Tuimoala Lolohea has been moved into the Warriors halves in place of Jeff Robson for round seven of the NRL, while Cody Walker is set to make way for Adam Reynolds’ probable return from injury for South Sydney.
Lolohea has been one of the Warriors’ best on the wing in their unimpressive 2-4 start to the season, as Robson has struggled to spark the New Zealanders’ attack alongside Shaun Johnson at halfback.
Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has faced increasing pressure to insert Lolohea into the halves, and he has done with Robson falling out of the side to play Canterbury in Wellington on Saturday.
David Fusitu’a comes onto the wing.
Star Rabbitohs halfback Reynolds has been sidelined since breaking his jaw against Sydney Roosters in round one.
Five-eighth Luke Keary missed that match due to suspension, meaning Friday night’s clash with North Queensland in Townsville is the first time Souths coach Michael Maguire has been forced to whittle his three halves down to two.
As a result, Keary and Reynolds are likely to renew their 2014 premiership-winning combination against last year’s premiers, the Cowboys.
Rabbitohs hooker Cameron McInnes says Reynolds’ return will be a welcome one after last week’s loss to the Roosters.
“He’s been training well, Renno, so there’s a chance he could be back. Madge (Maguire) will make that decision,” McInnes told reporters on Tuesday.
“But he’s obviously got a lot of experience, a great kicking game. He’s obviously a big leader in out team.
“The boys have been doing a great job while he has been out but he is obviously a great member of any team.”
McInnes said the competition for spots in the side was a good thing.
“That’s the nature of a good footy side. You’ve got good players throughout the whole squad so the club has to make tough decisions,” he said.
“I’m glad it’s not me but at the same time that breeds competition for anybody to step in and do the job. The boys that miss out, they’ve got to go back and keep working hard. It’s just what it is.”