25 Mar 2009

Kirk comes into Warriors lineup

6:05 am on 25 March 2009

Utility back Aidan Kirk has been called in to replace Manu Vatuvei and loose forward Micheal Luck returns from a week off for the New Zealand Warriors' third-round NRL clash against Brisbane at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday night.

23-year-old Vatuvei, one of the Vodafone Warriors' try scorers in their 26-24 win against Manly on Sunday, has a knee injury which is still being fully assessed.

That allows Kirk, who played 15 times at NRL level last year, to come onto the left wing outside centre Jerome Ropati.

Also out of the side is interchange prop Leeson Ah Mau, set to be sidelined for a few weeks after he dislocated a shoulder on Sunday.

Returning from the casualty list is vice-captain Luck, named after missing the Manly match after he was knocked out by a heavy Fuifui Moimoi tackle in the season-opening 26-18 win over Parramatta.

He slots back into the No 13 jersey, Sam Rapira is again named as a starting prop - he played in the back row in the opening stanza against Manly - and Russell Packer is again listed on the bench.

Stacey Jones, again named on the interchange bench after his match-winning deeds against Manly, will play for the Vodafone Warriors at home for the first time since taking on Newcastle on August 20th, 2005.