Kiwi Harris gets start for Storm against Leeds

JOHN MARSH
Last updated 06:57 21/02/2013
Tohu Harris
Getty Images
DEBUT: Kiwi Tohu Harris has been given is first start for the Storm in the World Club Challenge game against Leeds.

Relevant offers

Rugby League

South Sydney Rabbitohs booed by their own in Manly Sea Eagles loss Johnathan Thurston-less North Queensland Cowboys thrashed by Parramatta Eels Recap: North Queensland Cowboys v Parramatta Eels - NRL Round 9 Manly Sea Eagles' Akuila Uate scores four in South Sydney Rabbitohs rout Recap: South Sydney Rabbitohs v Manly Sea Eagles - NRL round nine French rugby league match abandoned after shocking king-hit floors referee Johnathan Thurston a major doubt for Anzac test after being scratched by Cowboys Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods finally puts pen to paper with Canterbury Bulldogs Time on sidelines lets departing Warriors prop Ben Matulino realise he needs 'fresh start' Josh Papalii axed from Kangaroos for Anzac test over bizarre drink driving charge

Hawke's Bay product Tohu Harris is to make his debut for Melbourne as a starting back-rower in Friday night's World Club Challenge against Leeds.

Harris, a 21-year-old who was recruited from Wellington three years ago in a swoop that almost claimed Super Rugby star TJ Perenara as well, was handed his bow by coach Craig Bellamy when a 19-man squad was announced in Leeds for the Headingley clash.

Harris, whose father Paul is flying in for the game, replaces the unavailable Kevin Proctor, who has a damaged medial ligament in his left knee.

"He's probably one of the biggest players in our squad, outside of Jason Ryles, physically," Storm football manager Frank Ponissi said.

"He's very quiet but he loves reading and is very respectful and quietly determined.

"Three years ago, when we played here, three players made their NRL debut. Hep Cahill who is now at Widnes, Rory Kostjaysn who has become a regular NRL player and Jesse Bromwich who went on to be a test player."

Former New Zealand test centre Junior Sau was among the members of the touring squad to miss out on selection.

Coach Craig Bellamy will shave two players from the bench an hour before kick-off.

Melbourne (v Leeds, Friday): Billy Slater, Sisi Waqa, Justin O'Neill, Will Chambers, Mahe Fonua; Gareth Widdop, Cooper Cronk; Ryan Hinchcliffe, Tohu Harris, Ryan Hoffman, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (c), Bryan Norrie. Interchange: Brett Finch, Jason Ryles, Siosia Vave, Lagi Setu, Kenny Bromwich, Junior Moors (two to be omitted).

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content