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Round 8 NRL squad announcements

Official team lists, updates and injury news for the eighth round of the 2020 Telstra Premiership season.

Round 8 team lists

Storm v Roosters, Thursday 7.50pm at Suncorp Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Justin Olam
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Paul Momirovski
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 9 Cameron Smith
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle Flanagan

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Storm is number 14 Brandon Smith
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Friend
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Angus Crichton
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Nat Butcher

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 6 Ryley Jacks
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Poasa Faamausili
  • Interchange for Storm is number 15 Tino Faasuamaleaui
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Sitili Tupouniua
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Tom Eisenhuth
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Mitchell Aubusson
  • Interchange for Storm is number 17 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Lindsay Collins

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ashley Klein
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Video Referee: Ben Galea
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

Last updated:

Storm: Cameron Smith moves to the halves in place of Cameron Munster (knee) with Brandon Smith starting at hooker and Ryley Jacks going back to the bench. Marion Seve and Albert Vete dropped off the reserves list an hour before kick-off, after Cooper Johns and Chris Lewis were cut from the squad on Wednesday. The Storm have won 12 of their past 13 games at Suncorp.

Roosters: The Tricolours are 1-17. Jake Friend is back in the starting team with Sam Verrills (ACL) out and Nat Butcher starts at lock for Victor Radley (ACL). James Tedesco returns from a head knock at fullback pushing Joseph Manu to centre alongside a returning Josh Morris with Ryan Hall out and Mitch Aubusson to the interchange. Poasa Faamausili will come from the bench on his return from a stint on loan to the Warriors.

Hall and Lachlan Lam dropped out of the extended squad on game day after Daniel Fifita and Freddy Lussick were omitted 24 hours before kick-off. The Roosters have won three of their past four games in Queensland.

Raiders v Dragons, Friday 6pm at GIO Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Bailey Simonsson
    Winger for Dragons is number 2 Jason Saab
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
    Centre for Dragons is number 3 Euan Aitken
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Michael Oldfield
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Nick Cotric
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 George Williams
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Adam Clune

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 10 Iosia Soliola
    Prop for Dragons is number 8 Blake Lawrie
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Cameron McInnes
  • Prop for Raiders is number 15 Emre Guler
    Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Hudson Young
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tyrell Fuimaono
  • Lock for Raiders is number 16 Ryan Sutton
    Lock for Dragons is number 13 Trent Merrin

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
    Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Ben Hunt
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 13 Joseph Tapine
    Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Josh Kerr
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Curtis Scott
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Korbin Sims
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Siliva Havili
    Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Jackson Ford

Match Officials

  • Referee: Matt Cecchin
  • Touch Judge: Henry Perenara
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Video Referee: Ben Lowe
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

Last updated:

Raiders: Ricky Stuart has made late changes, promoting Emre Guler and Ryan Sutton to the starting lineup. Josh Papalii and Joseph Tapine will come off the bench. Bailey Simonsson moves from the interchange to replace Jordan Rapana on the wing and Michael Oldfield replaces Curtis Scott at centre, with Scott dropping to the bench. Halfback George Williams broke his nose last week but will be fine to play. Tom Starling and Matt Frawley were the last players pruned from the reserves, while Dunamis Lui and Kai O'Donnell were omitted 24 hours before kick-off. The Raiders have won only two of their past five games at GIO Stadium.

Dragons: No changes for the Dragons, who have won five of their past seven games against the Raiders. Tristan Sailor and Eddie Blacker were trimmed from the squad an hour prior to kick-off, while Billy Brittain and Tim Lafai were omitted on Thursday.

