NRL: Simon Mannering named to start 300th game for Warriors

Simon Mannering will take centrestage at Mount Smart Stadium, as an unchanged NZ Warriors starting lineup takes on the Canberra Raiders.

Mannering will play his 300th NRL game for the Auckland-based club on Friday night in the Warriors' last match of the regular season.

The newly turned 32-year-old has been picked at loose forward for the clash, with key back-row forward Tohu Harris named to start, after receiving the late call-up last week against the Panthers.

NRL: Simon Mannering named to start 300th game for Warriors

Blake Green has yet to fully recover from a calf complaint, meaning another start for Mason Lino in the halves, alongside Shaun Johnson.

The only change to the bench sees Gerard Beale return from injury.

After making his debut as an 18-year-old on June 26, 2005, Mannering is set to join Ruben Wiki (312 games) as the only other New Zealander to reach the 300 mark.

Of the 33 players on the list ahead of him, Mannering has played against or with 25 of them. Three - Wiki, Steve Price and Ryan Hoffman - are former teammates.

The upcoming playoffs will be Mannering's fifth visit to post-season football, after previous appearances in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Warriors: 1-Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), 2-David Fusitu'a, 3-Peta Hiku, 4-Solomone Kata, 5-Ken Maumalo, 6-Mason Lino, 7-Shaun Johnson, 8-James Gavet, 9-Issac Luke, 10-Agnatius Paasi, 11-Adam Blair, 12-Tohu Harris, 13-Simon Mannering

Interchange: Jazz Tevaga, Isaiah Papali'i, Bunty Afoa, Gerrard Beale, Leivaha Pulu, Anthony Gelling, Chris Satae, Karl Lawton