NRL 2020: NZ Warriors' David Fusitu'a returns to bring up century against Brisbane Broncos

The NZ Warriors will welcome David Fusitu'a and Wayde Egan back into the fray for their clash with the struggling Brisbane Broncos in Gosford on Saturday.

Fusitu'a has recovered from the head injury that ruled him out of last week's 50-6 hammering by the Melbourne Storm, and will make his 100th appearance for the club this weekend. 

Egan returns from a one-game suspension to replace Karl Lawton in the No.9 jersey.

Patrick Herbert will shift into the centres to allow for Fusitu'a to reclaim his spot on the wing, while Gerard Beale moves to the extended bench.

Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been named to the starting side, pending the result of his not guilty plea for a shoulder charge with the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night.

If the star fullback is unsuccessful he will be ruled out this weekend. But even if Tuivasa-Sheck had entered an early guilty plea, he was facing a week on the sidelines.

NRL 2020: NZ Warriors' David Fusitu'a returns to bring up century against Brisbane Broncos
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In the forwards, new loan player Jack Hetherington has been rushed into the bench, having joined the squad from the Penrith Panthers this week.

Jamayne Taunoa-Brown returns to the starting side after being switched to the interchange last week, and Agnatius Paasi has been named in the run-on side after being used off the bench in his three appearances since the season resumed.

Adam Blair, who started at prop last week, reverts to loose forward, Tohu Harris is named in the second row after being used in the middle last week and Jack Murchie remains on the edge with Eliesa Katoa (ankle) still injured.

 After suffering a head injury against the Storm, Lawton has yet to be cleared to play but has been named to the bench, alongside Chanel Harris-Tavita and Josh Curran.

The Warriors will square off with a wounded Broncos side, who are coming off a beating of their own, going down 30-12 to the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday.

The Queensland side sits one spot below the Kiwis on the NRL ladder at 15th.

Join us for live updates of Warriors v Broncos from 7:30pm Saturday

 

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