27 Mar 2012

Warriors set to welcome back Sam Rapira

6:52 pm on 27 March 2012

The Warriors senior front rower Sam Rapira is set to make his first NRL appearance of the season after being named on the bench for the fifth-round clash against the Sydney Roosters in Sydney on Saturday night.

Rapira's been included on a six-man interchange bench after being sidelined with a pre-season shoulder injury.

The 24-year-old, 123-game veteran has been named on a bench which also includes Kiwi prop Russell Packer and Ukuma Ta'ai.

Warriors coach Brian McClennan has named a starting line-up showing just one change from the run-on combination used against the Titans - second rower Feleti Mateo is listed to start with Lewis Brown moving to the bench.