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The official team lists for round 15 of the 2018 Telstra Premiership season.
Parramatta Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs, Thursday 7.50pm at ANZ Stadium
Eels: 1 Bevan French, 2 Josh Hoffman, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Jarryd Hayne, 5 George Jennings, 6 Clint Gutherson (c), 7 Corey Norman, 8 Daniel Alvaro, 9 Cameron King, 15 Tim Mannah (c), 11 Manu Ma'u, 12 Brad Takairangi, 13 Nathan Brown
Interchange: 14 Reed Mahoney, 10 Peni Terepo, 16 David Gower, 17 Marata Niukore
Mitchell Moses won't return from a knee injury to face South Sydney after he and Siosaia Vave were the two players dropped from the squad an hour out from kick-off. In one late change, Tim Mannah will start the match, with Peni Terepo dropping back to the bench. Manu Ma'u returns to the starting side after missing last weekend's trip to Darwin and Marata Niukore goes back to the bench. Reed Mahony retains his place in the 17 after an impressive debut against the Cowboys. Suaia Matagi and Jaeman Salmon were the two players dropped from the squad 24 hours out from kick-off.
Rabbitohs: 1 Alex Johnston, 19 Hymel Hunt, 3 Greg Inglis (c), 4 Dane Gagai, 5 Robert Jennings, 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 Adam Doueihi, 15 Cameron Murray, 16 Jason Clark, 17 Tevita Tatola
Winger Campbell Graham was left out of the Rabbitohs squad 24 hours out from kick-off, with his spot in the starting side being taken by Hymel Hunt (No.19). Origin stars Greg Inglis, Dane Gagai, Damien Cook and Angus Crichton return, with Cameron Murray and Adam Doueihi moving back to the bench. After Graham and Robbie Farah were the two men left out of the squad 24 hours before game time, Mark Nicholls and Tyrell Fuimaono were omitted an hour out from game time.
North Queensland Cowboys v New Zealand Warriors, Friday 6pm (8pm NZT) at 1300Smiles Stadium
Cowboys: 1 Michael Morgan, 2 Kyle Feldt, 3 Enari Tuala, 4 Kane Linnett, 5 Javid Bowen, 6 Te Maire Martin, 7 Johnathan Thurston (c), 17 Sam Hoare, 9 Jake Granville, 10 Scott Bolton, 11 Gavin Cooper, 12 Coen Hess, 13 Jason Taumalolo
Interchange: 14 Ben Hampton, 15 Shaun Fensom, 16 Corey Jensen, 21 Francis Molo
Matt Scott's chances of returning to the Queensland Origin team have nosedived after he was a game-day withdrawal. Sam Hoare has been promoted to start in Scott's place. Michael Morgan returns from a groin injury at fullback, while Kane Linnett is back in the starting side. Origin forwards Gavin Cooper and Coen Hess will start after coming off the bench last week and Scott Bolton returns from a rib injury. Ethan Lowe was given the chop an hour before kick-off, while Justin O'Neill and Mitchell Dunn were cut on Thursday.
Warriors: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 18 Gerard Beale, 3 Peta Hiku, 4 Solomone Kata, 5 Ken Maumalo, 6 Blake Green, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 James Gavet, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Agnatius Paasi, 11 Isaiah Papali'i, 12 Tohu Harris, 13 Adam Blair
Interchange: 14 Karl Lawton, 15 Chris Satae, 16 Bunty Afoa, 17 Simon Mannering
David Fusitu'a is out of the Warriors side, with Gerard Beale (No.18) coming into the side on the wing. Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been named to return from an ankle injury at fullback with Peta Hiku returning to the centres after filling in at No.1 last weekend. Fusitu'a and Mason Lino were omitted 24 hours out from game time, while Liligiifo Sao and Anthony Gelling were cut an hour before kick-off.
Sydney Roosters v Penrith Panthers, Friday 7.55pm at Allianz Stadium
Roosters: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Daniel Tupou, 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 Joseph Manu, 5 Blake Ferguson, 6 Luke Keary, 7 Cooper Cronk, 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9 Jake Friend (c), 10 Dylan Napa, 11 Boyd Cordner, 17 Victor Radley, 13 Isaac Liu
Interchange: 12 Mitch Aubussion, 15 Zane Tetevano, 16 Kurt Baptiste, 18 Nat Butcher
Roosters coach Trent Robinson has elevated Victor Radley to the starting line-up in place of Mitch Aubusson. Siosiua Taukeiaho was dropped, with Nat Butcher promoted to the bench. Paul Momirovski was cut an hour before kick-off. Lindsay Collins and Billy Smith were omitted 24 hours out from kick-off.
