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The Panthers return to Pepper Stadium to celebrate NRL Indigenous Round as they take on New Zealand Warriors with both sides hoping to keep themselves within striking distance of the top eight.

Anthony Griffin has made one change to the side that fell to the Broncos a fortnight ago, recalling James Fisher-Harris following his recovery from a shoulder injury sustained a month ago. Corey Harawira-Naera drops to the bench to make way for his return, while Viliame Kikau is named on the reserves list.

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has also reshuffled his side following their last-start one point win over the Roosters with Charnze Nicoll-Kolkstad making way for Solomone Kata who returns in the centres, while David Fusitua pushes out to the wing.


The Panthers return to the field after a highly successful representative weekend where eighteen players were named in eight of the sides competing. Trent Merrin was part of the victorious Kangaroos side that defeated the Kiwis, who had Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Dean Whare put in promising performances.

Leilani Latu put in a dominant display for Tonga, scoring the match-winner with his second try, to triumph over a Fijian side featuring Kikau and Waqa Blake.

Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.