Album: Rd 7: Warriors V Storm (thursday 25-04)

Glen Fisiiahi, Jacob Lillyman, Elijah Taylor, Pita Godinet and Jerome Ropati have all been selected for the Vodafone Warriors’ traditional Anzac Day NRL match against Melbourne at AAMI Park on Thursday (7.00pm kick-off; 9.00pm NZT). Photo: Photosport.<br /> <br /> After appearing for the Auckland Vulcans in their last two New South Wales Cup matches, Fisiiahi comes into the NRL line-up replacing the injured Manu Vatuvei.<br /> <br /> Earlier in the season, Fisiiahi was on the wing for the opening to rounds against Parramatta and the Sydney Roosters.<br /> <br /> Also back from injury are prop Lillyman and utilities Taylor and Godinet while long-serving centre Ropati is a chance of making his first NRL appearance of the season after being included on a five-man bench. Ropati has been making his comeback from knee surgery with the Vulcans over the past month.<br /> <br /> Lillyman’s return ensures the Vodafone Warriors will have their experienced front row rotation at work for the first time in 18 matches stretching back to the home clash against the Storm in Auckland on June 3.<br /> <br /> It was hoped Lillyman, Sam Rapira, Russell Packer and Ben Matulino would be reunited against the Raiders but Lillyman hadn’t fully recovered from an ankle injury.<br /> <br /> While Fisiiahi, Lillyman, Taylor and Ropati are all named in the squad, Vatuvei is out for up to three weeks after aggravating his sternum injury in the warm-up for the club’s last clash against Canberra on April 13.<br /> <br /> Despite being in some discomfort, Vatuvei scored two tries and played the full 80 minutes in a display which saw his peers named him the players’ player of the day.<br /> <br /> Also ruled out for the trip to Melbourne are captain Simon Mannering and former Storm centre Dane Nielsen. Mannering hasn’t recovered from the calf injury which forced him to miss leading the Kiwis for the first time in last Friday night’s Anzac Test against Australia while Nielsen is still troubled by the rib complaint which forced him off the field early in the Canberra encounter.<br /> <br /> “We have



Rd 7: Warriors V Storm (thursday 25-04)

Updated Apr 26, 2013
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Glen Fisiiahi, Jacob Lillyman, Elijah Taylor, Pita Godinet and Jerome Ropati have all been selected for the Vodafone Warriors’ traditional Anzac Day NRL match against Melbourne at AAMI Park on Thursday (7.00pm kick-off; 9.00pm NZT). Photo: Photosport.

After appearing for the Auckland Vulcans in their last two New South Wales Cup matches, Fisiiahi comes into the NRL line-up replacing the injured Manu Vatuvei.

Earlier in the season, Fisiiahi was on the wing for the opening to rounds against Parramatta and the Sydney Roosters.

Also back from injury are prop Lillyman and utilities Taylor and Godinet while long-serving centre Ropati is a chance of making his first NRL appearance of the season after being included on a five-man bench. Ropati has been making his comeback from knee surgery with the Vulcans over the past month.

Lillyman’s return ensures the Vodafone Warriors will have their experienced front row rotation at work for the first time in 18 matches stretching back to the home clash against the Storm in Auckland on June 3.

It was hoped Lillyman, Sam Rapira, Russell Packer and Ben Matulino would be reunited against the Raiders but Lillyman hadn’t fully recovered from an ankle injury.

While Fisiiahi, Lillyman, Taylor and Ropati are all named in the squad, Vatuvei is out for up to three weeks after aggravating his sternum injury in the warm-up for the club’s last clash against Canberra on April 13.

Despite being in some discomfort, Vatuvei scored two tries and played the full 80 minutes in a display which saw his peers named him the players’ player of the day.

Also ruled out for the trip to Melbourne are captain Simon Mannering and former Storm centre Dane Nielsen. Mannering hasn’t recovered from the calf injury which forced him to miss leading the Kiwis for the first time in last Friday night’s Anzac Test against Australia while Nielsen is still troubled by the rib complaint which forced him off the field early in the Canberra encounter.

“We have

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