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Simon Mannering and the Warriors look on after conceding a try against the Eels.

Key Warriors players Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei and Solomone Kata have been ruled out of their side's clash with the St George Illawarra Dragons in Waikato on Friday night. 

Mannering hasn't recovered from the hamstring injury which forced him out of last Saturday's 36-28 loss to Penrith while Vatuvei is sidelined with a calf injury he picked up in the final field session last Friday when he was all set to make his return to the NRL.

Kata was making his comeback from a hamstring complaint last week when he was forced from the field with another leg injury in the 69th minute.

Ben Matulino will become just the fourth player to make 200 appearances for the Warriors.

The club's first-ever home game in Hamilton will also be a milestone occasion for second rower Bodene Thompson who plays his 50th match for the Warriors, his 135th career game.

With Kata out, David Fusitu'a switches from the wing to the centres, Ken Maumalo is back replacing Fusitu'a after playing in the Intrust Super Premiership last Saturday and Bunty Afoa, who started on the bench against Penrith, has been named to start at loose forward.

Brought onto the extended bench this week are props Charlie Gubb and Albert Vete as well as utility Tuimoala Lolohea.

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1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c)
2 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
3 Blake Ayshford
4 David Fusitu'a
5 Ken Maumalo
6 Kieran Foran
7 Shaun Johnson
8 James Gavet
9 Issac Luke
10 Jacob Lillyman
11 Bodene Thompson
12 Ryan Hoffman
13 Bunty Afoa
14 Nathaniel Roache
15 Sam Lisone
16 Ligi Sao
17 Ben Matulino
18 Charlie Gubb
20 Mason Lino
21 Albert Vete
22 Tuimoala Lolohea


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