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Michael Luck injury *Updated*

Just thought I would get in early and give the coaches who have Michael Luck in their squads the heads up for this weekend. It was mentioned earlier in the NEX that Luck had broken his right index finger and that he would be given a ‘week’ off to let the injury settle down. Well the week has passed and as with the Jason Ryles and Trent Waterhouse saga, nothing is coming out of the Warriors sheds regarding the injury or possible time on the sidelines. It was reported in the IN-N-OUT entry this week other notable injured players that will be missing from the Warriors line up, but apparently Michael Luck is not important enough to get a mention – yet he was nowhere to be found in the team lists? If something surfaces, I will definitely post it here and if any of you hear of anything – let us know !!!! *Update*Micheal Luck could be available but they will need to monitor him through the week as he nurses a broken finger. *More Updates* – Don’t be shocked if Warriors coach Ivan Cleary springs another late selection surprise in the form of injured centre Jerome Ropati or possibly back-rower Michael Luck in a bid to throw the Panthers’ preparations for the game at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday.

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Warriors receive more bad Luck

Centre Brent Tate has become the Vodafone Warriors’ newest captain after confirmation today that a hand injury had ruled loose forward Micheal Luck out of Saturday night’s fifth-round NRL clash against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium. Team doctor John Mayhew said Luck, who led the Vodafone Warriors against Gold Coast in round one and Manly last Sunday, had broken his right index finger. “He had problems with the hand on Sunday and x-rays after the game confirmed he has a break in the finger,” he said. “He’ll have this week off to give the injury time to settle down.” With Luck out, Ben Matulino moves off the bench to join Lewis Brown in the second row while Lillyman switches to loose forward. Ukuma Ta’ai, who has been playing for the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup, will make his first NRL appearance of the season. “We seem to be getting tested on the injury front every week but that’s just the way it goes,” said Cleary. Apart from Luck, Mannering and Price, others still injured include winger Manu Vatuvei, first-choice halfback Brett Seymour, Isaac John, Shaun Johnson and Elijah Taylor.

Mannering’s Back

In news that will bolster the already bulging NQ Digger Dandy ranks, Simon Mannering’s debut as Vodafone Warriors captain will coincide with fellow back rower Micheal Luck’s 100th appearance for the club in Saturday night’s second-round NRL clash against Cronulla at Mount Smart Stadium. The 23-year-old Mannering’s niggling hamstring injury ruled him out of Sunday’s season-opening 18-24 loss to Gold Coast in Robina. With Mannering returning, Ben Matulino goes to the interchange bench while last weekend’s debutant Sione Lousi is out with a lower leg injury. He had a 24-minute stint off the bench against the Titans but was unable to return. Also back in the squad after missing the Gold Coast trip is fullback Wade McKinnon. He was named on the bench for the game against the Titans before being forced to withdraw with an infection. He has again been listed on a five-man bench for the Cronulla match.

Round 1 Teams – Warriors named, no Mannering.

Based purely on pre season form Warriors coach Ivan Cleary has gone with Lance Hohaia ($218,500 HLV/FLB) at fullback ahead of Wade McKinnon ($109,400 FLB) for this weekend’s season opener against the Titans on the Gold Coast. “I had to make quite a few tough decisions and that was certainly one of them. They’re both more than capable of doing a good job. They’ll actually share that role through the game and Lance will play a little bit of dummy half at some point.” Micheal Luck ($335,400 2RF) will lead the side, with Simon Mannering ($245,000 2RF) still struggling with a hamstring injury.

Full team: 1 LANCE HOHAIA 2 KEVIN LOCKE 3 BRENT TATE 4 JEROME ROPATI 5 MANU VATUVEI 6 JAMES MALONEY 7 BRETT SEYMOUR 8 SAM RAPIRA 9 AARON HEREMAIA 10 RUSSELL PACKER 11 LEWIS BROWN 12 BEN MATULINO 13 MICHEAL LUCK (c)

Interchange: 14 WADE McKINNON 15 JEREMY LATIMORE 16 JESSE ROYAL 17 SIONE LOUSI 18 JOEL MOON

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.