NRL 2020: NZ Warriors' Eliesa Katoa returns to take on Canberra Raiders

Coach Todd Payten has been forced into a handful of changes when his NZ Warriors side face Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium on Sunday.

Parramatta loan players George Jennings and Daniel Alvaro have returned to the Eels, while front-rower Jamayne Taunoa-Brown has copped a one-game suspension for a dangerous tackle.

The impressive rookie has played in the last 18 Warriors games, but his early guilty plea for a grade-two dangerous contact charge in the 22-14 loss to Cronulla Sharks will sideline him this weekend.

Taunoa-Brown's absence sees experienced Lachlan Burr back as starting prop, with development player Tom Ale to make his NRL debut off the bench.

In a welcome dose of positive injury news, fellow rookie star Eliesa Katoa has been cleared to make his return to the field.

Katoa has undergone minor surgery on a hand injury sustained during the win over Newcastle Knights and will make his comeback from the interchange after a two-game hiatus.

NRL 2020: NZ Warriors' Eliesa Katoa returns to take on Canberra Raiders

In the backs, Hayze Perham shifts out from the midfield to replace Jennings on the wing, while Adam Keighran moves into the starting centre role for his first taste of NRL action since round two.

The Warriors will play for pride against Canberra, after the Sharks snuffed out their slim playoff hopes on Sunday.

The fifth-placed Raiders are coming off a 37-8 demolition of St George Illawarra Dragons and will try to leapfrog their way into the top four with just two rounds remaining.

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