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Bad news for Harris but Roache named for Warriors

Bad news for Harris but Roache named for Warriors
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Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Blake Green will both achieve their 150-game milestones while Nate Roache, Sam Lisone and Leivaha Pulu have been recalled for the New Zealand Warriors’ NRL Heritage Round encounter with the Penrith Panthers at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday. (Photo: Lex Wright).

Hooker Roache replaces veteran Issac Luke on the bench for his first match since picking up a back injury in the May 11 win over St George Illawarra in Brisbane.

Lisone and Pulu have both been named on the interchange, Lisone back in the NRL side for the first time since round five while Pulu is set for his first outing this season.

They come in to fill the void created by the absence of first-choice forwards Tohu Harris and Lachlan Burr.

It has been confirmed Harris will be out for up to six weeks after having surgery on a stress fracture in his foot picked up late in the 24-20 win over the Titans on June 14. Burr is out with general soreness this week but will be available again next week.

With Harris and Burr out, Adam Blair, who played his 300th career match against Gold Coast, switches to the second row while Jazz Tevaga starts at loose forward.

WARRIORS

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)

2 DAVID FUSITU’A

3 PETA HIKU

4 PATRICK HERBERT

5 KEN MAUMALO

6 KODI NIKORIMA

7 BLAKE GREEN

8 AGNASTIUS PAASI

9 KARL LAWTON

10 LEESON AH MAU

11 ADAM BLAIR

12 ISAIAH PAPALI’I

13 JAZZ TEVAGA

Interchange:

14 NATE ROACHE

15 BUNTY AFOA

16 SAM LISONE

17 LEIVAHA PULU

18 GERARD BEALE

20 LIGI SAO

21 CHRIS SATAE

22 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA