Apisai Koroisau will replace the suspended Issac Luke in Sunday’s NRL grand final.
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Rookie Apisai Koroisau will be thrown into the deep end in just his 14th first grade game, replacing the suspended Issac Luke in Sunday’s NRL grand final.
The NRL judiciary upheld Luke’s dangerous throw ban at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night.
Koroisau will join the Penrith Panthers next season, but his final assignment with the Rabbitohs will be to wear the no.9 in South’s first grand final in 43 years.
The 21-year-old filled in capably for Luke when the Kiwi missed part of the season with a shoulder injury, and has previously stated that Luke had helped him with his own game.
Luke took to social media website Instagram to support Koroisau.
“Devastated but at the same time excited to still be part of this amazing journey. Time to rip little brother @apikoroisau,” he wrote.
“I got your back g.”
Canterbury are also expected to miss its first choice hooker in Michael Ennis, who fractured his foot in the Bulldogs’ preliminary final win over Penrith.