In his place for tomorrow’s round 16 clash against Northern Pride in Cairns, coach Michael Marum has named 20-year-old Muka Peter Kulu in the starting line-up.
Kulu made his debut off the bench as Hunter #53 last Saturday.
Captain Ase Boas returns to his five eighth role while Wartovo Puara Jnr moves back to hooker.
Marum said Enock Maki has been ruled out with an ankle injury while David Loko has been omitted.
Ismael Balkawa and Noel Joel have been released to their clubs.
Marum has also named Brandy Peter and Kroton Hela Wigmen captain and playmaker William Mone on the extended 20 man bench.
Meanwhile, Marum has congratulated fullback Stargroth Amean who played his 50th ISC game for the Hunters last Saturday.
“It is a milestone for Stargroth who joined the Hunters in 2015. He will play his 51st game this Saturday against Pride and hopefully come away with a win,” said Marum.
The 20 man squad is: 1. Stargroth AMEAN 2. Bland ABAVU 3. Israel ELIAB 4. Adex WERA 5. Paul WAWA 6. Ase BOAS - Captain 7. Watson BOAS 8. Muka Peter KULU 9. Wartovo PUARA 10. Esau SIUNE 11. Nixon PUT 12. Rhadley BRAWA 13. Stanton ALBERT 14. Sailas GAHUNA 15. Willie MINOGA 16. Lawrence Tu’u 17. Brandy PETER 18. Karo KAUNA Jnr 19. William MONE 20. Butler MORRIS.
The Hunters leave for Cairns today. Saturday’s game kicks off at 5:35pm at Barlow Park.