NRL: Mitchell Barnett makes long-awaited return to Warriors for clash with Dolphins

  • 30/05/2023

NZ Warriors will welcome back a trio of key forwards for their NRL clash with Redcliffe Dolphins at Mt Smart on Saturday.

Headlining the three is the highly anticipated return of forward Mitchell Barnett, who hasn't featured for the Warriors since suffering a neck injury in the win over North Queensland Cowboys back in round three. The Australian will make his comeback from the interchange bench.

Hooker Wayde Egan has recovered from the calf injury which ruled him out of the match against Brisbane Broncos in Napier last weekend.

In the only change to the starting line-up, he reclaims the No. 9 jersey from Freddy Lussick, who is ineligible to play after failing an HIA against the Broncos.

Dylan Walker has also been cleared by the medical team to retake his place as an impact substitute.

Currently placed eighth on the NRL ladder, the Warriors are aiming to get back on track after their 26-22 defeat to the Broncos.

NZ Warriors: 1-Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2-Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 3-Rocco Berry, 4-Adam Pompey, 5-Marcelo Montoya, 6-Luke Metcalf, 7-Shaun Johnson, 8-Addin Fonua-Blake, 9-Wayde Egan, 10-Bunty Afoa, 11-Jackson Ford, 12-Marata Niukore, 13-Tohu Harris (c)

Interchange: 14-Dylan Walker, 15-Josh Curran, 16-Mitchell Barnett, 17-Bayley Sironen