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Fisiiahi wings his way back for Warriors

  • Fisiiahi wings his way back for Warriors

Glen Fisiiahi will play his first NRL match in more than 15 months when he runs out for the Warriors against Manly in Auckland on Sunday.

Fisiiahi has been named on the wing in a reshuffled backline after centre David Fusitu'a suffered a knee injury in the 24-0 loss to the Sydney Roosters last weekend.

With Konrad Hurrell also unavailable because of suspension, Tuimoala Lolohea shifts from wing to centre.

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Fisiiahi's 2014 season was ended by a shoulder problem in the 37-6 defeat to Cronulla in round five in April, a week after the speedster had scored four tries in a 42-18 win over Wests Tigers.

The 24-year-old Tonga international, who has been playing for the Warriors' NSW Cup side, has also had to battle back from a knee complaint this season.

Meanwhile, Hurrell is sitting out a one-match ban for dangerous contact while making his return from a shoulder injury by playing for the NSW Cup side against Illawarra.

Also not considered were winger Manu Vatuvei (shoulder) and second-rower Ryan Hoffman (back), who have missed the last two matches.

Hoffman is considered a possibility to face Cronulla in Auckland in the next round, while Vatuvei is expected to return the week after that against St George Illawarra in Wellington.

The Warriors dropped to seventh on the ladder after their defeat to the Roosters, while Manly are 13th following their 30-12 loss to North Queensland on Monday night.

However, the Sea Eagles have history on their side against the Warriors, having won eight of the previous nine meetings between the sides.

Warriors: Sam Tomkins, Glen Fisiiahi, Tuimoala Lolohea, Solomone Kata, Jonathan Wright, Chad Townsend, Shaun Johnson, Jacob Lillyman, Nathan Friend, Ben Matulino, Bodene Thompson, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Simon Mannering (capt). Interchange (from): Siliva Havili, Sione Lousi, Sam Rapira, Albert Vete, Sam Lisone.

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