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Cagey Warriors coach Daniel Anderson has revealed the real reason behind naming Sione Faumuina at halfback for this weekend's NRL grand final rematch against the Sydney Roosters.
"He doesn't fit the six jersey," Anderson admitted. "The seven is a bigger jersey."
Faumuina was the surprise choice to fill the halfback spot vacated by Stacey Jones (groin) and Lance Hohaia (knee)when Anderson named his squad on Tuesday.
But the 22-year-old won't be at the scrumbase come kick-off on Sunday.
That job will be in the hands of either Stacey Jones or Thomas Leuluai, who was named at five-eighth but filled in at halfback admirably last week when Hohaia suffered his injury.
Jones, who hasn't played since the New Zealand-Australia test last month, will travel with the team to Sydney and be given until just before kick-off to prove his fitness.
Anderson has devised a unique fitness test for his star half, once again involving Faumuina.
It involves Jones chasing and attempting to catch the 100kg back rower.
When he failed last week, Anderson had no hesitation in ruling the Kiwi test half out of the clash with Brisbane.
"I pulled him out last week after watching him chase Sione Faumuina in an agility test," Anderson said.
"He didn't get anywhere near him."