Stand-in Warriors coach Tony Iro has opted for loose forward Micheal Luck to captain the side against St George Illawarra in Wollongong tomorrow night.

The 30-year-old will play his 149th game for the club - his 225th career appearance - but it will be just his fifth NRL outing this season and first start.

Luck will take over from winger Manu Vatuvei, who has filled the role since captain Simon Mannering was ruled out with an ankle injury. Luck would normally have been preferred in Mannering's absence but was out and returned only two weeks ago in an interchange capacity.

"The big difference is that Lucky is now up to speed and starting for us so he'll lead the side," Iro said. "Manu came in to do the job at a really difficult time for us but he's more than happy for Lucky to take over now."


Luck will retire from rugby league at the end of the season and this week announced he will take over as Cowboys football operations manager next year.