Album: Round 21 - Warriors Vs Sea-Eagles - Mannering out, Vatuvei to lead side

Captain Simon Mannering will miss his first NRL match in more than two years after being ruled out of the Vodafone Warriors’ trip to Perth for their 21st-round clash against Manly at Patersons Stadium on Saturday (5.30pm kick-off local time).<br /> <br /> Mannering injured his right ankle late in last Saturday night’s 19-24 loss to Newcastle at Mount Smart Stadium.<br /> While the 164-game veteran is out of contention this week medical staff are optimistic he’ll return for the 22nd-round encounter with Cronulla at Mount Smart Stadium for this game.<br /> <br /> His absence has resulted in a career first for winger Manu Vatuvei who has been named to lead the side in what will be his 147th appearance as he comes back after missing the Newcastle game with a hamstring injury.<br /> “We’re satisfied Simon isn’t seriously injured but he’ll be out this week,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Brian McClennan.<br /> <br /> “It’s a big loss for us obviously because Simon does so much work for us and we’re so used to having him out there every week and nearly always for the full 80 minutes.<br /> <br /> “It’s exciting, though, to be able to give big Manu the honour of captaining our club for the first time. He’s a great man is Manu and he’s really humbled to be given the job. We know he’ll lead the way and the boys will be there giving him their full support.”<br /> <br /> Mannering will miss his first NRL match since the 10th-round clash against North Queensland in May, 2010. A week later he began a run of 62 consecutive appearances for the club.<br /> <br /> With Mannering out, McClennan has shuffled his back row and centres combinations with Lewis Brown moved off the bench to start at left centre and Ben Henry named in the second row after being used as a centre in all 18 matches so far this season.<br /> <br /> Giant forward Sam Lousi, rushed in at the last moment last weekend to make his NRL debut as Vodafone Warrior No 175, will make his second appearance on Saturday. A day after his 21st birthday, he and older brother Sione became only the fourth set of br



Round 21 - Warriors Vs Sea-Eagles - Mannering out, Vatuvei to lead side

Updated Jul 28, 2012
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Captain Simon Mannering will miss his first NRL match in more than two years after being ruled out of the Vodafone Warriors’ trip to Perth for their 21st-round clash against Manly at Patersons Stadium on Saturday (5.30pm kick-off local time).

Mannering injured his right ankle late in last Saturday night’s 19-24 loss to Newcastle at Mount Smart Stadium.
While the 164-game veteran is out of contention this week medical staff are optimistic he’ll return for the 22nd-round encounter with Cronulla at Mount Smart Stadium for this game.

His absence has resulted in a career first for winger Manu Vatuvei who has been named to lead the side in what will be his 147th appearance as he comes back after missing the Newcastle game with a hamstring injury.
“We’re satisfied Simon isn’t seriously injured but he’ll be out this week,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Brian McClennan.

“It’s a big loss for us obviously because Simon does so much work for us and we’re so used to having him out there every week and nearly always for the full 80 minutes.

“It’s exciting, though, to be able to give big Manu the honour of captaining our club for the first time. He’s a great man is Manu and he’s really humbled to be given the job. We know he’ll lead the way and the boys will be there giving him their full support.”

Mannering will miss his first NRL match since the 10th-round clash against North Queensland in May, 2010. A week later he began a run of 62 consecutive appearances for the club.

With Mannering out, McClennan has shuffled his back row and centres combinations with Lewis Brown moved off the bench to start at left centre and Ben Henry named in the second row after being used as a centre in all 18 matches so far this season.

Giant forward Sam Lousi, rushed in at the last moment last weekend to make his NRL debut as Vodafone Warrior No 175, will make his second appearance on Saturday. A day after his 21st birthday, he and older brother Sione became only the fourth set of br

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