NRL: Warriors unchanged for final

Rabbitohs v Warriors
Sydney, 4pm Sunday

Fullback Glen Fisiiahi prepares for the grand final on Sunday. Photo / Richard Robinson
Fullback Glen Fisiiahi prepares for the grand final on Sunday. Photo / Richard Robinson

The Junior Warriors are set to remain unchanged for the NRL under-20 premiership grand final against South Sydney in Sydney on Sunday.

Coach John Ackland yesterday named the same side used in last Friday's 23-16 victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs.

While captain Ben Henry was forced from the field with an ankle injury, he has been named to play and said he expected to be able to face the Rabbitohs.

Interchange hooker Nafe Seluini will complete a season in which he will have played in each of the team's 27 matches, the only player in the squad to do so.

The Junior Warriors' win over the Bulldogs carried them into their first under-20 grand final and the chance to give the club its first premiership.

It is Ackland's second coaching experience of the final day of the Australian competition season, having guided the Warriors' under-19 side to an unsuccessful outing in the 1997 grand final.

Three other grand final appearances also ended in defeat when the Warriors lost to the Sydney Roosters in the 2002 NRL decider and the club's reserve grade side were beaten in back-to-back grand finals in 1996 and 1997.

RABBITOHS v WARRIORS

Rabbitohs

Malcolm Webster
James Roberts
Junior Vaivai
Kane Morgan
Josh Mansour
Matt Mundine
Adam Reynolds
Josh Starling
Nathan Peats (c)
Francis Laulu
Adrian Ha'angana
Joseph So'oalo
Blake Judd

Warriors

Glen Fisiiahi
Omar Slaimankhel
Sosaia Feki
Siuatonga Likiliki
Elijah Niko
Carlos Tuimavave
Shaun Johnson
Neccrom Areaiiti
Elijah Taylor
Mark Ioane
Matt Robinson
Ben Henry (c)
Sebastine Ikahihifo

Rabbitohs interchange: Jake Shearer, Jacob Nansen, Jack Tulemau, Brendan McKinnon.

Warriors interchange: Nafe Seluini, Charlie Gubb, Sam Lousi, Daniel Palavi, Henry Chan-Ting, John Palavi.

- NZPA

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