5 Jun 2012

Locke back for Warriors

6:36 pm on 5 June 2012

There are two changes to the Warriors rugby league team to face the Panthers in Penrith next Monday night, with fullback Kevin Locke returning from injury and Steve Rapira replacing his injured brother Sam in the front row.

Locke scored a try and kicked three goals from three attempts in his first full game in more than two months when he turned out for the Auckland Vulcans in their 18-32 New South Wales Cup loss to Newcastle on Saturday.

He comes in for Glen Fisiiahi, who was off the field for more than 20 minutes with a knee injury midway through the Warriors' 22-12 defeat by Melbourne on Sunday.

It's Steve Rapira's first game this season. His older brother Sam played just five minutes against the Storm before a triceps rupture in his left arm forced him off. He faces surgery and three months out of action.