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Round 13 NRL squad announcements

Official team lists, updates and injury news for the 13th round of the 2020 Telstra Premiership season.

Round 13 team lists

Dragons v Roosters, Thursday 7.50pm at WIN Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Dragons is number 2 Jordan Pereira
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Ryan Hall
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Euan Aitken
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
    Centre for Roosters is number 12 Mitchell Aubusson
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Matt Ikuvalu
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Ben Hunt
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Adam Clune
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Lachlan Lam

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Blake Lawrie
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Cameron McInnes
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Friend
  • Prop for Dragons is number 15 Josh Kerr
    Prop for Roosters is number 17 Lindsay Collins
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Sitili Tupouniua
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher
  • Lock for Dragons is number 13 Jackson Ford
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Tristan Sailor
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Drew Hutchison
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Trent Merrin
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Poasa Faamausili
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Tyrell Fuimaono
    Interchange for Roosters is number 18 Daniel Fifita
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 21 Kaide Ellis
    Interchange for Roosters is number 20 Max Bailey

Dragons: Paul Vaughan was stood down on game day after breaching biosecurity protocols with Josh Kerr taking his spot in the starting side.

Recent signing Kaide Ellis will become St George Illawarra player No.234, coming onto the bench for his club debut following his mid-year switch from Penrith.

In-form centre Euan Aitken has been named and is expected to play despite a hamstring issue last week.

Corey Norman has been dropped with Adam Clune returning from a concussion in the halves alongside Ben Hunt. Trent Merrin (HIA) also returns taking the place of Jacob Host on the bench.

Jason Saab and Host were omitted from the squad 24 hours before kick-off. 

Paul McGregor will coach his 150th game in the NRL.

Roosters: A double blow for the Roosters on Wednesday with prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and centre Josh Morris both ruled out with calf injuries.

Lindsay Collins moves into the starting side at prop to replace Waerea-Hargreaves while milestone man Mitch Aubusson shifts to the centres for Morris.

Nat Butcher joins the starting side in the second row and Daniel Fifita and Max Bailey come onto the interchange bench.

Kyle Flanagan has been dropped with Lachlan Lam at halfback and Drew Hutchison called up on the bench.

Captain Boyd Cordner's lay-off after a head knock continues. Aubusson will become the 40th player to play 300 games.

Sea Eagles v Warriors, Friday 6pm at Lottoland

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Brendan Elliot
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Patrick Herbert
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Tevita Funa
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Adam Pompey
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Moses Suli
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Peta Hiku
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 George Jennings
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Cade Cust
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Chanel Harris-Tavita

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Danny Levi
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Karl Lawton
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Jack Hetherington
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 15 Corey Waddell
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Eliesa Katoa
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 18 Haumole Olakau'atu
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz Tevaga

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Lachlan Croker
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Wayde Egan
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean Keppie
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Adam Blair
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela Paseka
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Daniel Alvaro
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 20 Morgan Boyle
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Lachlan Burr

Sea Eagles: Curtis Sironen (knee) and Joel Thompson (ankle) were ruled out on Thursday and Manly were given an exemption by the NRL to add Toafofoa Sipley to their squad.

Haumole Olakau'atu and Corey Waddell have been elevated to the starting second row. Morgan Boyle moves in from the reserves to the interchange.

Tevita Funa replaces Brad Parker (HIA) at centre and Cade Cust is back at five-eighth for Dylan Walker (foot).

Albert Hopoate and Sipley were the last two players cut an hour before kick-off.

The Sea Eagles have won eight of their past 10 games against the Warriors.

Warriors: No late changes expected. Chanel Harris-Tavita starts at halfback following Blake Green's mid-season move to the Knights. The Warriors have not defeated the Sea Eagles in Australia since 2009.

Jack Murchie and Gerard Beale were omitted from the reserves 24 hours before kick-off. Isaiah Papali'i and Adam Keighran were cut an hour before kick-off. 

