League: Hurrell to start for Warriors... for now

Konrad Hurrell. Photo / Getty Images
Konrad Hurrell. Photo / Getty Images

Konrad Hurrell has been named to start for the Warriors on Saturday, although the club doesn't know if he will still be available to play as the NRL's integrity unit investigates an embarrassing sex video involving the centre.

The 22-year-old was involved in a sex tape with Shortland Street actress Teuila Blakely which was made public briefly on social media. Integrity unit boss Jim Doyle says the incident is a concern for the game, particularly as it kicked off Women in League week.

"At this stage he is [available for selection] but I'm still waiting on the integrity unit to come back with a decision," Warriors interim coach Andrew McFadden said.

Hurrell was named to start at centre against the Raiders at Eden Park. Assuming he plays, it will be just his fourth start of the season as he has battled form and fitness issues but, with David Fusitua (shoulder) injured and Dane Nielsen out of favour, Ngani Laumape has been shifted to the wing.

Ben Henry, who made his Kiwis debut at hooker in last weekend's Anzac test, will play at left centre, and Kevin Locke has been named on an extended five-man bench that also includes Sione Lousi.

Locke has played twice for the reserve grade side after recovering from a knee injury picked up at last year's World Cup but last week signed a three-year deal with Salford to play in the UK Super League after seeing his way back into the side blocked by England fullback Sam Tomkins.

Thomas Leuluai is still troubled by a groin complaint, meaning Chad Townsend will start at five-eighth, and McFadden said it could be some time before Leuluai returned. Sam Rapira is also a major doubt for the Raiders game with a bulging disc.

Ben Matulino has been named to start on the bench but McFadden said the front-rower was "50/50" because of the rib injury he picked up against the Bulldogs nearly four weeks ago.

While the Warriors go into the contest on the back of the 16-10 win over the Storm in Melbourne, Canberra are coming off one of their most humiliating losses after being trounced 54-18 by Manly on April 27.

- NZ Herald

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