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Vodafone Warriors hooker Alehana Mara and front rower Ukuma Ta’ai have been recalled to replace the injured Nathan Friend and Steve Rapira for Saturday night’s 25th-round NRL clash against St George Illawarra at WIN Stadium in Wollongong (5.30pm kick-off local time).<br /> Hooker Friend was forced off 27 minutes into last Sunday’s match against Penrith after dislocating his right shoulder. A decision is yet to be made whether he requires surgery.<br /> Rapira, making only his second appearance at home, has a tear in his right hamstring which is set to keep him out of not just this match against the Dragons but also the season finale against Canberra on Sunday, September 2.<br /> Pita Godinet, who was used off the bench to replace Friend against the Panthers, starts at hooker on Saturday night with Alehana Mara named on a five-man bench. Mara broke his right fibula in the opening minutes of the 14th-round match against Penrith on June 11 and made his comeback via the Auckland Vulcans in their last two matches in the New South Wales Cup.<br /> Ta’ai is back in the squad after appearing in the first 10 rounds of the season; he has been with the Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup since.<br /> Micheal Luck returns to start at loose forward after playing 41 minutes off the bench against North Queensland and 58 minutes against Penrith in last Sunday’s 16-18 loss to Penrith.<br /> The match will be Tony Iro’s first in charge after being called in to guide the side in the last two games of the 2012 campaign following head coach Brian McClennan’s departure this morning.<br /> “It’s been a difficult day for all of us,” said Iro.<br /> “We’re all disappointed with what has happened this season but we’re all in this together and our job now is to keep working as hard as we can to try to bring about a positive end to the season.”<br /> While the Vodafone Warriors are battling in 13th spot on the NRL ladder with eight wins and 14 losses, Saturday night’s match will provide another significant personal milestone, this time for prop Ru



Rd 25 vs Dragons

Updated Sep 8, 2012
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Vodafone Warriors hooker Alehana Mara and front rower Ukuma Ta’ai have been recalled to replace the injured Nathan Friend and Steve Rapira for Saturday night’s 25th-round NRL clash against St George Illawarra at WIN Stadium in Wollongong (5.30pm kick-off local time).
Hooker Friend was forced off 27 minutes into last Sunday’s match against Penrith after dislocating his right shoulder. A decision is yet to be made whether he requires surgery.
Rapira, making only his second appearance at home, has a tear in his right hamstring which is set to keep him out of not just this match against the Dragons but also the season finale against Canberra on Sunday, September 2.
Pita Godinet, who was used off the bench to replace Friend against the Panthers, starts at hooker on Saturday night with Alehana Mara named on a five-man bench. Mara broke his right fibula in the opening minutes of the 14th-round match against Penrith on June 11 and made his comeback via the Auckland Vulcans in their last two matches in the New South Wales Cup.
Ta’ai is back in the squad after appearing in the first 10 rounds of the season; he has been with the Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup since.
Micheal Luck returns to start at loose forward after playing 41 minutes off the bench against North Queensland and 58 minutes against Penrith in last Sunday’s 16-18 loss to Penrith.
The match will be Tony Iro’s first in charge after being called in to guide the side in the last two games of the 2012 campaign following head coach Brian McClennan’s departure this morning.
“It’s been a difficult day for all of us,” said Iro.
“We’re all disappointed with what has happened this season but we’re all in this together and our job now is to keep working as hard as we can to try to bring about a positive end to the season.”
While the Vodafone Warriors are battling in 13th spot on the NRL ladder with eight wins and 14 losses, Saturday night’s match will provide another significant personal milestone, this time for prop Ru

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