Warrick D. Nicolson,
Each Wednesday, we take a look at the teams named and analyse how any changes could impact your Dream Team for the weekend ahead. Here is a look at Round 20.
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For the Cowboys - Tariq Sims ($239,700) and Robert Lui ($273,300) are gone... so hopefully you upgraded them a week or three ago. Michael Morgan ($208,000) is the new halfback, while Kalifa FaiFai Loa ($143,300) gets another crack on the wing with Ashley Graham ($120,300) injured. Dallas Johnson ($284,200) returns at lock but has announced season 2013 as his last in the NRL. All of North Queensland’s Origin stars are playing.
Brisbane have punted Corey Norman ($254,400) to QLD Cup, with Josh Hoffman ($306,200) now at fullback. Ben Hunt ($124,000) suddenly becomes an intriguing option at HLF/HOK after being handed the #7 jersey ahead of Peter Wallace ($252,500) who goes to the bench. Sam Thaiday ($351,200) is now a second rower, while Alex Glenn ($324,200) is now a centre. Cheapie Corey Oates ($101,600) plays his third game of the season... but moves from the centres to the wing. Oh and Ben Hannant ($387,200) is back... giddy up!
Bulldogs v Eels - ANZ Stadium 7:45pm Friday
Frank Pritchard ($233,700) and Josh Morris ($189,900) return for the Bulldogs, with Tim Lafai ($267,900) going to NSW Cup. Tim Browne ($107,600) is retained as 18th man.
Parramatta lose Brayden Wiliame ($106,400) to a knee injury and Ken Sio ($153,800) is recalled in his place. Mitchell Allgood ($223,600) returns from suspension, with Kaysa Pritchard ($107,800) demoted to NSW Cup. Semi Radradra ($101,600) and Willie Tonga ($127,700) will play their third games of the season this weekend.
Dragons v Raiders - WIN Stadium 5:30pm Saturday
For the Dragons Matt Cooper (276,100) is done and dusted for the season with a pectoral injury, so Daniel Vidot ($202,600) gets a reprieve in the centres. Jack Stockwell ($236,600) rejoins the bench after being a late omission on Monday.
Josh Papalii ($383,700) starts after coming off the bench last weekend for the Raiders, so Jarrad Kennedy ($122,300) drops back to the pine.
Titans v Rabbitohs - Skilled Park 7:30pm Saturday
Nate Myles ($315,600) and Greg Bird ($280,400) are back in action for the Titans - with Myles a DT gun if fit enough to play out the rest of the season. As a result Luke Douglas ($295,700) and Dave Taylor ($265,800) are no longer starting... Steve Michaels ($105,600) has a one game cameo in the NRL but with Brad Takairangi ($152,800) back, he’s gone. Ryan James ($185,900) and Luke O’Dwyer ($143,900) are the extra men on the bench.
South Sydney have no changes, with Justin Hunt ($200,100) to continue at fullback with Greg Inglis ($343,100) injured.
Warriors v Storm - Mt Smart Stadium 2:00pm Sunday
Just the one change for the Warriors with Ngani Laumape ($168,800) coming in for the injured Glen Fisiiahi ($143,100). El cheapo Suaia Matagi ($113,300) has held his spot on the bench after pumping out a 38 last week.
Melbourne have named all their big guns after their post-Origin bye in Round 19. Tim Glasby ($101,600) and Ben Hampton ($101,600) are the 18th and 19th men.
Sharks v Panthers - Remondis Stadium 2:00pm Sunday
Cronulla have Jeff Robson ($215,500) and Wade Graham ($306,800) back, as is Ben Pomeroy ($228,000) who replaces Stewart Mills ($122,200) in the centres. Chad Townsend ($297,300) is sent to NSW Cup.
Penrith have named Adam Docker ($202,500) despite copping a knee to the jaw last weekend, but do regain Sika Manu ($234,100) and Sam Anderson ($101,600). Lewis Brown ($222,600) moves to the centres for Wes Naiqama ($112,500), while Jeremy Latimore ($210,700) starts at prop for Mose Masoe ($165,200) who is suspended for a week.
Knights v Roosters - Hunter Stadium 3:00pm Sunday
Kade Snowden ($312,900) just became a sell if you happen to have him - he’ll miss two weeks due to suspension for the Knights. David Fa’alogo ($262,200) starts but isn’t cheap enough to consider. Zane Tetevano ($133,700) is named in the squad but not guarantee enough minutes to pickup - same goes for Korbin Sims ($136,100).
The Roosters get Sonny Bill Williams ($346,500) back from a hamstring injury in the second row, pushing Mitchell Aubusson ($262,200) to the bench. Isaac Liu ($165,900) is 18th man.
Tigers v Sea Eagles - Campbelltown Stadium 7:00pm Monday
For the Tigers Aaron Woods ($370,800) is out, replaced by Jack Buchanan ($237,100) at prop, with Shaun Spence ($101,600) coming onto the bench.
Manly get George Rose ($195,100) back from injury, so Nick Skinner ($127,700) is sent packing and David Gower ($127,300) joins the squad.