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Round 11 NRL team lists

The official team lists for the 11th round of the 2018 NRL Telstra Premiership season.

Penrith Panthers v Wests Tigers, Thursday 7.50pm at Panthers Stadium

Panthers: 1 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 2 Christian Crichton, 3 Tyrone Peachey, 4 Dean Whare, 5 Tyrone Phillips, 6 James Maloney (c), 7 Nathan Cleary, 8 Trent Merrin, 9 Sione Katoa, 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 11 Corey Harawira-Naera, 12 Isaah Yeo, 13 James Fisher-Harris

Interchange: 14 Wayde Egan, 15 Jack Hetherington, 16 Viliame Kikau, 17 James Tamou

The Panthers will start 1-17 after Jarome Luai and Kaide Ellis were dropped from the squad an hour before kick-off. Nathan Cleary's long-awaited return in the halves pushes Tyrone Peachey to centre, Isaah Yeo to back row and Viliame Kikau to the bench. Hooker Peter Wallace is out injured with Sione Katoa to start. Wayde Egan and Jack Hetherington (suspension) rejoin the bench with Kaide Ellis and Jarome Luai dropping out. Tyrone May and Nick Lui-Toso were dropped from the squad 24 hours out from kick-off.

Tigers: 1 Corey Thompson, 2 David Nofoaluma, 3 Esan Marsters, 16 Michael Chee-Kam, 5 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, 6 Benji Marshall, 7 Luke Brooks, 8 Russell Packer (c), 9 Elijah Taylor, 10 Ben Matulino, 11 Chris Lawrence, 12 Robbie Rochow, 13 Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange: 14 Alex Twal, 15 Jacob Liddle, 17 Sauaso Sue, 19 Chris McQueen

Kevin Naiqama was a late withdrawal from the Wests Tigers side. Michael Chee-Kam has been named to take his place in the centres. Naiqama joins Tim Grant as the two players left out of the squad an hour from kick-off. Centre Mahe Fonua has been dropped despite a man-of-the-match effort last week to accommodate Kevin Naiqama's return. Josh Aloiai and Tyson Gamble were omitted from the squad 24 hours out from kick-off.

Parramatta Eels v New Zealand Warriors, Friday 6pm at ANZ Stadium

Eels: 1 Clint Gutherson (c), 2 Bevan French, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Brad Takairangi, 5 George Jennings, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Mitchell Moses, 8 Daniel Alvaro, 9 Cameron King, 10 Peni Terepo, 11 Beau Scott (c), 12 Tepai Moeroa, 13 Manu Ma'u

Interchange: 14 Will Smith, 15 Suaia Matagi, 16 David Gower, 17 Marata Niukore

The Eels are 1-17 and aiming for just their third win in 11 games. Kenny Edwards was stood down this week pending a court appearance for a traffic violation. Cameron King replaces Will Smith at hooker. Manu Ma'u swaps to lock with Beau Scott who moves to second row. Marata Niukore has been named to make his debut in jersey 17. Josh Hoffman and Siosaia Vave were cut an hour before kick-off, while Jaeman Salmon and Raymond Stone were omitted from the squad on Thursday night.

Warriors:3 Peta Hiku, 2 David Fusitu'a, 18 Gerard Beale 4 Solomone Kata, 5 Ken Maumalo, 6 Blake Green, 7 Mason Lino, 16 James Gavet, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Agnatius Paasi, 16 Isaiah Papali'i, 12 Tohu Harris, 13 Adam Blair

Interchange: 8 Bunty Afoa, 14 Jazz Tevaga, 15 Chris Satae, 17 Simon Mannering

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is out, with Peta Hiku shifted to fullback and Gerard Beale elevated from the reserves to a starting centre role. Issac Luke (shoulder) returns at hooker with Karl Lawton dropped from the reserves an hour before kick-off. Mason Lino has been named at halfback despite injuring an ankle last week. Albert Vete and Anthony Gelling were omitted 24 hours out from game time.

Brisbane Broncos v Sydney Roosters, Friday 7.55pm at Suncorp Stadium

Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd (c), 2 Corey Oates, 3 James Roberts, 4 Tom Opacic, 5 Jamayne Isaako, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Kodi Nikorima, 8 Matthew Lodge, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Sam Thaiday, 11 Tevita Pangai jnr, 12 Jaydn Su'A, 13 Joe Ofahengaue

Interchange: 14 Sam Tagataese,16 Korbin Sims, 17 Patrick Mago, 18 Kontoni Staggs

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has made one change, with Kontoni Staggs to make his NRL debut off the interchange bench. Jack Bird (sternum), Alex Glenn (knee) and Payne Haas (shoulder) are sidelined, with Tom Opacic starting at centre, Tevita Pangai jnr shifting to the second row and Joe Ofahengaue starting at lock. Gehamat Shibasaki and George Fai were trimmed from the squad an hour before kick-off, while Todd Murphy and David Fifita were cut on Thursday night.

