Luke to start for Warriors in Taranaki

Issac Luke returns to the starting hooker's role for his Taranaki homecoming while back-rower Simon Mannering comes back from a two-match injury absence for the Warriors' historic Round 11 home clash against Canberra at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth on Saturday.

Hawera-born-and-raised Luke was on the bench against St George-Illawarra and Penrith but now reclaims the No.9 jersey as the Warriors take the NRL Telstra Premiership to his province for the first time.

The 29-year-old Mannering missed the last two matches after receiving an ugly facial wound in the Round 8 match against Melbourne on Anzac Day.

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WARRIORS v CANBERRA RAIDERS
Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
7.30pm (local), Saturday, May 21

1 Tuimoala Lolohea
2 Jonathan Wright
3 Blake Ayshford
4 Matthew Allwood
5 David Fusitu'a
6 Thomas Leuluai
7 Shaun Johnson
8 Jacob Lillyman
9 Issac Luke
10 Ben Matulino
11 Bodene Thompson
12 Ryan Hoffman (c)
13 Simon Mannering
Interchange:
14 Jazz Tevaga
15 Sam Lisone
16 John Palavi
17 James Gavet
18 Toafofoa Sipley