Late change for Warriors as Lowrie returns
The New Zealand Warriors have made a late change to their line-up for tonight's NRL clash against the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium with lock Todd Lowrie added to the interchange bench after recovering from a rib injury.
Lowrie, a premiership winner with the Melbourne Storm last year, had been out of action since the club record 62-6 loss to Penrith on May 18.
The Australian missed subsequent wins over Newcastle, Brisbane and Manly and replaces Sebastine Ikahihifo in the match day 17. Elijah Taylor retains his starting role in the back row.
Meanwhile, the Roosters also feature an alteration to their original squad for the round 14 encounter with New Zealand-born Tonga international prop Sam Moa added to the bench at the expense of Isaac Liu.
Moa had been sidelined with a knee injury after he recovered from a knee injury since the round eight victory over Penrith on May 5.
Sydney Roosters: Anthony Minichiello (captain), Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Luke O'Donnell, Jake Friend, Martin Kennedy, Mitchell Aubusson, Sonny Bill Williams, Boyd Cordner. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Frank-Paul Nuuausuala, Aiden Guerra, Sam Moa.
NZ Warriors: Glen Fisiiahi, Ngani Laumape, Dane Nielsen, Konrad Hurrell, Manu Vatuvei, Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson, Sam Rapira, Nathan Friend, Russell Packer, Feleti Mateo, Simon Mannering (captain), Elijah Taylor. Interchange: Ben Matulino, Jacob Lillyman, Todd Lowrie, Dominique Peyroux.