Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ruled out of Warriors clash with Eels to attend birth of child

The Warriors' will be without captain and fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck for tomorrow's match against the Parrmatta Eels in Sydney, as he prepares for the birth of his child.

Tuivasa-Sheck, 24, has been withdrawn from the playing squad with 1 NEWS understanding he will instead attend the birth of his child.

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad will come into the side as his captain's replacement, although it is not clear as to whether or not he will slot in at fullback, or the wing with David Fusitu'a moving into the number one jersey.

Elsewhere, halfback Mason Lino is expected to be fit for the match, and has trained with the side all week, after suffering an ankle injury in the Warriors' loss to the Roosters last weekend.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
NRL Premiership rugby league. Vodafone Warriors v Sydney Roosters. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 12 May 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Source: Photosport


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Watch: 'We're going to the death' - Ruben Wiki gets stuck into players as Warriors go all out in brutal contact session

New Zealand Warriors legend Ruben Wiki rolled up his sleeves and showed the current players how it is done during training in Auckland today, laying on some brutal hits on the enforcers in the side.

The Warriors were thumped 32-0 by the Sydney Roosters on Saturday night at Mount Smart Stadium.

During the Warriors training session, players formed a circle and egged each other on to run it straight at any member of the squad.

Wiki lined up one of the hardest hitters of the team James Gavet, with the players cheering and hollering once they made contact.

The 45-year-old wasn't done there though, as he lined up a young gun in the team.

The Warriors take on bottom of the table Eels on Friday night in Sydney.

After going down 32-0 to the Roosters on Saturday the Warriors players let out some of their frustrations on each other. Source: 1 NEWS


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Queensland legend Cameron Smith retires from representative duties

Australia and Queensland captain Cameron Smith has announced his immediate retirement from representative rugby league.

Smith's exit coincides with the representative retirements of Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk, which were announced at the end of last year.

Since making his debut for Queensland in 2003, Smith has played a record 42 Origins for the Maroons and has been captain of the side since 2012.

In that period he has missed just one game - the series opener in 2010 due to injury - and won a record 26 matches.

Since playmaker Thurston's debut in 2005, the pair have played a crucial role in the Maroons' 11 of the last 12 series victories.

Smith exit is likely to springboard Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough into a Queensland Origin debut in the June 6 series opener, while Jake Granville of the Cowboys could be another option.

Darius Boyd, Billy Slater or Greg Inglis are the most likely candidates to take over the captaincy, however Boyd has battled form and fitness at Brisbane this season.

Queensland captain Cameron Smith Source: Photosport


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