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Warriors move Moon to centres

Joel Moon returns to the centres to replace the injured Brent Tate for the New Zealand Warriors’ 14th round National Rugby League (NRL) match against Newcastle at Energy Australia Stadium on Sunday. Tate, 28, has been sidelined for four-6 weeks after breaking his jaw just three minutes into last Sunday’s 20-22 loss to St George Illawarra. Moon, 22, was recalled at standoff to replace the injured James Maloney for the loss to Wests Tigers on May 28 before returning to the Auckland Vulcans for their victory over Wentworthville in the New South Wales Cup last Saturday. Now he’s set to make his 10th appearance of the season and his 33rd for the club since arriving in Auckland for the 2009 season. Tate joined a casualty list that still includes Steve Price (heel), Jacob Lillyman (foot), Brett Seymour (leg), Sam Rapira (knee) and Elijah Taylor (knee). Also in the injury ward is utility Patrick Ah Van who, in his first game back from a broken jaw, suffered a knee injury playing for the Vulcans last weekend and is expected to be out of action for two to four weeks.

Warriors with more injury worries

Their injury list may soon see them dubbed the Terracotta Warriors but the Kiwi NRL side stood firm when it mattered most to beat South Sydney 26-24 at Mt Smart Stadium. The Warriors completed Sunday’s match without prop Sam Rapira, whose suspected ruptured ACL may rule him out for the rest of the season and halfback James Maloney (back) who is in doubt for Friday’s clash with West Tigers. It simply added to their woes with the Warriors already nursing the likes of key players Steve Price and Manu Vatuvei on the sidelines.

Ah Van back for reshuffled Warriors backline

Back Patrick Ah Van will make his first National Rugby League (NRL) appearance of the season for the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday night in a reshuffled backline. The Warriors face Canberra in Auckland and coach Ivan Cleary today named Ah Van on one wing, allowing Brent Tate to revert to his usual spot at centre. Utility Lance Hohaia moves from five-eighth to fullback in place of Wade McKinnon, who drops to a five-man bench, while Joel Moon shifts from centre to the No 6 jersey. There is also a forced change in the starting forward pack, with Ben Matulino replacing Jacob Lillyman, who lasted only 16 minutes of the 6-40 loss to Melbourne on Sunday. Lillyman has been diagnosed with a foot fracture, which will leave him sidelined for six to eight weeks, and he joins an injury list that already includes other frontliners in Simon Mannering, Steve Price, Brett Seymour and Manu Vatuvei.

Warriors injury update

The Warriors high injury count this season has seen their conditioning staff analyse their approach. Team doctor John Mayhew says they have done plenty of self analysis and found that most of the injuries were just bad luck. The Warriors have, however, finally had some good news. Lewis Brown is fit for selection this weekend after an x-ray cleared him of a fracture in his foot. Michael Luck will also return, Manu Vatuvei is still two weeks away, while Simon Mannering and Brett Seymour will take a week longer. Former captain Steve Price has just resumed running, but is still several weeks away from returning.

Editors Note: So much for my Steve Price theory!

Steve Price surprise return ?

It has been reported that the Warriors may look to reshuffle their forward pack ahead of tomorrow’s NRL match against the Penrith Panthers at Mount Smart Stadium. Forward Russell Packer played for the Auckland Vulcans this afternoon in the New South Wales Cup competition. With Packer playing today it means it is unlikely he will feature for the Warriors.

Editors Note: Could they be leaving the door open for a surprise return for Steve Price ?

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.

The NRL’s longest-serving current player Steve Price today announced he would finish his 17-season rugby league-playing career at the end of his 2010 campaign. Price, the NRL’s oldest player this year at 36, has so far made a total of 313 appearances for the Vodafone Warriors (91) and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (222). “I’ve been thinking for some time about retirement. At my age I couldn’t go on forever and this just seemed to be the right time,” he said. “But it hasn’t all ended yet. I’m committed to getting my heel injury right and getting back on the field for the Vodafone Warriors as soon as I can. I certainly intend to finish my last season in the game making a contribution on the field.” While Price is not expected to be fit to play this week, Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg said the club would honour him in various ways on Saturday night. Together with wife Jo and their children, he will be flown to Sydney by the Vodafone Warriors with the Bulldogs hosting them on game day. During a career which started at first-grade level in 1994, Price has played 15 Tests for Australia and has represented Queensland 28 times in State of Origin, the most by a forward in Origin history. He also played a guest player for the All Golds in England in 2007.

Steve Price Facts and Figures

Date of birth: 12/3/1973
Birthplace: Dalby, Qld
Junior Club: Newtown Lions
Position: Prop
Height: 193cm
Weight: 107kgs
Rep Hons: 28
Previous clubs: Bulldogs 1994-2004
First grade debut: Bulldogs v Balmain, Belmore, 3/7/94
Warriors debut: Warriors v Manly, Ericsson Stadium, 13/3/05

Warriors stars looking at two rounds

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary is expecting to be without captain Simon Mannering and star winger Manu Vatuvei for his team’s next two NRL matches. Mannering and Vatuvei both limped off with hamstring injuries early in the stunning 48-16 win at Suncorp Stadium, while senior prop Steve Price (heel) is still a fortnight away from his first game in 2010. “They’re probably (out for) a couple of weeks … they’re obviously missing this week and probably next. They’re big losses without a doubt.” Cleary said. Aussie Micheal Luck will lead the Warriors in Mannering’s absence.

Warriors prognosis uncertain

The Warriors are returning from Brisbane buoyant from victory, but uncertain how long captain Simon Mannering and winger Manu Vatuvei will be out of action. Both players left the field with hamstring injuries during the first half of the 48-16 win over the Broncos. Team doctor John Mayhew says both players will be out for at least the next round, but it is too early to tell when they could be back. The club is already without playmaker Brett Seymour and former captain Steve Price.

Tate will decide his own fate.

Warriors centre Brent Tate ($148,900 CTW) believes he will regain the form that resulted in both State and National jerseys when he returns after 11 months on the sideline. It’s taken a little while for the 27 year old to find his groove but he is really looking forward to blowing out the cobwebs against manly in Auckland this Saturday night. His last match was in March of last year from where he suffered a serious knee injury, and a disrupted pre season because of a quad strain has restricted him from running until a fortnight ago. “I’m not expecting in the trial this weekend or in round one to be the player I was before because physically I’m not where I was to be that. It’s going to take a while and it’s about putting small blocks in place and building on that.” He admitted the biggest obstacle at the moment is match fitness “just because I haven’t had the time running around the paddock”. Whilst Tate will take the field, Captain Simon Mannering ($245,000 2RF), Steve Price ($271,400 FRF) and Ian Henderson ($230,500 HOK) will sit this one out because of injury. Price and Henderson are not expected to take the field in Round One of the competition but officials are hopeful Mannering will recover from a hamstring injury in time to take the field. “The biggest danger is probably reinjuring it so we’re going on the cautious route there,” coach Ivan Cleary said of his new skipper.