Leiataua


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