Eels v Cowboys, Friday 7.55pm at Bankwest Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
    Fullback for Cowboys is number 19 Valentine Holmes
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
    Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
    Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Tom Opacic
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
    Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Esan Marsters
  • Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
    Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Justin O'Neill
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
    Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott Drinkwater
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Jai Field
    Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Jake Clifford

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Josh McGuire
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
    Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
  • Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
    Prop for Cowboys is number 17 Francis Molo
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Shane Wright
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Ryan Matterson
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Coen Hess
  • Lock for Eels is number 13 Marata Niukore
    Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 14 Ray Stone
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Ben Hampton
  • Interchange for Eels is number 15 David Gower
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Gavin Cooper
  • Interchange for Eels is number 16 Oregon Kaufusi
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 16 Peter Hola
  • Interchange for Eels is number 17 Brad Takairangi
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 18 Reuben Cotter

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Tim Roby
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Video Referee: Bryan Norrie
  • Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell

Last updated:

Eels: The Eels will start 1-17 after Daniel Alvaro and George Jennings were the last two dropped from the bench. Former Dragon Jai Field replaces Mitch Moses (calf) at halfback with David Gower getting a run on the bench. Eels winger Maika Sivo has scored 15 tries in 16 games at Bankwest Stadium. Stefano Utoikamanu and Will Smith were cut from the extended squad on Thursday night.

Cowboys: Valentine Holmes returns from injury and will start the match in No.19. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow drops out of the squad to make way for the former NFL player. Corey Jensen was the other player left out an hour before kick-off. Jordan McLean (calf) ws ruled out on Thursday with Francis Molo to start at prop and Reuben Cotter joining the bench. Jake Granville was the other player omitted from the extended bench 24 hours before kick-off. Justin O'Neill has been named on the wing with Tom Opacic at centre. Winger Kyle Feldt has scored eight tries from his past five games against the Eels.

Titans v Sharks, Saturday 3pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Titans is number 21 Tyrone Roberts
    Fullback for Sharks is number 1 Matt Moylan
  • Winger for Titans is number 1 Corey Thompson
    Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione Katoa
  • Centre for Titans is number 4 Tyrone Peachey
    Centre for Sharks is number 3 Josh Dugan
  • Centre for Titans is number 16 Bryce Cartwright
    Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
  • Winger for Titans is number 2 Anthony Don
    Winger for Sharks is number 5 Bryson Goodwin
  • Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Ashley Taylor
    Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Shaun Johnson
  • Halfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal Fogarty
    Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend

Forwards

  • Prop for Titans is number 8 Moeaki Fotuaika
    Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
  • Hooker for Titans is number 9 Mitch Rein
    Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
  • Prop for Titans is number 10 Jaimin Jolliffe
    Prop for Sharks is number 15 Braden Hamlin-Uele
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Keegan Hipgrave
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 19 Beau Fermor
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham
  • Lock for Titans is number 13 Jai Arrow
    Lock for Sharks is number 13 Jack Williams

Interchange

  • Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tanah Boyd
    Interchange for Sharks is number 8 Andrew Fifita
  • Interchange for Titans is number 15 Sam Lisone
    Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Toby Rudolf
  • Interchange for Titans is number 17 Jarrod Wallace
    Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Siosifa Talakai
  • Interchange for Titans is number 18 Erin Clark
    Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Royce Hunt

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
  • Video Referee: Ben Galea
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Clark

Last updated:

Titans: Bryce Cartwright is a surprise starter in the centres for Gold Coast in place of Brian Kelly who drops right out of the match-day squad.

Beau Fermor takes the place of veteran forward Kevin Proctor (ruptured biceps muscle) in the second row. Proctor is out for at least two weeks and winger Phil Sami (dislocated shoulder) for six weeks after training mishaps during the week.

Tyrone Roberts is up from the reserves to fullback with Corey Thompson switching to the wing. Jai Whitbread is the other match-day omission.

The Titans are aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since round six, 2019.

Sharks: Andrew Fifita has again dropped back to the bench in a switch with Braden Hamlin-Uele. Scott Sorensen and Connor Tracey are the final cuts from the Sharks squad. Former Roosters, Dragons and Cowboys winger Nene Macdonald was omitted from the extended bench on Friday, denying him his Sharks debut. Will Kennedy was also dropped 24 hours out from kick-off.

