NZ Warriors have been forced into one change for their starting side of the NRL round-two clash against Newcastle Knights, with Adam Pompey named at centre.
Pompey, 22, replaces Euan Aitken, who has been ruled out for up to 10 weeks with an ankle injury requiring surgery.
The versatile back, who can also cover wing, impressed for the Warriors in the COVID-19 disrupted season in 2020, playing 13 times and scoring five tries.
"It's disappointing for Euan and for us as a team, but we've got a very capable replacement in Adam," coach Nathan Brown says.
"He was outstanding at the back end of last season and he has trialled very well for us against the Titans and Redcliffe in the lead-up to this season."
Both Wayde Egan and Bayley Sironen have been passed fit to face the Knights, after they were forced to leave the field with concussion in round one.
The Warriors impressed in their NRL season opener, defeating Gold Coast Titans 19-6.
Warriors: 1-Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), 2-David Fusitu’a, 3-Adam Pompey, 4-Peta Hiku, 5-Ken Maumalo, 6-Kodi Nikorima, 7-Chanel Harris-Tavita, 8-Addin Fonua-Blake, 9-Wayde Egan, 10-Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 11-Eliesa Katoa, 12-Bayley Sironen, 13-Tohu Harris
Interchange (from): 14-Jazz Tevaga, 15-Ben Murdoch-Masila, 16-Leeson Ah Mau, 17-Bunty Afoa, 18-Marcelo Montoya, 20-Sean O’Sullivan, 21-Tom Ale, 22-Jack Murchie.
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