Warriors lose Kieran Foran for Canberra clash

Kieran Foran will miss Sunday's game against the Raiders due to a shoulder injury.

Kieran Foran will miss Sunday's game against the Raiders due to a shoulder injury.

The hits just keep coming for the Warriors with Kieran Foran ruled out of Sunday's clash against Canberra in Auckland.

Foran failed a fitness test on a shoulder complaint at the team's final training session on Saturday, with 20-year-old five-eighth Ata Hingano called up to partner Mason Lino in the halves.

The injury is not believed to be serious and Foran is expected to be available for next week's clash against South Sydney.

However, given his history with shoulder issues, Foran suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last year, coach Stephen Kearney has erred on the side of caution.

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With star halfback Shaun Johnson still recovering from a knee injury and Issac Luke demoted to the bench, Foran's withdrawal means the Warriors are set to field the least experienced hooker-halves combination in the club's history against the Raiders.

Hingano, who made his debut late last season, will be making just his 12th NRL appearance, and fifth start, while it will be Lino's seventh game in first grade and his fourth this year following his first three matches late in the 2015 season.

At hooker, Nathaniel Roache will be starting for only the third time in what will be his 20th NRL outing since making his debut last year.

With the Warriors' confidence already at rock bottom thanks to a five-match losing streak that has seen them miss the finals for yet another season, the young trio face a huge challenge steering the team around the park against the in-form Raiders. 

The Ricky Stuart-coached side have won three of their last four matches and have to win to stay in contention for the top eight.

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Although, with Foran heading to the Bulldogs at the end of the season, it presents the perfect opportunity for Hingano to state his case for the No 6 jersey next season.

Apart from Foran, rookie forward James Bell is the other player to drop out of the extended squad of 21 players named on Tuesday.

The final line-up will be confirmed an hour before kick-off.

 - Stuff

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