The carnage at the Warriors will give Kiwi fans a glimpse into the future in Sunday’s clash with last-placed Canterbury.
The Warriors lost three more players to injury in a brutal mid-week training session, with halves Chanel Harris-Tavita and Adam Keighran clashing heads badly and in-form winger/centre Patrick Herbert tearing a hamstring.
Wide World of Sports has learned that Harris-Tavita and Keighran are both out – with interim coach Todd Payten set to blood boom youngster Paul Turner as a result.
Turner, a Junior Kiwi representative, is regarded as potentially the best halfback produced by the Warriors since the great Stacey Jones.
The 20-year-old wasn’t expected to play in the NRL this season but the injury crisis – which has seen Payten use over 30 players – has forced the coach’s hand.
The talented number seven is mature beyond his years and many consider him the long term partner to Harris-Tavita or Nikorima in the halves.
Incoming Warriors coach Nathan Brown is certain to keep a close watch on the rookie’s performance with a view to next season.