Rabbitohs v Broncos, Friday 7.55pm at ANZ Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Latrell Mitchell
    Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Darius Boyd
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Alex Johnston
    Winger for Broncos is number 2 Richard Kennar
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Campbell Graham
    Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Broncos is number 4 Herbie Farnworth
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Jaxson Paulo
    Winger for Broncos is number 5 Xavier Coates
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Brodie Croft
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Tom Dearden

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Tevita Tatola
    Prop for Broncos is number 8 Thomas Flegler
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Jake Turpin
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
    Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Bayley Sironen
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 David Fifita
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 15 Liam Knight
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
    Lock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Mark Nicholls
    Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Issac Luke
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Patrick Mago
    Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Joe Ofahengaue
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Keaon Koloamatangi
    Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Ben Te'o
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 18 Jack Johns
    Interchange for Broncos is number 20 Matthew Lodge

Rabbitohs: Jaydn Su'A was suspended at the judiciary on Tuesday night, with Liam Knight to start in the second row. Jack Johns was initially named as Su'A's replacement but will now come off the bench. Kurt Dillon and Corey Allan were cut from the reserves an hour prior to kick-off, while Troy Dargan was omitted from the squad 24 hours before kick-off.

Broncos: Matt Lodge has been elevated from the reserves to the bench an hour before kick-off with Rhys Kennedy dropping out. David Fifita is good to make his long-awaited injury return in the back row. Brodie Croft returns in the halves and Joe Ofahengaue goes to the bench. Jesse Arthars was the other game-day omission. Cory Paix and Ethan Bullemor dropped off the extended bench on Thursday night.

Storm v Bulldogs, Saturday 3pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Nicho Hynes
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Tom Eisenhuth
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Tim Lafai
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Jake Averillo
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Kieran Foran
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Lachlan Lewis

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Ofahiki Ogden
  • Hooker for Storm is number 9 Brandon Smith
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Sione Katoa
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Dylan Napa
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
  • Lock for Storm is number 15 Tino Faasuamaleaui
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Luke Thompson

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 14 Ryley Jacks
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Jeremy Marshall-King
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Albert Vete
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Aiden Tolman
  • Interchange for Storm is number 17 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Sauaso Sue
  • Interchange for Storm is number 19 Chris Lewis
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Reimis Smith

Storm: Brandon Smith will start at hooker with captain Cameron Smith (shoulder) set to miss a couple of games. Ryan Papenhuyzen is being rested with Nicho Hynes starting at fullback. Justin Olam returns at centre for Marion Seve (ear). Darryn Schonig and Sandor Earl were the two players dropped from the squad an hour before kick-off.

Dale Finucane is also being given the week off with reserve halfback Cooper Johns also omitted on Friday. Tino Fa’Asuamaleaui has been elevated into the starting side. The Storm have won 14 consecutive games at Queensland venues.

Bulldogs: Canterbury will start 1-17 after Kerrod Holland and Renouf To'omaga were the two players left out an hour before kick-off. Ofahiki Ogden moves into the starting side and Sione Katoa starts at hooker with Aiden Tolman and Jeremy Marshall-King benched. Reimis Smith replaces Jack Cogger on the interchange.  

Chris Smith and Matthew Doorey were culled when the squad was reduced to 19 players 24 hours from kick-off.

The Bulldogs have scored only 22 points in their past three games in Queensland.

