RTS, Johnson named for Storm trial
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will lead the Warriors for the first time in his side's trial against the Storm at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday night.
Named to make his first appearance since injuring his knee last season, Tuivasa-Sheck headlines a strong squad named by new coach Stephen Kearney, that also features Shaun Johnson, Solomone Kata, Ryan Hoffman and Tui Lolohea.
"This trip to the Sunshine Coast is hugely significant in terms of our preparation for the NRL season," coach Stephen Kearney said via a club statement.
"This is what we’ve been building towards since coming into camp in early November.
"It’s a big chance for a lot of players from our Nines squad to show where they for the NRL season and it’s also important for the others selected including Roger as he comes back from missing most of last season.
"One thing we do know is that the Storm will give us a real test. They always do."
Young half Ata Hingano will also be handed another opportunity to push for a spot in Round 1, included in the 23-man squad alongside fellow playmaker Mason Lino.
Warriors squad to face Storm
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), Bunty Afoa, Matthew Allwood, Blake Ayshford, James Bell, Erin Clark, David Fusitu’a, Charlie Gubb, Ata Hingano, Ryan Hoffman, Shaun Johnson, Solomone Kata, Mason Lino, Tuimoala Lolohea, Ken Maumalo, Ofahiki Ogden, Isaiah Papalii, Junior Pauga, Pat Sipley, Toafofoa Sipley, Lewis Soosemea, Jazz Tevaga, Albert Vete.