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With five of their first six games in their home country (including a game against the Bulldogs in Dunedin in Round 3) to kick off proceedings, the New Zealand Warriors should get their 2017 campaign off to a flying start.
The Warriors welcome back-to-back wooden spooners Newcastle, in what will be their first Round 1 game at home since 2012.
They are the only club that has changed coaches for the 2017 season, with former Kiwi Test coach Stephen Kearney replacing Andrew McFadden, who has been retained by Kearney as his assistant.
As always, there is a lot of expectation at the club, but whether they can deliver with their talented playing list, headed by new captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and halfback Shaun Johnson, remains to be seen.
Last year the club started (and ended) the year poorly but did manage wins over finalists the Broncos, Bulldogs, Panthers and Titans, while they were unlucky to lose three of the five golden point matches it contested, including once against eventual premiers the Sharks.
They’ll be without prized recruit Kieran Foran until at least Round 3 as he undergoes a strict medical assessment which will determine whether he is able to feature for his new club or not.
As for the Knights, while they will be expected to struggle again, they did manage to score a 44-0 victory over the Raiders in their final pre-season hit-out, in a strong sign that their rebuild is heading in the right direction.
However, their recent record in New Zealand is poor, with just one win there since 2005 and their most recent visit, in Round 4 last year, ending in a 40-18 loss.
Prediction: Warriors by 18 points.
New Zealand Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (C) 2. Tuimoala Lolohea 3. David Fusitu’a 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Mafoa’aeata Hingano 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Albert Vete 9. Issac Luke 10. Charlie Gubb 11. Bunty Afoa 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Simon Mannering. Interchange: 14. Erin Clark 15. Jacob Lillyman 16. Sam Lisone 17. Isaiah Papali’i 18. Bodene Thompson 20. Mason Lino 21. James Gavet 22. Blake Ayshford
Unavailables: Ben Matulino (knee, indefinite), Kieran Foran (disciplinary, round three)
Newcastle Knights: 1. Dylan Phythian 2. Ken Sio 3. Dane Gagai 4. Peter Mata’utia 5. Nathan Ross 6. Brock Lamb 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Danny Levi 10. Josh Starling 11. Sione Mata’utia 12. Jamie Buhrer 13. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Luke Yates 15. Jack Stockwell 16. Sam Stone 17. Jacob Saifiti 18. Brendan Elliot 19. Tyler Randell 20. Josh King 21. Anthony Tupou
Unavailables: Pauli Pauli (hip, round eight), Rory Kostjasyn (throat, round six), Jarrod Mullen (facing a four year drugs ban)