Knights v Wests Tigers, Saturday 5.30pm at McDonald Jones Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
  • Winger for Knights is number 2 Starford To'a
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Enari Tuala
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Gehamat Shibasaki
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Tommy Talau
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Hymel Hunt
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Asu Kepaoa
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Blake Green
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Luke Brooks
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell Pearce
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Benji Marshall

Forwards

  • Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Kurt Mann
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Moses Mbye
  • Prop for Knights is number 10 Jacob Saifiti
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Russell Packer
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luciano Leilua
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Aidan Guerra
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 16 Chris Lawrence
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Mitchell Barnett
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange

  • Interchange for Knights is number 14 Phoenix Crossland
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 12 Sam McIntyre
  • Interchange for Knights is number 15 Josh King
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Knights is number 16 Herman Ese'ese
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Shawn Blore
  • Interchange for Knights is number 17 Brodie Jones
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Billy Walters

Knights: Newcastle will start 1-17 after Tex Hoy and Jirah Momoisea were the two players omitted an hour before kick-off. New recruit Blake Green starts at five-eighth, allowing Kurt Mann to shift to hooker in place of Chris Randall. Centres Bradman Best (ankle) and Tautau Moga (dropped) have been replaced by Gehamat Shibasaki and Star Toa, who starts on the wing with Enari Tuala shifting in.

Brodie Jones replaces the suspended Pasami Saulo on the bench. Halfback Mitchell Pearce has scored 12 tries from his past 14 games against Wests Tigers. Randall and Mason Lino were omitted from the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off.

Wests Tigers: In a change announced an hour before kick-off, Chris Lawrence (No.16) will start the match, with Sam McIntyre dropping back to the bench. Alex Seyfarth and Luke Garner were the two players left out an hour before game time. In a host of changes from last week, Star hooker Harry Grant (knee) and lock Alex Twal (ribs) are out injured, with Moses Mbye shifting to dummy half, Matt Eisenhuth back at lock, Tommy Talau moving to centre and new recruit Asu Kepaoa debuting on the wing.

Centre Joey Leilua returns from suspension,. Luke Brooks is back starting in the halves - albeit at five-eighth - with Billy Walters dropping to the pine. Russell Packer returns from suspension in place of Ollie Clark at prop.

Josh Reynolds and Elijah Taylor were cut from the squad 24 hours before kick-off.

Panthers v Raiders, Saturday 7.35pm at Panthers Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Caleb Aekins
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  • Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Jordan Rapana
  • Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
  • Centre for Panthers is number 14 Tyrone May
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Curtis Scott
  • Winger for Panthers is number 3 Brent Naden
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Nick Cotric
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 George Williams

Forwards

  • Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Siliva Havili
  • Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis Lui
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 John Bateman
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
  • Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Hudson Young

Interchange

  • Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Spencer Leniu
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Tom Starling
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Moses Leota
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Joseph Tapine
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Zane Tetevano
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Ryan Sutton
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 21 Daine Laurie
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Corey Harawira-Naera

Panthers: A late change for the Panthers with winger Malakai Watene-Zelezniak dropping out. Brent Naden shifts from centre to wing and Tyrone May moves from the bench to the centres. Development player Daine Laurie will make his NRL debut off the bench.

Mitch Kenny and Matt Burton were cut from the reserves 24 hours before kick-off. Billy Burns was omitted an hour before kick-off.

Penrith are aiming to equal their 2003 club record of eight consecutive wins.

Raiders: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad has been confirmed to return from a dislocated finger at fullback, with Jordan Rapana shifting to the wing and the injured Semi Valemei dropping out.

Veteran Michael Oldfield has overcome a hamstring injury and has been included on an extended bench, giving coach Ricky Stuart some much-needed outside back cover. Canberra has scored at least 30 points in their past three games against the Panthers.

Kai O'Donnell and Matt Frawley were omitted 24 hours before kick-off. Sam Williams and Michael Oldfield were cut an hour before game time.

