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Warriors trial positions, a closer look …

Vodafone Warriors standoff James Maloney will make his first appearance of the year in Saturday’s NRL trial against Queensland Cup side the Burleigh Bears at Whangarei’s Toll Stadium. After missing the Greymouth match against Newcastle, the club’s 2010 NRL Young Player of the Year was an original selection for last Saturday’s encounter with Parramatta in Rotorua, only to be ruled out through illness. Formerly with Parramatta and Melbourne, Maloney (24) had an outstanding 2010 season when he scored 188 points including 10 tries in his first full NRL campaign. It put him in contention for Dally M recognition and he was on the shortlist for the standoff of the year at the Rugby League International Federation’s awards announced at Eden Park last November. Maloney also won selection in the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII which travelled to Port Moresby to play Papua New Guinea. Continue reading


Henderson out, Mara makes debut

Alehana Mara will make his NRL debut for the Warriors in Saturday’s clash with Manly at Brookvale Oval, after regular hooker Ian Henderson was forced out with injury. Henderson has been ruled out with an ankle injury he picked up late in last Sunday’s 22-10 victory over Newcastle and has failed to recover from it. His absence opens the way for 20 year-old Mara to make his debut off the interchange bench, with Kiwi international Aaron Heremaia to start for the Warriors at hooker. Wellington product, Mara played two seasons for the Warriors Toyota Cup side and has been playing with feeder team the Auckland Vulcans so far this year. Mara will come on and relieve out of dummy half.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho it’s off to Cairns Lance goes!

Lance Hohaia ($218,500 HLV), Sam Rapira ($234,400 FRF) and Jerome Ropati ($173,100 CTW)- Warriors star trio will get a start this weekend when they meet the NQ Cowboys in Cairns on Saturday. All three missed out for a run last week against the Roosters in Rotorua, but Ivan Cleary confirmed they will run on in some stage through the match. Other starters that won’t see a run this weekend are captain Simon Mannering ($245,000 2RF), prop Steve Price ($271,400 FRF) and centre Brent Tate ($148,900 CTW) have again been left out while winger Manu Vatuvei ($141,300 CTW) will also miss the match. 2009 Junior Warriors — Shaun Johnson (73,600 HLV), Sione Lousi (Not Listed), Alehana Mara (Not Listed) and Bill Tupou (Not Listed)– who all impressed against the Roosters will get another shot to impress Coach Cleary this weekend also. Michael Luck ($335,400 2RF) is also named to start in the trial returning to the field where he made his NRL debut with the NQ Cowboys in 2001. Starting hooker Ian Henderson ($230,500 HOK) will also miss the trial with a knee injury sidelinging him for a few weeks, Hohaia, Aaron Heremaia ($130,400 HLV/HOK) and Mara providing extra options in the dummy half role. The squad is as listed –

Patrick Ah Van, Lewis Brown, Aaron Heremaia, Lance Hohaia, Shaun Johnson, Jeremy Latimore, Jacob Lillyman, Kevin Locke, Sione Lousi, Micheal Luck, Wade McKinnon, James Maloney, Alehana Mara, Ben Matulino, Joel Moon, Russell Packer, Sam Rapira, Jerome Ropati, Jesse Royal, Brett Seymour, Bill Tupou.

Mannering hopes for a trial run

A hamstring injury to Warriors captain Simon Mannering ($245,00 2RF) forced him to watch from the sidelines last weekend when the Warriors defeated the Sydney City Roosters 26-8 in a trial game in Rotorua. Mannering stated he will be back training this week and is looking to the Manly trial match at North harbour Stadium on February 27 as his first run for the season. The other injury concern for the Warriors Ian Henderson ($230,500 HOK) unfortunately won’t be as lucky, with a knee injury expected to keep him sidelined until at least round 2. Mannering said he was happy with the match on the weekend and was especially pleased with under 20’s players including Shaun Johnson($73,600 HLV), Alehana Mara (Not Listed) and wing Bill Tupou (Not Listed) displaying that the Warriors depth this year will not be an issue.