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 Kaide Ellis, 16 Jack Hetherington, 17 James Tamou
The Panthers are 1-17. Viliame Kikau is out with a knee injury, replaced by Jack Hetherington on the interchange. Tyrone May and Nick Lui-Toso were cut an hour before kick-off, while Jarome Luai and Liam Martin were omitted on Thursday.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Gold Coast Titans, Saturday 3pm at Belmore Sports Ground
Bulldogs: 1 Moses Mbye, 16 Reimis Smith, 3 John Olive, 4 Will Hopoate, 5 Marcelo Montoya, 6 Jeremy Marshall-King, 7 Matt Frawley, 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Michael Lichaa, 17 Aiden Tolman, 11 Josh Jackson (c), 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13 Adam Elliott
Interchange: 10 David Klemmer, 14 Clay Priest, 15 Kerrod Holland, 21 Greg Eastwood
The Bulldogs have made two late changes, with Reimis Smith starting on the wing in place of Brett Morris, who is out of the 17-man team, and Aiden Tolman starting only one change to the 17 which pushed ladder leaders St George Illawarra to the limit on Monday. Blues Origin prop David Klemmer returns to the starting side and Renouf Toomaga goes back to the bench. Rhyse Martin was elevated from the reserves to the interchange bench on Friday at the expense of Renouf Toomaga, while Lachlan Lewis were also cut on Friday.
Titans: 1 Michael Gordon, 2 Anthony Don, 3 Dale Copley, 4 Brenko Lee, 5 Phillip Sami, 6 AJ Brimson, 7 Ashley Taylor, 8 Jack Stockwell, 9 Nathan Peats, 10 Ryan James (c), 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 Keegan Hipgrave, 13 Jai Arrow
Interchange: 14 Mitch Rein, 15 Will Matthews, 16 Moeaki Fotuaika, 17 Morgan Boyle
The loss of Jarrod Wallace to suspension means Jack Stockwell moves into the starting side and Will Matthews comes onto the bench. A shoulder injury to Max King means 21-year-old prop Morgan Boyle has been named on the bench for his seventh game of the season. Jai Whitbread and Kane Elgey were trimmed from the reserves 24 hours out from kick-off.
St George Illawarra Dragons v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Saturday 5.30pm at WIN Stadium
Dragons: 1 Matt Dufty, 2 Nene Macdonald, 3 Euan Aitken, 4 Tim Lafai, 5 Kurt Mann, 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 Jason Nightingale, 16 Leeson Ah Mau, 17 Jacob Host
The Dragons have named an unchanged side from the one which downed the Bulldogs 18-16 on Monday. Kurt Mann again gets the nod on the left wing ahead of veteran Jason Nightingale, who remains on the bench. Nightingale received only limited minutes in Monday's match. After Reece Robson and Hame Sele were trimmed from the reserves on Friday night, Blake Lawrie and Patrick Herbert were omitted an hour out from kick-off.
Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Jorge Taufua, 3 Moses Suli, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Trent Hodkinson, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8 Addin Fonua-Blake, 14 Matthew Wright 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 Frank Winterstein, 13 Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 15 Brad Parker, 16 Shaun Lane, 17 Taniela Paseka, 18 Thomas Wright
Manly coach Trent Barrett has moved Matt Wright into the starting line-up at hooker after 19-year-old Manase Fainu was ruled ineligible. Moses Suli returns in the centres after being dropped for disciplinary reasons last week. Suli's return forces Brad Parker to the interchange. Frank Winterstein comes into the starting side in the second row and Shaun Lane moves to the bench. Lloyd Perrett was cut from the reserves 24 hours out from kick-off. Lewis Brown and Toafofoa Sipley were dropped from the bench an hour before kick-off.
Sharks: 1 Valentine Holmes, 2 Sione Katoa, 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 Luke Lewis, 12 Wade Graham (c), 13 Paul Gallen (c)
Interchange: 14 Joseph Paulo, 15 James Segeyaro, 16 Jack Williams, 17 Jayson Bukuya
The Sharks have named the same 17 which stormed home to beat Wests Tigers last Sunday after trailing at half-time. After Scott Sorensen and Sosaia Feki were dropped from the squad 24 hours out from kick-off, Kurt Capewell and Avagalu Seumanufagai were omitted 60 minutes before game time.
Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd (c), 2 Corey Oates, 3 James Roberts, 4 Jordan Kahu, 5 Jamayne Isaako, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Kodi Nikorima, 8 Matthew Lodge, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Sam Thaiday, 16 Tevita Pangai jnr, 12 Jaydn Su'A, 13 Josh McGuire
Interchange: 11 Alex Glenn, 14 Patrick Mago, 15 Joe Ofahengaue, 18 Sam Tagataese
In a late change, Tevita Pangai jnr will start in the second row, with Alex Glenn to come of the interchange bench. Kotoni Staggs and Tom Opacic were the two players left hour an hour before kick-off. Blues Origin centre James Roberts returns after missing the Storm game to rest his ongoing Achilles injury. The rest of the Broncos 17 is unchanged from the Melbourne loss. Troy Dargan and David Fifita were omitted 24 hours out from kick-off.
Newcastle Knights v Melbourne Storm, Sunday 2pm at McDonald Jones Stadium
Knights: 1 Kalyn Ponga, 2 Ken Sio, 3 Sione Mata'utia, 4 Cory Denniss, 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 6 Connor Watson, 7 Jack Cogger, 8 Herman Ese'ese, 9 Slade Griffin, 10 Josh King, 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12 Mitchell Barnett, 13 Aidan Guerra (c)
Interchange: 14 Danny Levi, 15 Chris Heighington, 16 Luke Yates, 19 Sam Stone
Jacob Lillyman is out with an abdominal strain, replaced on the bench by Sam Stone. Jamie Buhrer's season-ending ACL injury sees Luke Yates come onto the interchange bench in the only other change to the side which went down to the Roosters last Saturday. Nick Meaney was cut from the reserves on Saturday. Brock Lamb and Brent Naden were omitted an hour before kick-off.
Storm: 1 17 Jahrome Hughes, 2 Suliasi Vunivalu, 3 Will Chambers, 4 Curtis Scott, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 Cameron Munster, 7 Ryley Jacks, 8 Tim Glasby, 9 Cameron Smith, 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11 Felise Kaufusi, 16 Joe Stimson, 13 Kenny Bromwich
Interchange: 14 Brandon Smith, 15 Christian Welch, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 19 Sam Kasiano
Billy Slater is out again with a troubling hamstring injury, replaced at fullback by Jahrome Hughes. Young Tonumaipea has been omitted an hour before kick-off, along with Patrick Kaufusi. Joe Stimson has been promoted to start in the second row, in another late switch, with Ryan Hoffman to begin the match from the interchange. Centres Curtis Scott and Will Chambers return from suspension. Tim Glasby moves from lock to prop to replace Jesse Bromwich, who is set to miss 4-6 weeks with a torn hamstring. Cheyse Blair was cut from the reserves on Saturday.
Wests Tigers v Canberra Raiders, Sunday 4.10pm at Campbelltown Stadium
Wests Tigers: 1 Corey Thompson, 2 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, 3 Esan Marsters, 4 Mahe Fonua, 5 Kevin Naiqama, 19 Tyson Gamble, 7 Luke Brooks, 8 Russell Packer (c), 15 Matt McIlwrick, 10 Ben Matulino, 11 Chris Lawrence, 12 Robbie Rochow, 13 Matt Eisenhuth
Interchange: 14 Alex Twal, 9 Elijah Taylor, 16 Josh Aloiai, 17 Tim Grant
Josh Reynolds is out due to a hamstring injury, replaced in the starting side by Tyson Gamble. Michael Chee-Kam, Sauaso Sue Chris McQueen were omitted from the extended squad. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak returns on the wing after being omitted on game day last Sunday. Kevin Naiqama holds his spot on the wing and Corey Thompson moves to fullback with Tui Lolohea dropping out. Robbie Rochow also makes a return in the starting side and Josh Aloiai moves to the bench.
Raiders: 1 Jack Wighton, 2 Nick Cotric, 3 Jarrod Croker (c), 4 Joseph Leilua, 5 Michael Oldfield, 6 Blake Austin, 7 Aidan Sezer, 16 Dunamis Lui, 14 Siliva Havili, 10 Shannon Boyd, 11 Joseph Tapine, 12 Elliott Whitehead, 13 Josh Papalii
Interchange: 15 Luke Bateman, 8 Iosia Soliola, 9 Josh Hodgson, 17 Liam Knight
Great news for the Raiders with Josh Hodgson named to play his first game of the season at hooker after tearing his ACL during last year's World Cup. Hodgson's will make his long-awaited return via the interchange with Siliva Havili to start at hooker despite being named in the No.14 jersey. Jordan Rapana's hamstring injury gives Michael Oldfield his chance on the wing. Joseph Tapine is back from suspension in the second row. Dunamis Lui has also been elevated to the run-on side with Sia Soliola starting from the bench. Emre Guler, Brad Abbey, Jack Murchie and Craig Garvey were cut from the extended squad.