Sean O'Sullivan has been tasked with filling in for the injured Chanel Harris-Tavita for NZ Warriors against Canberra Raiders on Saturday.
On Tuesday, the club announced that incumbent half Harris-Tavita would undergo surgery for a broken foot, putting him out of action for three months.
The 22-year-old former Brisbane Broncos halfback O'Sullivan will make his club debut as Harris-Tavita's replacement alongside halves partner Kodi Nikorima, with the highly touted ex-Junior Kangaroo given a golden opportunity to prove his class and lock down the starting spot during Harris-Tavita's lengthy absence.
Coach Nathan Brown has also been forced to make a change to his front-row, bringing Bunty Afoa in to replace Jamyane Taunoa-Brown, who's been suspended for three weeks for a crusher tackle during Friday's 20-16 loss to the Knights.
Afoa will make his first start since his season-ending ACL injury last year.
His promotion from the bench makes way for Jack Murchie to join the interchange against his former club.
Saturday’s match doubles as a major career milestone for Addin Fonua-Blake, who makes his 100th career appearance, after 97 games for Manly.
Hooker Wayde Egan will also bring up a milestone, set to play his 50th NRL game this weekend, coming off his team-high 55 tackles in an 80-minute stint against Newcastle.
Through their last six encounters, the Warriors and the Raiders have shared the spoils, with three wins apiece.
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