Tohu Harris is named to start and fellow back rower Leivaha Pulu is on the extended bench for the New Zealand Warriors’ 20th-round NRL encounter with the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium in Robina on Sunday (2.00pm kick-off local time; 4.00pm NZT).
The 26-year-old comes back four weeks after picking up a knee injury in the final minute of the clash against Cronulla on June 29.
Harris is set to return on schedule after having surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee.
Pulu (28) is listed in jersey #21 on the extended eight-man bench.
He appeared in each of the Warriors’ season-opening five wins before being forced off the field with a midfoot foot injury 23 minutes into the sixth-round contest with the Brisbane Broncos on April 14.
He was side-lined for 14 weeks recovering from the injury before coming back a week earlier than targeted via the club’s Intrust Super Premiership side last Sunday. In his 60 minutes against his former side Wyong he made 76 metres from 10 runs and effected 26 tackles without a miss.
With Harris slotting into his regular spot on the right edge, Simon Mannering switches to loose forward replacing Adam Blair, who will miss the Gold Coast game after taking an early guilty plea for a late contact charge on Melbourne’s Kenny Bromwich last Sunday.
As well as Harris, experienced standoff Blake Green and prop Sam Lisone are named in the 17.
Green missed the clash against the Storm after playing in each of the first 18 matches of the campaign. His absence last week means no player has appeared in each of the club’s games this season.
Lisone has been called up for just his 10th appearance of the season after last being used in the NRL side against the Sydney Roosters on May 12