Chanel Harris-Tavita is set to make his NRL debut for the New Zealand Warriors after being named in the halves for Friday’s match against the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium.
The Junior Kiwis star (pictured), who turns 20 on Wednesday, will line up at standoff alongside experienced halfback Blake Green.
Adam Keighran, who started at No.6 through the first three games of the season, has been included on an extended bench.
“There’s no question our performance against the Sea Eagles last week was disappointing,” coach Stephen Kearney said.
“As a result, we’ve made a few adjustments to our team for Friday night.
“This is a huge opportunity for Chanel. He’s worked hard throughout the pre-season and he now gets his chance at NRL level.”
In other changes, Karl Lawton will start at hooker with Issac Luke ruled out due to a hamstring complaint.
Forward Ligi Sao is also in line for his first NRL appearance of the year after being included on the bench, while Leeson Ah Mau will start at prop.
“Issac has tweaked his hamstring and we didn’t want to risk him this week,” Kearney added.
“Karl gets his opportunity on Friday and will be hungry to put in a good performance.”
New Zealand Warriors
1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c)
2 David Fusitu’a
3 Peta Hiku
4 Solomone Kata