In announcing the 20-man squad, Hunters coach Michael Marum said Stargroth Amean will start at fullback in place of Bland Abavu, who has been rubbed out by the Queensland Rugby League Judiciary for one game for tripping.
The enforcer, David Loko, has been cleared to play this weekend after he was cited for a dangerous throw after taking an early guilty plea.
Marum added that versatile forward, Lawrence Tu’u gets a start in the back row with Watson Boas, Junior Rop and Radley Brawa, named in the extended 20-man side.
“Apart from the judiciary decision, minor injuries to some players has forced these changes but it’s good to get the injuries attended to early and also try out these new combinations in the early part of the season,” said Marum.
The final 18-man team will be confirmed on Friday, and will leave for Brisbane on Saturday.
The 20-man squad is:
1) Stargroth AMEAN, 2) Butler MORRIS, 3) Adex WERA, 4) Willie MINOGA, 5) Paul WAWA, 6) Israel ELIAB, 7) Ase BOAS (Captain), 8) Henry WAN, 9) Gahuna SILAS, 10) Esau SIUNE, 11) Lawrence TU’U, 12) David LOKO, 13) Stanton ALBERT, 14) Watson BOAS, 15) Moses MENINGA, 16) Enoch MAKI, 17) Wellington ALBERT, 18) Junior ROP, 19) Rhadley BRAWA, 20) Nixon PUT.
Sunday’s game will kick off at 2.05pm at Davies Park.