Nervy Jones Ready for Comeback
Having missed his side's win over Parramatta six days ago, Kiwi legend Stacey Jones will play his first game of competitive rugby league in almost two years and first for the Warriors since 2005 after coming out of retirement in the off-season.
"I'm a bit nervous," said Jones, who will start from the bench. "But there are nerves when you play any game and there were nerves when I was playing the trials.
"I was just happy to get through those games knowing that I can still play at the level.
"It's a little bit easier for me coming off the bench though because when you start in a game you go out there with the mentality that you'll play a full game.
"For me being out of the game for so long I've been given the opportunity to come from the bench where I won't be playing 80 minutes."
Meanwhile, unwanted Warriors half Michael Witt is poised to become the latest NRL player to switch to rugby union.
Witt, who joined the Warriors in 2007, has been told by the club he is free to look elsewhere but is almost certain to change codes as early as next week after talks with Penrith and Melbourne fell through.
"At the moment we're going through the process of looking at some rugby stuff and hopefully within the next few weeks something will get sorted out," Witt confirmed when contacted by Big League.
However, Witt's manager Darryl Mather said an announcement could come as early as Monday with Witt close to signing with a well-known New Zealand provincial rugby team.
NRL.com Late Mail - Ben Jones has come into the Sydney Roosters' squad to replace Jake Friend, who was this suspended for two weeks for drink driving.
- A decision will be made on Sunday on the fitness of key prop Willie Mason.
- And Canberra duo Brett Kelly and Nigel Plum have dropped off the bench after initially being named in a 19-man squad.