Villasanti earns start against

Vodafone Warriors head coach Daniel Anderson has elevated prop forward Richard Villasanti to his starting line-up for this Sunday?s game against the Raiders at Ericsson.

The change breaks Anderson?s regular starting duo of Seuseu and Tookey ? with the latter moving to the interchange bench.

?Villa still needs more game time to regain full match fitness, however he will provide power from the opening minute,? says Anderson.

Second row forward Sione Faumuina also earns a start after a strong performance against the Eels ? Wairangi Koopu moves to the bench.

?Sione?s good performances can be traced to solid pre-season preparation ? he is bigger, faster and stronger than he was in 2002,? explains Anderson.

Back-up hooker Tevita Latu will make his 2nd first-grade appearance. PJ Marsh remains under assessment by club medical staff.

The Vodafone Warriors team to play the Raiders at Ericsson Stadium at 2.00pm on Sunday is:

1. Brent Webb

2. Henry Fa?afili

3. Vinnie Anderson

4. Vince Mellars

5. Francis Meli

6. Motu Tony

7. Stacey Jones

8. Jerry Seuseu

9. Tevita Latu

10. Richard Villasanti

11. Logan Swann

12. Sione Faumuina

13. Monty Betham (Captain)


15. Iafeta Palea?aesina

16. Wairangi Koopu

17. Karl Temata

20. Mark Tookey

In other club news, Motu Tony will play his 50th first-grade game on Sunday and former Parramatta Eel, Danny Sullivan, started training with the Warriors yesterday