NRL 2023: Brisbane Broncos vs NZ Warriors live updates, teams, Shaun Johnson returns in huge boost

Welcome to news.com.au’s coverage of the NRL preliminary final between the Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors.

The Broncos and Warriors will face off for the a spot in the Grand Final and a chance to stop Penrith’s chase for a historic three-peat of premierships.

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The Panthers demolished the Melbourne Storm on Friday night to book their place in a fourth consecutive Grand Final.

Brisbane have been in red-hot form and are heavy favourites to defeat the Warriors in front of a sold out home crowd at Suncorp Stadium.

The game is scheduled to kick off at 7.50pm AEST.

7.30pm – Warriors get huge boost

The Warriors have received a major boost with star halfback Shaun Johnson to return to the line-up after recovering from a calf injury.

Johnson was a rookie when the Warriors played their last Grand Final back in 2011 and he will be hoping he can steer his side to another season decider.

TEAMS

Broncos: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Jesse Arthars 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Flegler 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Cardigan 14. Tyson Smoothy 15. Brendan Piakura 16. Kobe Hetherington 17. Keenan Palasia. 18th man: 18. Corey Oates

Players cut: 19. Martin Taupau 20. Corey Jensen 21. Jock Madden 22. Tristan Sailor

Warriors: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Rocco Berry 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Te Maire Martin 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Mitchell Barnett 11. Jackson Ford 12. Marata Niukore 13. Tohu Harris 14. Dylan Walker 15. Jazz Tevaga 16. Bayley Sironen 17. Josh Curran. 18th man: 20. Taine Tuaupiki

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