Josh Dugan failed to finish the Manly game with calf tightness but has been cleared to play. Sione Katoa has scored five tries in his past two games.

Warriors v Broncos, Saturday 5.30pm (7.50pm NZT) at Central Coast Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 3 Peta Hiku
    Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Tesi Niu
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 David Fusitu'a
    Winger for Broncos is number 2 Jamayne Isaako
  • Centre for Warriors is number 4 Patrick Herbert
    Centre for Broncos is number 3 Herbie Farnworth
  • Centre for Warriors is number 22 Gerard Beale
    Centre for Broncos is number 4 Darius Boyd
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Broncos is number 5 Xavier Coates
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
    Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony Milford
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green
    Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Brodie Croft

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
    Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Issac Luke
  • Prop for Warriors is number 13 Adam Blair
    Prop for Broncos is number 15 Thomas Flegler
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jack Murchie
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Alex Glenn
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 16 Karl Lawton
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior
  • Lock for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
    Lock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 10 Agnatius Paasi
    Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Tom Dearden
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Chanel Harris-Tavita
    Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Rhys Kennedy
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Jack Hetherington
    Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Ben Te'o
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 20 Isaiah Papali'i
    Interchange for Broncos is number 18 Corey Oates

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Butler
  • Touch Judge: Todd Smith
  • Touch Judge: Gavin Badger
  • Video Referee: Bryan Norrie
  • Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell

Last updated:

Warriors: Todd Payten has oved veteran Kiwi Peta Hiku to fullback to replace Roger Tuivasa-Sheck after his one-week shoulder charge ban was upheld at the judiciary on Tuesday night. Gerard Beale comes off the extended reserves list into the centres to fill out the backline. Isaiah Papali'i has been elevated to the interchange bench in favour of Josh Curran, who was omitted on Friday.

Karl Lawton starts in the forward pack with Adam Blair returning to prop and Agnatius Paasi shifting to the bench. Panther Jack Hetherington is on the bench after striking a loan deal with the club. King Vuniyayawa and Adam Pompey were the players to be cut from the squad on game day. The Warriors have won four from five at Central Coast Stadium.

Broncos: The Broncos will be without Matt Lodge against the Warriors on Saturday night with the prop succumbing to a knee injury suffered against the Titans. Thomas Flegler - in his first game back from suspension - moves into the starting line-up with Corey Oates earning a reprieve on the bench after initially being named as a reserve.

Jamayne Isaako has earlier been named in Oates's usual spot on the wing. Pat Carrigan returns from suspension at lock in place of the suspended Joe Ofahengaue. Cory Paix was omitted on Friday and Richie Kennar and Jamil Hopoate were trimmed from the squad an hour before kick-off. The Broncos have lost both games on the Central Coast this season.

Wests Tigers v Panthers, Saturday 7.35pm at Bankwest Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
    Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
    Centre for Panthers is number 19 Brent Naden
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'o
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Josh Reynolds
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
    Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Oliver Clark
    Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Elijah Taylor
    Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Zane Tetevano
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Moses Leota
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Sam McIntyre
    Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Billy Burns
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam
    Interchange for Panthers is number 21 Tyrone May

Match Officials

  • Referee: Adam Gee
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Video Referee: Beau Scott
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

Last updated:

Wests Tigers: Unchanged after last week's big win over Canterbury. Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence dropped off the extended bench on game day and Billy Walters and Russell Packer were the two players left out 24 hours before the match. Wests Tigers have scored 62 points in two games at Bankwest Stadium in 2020.

Panthers: Brent Naden replaces Dean Whare at centre with Tyrone May bumping Matt Burton off the bench. Josh Mansour (knee) returns on the wing. Mitch Kenny and Spencer Leniu were the two players omitted 24 hours before kick-off. The Panthers have won five of their past six games against the Tigers.

