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Lawton named at centre for new-look Warriors

Lawton named at centre for new-look Warriors
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Karl Lawton replaces the injured Peta Hiku in the centres and Sydney Roosters loan player Poasa Faamausili has been brought straight onto the bench for the New Zealand Warriors’ fourth-round NRL encounter with the Penrith Panthers at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday (6.00pm kick-off local time; 8.00pm NZT).

Lawton was thrust into the left centre’s role 25 minutes into last Saturday’s clash against the St George Illawarra Dragons after veteran Hiku was forced off with a rib injury.

Faamausili comes in for regular front rower Agnatius Paasi, who is serving a one-match suspension for a dangerous contact charge involving St George Illawarra’s Corey Norman.

Filling the vacancy created by Lawton’s move to the starting line-up is ex-Sydney Roosters back rower Josh Curran.

WARRIORS

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)
2 PATRICK HERBERT
3 KARL LAWTON
4 GERARD BEALE
5 KEN MAUMALO
6 KODI NIKORIMA
7 BLAKE GREEN
8 JAMAYNE TAUNOA-BROWN
9 WAYDE EGAN
10 ADAM BLAIR
11 ELIESA KATOA
12 TOHU HARRIS
13 ISAIAH PAPALI’I
Interchange:
14 JACK MURCHIE
15 POASA FAAMAUSILI
16 KING VUNIYAYAWA
17 JOSH CURRAN
18 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
20 HAYZE PERHAM
21 ADAM POMPEY
22 LEIVAHA PULU

HEAD COACH | STEPHEN KEARNEY

(Photo: Karl Lawton. Credit: Naparazzi).