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Maumalo back to face Eels

Maumalo back to face Eels
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Wing Ken Maumalo returns from a one-game absence for the New Zealand Warriors’ 19th-round NRL encounter with Parramatta at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney on Saturday. (Photo credit: Lex Wright)

The team’s top try-scorer slots back into the line-up on the left wing after missing the 19-18 win over Cronulla last Friday following a head knock in the draw with Brisbane on July 13.

He replaces last week’s debutant Adam Pompey in a line-up otherwise unchanged from the one which prevailed for the club’s seventh win of the season.

Kodi Nikorima picked up an ankle injury scoring his 62nd-minute try against the Sharks but has been named for his 96th NRL appearance.

Gerard Beale, who made 126 metres from 15 runs last week, again starts on the right wing for the injured David Fusitu’a while veteran Blake Ayshford remains as his centre partner in his 47th outing for the Warriors and the 171st of his career.

WARRIORS

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)

2 GERARD BEALE

3 PETA HIKU

4 BLAKE AYSHFORD

5 KEN MAUMALO

6 KODI NIKORIMA

7 BLAKE GREEN

8 AGNATIUS PAASI

9 ISSAC LUKE

10 LEESON AH MAU

11 ADAM BLAIR

12 ISAIAH PAPALI’I

13 JAZZ TEVAGA

Interchange:

14 LACHLAN BURR

15 SAM LISONE

16 BUNTY AFOA

17 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA

18 ADAM POMPEY

20 ADAM KEIGHRAN

21 LIGI SAO

23 CHRIS SATAE