Roosters: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Joseph Manu, 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 Mitchell Aubusson, 5 Blake Ferguson, 6 Luke Keary, 7 Cooper Cronk, 8 Siosiua Taukeiaho, 9 Jake Friend (c), 10 Dylan Napa, 11 Boyd Cordner (c), 12 Ryan Matterson, 13 Isaac Liu

Interchange: 14 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 15 Zane Tetevano, 16 Kurt Baptiste, 17 Victor Radley

The Roosters are 1-17 and coming off a 32-0 rout of the Warriors. Victor Radley is back from suspension and will start on the bench. Nat Butcher and Sitili Tupouniua were omitted an hour before kick-off, while Lindsay Collins and Mitch Cornish were cut on Thursday night.

Gold Coast Titans v Newcastle Knights, Saturday 3pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Titans: 1 Michael Gordon, 2 Anthony Don, 3 Dale Copley, 4 Brenko Lee, 5 Phillip Sami, 6 AJ Brimson, 7 Ashley Taylor, 8 Jarrod Wallace, 9 Nathan Peats, 15 Max King, 10 Ryan James (c), 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 Keegan Hipgrave, 13 Jai Arrow

Interchange: 14 Mitch Rein, 16 Jack Stockwell, 17 Moeaki Fotuaika, 18 Bryce Cartwright

Jai Arrow returns from a rib injury at lock, pushing Jarrod Wallace to prop. Nathan Peats is back from a rib injury at hooker, pushing Mitch Rein to the bench. Bryce Cartwright has earned a reprieve with promotion from the reserves to the bench, with Max King the new starting prop and Ryan James shifting to the back row to cover the loss of Kevin Proctor. Konrad Hurrell and Morgan Boyle were cut from the reserves an hour before kick-off and Kane Elgey was omitted from the squad on Friday.

Knights: 1 Kalyn Ponga, 2 Ken Sio, 3 Sione Mata'utia, 4 Nathan Ross, 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 6 Connor Watson, 7 Brock Lamb, 17 Daniel Saifiti 9 Slade Griffin, 10 Josh King, 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12 Mitchell Barnett, 13 Aidan Guerra (c)

Interchange: 8 Herman Ese'ese, 14 Danny Levi, 16 Jacob Saifiti, 19 Jacob Lillyman

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown made a couple of changes on Friday, dropping Chris Heighington from the bench and cutting Jack Cogger from the reserves. He continued to tinker on Saturday, promoting Jacob Lillyman to the bench and cutting Jamie Buhrer and Cory Dennis an hour before kick-off.

North Queensland Cowboys v South Sydney Rabbitohs, Saturday 5.30pm at 1300SMILES Stadium

Cowboys: 14 Te Maire Martin, 2 Kyle Feldt, 3 Justin O'Neill, 4 Ben Hampton, 5 Antonio Winterstein, 6 Michael Morgan, 7 Johnathan Thurston (c), 8 Matthew Scott (c), 9 Jake Granville, 10 Scott Bolton, 11 Gavin Cooper, 12 Coen Hess, 13 Jason Taumalolo

Interchange: 15 Shaun Fensom, 16 Corey Jensen, 18 Francis Molo, 21 Enari Tuala

Lachlan Coote and Ethan Lowe drop out of the side, with Te Maire Martin moving into the backline and Francis Molo and Enari Tuala joining the bench. Coach Paul Green trimmed Javid Bowen and Jake Clifford from his initial squad on Friday night.

Rabbitohs: 1 Alex Johnston, 2 Campbell Graham, 3 Greg Inglis (c), 4 Dane Gagai, 5 Hymel Hunt, 6 Cody Walker, 7 Adam Reynolds, 8 Thomas Burgess, 9 Damien Cook, 10 George Burgess, 11 John Sutton, 12 Angus Crichton, 13 Sam Burgess

Interchange: 14 Cameron Murray, 15 Adam Doueihi, 16 Jason Clark, 17 Tevita Tatola

The Rabbitohs are 1-17, with Robert Jennings still sidelined with a hamstring injury. Mark Nicolls, Braidon Burns, Robbie Farah and Kyle Turner dropped out of the initial 21-man squad.

