27 Jun 2017

Luke ruled out, Foran back for Warriors

5:41 pm on 27 June 2017

The Warriors will be without hooker Isaac Luke for Saturday night's clash against the Sea Eagles but will welcome back five-eighth Kieran Foran from injury.

Issac Luke at today's Warriors media session where he admitted he shouldn't be selected for the Kiwis following his run of poor form.

Issac Luke. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Luke remains out of contention after suffered a shoulder injury in Friday's win over the Bulldogs.

Young gun Nathaniel Roache has been named to start in place of Luke in one of two changes to the starting side.

Coach Stephen Kearney said Roache is more than capable of making the step up to the starting lineup.

"It's obviously disappointing that Issac is unavailable for this game but Nate did a great job when he came on against the Bulldogs and this is a real opportunity for him."

Kieran Foran is the other change to the starting lineup, being named to start in the halves after missing his side's round 16 win over the Bulldogs.

After an impressive performance at five eighth against the Bulldogs, Ata Hingano has been named on an extended bench.

Solomone Kata remains unavailable for selection following the sudden death of his older brother, while prop Sam Lisone will also miss Saturday's clash due to a pressing family engagement.

This will be the sixth straight year the Warriors have made the trek to Western Australia, in what looms as the longest road trip in the NRL.

Warriors to take on the Sea Eagles

1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c)

2 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

3 Blake Ayshford

4 David Fusitu'a

5 Ken Maumalo

6 Kieran Foran

7 Shaun Johnson

8 Jacob Lillyman

9 Nathaniel Roache

10 Ben Matulino

11 Bodene Thompson

12 Ryan Hoffman

13 Simon Mannering


14 Mafoa'aeata Hingano

15 Bunty Afoa

16 Albert Vete

17 James Gavet

18 Manu Vatuvei

20 Ligi Sao

21 Isaiah Papalii

22 Mason Lino