NRL 2021: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck moves to five-eighth in major NZ Warriors reshuffle to face Penrith Panthers

NZ Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has made a surprise switch to the halves, as part of a re-jigged line-up to face Penrith Panthers on Sunday.

The reshuffle has also seen Chad Townsend, Tohu Harris and Euan Aitken move from the extended bench into the starting side. Tuivasa-Sheck will move from the wing into the halves, dropping Kodi Nikorima to interchange.

Townsend will slot in at halfback, after returning from a shoulder injury, partnering Tuivasa-Sheck and relegating Sean O’Sullivan from the matchday squad altogether.

Aitken moves into the centres, with Marcelo Montoya shifting to the wing, where Tuivasa-Sheck was initially named to start.

Harris has also recovered from a shoulder injury, coming into the starting side, alongside Bayley Sironen in the second row, forcing Eliesa Katoa onto the interchange bench.

Josh Curran is another late addition to the matchday side, returning from two weeks in quarantine, after he and Aitken shared a flight with a crew member who tested positive for COVID-19.

NZ Warriors: 1-Reece Walsh, 2-Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 3-Rocco Berry, 20-Euan Aitken, 4-Marcelo Montoya, 5-Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 21-Chad Townsend, 8-Addin Fonua-Blake, 9-Wayde Egan, 10-Matt Lodge, 12-Bayley Sironen, 22-Tohu Harris, 13-Jazz Tevaga.

Interchange: 6-Kodi Nikorima, 11-Eliesa Katoa, 14-Josh Curran, 15-Leeson Ah Mau.

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