Sea Eagles v Knights, Sunday 4.05pm at Lottoland

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Reuben Garrick
    Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Edrick Lee
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Enari Tuala
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Moses Suli
    Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman Best
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Tevita Funa
    Winger for Knights is number 5 Hymel Hunt
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Lachlan Croker
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Kurt Mann
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell Pearce

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Danny Levi
    Hooker for Knights is number 9 Andrew McCullough
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson
    2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Curtis Sironen
    2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Sione Mata'utia
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Knights is number 13 Herman Ese'ese

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Cade Cust
    Interchange for Knights is number 14 Tex Hoy
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Jack Gosiewski
    Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean Keppie
    Interchange for Knights is number 16 Aidan Guerra
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela Paseka
    Interchange for Knights is number 17 Pasami Saulo

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Video Referee: Bryan Norrie
  • Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell

Last updated:

Sea Eagles: Manly are 1-17 with Morgan Boyle and Brendan Elliott the match-day omissions. Moses Suli (finger) returns in place of Brendan Elliot. Martin Taupau has again been named in the starting side ahead of Sean Keppie, but the pair swapped spots last week.

Abbas Miski and Haumole Olakau'atu dropped out of the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off. The Sea Eagles have won nine of their past 11 games against the Knights.

Knights: Newcastle are also 1-17 with Tautau Moga and Brodie Jones the final cuts from their match-day line-up. Best returns at centre after a week in quarantine in place of Gehamat Shibasaki. In the pack, Herman Ese'ese starts at lock with Tim Glasby out after failing a HIA last week and Pasami Saulo called up on the bench. 

Phoenix Crossland and Josh King were omitted from the initial 21-man squad on Saturday. The Knights have won only one of their past nine games at Lottoland.

Bulldogs v Rabbitohs, Sunday 6.30pm at Bankwest Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
    Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Latrell Mitchell
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Nick Meaney
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Dane Gagai
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Reimis Smith
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Campbell Graham
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Marcelo Montoya
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 James Roberts
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Christian Crichton
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Alex Johnston
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Kieran Foran
    Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Brandon Wakeham
    Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Aiden Tolman
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Tevita Tatola
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
    Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Dylan Napa
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Jaydn Su'A
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Ethan Lowe
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Adam Elliott
    Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Kerrod Holland
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Liam Knight
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Dean Britt
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Hame Sele
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Renouf Atoni
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Braidon Burns
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Sauaso Sue
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 19 Patrick Mago

Match Officials

  • Referee: Peter Gough
  • Touch Judge: Matt Noyen
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Video Referee: Ben Galea
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Clark

Last updated:

Bulldogs: Coach Dean Pay has confirmed that English import Luke Thompson won't make his NRL debut on Sunday. The prop only began training with his new club this week after being quarantined for a fortnight. 

"No, he won't play," Pay said on Saturday. "He hasn't trained for a number of months so I think it's a big ask for him to play tomorrow. Hopefully we've got a little bit of run in him, got into a little bit of contact work with him, just getting back into the groove of things so we could get him on the park next week."

Will Hopoate (ankle), Jake Averillo (head knock) and Kerrod Holland (bench) are out of the backline. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak moves to fullback, Reimis Smith and Marcelo Montoya are the centres and Nick Meaney and Christian Crichton come in on the wings.

Thompson and Sione Katoa dropped off the reserves list 24 hours before kick-off. Ofahiki Ogden and Jack Cogger were cut on Sunday. The Bulldogs have lost four from five at Bankwest Stadium in 2020.

Rabbitohs: James Roberts starts with Braidon Burns back to the bench in the only change. Winger Alex Johnston has scored five tries in his past four games.

Mark Nicholls and Troy Dargan dropped off the reserves list on Saturday night. Corey Allan and Patrick Mago were omitted an hour from kick-off.