Album: Rd 20 - Warriors Vs Knights - Big Konnie Is Back!
First-year NRL star Konrad Hurrell is back in the line-up for the Vodafone Warriors’ 20th-round NRL match against the Newcastle Knights at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday night (kick-off 7.30pm local time).<br /> Hurrell (20), who has just signed a contract extension to the end of the 2015 NRL season, missed last Friday night’s 8-10 loss to Brisbane with a foot injury but has been named to make his return against the Wayne Bennett-coach Knights.<br /> With 12 tries in 12 matches so far this season, he takes up his spot at right centre once again with his stand-in Lewis Brown included on a five-man bench.<br /> The rest of the starting line-up is the same as the one used against the Broncos while Brown joins Sione Lousi, Jacob Lillyman, Steve Rapira and Omar Slaimankhel on the bench.<br /> “We’re naturally please to have Konnie available again and it’ll be great for him to play in front of our home crowd just a few days after being signed up on a new contract,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Brian McClennan.<br /> “While it’s good to have him back our focus is one the need to keep improving. We’ve done well for long period in a lot of games lately but dropping the two points against the Broncos last week was really tough to take.”<br /> With seven matches to play, the Vodafone Warriors sit two points out of eighth place on 20 points but only six points covers eight teams ranked from third to 10th.<br /> A feature of Saturday’s night game day programme sponsored by TNT will be the launching of the Dream Chaser Foundation – A Chace Topperwien Charity named after the three-year-old Whakatane boy who died last month from a rare form of leukaemia.<br /> The Vodafone Warriors have been running an auction on trademe.co.nz to raise funds for the charity. To see the lots click on the link: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listings.aspx?member=4278262<br /> TNT has pledged cash for points in support of the foundation when both the Vodafone Junior Warriors and the Vodafone Warriors play the Knights. TNT will donate $100 for eve