Puara will be the first PNG player to reach the half-century mark in the Q-Cup in Australia.
The East New Briton has played nearly all the games since the South Pacific Brewery-sponsored Hunters joined the competition in 2014.
He will feature prominently, with halves Ate Bina Wabo and Ase Boas and fullback Stargorth Amean.
The Hunters forward pack of Henry Wan, Esau Siune will miss the input of block busting co-captain Adam Korave who is out for two rounds due to suspension from last season.
Puara’s work rate around the scrum and great combination with the forwards and backline makes him one of the best hookers so far in the country.
But the Hunters’ trial against the Penrith NSW Cup side has unearthed a worthy contender for the number nine jumper in Silas Gahuna.
Gahuna is close on the heels of Puara, awaiting call up to the position if given the opportunity in future matches.
The Hunters will miss the services of no-nonsense prop Willie Minoga, who has signed up with the Black Hawks and former captain Israel Eliab, who has joined the London Broncos.
Michael Marum said that captain Noel Zeming will lead the team against the Magpies and continue his good goal-kicking form for the side.
Zeming is the choice goal-kicker, with five-eighth Boas set to step up in his absence.
Debutants Justin Olam, Ishmael Balkawa and Philemon Kimisive were given the nod to start.
The coach said he had the trust in the old boys and the newcomers as they had prepared well.
Hunters: Stargroth Amean, Bland Abavu, Noel Zeming (Capt), Thompson Teteh, Adex Wera, Ase Boas, Ate Bine,Henry Wan, Wartovo Puara, Esau Siune, Nickson Borana,Warren Glare,Ishmael Balkawa; Interchange: Watson Boas, Justin Olam,Benjamin Hetra, Edward Goma and Philemon Kimisive. The National