Melbourne Storm v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Saturday 7.30pm at AAMI Park

Storm: 1 Billy Slater (c), 2 Suliasi Vunivalu, 3 Will Chambers, 4 Curtis Scott, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 Cameron Munster, 7 Ryley Jacks, 8 Christian Welch, 9 Brandon Smith, 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11 Felise Kaufusi, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 13 Dale Finucane

Interchange: 14 Tim Glasby, 15 Kenny Bromwich, 16 Joe Stimson, 20 Harry Grant

Brandon Smith starts at hooker for suspended skipper Cameron Smith, while Harry Grant joins the bench. Utility Tim Glasby (thumb) returns on the bench for Sam Kasiano (suspension). Patrick Kaufusi, Justin Olam, Jahrome Hughes and Brodie Croft dropped out of the initial 21-man squad.

Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Matthew Wright, 3 Moses Suli, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Dylan Walker, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8 Addin Fonua-Blake, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 Shaun Lane, 13 Jake Trbojevic

Interchange: 14 Trent Hodkinson, 15 Frank Winterstein, 16 Lloyd Perrett, 17 Toafofoa Sipley

The Sea Eagles are 1-17, with Tom Wright, Lewis Brown, Jorge Taufua and Tevita Funa dropping out of the initial squad named on Tuesday. Mid-season recruit Trent Hodkinson will come off the bench.

St George Illawarra Dragons v Canberra Raiders, Sunday 2pm at Glen Willow, Mudgee

Dragons: 1 Matt Dufty, 2 Nene Macdonald, 3 Euan Aitken, 4 Tim Lafai, 5 Jason Nightingale, 6 Gareth Widdop (c), 7 Ben Hunt, 8 James Graham, 9 Cameron McInnes, 10 Paul Vaughan, 11 Tyson Frizell, 12 Tariq Sims, 13 Jack De Belin

Interchange: 14 Jeremy Latimore, 15 Kurt Mann, 16 Leeson Ah Mau, 17 Blake Lawrie

Once again coach Paul McGregor has named a full-strength squad, with Jack de Belin (hip) and Ben Hunt (quad) right to play. Mitch Allgood and Hame Sele were cut from the initial 21-man squad on Saturday. Reece Robson and Zac Lomaz were omitted an hour before kick-off.

Raiders: 1 Jack Wighton, 2 Nick Cotric, 3 Jarrod Croker (c), 4 Joseph Leilua, 5 Jordan Rapana, 6 Blake Austin, 7 Aidan Sezer, 8 Iosia Soliola, 9 Siliva Havili, 16 Charlie Gubb, 11 Joseph Tapine, 12 Elliott Whitehead, 13 Josh Papalii

Interchange: 14 Ata Hingano, 15 Luke Bateman, 10 Shannon Boyd, 17 Dunamis Lui

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has finalised his line-up with five-eighth Blake Austin (ankle) cleared to play. Charlie Gubb has been promoted to the starting side with Shannon Boyd back on the bench. Stuart cut Sam Williams and Craig Garvey from his squad 24 hours before kick-off. Liam Knight and Michael Oldfield were omitted from the game-day side.

Cronulla Sharks v Canterbury Bulldogs, Sunday 4.10pm at Southern Cross Group Stadium

Sharks: 1 Valentine Holmes, 21 Josh Dugan, 3 Jesse Ramien, 4 Ricky Leutele, 5 Edrick Lee, 6 Matt Moylan, 7 Chad Townsend, 8 Andrew Fifita, 9 Jayden Brailey, 10 Matt Prior, 11 Kurt Capewell, 11 Jayson Bukuya, 13 Paul Gallen (c)

Interchange: 14 Joseph Paulo, 15 James Segeyaro, 16 Ava Seumanufagai, 17 Jack Williams

Joseph Paulo has been elevated to the starting side ahead of Jayson Bukuya, who is back to the bench. Paul Gallen (knee) returns at lock and Bukuya (illness) is also returning. Kurt Dillon and Luke Lewis were cut from the reserves on Saturday. Josh Dugan (calf) has been named to return, replacing Sosaia Feki, while Braden Uele was also omitted an hour before kick-off.

Bulldogs: 1 Moses Mbye, 2 Brett Morris, 3 Josh Morris, 4 Will Hopoate, 5 Marcelo Montoya, 6 Matt Frawley, 7 Kieran Foran, 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Jeremy Marshall-King, 10 David Klemmer, 11 Josh Jackson (c), 14 Adam Elliott, 13 Rhyse Martin

Interchange: 21 Asipeli Fine, 15 Clay Priest, 16 Renouf Toomaga, 17 Kerrod Holland

Clay Priest has been promoted to the run-on side with David Klemmer going back to the bench. Raymond Faitala-Mariner is out and replaced in the back row by Adam Elliott. Asipeli Fine has been added to the interchange with Michael Lichaa, Greg Eastwood and John Olive the players omitted.


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