Album: Warriors Vs Titans Team Rnd 24 2013

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Vodafone Warriors v Titans<br /> Richard Becht<br /> <br /> Tuesday 20 August 2013 2:11 PM<br /> <br /> Jerome Ropati will play his first NRL match in more than three months after being named today in the Vodafone Warriors’ line-up for Saturday’s 24th-round NRL clash against the Gold Coast Titans at Skilled Park in Robina (5.30pm kick-off local time; 7.30pm NZT).<br /> <br /> Used as 18th man in the last three matches against Cronulla, Manly and Penrith, the 28-year-old 140-game veteran has been selected on the right wing replacing rookie Ngani Laumape.<br /> <br /> Ropati’s last NRL outing was coincidentally the eighth-round match against the Titans at Mount Smart Stadium on May 5 when the Vodafone Warriors won 25-24, their fifth consecutive win against Gold Coast.<br /> <br /> It was only his second match back at NRL level this year after returning from knee surgery only to be sidelined by a hamstring complaint.<br /> <br /> Ropati initially made his way back with the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup before being brought back into the NRL game day squad for the Cronulla encounter.<br /> <br /> “Jerome has been working his way back to a return to the NRL,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott.<br /> <br /> “He has been a part of all our training lately and it was only a matter of time before he came back into the side.”<br /> <br /> Ropati’s inclusion isn’t the only change made to the starting line-up to face the Titans.<br /> <br /> After being promoted to start on game day, prop Suaia Matagi is now named in the run-on side for his ninth outing while the back row combination has been altered. Elijah Taylor moves from loose forward to start in the second row, Todd Lowrie will wear the No 13 jersey and Feleti Mateo is on the interchange alongside Ben Matulino, Jacob Lillyman, Dominique Peyroux and Laumape.<br /> <br /> Dane Nielsen is named in the centres despite before being forced off with an ankle sprain just 12 minutes into Sunday’s 24-28 loss to Penrith. It’s hoped Nielsen will recover to play what will be his 96th NRL match.<br /> <br /> The Vodafone Warriors go i



Warriors Vs Titans Team Rnd 24 2013

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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Vodafone Warriors v Titans
Richard Becht

Tuesday 20 August 2013 2:11 PM

Jerome Ropati will play his first NRL match in more than three months after being named today in the Vodafone Warriors’ line-up for Saturday’s 24th-round NRL clash against the Gold Coast Titans at Skilled Park in Robina (5.30pm kick-off local time; 7.30pm NZT).

Used as 18th man in the last three matches against Cronulla, Manly and Penrith, the 28-year-old 140-game veteran has been selected on the right wing replacing rookie Ngani Laumape.

Ropati’s last NRL outing was coincidentally the eighth-round match against the Titans at Mount Smart Stadium on May 5 when the Vodafone Warriors won 25-24, their fifth consecutive win against Gold Coast.

It was only his second match back at NRL level this year after returning from knee surgery only to be sidelined by a hamstring complaint.

Ropati initially made his way back with the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup before being brought back into the NRL game day squad for the Cronulla encounter.

“Jerome has been working his way back to a return to the NRL,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott.

“He has been a part of all our training lately and it was only a matter of time before he came back into the side.”

Ropati’s inclusion isn’t the only change made to the starting line-up to face the Titans.

After being promoted to start on game day, prop Suaia Matagi is now named in the run-on side for his ninth outing while the back row combination has been altered. Elijah Taylor moves from loose forward to start in the second row, Todd Lowrie will wear the No 13 jersey and Feleti Mateo is on the interchange alongside Ben Matulino, Jacob Lillyman, Dominique Peyroux and Laumape.

Dane Nielsen is named in the centres despite before being forced off with an ankle sprain just 12 minutes into Sunday’s 24-28 loss to Penrith. It’s hoped Nielsen will recover to play what will be his 96th NRL match.

The Vodafone Warriors go i
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