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Anderson and Ropati called into Warriors squad for Cronulla clash

Kiwi internationals Louis Anderson and Jerome Ropati have been called into the Vodafone Warriors' NRL side for Saturday night's clash against Cronulla at Mt Smart Stadium.
Anderson and Ropati called into Warriors squad for Cronulla clash
by NRL

Kiwi internationals Louis Anderson and Jerome Ropati have been called into the Vodafone Warriors' NRL side for Saturday night's clash against Cronulla at Mt Smart Stadium.

Ropati is now set to play his first NRL match of the year after being troubled by back and hamstring complaints.

After missing the club's pre-season trials and the early rounds of the NRL, the 22-year-old Ropati started his comeback two weeks ago.

First he turned out for the Auckland Lions in the Bartercard Cup before playing for the Vodafone Auckland Lions in their New South Wales Premier League clash against North Sydney last Saturday.

Anderson (21) was forced from the field with an ankle injury in the Vodafone Warriors' season-opening win against Parramatta on March 17.

He played his first game since when he joined Ropati in the Vodafone Auckland Lions last weekend.

With Ropati and Anderson coming into the side, head coach Ivan Cleary has released hooker George Gatis and back rower Corey Lawrie to play for the Vodafone Auckland Lions in Saturday night's premier league curtain-raiser against the Sharks. Gatis and Lawrie were both on the bench for last Sunday's dramatic 18-16 NRL victory against the Rabbitohs.

Vodafone Warriors utility Patrick Ah Van will also be playing his first NRL match of the year on Saturday night.

The 19-year-old was brought into the side to replace suspended first-choice fullback Wade McKinnon.

After making a delayed start to the season following off-season shoulder surgery, Ah Van has played three games at fullback for the Vodafone Auckland Lions in the New South Wales Premier League.

He started at fullback twice in his 15 appearances for the Vodafone Warriors in his rookie season in 2006.

VODAFONE WARRIORS v CRONULLA SHARKS
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
7.30pm, Saturday, May 5, 2007

1 Patrick Ah Van
2 Todd Byrne
3 Tony Martin
4 Simon Mannering
5 Manu Vatuvei
6 Michael Witt
7 Grant Rovelli
8 Evarn Tuimavave
9 Nathan Fien
10 Steve Price (c)
11 Ruben Wiki (vc)
12 Logan Swann
13 Micheal Luck

Interchange:
15 Sam Rapira
16 Epalahame Lauaki
18 Jerome Ropati
20 Louis Anderson

Coach: Ivan Cleary

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