Titans v Cowboys, Sunday 2pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Titans is number 1 Alexander Brimson
    Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
  • Winger for Titans is number 2 Anthony Don
    Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
  • Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
    Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Tom Opacic
  • Centre for Titans is number 4 Dale Copley
    Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Connelly Lemuelu
  • Winger for Titans is number 5 Phillip Sami
    Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Justin O'Neill
  • Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Ashley Taylor
    Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Ben Hampton
  • Halfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal Fogarty
    Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Michael Morgan

Forwards

  • Prop for Titans is number 8 Moeaki Fotuaika
    Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Josh McGuire
  • Hooker for Titans is number 9 Nathan Peats
    Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
  • Prop for Titans is number 10 Jaimin Jolliffe
    Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Mitchell Dunn
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Keegan Hipgrave
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Coen Hess
  • Lock for Titans is number 13 Jai Arrow
    Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo

Interchange

  • Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tanah Boyd
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Jake Granville
  • Interchange for Titans is number 15 Jarrod Wallace
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Tom Gilbert
  • Interchange for Titans is number 16 Tyrone Peachey
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 16 Emry Pere
  • Interchange for Titans is number 17 Sam Lisone
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Francis Molo

Titans: Gold Coast will start 1-17 after Corey Thompson and Beau Fermor were the last two dropped from the squad. Sam Lisone returns from a shoulder injury on the bench in place of Sam Stone. Lock Jai Arrow has passed all his HIA protocols so far after a head knock last week and is expected to play. Jai Whitbread and Erin Clark were the two players left out 24 hours before the match. The Titans have won only one of their past 12 games at Cbus Super Stadium.

Cowboys: The omission of Shane Wright and Esan Marsters an hour from kick-off means North Queensland will start 1-17. Captain Michael Morgan returns from a shoulder injury at halfback, with Ben Hampton retained at five-eighth. Tom Opacic returns at centre with Justin O'Neill going to the wing and Murray Taulagi out. Clifford and Corey Jensen were the two players omitted on the eve of the match.

Josh McGuire is back from suspension at prop, pushing Francis Molo to the bench, while Jake Granville and Emry Pere have been called up on the interchange. Mitch Dunn starts in the back row with Shane Wright, Gavin Cooper and John Asiata all out of the side. Cowboys utility Ben Hampton has scored five tries from his past four games against the Titans.

Sharks v Eels, Sunday 4.05pm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William Kennedy
    Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
  • Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione Katoa
    Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
  • Centre for Sharks is number 3 Josh Dugan
    Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
  • Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
    Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
  • Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo Mulitalo
    Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
  • Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Matt Moylan
    Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
  • Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Shaun Johnson
    Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses

Forwards

  • Prop for Sharks is number 8 Braden Hamlin-Uele
    Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
  • Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
    Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
  • Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
    Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Siosifa Talakai
    2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham
    2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Marata Niukore
  • Lock for Sharks is number 18 Scott Sorensen
    Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sharks is number 13 Toby Rudolf
    Interchange for Eels is number 14 Andrew Davey
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Connor Tracey
    Interchange for Eels is number 15 Ray Stone
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Teig Wilton
    Interchange for Eels is number 16 Kane Evans
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Royce Hunt
    Interchange for Eels is number 17 Oregon Kaufusi

Sharks: Josh Dugan, Jesse Ramien and Matt Moylan have been named and will play after overcoming hamstring injuries.

Dugan - who on Thursday said he would be right to play after his hamstring ruled him out of what would have been his 200th NRL game for the past two weeks - returns at centre alongside Ramien, with rookie Jackson Ferris injured and suspended, Siosifa Talakai moving to the second row.

Briton Nikora and Braydon Trindall were the two players dropped from the squad 24 hours before the match. Scott Sorensen will start at lock with Toby Rudolf relegated to the interchange with Jack Williams and Bryson Goodwin missing the final cut.

The Sharks have won six of their past seven games against the Eels.

Eels: Ray Stone replaces Brad Takairangi on the bench with no other changes to the team announced on Tuesday. Ryan Matterson (concussion) is still at least a week away.

Centre Michael Jennings has scored four tries in his past three games against the Sharks.

David Gower and Jai Field were the two players left out 24 hours before kick-off with Brad Takairangi and Stefano Utoikamanu suffering the same fate on game day.