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Mannering in driver’s seat with Warriors

SIMON Mannering has been in the spotlight this week as he prepares to break the record held by Steve Price for the most games as captain of the NZ Warriors (91).

One of the stranger facts to emerge about Mannering's past is that he apparently used to drive an old Holden Kingswood around Nelson where he grew up, with a pig's head tied to the front.

The Warriors have lost utility Feleti Mateo (knee) for today's match against Wests Tigers in Wellington, ending a run of 79 consecutive appearances for the club since he was recruited from Parramatta in 2011.

Mateo has been replaced by Thomas Leuluai who will play his first game of the 2014 season after overcoming a groin injury he sustained playing for New Zealand in last year's World Cup.

Leuluai, who played every minute of every game last season, made his debut for the Warriors in Wellington against the Bulldogs as a 17-year-old in 2003.

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