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New Zealand Warriors prop Jerry Seuseu has been rested again this weekend to try and rejuvenate him after a marathon 2002 rugby league year.
Coach Daniel Anderson yesterday confirmed Seuseu needed a break after a year which involved a National Rugby League (NRL) grand final appearance then a tough Kiwis end-of-year tour of Britain and France.
Seuseu was rested for last weekend's 26-18 win over Canberra, will miss this Sunday's match against Souths in Sydney, and has been told he won't play until the Warriors meet the Cowboys in Townsville on July 5.
"But he already wants to work his way back in and that's encouraging," Anderson said.
The other Kiwis tourists in the Warriors had suffered injury and had enforced breaks, barring Logan Swann and Stacey Jones.
Anderson, though, felt the pair didn't need to follow the lead of Seuseu.
"Logan's form is unquestionable at the moment and while he's playing like that we want him to continue," Anderson said.
"I asked Stacey if he wanted a break and he just said, 'Nah,' so it's not going to happen, he's too integral to the team."
The side to take on Souths is largely unchanged from that who beat Canberra.
John Carlaw returns to the centres, with no sign of the hip problem he had, while Vince Mellars drops out.
"John's won everything at training and I'd expect him to add some enthusiasm," Anderson said.
Tavita Latu holds his spot at hooker because PJ Marsh must still protect the neck ligaments he hurt against Parramatta.
He next sees the specialist today, accompanied by Warriors doctor Chris Hanna, with a question mark hanging over when he returns.
The Rabbitohs will be hanging on the outcome of today's State of Origin match in the hope their captain, Bryan Fletcher, will come through safely to back up against the Warriors on Sunday.
Halfback Brett Kearney may become available this week if he gets clearance following a six-week layoff after he suffered a broken cheekbone against Cronulla.
The Warriors will travel to Sydney on Saturday and remain in Australia until the following weekend's match with the Cowboys.
"We would lose two days of preparation if we opted for our normal routine of flying back and forth between Sydney, Auckland, Brisbane and Townsville," Anderson said.