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League: Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ruled out of All Stars clash with calf injury

Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck suffered a calf strain in the latter stages of the NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park. Photo/Getty
Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck suffered a calf strain in the latter stages of the NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park. Photo/Getty

Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been ruled out of Saturday's All Stars game after suffering a calf strain at the NRL Auckland Nines.

Tuivasa-Sheck's place in the World All Stars team will be filled by Warriors teammate Konrad Hurrell, for the match against the Indigenous All Stars at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Warriors forward Ryan Hoffman will also play for the World All Stars after being named as a replacement for club captain Simon Mannering, who announced his withdrawal last week following the birth of his second child.

Tuivasa-Sheck suffered the injury in the latter stages of the tournament and after crossing for his side's only try in their 22-4 defeat to Parramatta in the Nines final, was seen limping post-match with an ice bag taped to his leg.

While the gun fullback will miss the All Stars match, halfback Shaun Johnson is expected to sit out Saturday's club trial game against Gold Coast in Whangarei after suffering a corked thigh against the Eels.

Johnson, who made a successful playing return at the Nines following his six month recovery from a broken ankle, confirmed after the match that his latest knock was not serious. Centre Solomone Kata (ankle) and rookie Henare Wells (hamstring) are also nursing injuries after the weekend.

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden confirmed he intends on resting players who featured heavily throughout the Nines, in an effort to ensure a fully fit squad for their round one NRL clash against Wests Tigers on March 5.

"There's a few niggles there's no doubt," said McFadden.

"After six games there are a few guys that are pretty tight but hopefully, I plan to give all the guys who played big minutes a rest this week and we'll be right for round one."

McFadden was pleased with Tuivasa-Sheck's contribution out wide, with the tournament marking his first appearance in Warriors colours, but said the 22-year-old would be more effective during the NRL season.

"I thought he was really solid," he said. "He wasn't in the middle with Shaun, we put him out wide and I know when we get to the 13-a-side game that's where he'll really shine."

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