Warriors name team to play the Broncos

TEENAGER Simon Mannering is set to make his belated debut but top try-scorer Todd Byrne is out of the Vodafone Warriors side for their historic NRL clash against Brisbane at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday. Mannering, the 18-year-old Napier-born Nelson product, was a late withdrawal after originally being picked for his first outing in the fourth-round encounter with South Sydney in early April. But on Sunday he?s poised to become the side?s first NRL debutant this year ? and the 125th first-grade player in the club?s history ? after being named today on the interchange bench. Back in the side are veteran prop Ruben Wiki and long-serving Monty Betham who both missed last Saturday night?s loss to Parramatta with minor knee injuries. While they return it has been confirmed second rower Louis Anderson will be out for 8-10 weeks with a knee injury while head coach Tony Kemp also revealed left winger Byrne is out of Sunday?s anniversary celebration match. ?Todd has picked up a neck injury that needs recovery time,? he said. Byrne ranks second-equal on the NRL?s try-scoring chart with 12 in his 14 appearances for his new club. Replacing him is giant winger Manu Vatuvei who missed the last two matches against Melbourne and Parramatta. Kemp was delighted Mannering could at last make his first appearance. ?He was all set to play against the Rabbitohs several weeks ago,? he said. ?He?s well over his foot injury and has been playing really well for Wellington in the Bartercard Cup.? Standing 1.90m and weighing 94kg, Mannering is equally adept playing in the centres or in the back row. With Betham and Wiki returning as predicted, back-up hooker Tevita Latu and interchange forward Epalahame Lauaki drop off the bench while 137-game veteran Awen Guttenbeil moves into the starting line-up to replace the injured Anderson. ?Awen put in a Herculean effort against Parramatta last Saturday night, playing 74 minutes and topping our tackle count with 37. He demanded a place in the starting side,? said Kemp. Team doctor Chris Hanna said a scan had confirmed the original assessment of Anderson?s injuries. A dislocated knee cap and a medial ligament strain will keep him out for up to 10 weeks but Anderson won?t require surgery. He?s scheduled to return for the Vodafone Warriors? last match of the regular season against Manly in round 25. Kemp said he and the players were excited about the significance of Sunday?s match against Brisbane, the Vodafone Warriors? 255th match since entering the Winfield Cup 10 years ago. The Vodafone Warriors will wear a 1995 replica playing strip on a day when many aspects of the club?s original match against the Broncos on March 10, 1995, will be revived. The players will emerge from the tunnel at the north-eastern corner of the stadium, walking through two rows of flames and a Maori welcoming party. As well as that the Polynesian drummers will be reappearing. ?It?s a huge day for the club and everyone?s looking forward to it,? said Kemp. ?And it?ll be great to see some of the original players at the ground.? The Broncos go into the match leading the competition after 10 straight wins while the Vodafone Warriors remain just outside the top eight. In the last nine encounters between the two teams, they have beaten Brisbane six times including a 24-12 victory at Suncorp Stadium in March. Sean Hampstead has been appointed to referee Sunday?s match.

Round 15 Team of the Week

A great weekend of footy has produced a flamboyant, energetic and creative Round 15 League Unlimited Team of the Week. We've got some unexpected choices but all deserving, with a backline that exudes strength, speed and skill, a great halves pairing and some rough and tumble forwards who are arguably the pick of the comp right now. This team is loaded with poise, power and points (78 in total!) and it's anyone's guess as to who could match them on the field after some devastating displays at the weekend.

Dragons name squad for round 16 match

COACH Nathan Brown has chosen a similar squad of 19 players to last week for the Dragons Round 16 clash with the Tigers at Oki Jubilee Stadium this Sunday.

Wests Tigers name team to play the Dragons

WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the Wests Tigers v Dragons Game at OKI Jubilee Stadium, kick off at 2.30pm.

Panthers name team to take on the Knights

PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has named his side to play the Knights at Penrith Stadium on Saturday night. Coach Langs team is;

Raiders name squad to take on Cowboys

CANBERRA Raiders utility Matt Gafa has been given a pivotal role for Saturday night?s match against the North Queensland Cowboys at Canberra Stadium, selected to start at five-eighth.

Knights side named for Panthers game

NEWCASTLE Knights coach Michael Hagan has named his Round 16 first grade side to travel down to Sydney to take on the Penrith Panthers. Andrew Johns returns from injury to lead the side.

Eels team named to face the Roosters

PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has named his team to take on the Roosters at Aussie Stadium on Friday night. Coach Smiths team is;

Roosters side named to face the Eels

SYDNEY Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named his team to take on the Eels at Aussie Stadium on Friday night. Coach Stuarts team is; Anthony Minichiello Joel Monaghan Iosia Soliola Ryan Cross Amos Roberts Craig Wing Brett Finch Jason Cayless Stuart Webb Adrian Morley Chris Flannery Craig Fitzgibbon Luke Ricketson Michael Crocker

Cowboys squad named to play the Raiders

NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his side to take on the struggling Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Coach Murrays team is;

Sea Eagles team named for Bulldogs game

THE Manly Sea Eagles NRL side for Sunday's blockbuster against the Bulldogs is:

Bulldogs side named to take on the Sea Eagles

YOUNG Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs rookie forward Nate Myles will make his return from injury this Sunday against the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval. Myles made his debut for the Dogs in round 1 against the Dragons having forced his way into the full-time squad after an impressive pre-season.

Broncos name team to face the Warriors

AHEAD of this Sunday?s opportunity to equal the club?s record for successive wins, the Brisbane Broncos are set to welcome back star duo of Brent Tate and Brad Thorn for the away match against the New Zealand Warriors.

Rabbitohs announce teams for Storm clash

THE Real Rabbitohs are pleased to announce its team to play the Melbourne Storm in Round 16 of the 2005 Telstra Premiership this Saturday, June 25, kicking off at 7:30pm at Olympic Park.

Storm name 19-man squad for Rabbitohs game

MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named a 19-man squad for this weekend's round 16 NRL Telstra Premiership clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs. The Storm (7-7) takes on the Rabbitohs (3-1-10) at Olympic Park in Melbourne on Saturday, June 25th at 7:30pm.

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