NRL: Issac Luke abandoned for the game Warriors for Dragons


Issac Luke received the # 23 shirt for Saturday's game.


Issac Luke received the # 23 shirt for Saturday's game.

Issac Luke was eliminated from the Warriors team for Saturday's game against the Dragons in Brisbane.

The experienced prostitute was replaced in the starting lineup by Nathaniel Roache, while Jazz Tevaga returns to the exchange bench, having lost the Knights' 36-18 loss to Knights last weekend due to injury.

Karl Lawton, who played an NRL game this season, is also at 17 as the backup hooker.

But Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has ruled that there is no room in the 17th for Kiwi International and has put him on the exchange list, which usually means he is unlikely to play.

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"It's just a matter of changing the energy and dynamics of the group and where that will suit us this week," Kearney told Radio Sport.

"That's what I think is best for the team this week and that's why I ran it."

As one of the Warriors' senior players, Luke's relegation is a significant Kearney decision and it is the second time he has suffered a downfall in the club.

Shortly before the start of the season, the Warriors doubled their salary, which was believed to be $ 160,000 for the year when the Eels sought to exploit a clause in their contract, which would allow him to leave immediately.

Nathaniel Roache will be the starting hooker on Saturday.


Nathaniel Roache will be the starting hooker on Saturday.

To keep him at the club, the Warriors offered him an improved one-year contract.

It is believed that this would be his last year in the Warriors and in recent weeks he has spoken openly about returning to Australia with his family next year.

Adam Blair, whose place in the team could also have been in doubt because of bad form, will lose the game because of a one-week suspension for a dangerous pitch in Hymel Hunt during the first half of the Warriors' defeat by 36 to 18 Mt smart stadium on Sunday.

As expected, Kodi Nikorima will make his Warriors debut, fitting the two halves next to Blake Green.

The 25-year-old American Palmerston North-Kiwi International will become the No. 236 warrior, eight days after being hired by the Brisbane Broncos.

Lachlan Burr also got a dangerous pitch fee but is free to play after he has received a guilty plea.

Right-back David Fusitu has been reinstated in the hope of returning from the rib injury, which has knocked him out of his last two games against Melbourne and Newcastle while Bunty Afoa is in line to return from a leg injury.

Ligi Sao, who played well in the NSW Cup in the past few weeks, enters the 17th as Blair's substitute.

Chanel Harris-Tavita, who has played the last five games, is on the bench extended with the utility Gerard Beale, Chris Satae and Luke.

The Dragons are coming off two consecutive defeats, including a 32-18 loss to Parramatta on Sunday, leaving them eighth on the table with eight points, four points ahead of the Warriors, who are 12th after losing by 36 to 18 by the Knights.

The Warriors won only seven of the 28 clashes against the Dragons but won two of the last three.

Warriors: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, David Fusitua, Peta Hiku, Patrick Herbert, Ken Maumalo, Kodi Nikorima, Blake Green, Agnatius Paasi, Nathaniel Roache, Leeson Ah Mau, Isaiah Papali, Tohu Harris, Lachlan Burr. Exchange (of): Jazz Tevaga, Bunty Afoa, St. Ligi, Karl Lawton, Gerard Beale, Chris Satae, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Issac Luke.


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