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Leivaha Pulu is confirmed to start in the second row replacing the injured Isaiah Papali’i for Saturday’s third-round NRL encounter with the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium (Photo: warriors.kiwi).

The 27-year-old, who’ll be making his 48th career appearance this week, played the last 73 minutes of the 20-8 victory over his former club Gold Coast after coming on for the injured Papali’i (knee) last Saturday.

His elevation to join Tohu Harris as a starting second rower sees his fellow former Titans team-mate Agnatius Paasi coming onto the interchange.

There’s another change in the top 17 with utility Jazz Tevaga named in jersey No 14, coming onto the bench for 2018 rookie Sam Cook, who played 12 minutes in his debut against South Sydney on March 10 and seven minutes against Gold Coast.

“Leivaha did a wonderful job on the left edge coming into the game so early after Isaiah was injured,” said Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney.

“It’s tough for Isaiah being ruled out for a few weeks after the great start he had to the season but fortunately we’re able to call on Vaha as well as bringing Agnatius onto the bench.

“Iggy has had two impressive outings in the Intrust Super Premiership while Jazz had 80 minutes for our ISP side last weekend, so he comes into the side while Sam goes back to the ISP to get some time on the field.”

Coming onto the extended eight-man bench are wing Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and prop Chris Satae.

The Warriors face a Canberra side desperately unlucky to lose each of its first two games by the same score – 28-30 – after conceding late tries against the Titans and Newcastle.

WARRIORS V CANBERRA RAIDERS

GIO Stadium, Canberra
3.00pm, Saturday, March 24, 2018

WARRIORS

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)
2 DAVID FUSITU’A
3 PETA HIKU
4 SOLOMONE KATA
5 KEN MAUMALO
6 BLAKE GREEN
7 SHAUN JOHNSON
8 JAMES GAVET
9 ISSAC LUKE
10 ADAM BLAIR
11 LEIVAHA PULU
12 TOHU HARRIS
13 LIGI SAO
Interchange:
14 JAZZ TEVAGA
15 AGNATIUS PAASI
16 SAM LISONE
17 BUNTY AFOA
18 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD
20 ANTHONY GELLING
21 CHRIS SATAE
22 MASON LINO

HEAD COACH | STEPHEN KEARNEY