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Toopi returns to Warriors for Cowboys clash

15 June 2004
Clinton Toopi has made a surprise return to the New Zealand Warriors side to play North Queensland in Sunday's National Rugby League (NRL) round 15 clash at Ericsson Stadium in Auckland.

Toopi was thought to have suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Warriors' round 10 loss to Manly five weeks ago.

In other changes to the team that lost 4-50 to Wests Tigers on Sunday, Karl Temata starts at prop in place of Mark Tookey, while Evarn Tuimavae and Thomas Leuluai return to the interchange bench.

New Zealand Warriors: Brent Webb, Henry Fa'afili, Vinnie Anderson, Clinton Toopi, Manu Vatuvei, Lance Hohaia, Stacey Jones, Wairangi Koopu, Awen Guttenbeil, Louis Anderson, Karl Temata, Monty Betham (captain), Richard Villasanti. Interchange: Epalahame Lauaki, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Evarn Tuimavave, Thomas Leuluai.