29 Jun 2016

Lolohea back for Warriors

6:31 am on 29 June 2016

The Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has made minimal changes to his side for Saturday's NRL clash with the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium.

Tuimoala Lolohea celebrates his try during the NRL Rugby League match between the Vodafone Warriors and The Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 27 June 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

Tuimoala Lolohea Photo: Photosport

Tuimoala Lolohea is back on the right wing, while Jonathan Wright is dropped.

David Fusitu'a stays at fullback with utility Nathaniel Roache on the interchange bench.

Meanwhile Simon Mannering, will become only the second player after the great Stacey Jones to appear in 250 NRL matches for the Warriors.

The encounter with the Titans will bring Mannering within 12 games of going past Jones' record 261 games.

His feat will also coincide with the Warriors' 250th first-grade game at Mount Smart Stadium since the club's beloved home was christened by the original Auckland Warriors at the then-named Ericsson Stadium on March 10, 1995.

The games so far have comprised 246 regular season matches and finals against Canberra in 2002, Parramatta in 2007 and the Sydney Roosters in 2008.

Of Mannering's 249 games to date, 113 have been at Mount Stadium while the club's record at the grand old lady shows 145 wins, a draw and 103 losses for a success rate of 58.2 per cent. Mannering has featured in 12 of the club's 22 seasons to date.

The Warriors have a 7 and 8 record and they're just two points off eighth place with five home games and four away fixtures to go in the regular season.