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The Storm are considering another fullback change after initially naming Nick Meaney to replace Ryan Papenhuyzen.

The Rabbitohs could be dealt a huge blow with a crucial young gun set to be ruled out.

But, a new arrival to Redfern could ease the pressure, slotting into South Sydney’s struggling spine.

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Canterbury Bulldogs vs Newcastle Knights at Suncorp Stadium, 6.00pm AEDT

Bulldogs team: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Brent Naden 3. Jake Averillo 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Luke Thompson 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Corey Waddell 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Josh Jackson 14. Bailey Biondi-Odo 15. Joe Stimson 16. Max King 17. Chris Patolo 19. Josh Cook 20. Jackson Topine 21. Brandon Wakeham 22. Jayden Okunbor 23. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 24. Paul Alamoti 25. Ava Seumanufagai

Players cut:

Late Mail: Froward Raymond Faitala-Mariner is bidding to return from a foot injury from the reserves, but may be held back another week due to a lack of match fitness. Second-rower Chris Patolo is set to return from concussion via the bench.

Knights team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Dominic Young 6. Tex Hoy 7. Adam Clune 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Mitchell Barnett 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Leo Thompson 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Mathew Croker 18. Simi Sasagi 19. Sauaso Sue

Players cut:20. Brayden Musgrove 21. Jaron Purcell 22. Krystian Mapapalangi 23. Kobe Rugless 24. Ben Talty

Late Mail: Adam Clune returns from a knee injury at halfback, with Phoenix Crossland shifting to the bench. Edrick Lee will need to pass concussion protocols to take his place on the wing, but is expected to play.

Manly Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, 8.05pm AEDT

Sea Eagles team: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Christian Tuipulotu 3. Ben Trbojevic 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Sean Keppie 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Ethan Bullemor 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 15. Andrew Davey 16. Martin Taupau 17. Toafofoa Sipley 18. Kurt De Luis 19. Morgan Harper 20. Kaeo Weekes 21. James Roumanos 22. Josh Schuster 23. Jamie Humphreys 24. Jacob Sykes

Players cut:

Late Mail: Haumole Olakau’atu is set to return from illness in the second row after being a late scratching last week. Josh Schuster has been named in the reserves, but is unlikely to play due to a calf injury. Andrew Davey returns from a shoulder injury on the bench.

Broncos team: 1. Te Maire Martin 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Cory Paix 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Keenan Palasia 18. Brenko Lee 19. TC Robati 20. Rhys Kennedy 21. Ezra Mam 22. Jordan Pereira 23. Ryan James 24. Jake Turpin

Players cut:

Late Mail: Payne Haas (shoulder) and Kurt Capewell (neck) will need to pass fitness tests but are expected to play. Hooker Jake Turpin remains an outside chance to return after being named in the reserves again, but will struggle to break into a winning team.

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Warriors vs South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium, 3.00pm AEDT

Warriors team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Viliami Vailea 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Matt Lodge 11. Euan Aitken 12. Tohu Harris 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Aaron Pene 15. Ben Murdoch-Masila 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Jack Murchie 18. Eliesa Katoa 20. Rocco Berry 21. Pride Petterson-Robati 22. Edward Kosi 23. Junior Ratuva 24. Ronald Volkman 25. Freddy Lussick

Players cut:

Late Mail: Skipper Tohu Harris will return from his ACL injury for his first game of the season, but could be switched from the second row to lock. New recruits Ronald Volkman and Freddy Lussick are outside chances to debut for their new club after being named in the reserves.

Rabbitohs team: 1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Jaxson Paulo 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jacob Host 13. Jai Arrow 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Davvy Moale 16. Siliva Havili 17. Liam Knight 18. Peter Mamouzelos 19. Isaiah Tass 20. Josh Mansour 21. Shaq Mitchell 22. Dean Hawkins 23. Trent Peoples 24. Josiah Karapani

Players cut:

Late Mail: According to The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio, young gun Blake Taaffe could be a late scratching from the Rabbitohs side due to the flu. “Taaffe is struggling with the flu, and he will need to show significant improvement at tommorow’s training session to be cleared to play this weekend against the Warriors,” Riccio said on NRL360. While the 23-year-old’s absence would be a huge blow, Warriors recruit Kodi Nikorima could line up at fullback against his former club. Jai Arrow starts at lock in place of injured skipper Cameron Murray with Jacob Host taking Arrow’s spot in the second row. Prop Thomas Burgess returns from a back injury with Davvy Moale shifting to the bench.


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Gold Coast Titans vs St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium, 5.30pm AEDT

Titans team: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Phillip Sami 3. Brian Kelly 4. Esan Marsters 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. AJ Brimson 7. Toby Sexton 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Erin Clark 10. Jarrod Wallace 11. Isaac Liu 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Sam Lisone 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Sam McIntyre 18. Greg Marzhew 19. Corey Thompson 20. Paul Turner 21. Jaimin Jolliffe 22. Aaron Booth 23. Sosefo Fifita 24. Kevin Proctor

Players cut:

Late Mail: The Titans have an all new back three with Jayden Campbell at fullback and Jamayne Isaako and Phillip Sami on the wings. Corey Thompson and Greg Marzhew drop out while AJ Brimson shifts to five-eighth. Jaimin Jolliffe is bidding to return from a calf injury after being named in the reserves.

Dragons team: 1. Moses Mbye 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Francis Molo 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Jack de Belin 11. Jack Bird 12. Josh Mcguire 13. Tariq Sims 14. Jayden Sullivan 15. Blake Lawrie 16. Aaron Woods 17. Tyrell Fuimaono 18. George Burgess 19. Cody Ramsey 20. Jack Gosiewski 21. Tyrell Sloan 22. Josh Kerr 23. Jackson Ford 24. Tautau Moga

Players cut:

Late Mail: Prop George Burgess could come into the 17 late after being named 18th man.

Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium, 7.45pm AEDT

Storm team: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Josh King 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tyran Wishart 16. Trent Loiero 17. Chris Lewis 18. Cooper Johns 19. Jordan Grant 20. Tom Eisenhuth 21. Jayden Nikorima 22. Alec MacDonald 23. Tui Kamikamica 24. William Warbrick

Players cut:

Late Mail: Nick Meaney has been named to Ryan Papenhuyzen (knee) at fullback, but the Storm are reportedly considering playing Tyran Wishart there following a successful cameo in the No. 1 jersery against the Dragons last week. That would push Meaney play to the wing and Dean Ieremia would drop out. Marion Seve comes in for injured centre Reimis Smith (pectoral) after the Storm gained an exemption for him to play. Kenny Bromwich will need to pass concussion protocols to take his place in the second row. Tui Kamikamica could be a late inclusion on the bench after serving his suspension.

Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Jaeman Salmon 18. Robert Jennings 19. Chris Smith 20. J’maine Hopgood 21. Sean O’Sullivan 22. Matt Eisenhuth 23. Soni Luke 24. Charlie Staines

Players cut:

Late Mail: Scott Sorensen returns from illness on the bench with Matt Eisenhuth dropping to the reserves. origin star Brian To’o is expected to remain on the right wing with rookie Taylan May outside Izack Tago on the left flank.

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Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders at Suncorp Stadium, 1.50pm AEDT

Sharks team: 1. Nicho Hynes 2. Sione Katoa 3. Connor Tracey 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Braydon Trindall 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aiden Tolman 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Dale Finucane 14. Cameron McInnes 15. Jack Williams 16. Wade Graham 17. Royce Hunt 18. Mawene Hiroti 19. Andrew Fifita 20. Luke Metcalf 21. Lachlan Miller 22. Jayden Berrell 23. Jesse Colquhoun 24. Thomas Hazelton

Players cut:

Late Mail: Nicho Hynes shifts to fullback for the suspended William Kennedy, but will likely spend plenty of time in the halves in attack. Cameron McInnes could start at lock with Dale Finucane shifting to the front row and Aiden Tolman to the bench as happened last week.

Raiders team: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Matt Frawley 7. Brad Schneider 8. Josh Papalii’i 9. Adam Elliott 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Corey Harawira-Naera 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Xavier Savage 17. Corey Horsburgh 18. Harry Rushton 19. Trey Mooney 20. Sam Williams 21. Peter Hola 22. James Schiller 23. Emre Guler 24. Albert Hopoate

Players cut:

Late Mail: Adam Elliott starts at hooker again with Tom Starling on the pine, but the pair could swap before kick-off. Sebastian Kris comes in for injured centre Jarrod Croker, with Xavier Savage joining the bench. However, Harry Rushton could be a late swap with Savage to bolster the bench against a physical Sharks side.

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Sydney Roosters vs Parramatta Eels at Suncorp Stadium, 4.05pm AEDT

Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Sam Walker 7. Luke Keary 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Connor Watson 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Drew Hutchison 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Nat Butcher 17. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 18. Lachlan Lam 19. Naufahu Whyte 20. Ben Marschke 21. Ben Thomas 22. Kevin Naiqama 23. Adam Keighran 24. Tukupa Hau Tapuha

Players cut:

Late Mail: Connor Watson returns in a timely boost with Sam Verrills out with a fractured collarbone. However, Drew Hutchison could be a late starter at hooker with Watson shifting to the pine. Sio Siua Taukeiaho starts at prop in place of the suspended Lindsay Collins with Daniel Suluka-Fifita joining the bench.

Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Hayze Perham 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Tom Opacic 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Nathan Brown 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Ryan Matterson 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Bryce Cartwright 18. Wiremu Greig 19. Jakob Arthur 20. Mitch Rein 21. Sean Russell 22. Samuel Loizou 23. Elie El Zakhem 24. Brendan Hands

Players cut:

Late Mail: Sean Russell is a chance to come onto the wing in place of Hayze Perham who has struggled under the high ball, but it would be a tough call to change the side that beat the Panthers last week.

Wests Tigers vs North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium, 6.25pm AEDT

Tigers team: 1. Starford To’a 2. Asu Kepaoa 3. Oliver Gildart 4. Luke Garner 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Luke Brooks 7. Jackson Hastings 8. James Tamou 9. Jake Simpkin 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Kelma Tuilagi 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Alex Twal 16. Alex Seyfarth 17. Stefano Utoikamanu 18. Jacob Liddle 19. Jock Madden 20. Thomas Mikaele 21. Fa’amanu Brown 22. Junior Pauga 23. Junior Tupou 24. Tukimihia Simpkins

Players cut:

Late Mail: Luciano Leilua will need to pass a fitness test on his hamstring despite being named in the second row. If he is ruled out Alex Seyfarth would start with Thomas Mikaele potentially joining the bench if he passes concussion protocols. Winger Ken Maumalo will also need to pass concussion protocols. If he is ruled out Oliver Gildart could shift to the wing with Tyrone Peachey coming into the centres.

Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McClean 9 Reece Robson 10. Reuben Cotter 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Hamiso Tabau-Fidow 15. Helium Luki 16. Coen Hess 17. Griffin Neame 18. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 19. Jake Granville 20. Conelly Lemuelu 21. Ben Condon 22. Emry Pere 23. Ben Hampton 24. Brendan Elliot

Players cut:

Late Mail: Todd Payten has a history of shifting his bench forwards and starters, but apart from that the Cowboys will field the same 17. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow keeps his bench role for the third straight week.

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