2 Apr 2009

Warriors lose Price for South Sydney match

11:45 am on 2 April 2009

A throat injury has ruled Warriors captain Steve Price out of Sunday's National Rugby League match against South Sydney at Mount Smart Stadium.

The 35-year-old prop received a blow to his throat in the second round win over Manly.

He played last weekend in the loss to Brisbane but has been advised to stand down this week after visiting a specialist.

A scan's shown bruising and swelling to his throat and Warriors doctor John Mayhew says he needs time off to allow the injury to heal, with a view to being right for the next game against Newcastle.

Price joins an ever increasing injury list, the most serious of which is centre Brent Tate who's been ruled out for the season with a knee injury.

With Price out, Sam Rapira and Russell Packer will be the starting props.

Coach Ivan Cleary has also brought in new signing Lewis Brown and last year's Junior Warriors captain Daniel O'Regan to create a five-man bench.

Christchurch-born Brown, a hooker-back rower, and O'Regan, a loose forward come stand-off, have both been playing for the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup and are yet to play at NRL level.

Cleary won't confirm the final make-up of the interchange bench until later in the week.

In any event there would be at least one more debutant on Sunday, that player becoming the 150th to appear at NRL level for the club since its introduction to the competition in 1995.