Via Warriors Media
Jazz Tevaga is poised to make his long-awaited return after being named on the interchange for the Vodafone Warriors’ ninth-round NRL encounter with the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium in Robina on Friday (6.00pm kick-off local time; 8.00pm NZT).
The 24-year-old hasn’t played since the club’s last match of the 2019 campaign against the Canberra Raiders.
The other notable change sees the club’s 2019 NRL rookie of the year Chanel Harris-Tavita named to partner Blake Green in the halves, coming in for Kiwi international Kodi Nikorima who has been ruled out after leaving the field with a head knock last week.
Tohu Harris has again been named in the second row and Karl Lawton has been listed at loose forward, although Harris was in the middle against the Broncos last week while Lawton started on the edge.
The starting front row named is the same as the combination used against Brisbane with Wayde Egan at hooker and Adam Blair and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown as the props.
Still not fully recovered from an ankle injury is rookie second rower Eliesa Katoa who was involved in the first six matches of the campaign before being sidelined after the loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
This away game will be the first so far in the revived season involving air travel for the Vodafone Warriors. Their previous away matches were all in Sydney with the team making same-day return bus trips to play Penrith, South Sydney and Melbourne.
last match of the 2019 campaign against the Canberra Raiders.