Mannering to start for the Warriors

first_imgWith Leivaha Pulu forced to the sidelines after sustaining a foot injury in last weeks first loss of the season to the Broncos, Mannering will take Pulu’s place on the left edge.Filling Mannering’s spot on the interchange is front rower Albert Vete who is yet to play a first grade game this season.Warriors centre Solomone Kata was seen carried off the field last week with ankle trouble but has been named to start pending a fitness test.Warriors: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, David Fusitu’a, Peta Hiku, Solomone Kata, Ken Maumalo, Blake Green, Shaun Johnson, Bunty Afoa, Issac Luke, Agnatius Paasi, Simon Mannering, Tohu Harros, Adam Blair.Interchange: Jazz Tevaga, Sam Lisone, Albert Vete, Anthony Gelling, Chris Satae, Mason Lino, Isaiah Papali’i, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.last_img

Shaq Is Investing in 9 Papa Johns Locations and Joining the Pizza

first_img Shaq Is Investing in 9 Papa John’s Locations and Joining the Pizza Chain’s Board Jonathan Garber The NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is joining the Papa John’s board of directors and is investing in nine locations in the Atlanta area, the company said Friday. He will also become a brand ambassador for the pizza chain.”We are thrilled to partner with Shaquille and welcome him to the Papa John’s board,” Jeff Smith, the Papa John’s chairman, said in the press release. “Shaquille has an excellent entrepreneurial background, including as a restaurant franchise owner, and is a natural creative marketer.”O’Neal is no stranger to the restaurant business. He owns a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts franchise in the Atlanta area and has previously owned 27 Five Guys Burgers and Fries locations, the press release said. He also owns a fast-casual fried-chicken restaurant in Las Vegas and a fine-dining restaurant in Los Angeles.Friday’s announcement comes amid a shake-up at the pizza chain. In February, the hedge fund Starboard Value invested $200 million in the company and named its chairman as CEO. A month later, Papa John’s settled its dispute with its founder, John Schnatter, who agreed to drop a lawsuit and resign as an independent director. Schnatter still owns about 30% of the chain.Papa John’s is seeking to reshape its image after Schnatter’s exit from the company’s operations. In December 2017, Schnatter stepped down as CEO after facing backlash for his criticism of NFL national-anthem protests. Then, last July, he stepped down as chairman after admitting to using a racial slur on a company conference call. In its most recent earnings report, Papa John’s said it spent millions of dollars on “reimaging costs” at the end of last year.Papa John’s was up almost 18% this year through Thursday, trading near $47 a share. Add to Queue –shares Image credit: Mark J. Terrill/AP via BI Next Article This story originally appeared on Business Insider March 22, 2019 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. The NBA Hall of Famer will also become a brand ambassador for the pizza chain. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Papa John’s Apply Now »last_img read more