Warriors team to play Panthers

Rookie front rower Sam Rapira has earned promotion to the Vodafone Warriors? first-choice line-up for their NRL encounter with Penrith at CUA Stadium on Saturday night.

In his first four appearances for the club, the 19-year-old Waikato product came into the side three times when captain Steve Price was on State of Origin duty and the other time as a late replacement for Awen Guttenbeil against Cronulla.

The full squad is: Brent Webb, Patrick Ah Van, Tony Martin, Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Jerome Ropati, Grant Rovelli, Ruben Wiki, Nathan Fien, Steve Price, Awen Guttenbeil, Louis Anderson, Sione Faumuina Interchange: George Gatis, Sam Rapira, Wairangi Koopu, Michael Luck