Ins & Outs: Round 22
The highlights from all this weekend's team changes. Who's back in action and who's out for your team this week?
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium, Friday 7:35pm
IN: Wade McKinnon
OUT: Matthew Groat
St George Illawarra
IN: Dean Young
OUT: Kyle Stanley
St George Illawarra will field their full complement of Test and State of Origin representatives for the first time since Round 7 with Dean Young slated to return from a knee injury.
Wests Tigers v St George Illawarra Dragons at Sydney Football Stadium, Friday 7:35pm
IN: Josh Morris
OUT: Tim Lafai
Canterbury’s former Test centre Josh Morris will make his return from a two-week stint in the NSW Cup in Friday night’s clash with North Queensland at ANZ Stadium.
Melbourne Storm v Penrith Panthers at AAMI Park, Saturday 5:30pm
IN: Nafe Seluini
OUT: Dayne Weston
Lachlan Coote (ankle) and Travis Burns (broken hand) remain on the injured list for the Panthers but lock Luke Lewis (concussion) has been named. The four Storm players who missed last Monday night’s match against Parramatta (Gareth Widdop, Matt Duffie, Sika Manu and Rory Kostjasyn) have not been named in this week’s team.
Brisbane Broncos v New Zealand Warriors at Suncorp Stadium, Saturday 7:30pm
IN: Ben Te’o
OUT: David Hala
Talented back-rower Ben Te’o will make his long-awaited return for the Broncos after he twice broke his arm. Te’o suffered the original injury against Newcastle in Round 5 but re-fractured his arm against Manly in Round 12.
Cronulla Sharks v Gold Coast Titans at Toyota Stadium, Saturday 7:30pm
IN: Isaac Gordon, Ricky Leutele, Paul Gallen, Paul Aiton
OUT: Nathan Gardner, John Williams, Colin Best, Tyson Frizell
IN: Steve Michaels, Will Matthews
OUT: Clinton Toopi, Greg Bird
Rival coaches Shane Flanagan (Cronulla) and John Cartwright (Gold Coast) have rung in the changes for Saturday night’s clash at Toyota Stadium. Cronulla backs Nathan Gardner, John Williams and Colin Best have been dumped while former Australian Schoolboy Tyson Frizell, who debuted in the big loss to the Broncos, makes way for the return of captain Paul Gallen. Fullback Isaac Gordon and centre Ricky Leutele, who made one appearance in 2010, have been recalled, while Ben Pomeroy gets another chance in the centres. Paul Aiton moves to the bench. Cartwright has axed veteran centre Clinton Toopi, while lock Greg Bird is missing with a hamstring injury.
Newcastle Knights v Canberra Raiders at Ausgrid Stadium, Sunday 2:00pm
IN: Evarn Tuimavave, Richard Fa’aoso
OUT: Mark Taufua, Keith Lulia
IN: Josh Miller
OUT: Sam Mataora
The Knights will be strengthened by the return of front-rowers Evarn Tuimavave and Richie Fa’oso from injury while long-serving Raider Josh Miller returns for young back-rower Sam Mataora.
Manly Sea Eagles v Sydney Roosters at Brookvale Oval, Sunday 3:00pm
IN: Tony Williams
OUT: Vic Mauro
Tongan giant Tony Williams has been named in Manly’s squad for Sunday’s clash with the Roosters after six weeks on the sidelines with a torn hamstring. The Roosters’ line-up is unchanged following last weekend’s win over the Bulldogs.
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium, Mondauy 7:00pm
IN: Shannan McPherson, David Taylor
OUT: Shaune Corrigan, Ben Lowe
IN: Jordan Atkins, Manase Manuokafoa
OUT: Chris Hicks, Jeff Robson
Souths receive a major boost this week with the return of Queensland powerhouse Dave Taylor following his five-game suspension, while stand-in prop Shannan McPherson is back after missing last Sunday’s stunning win over the Dragons. Winger Jordan Atkins returns for the Eels, replacing Chris Hicks, while Manase Manuokafoa is recalled to the bench following the loss of halfback Jeff Robson with a depressed cheekbone fracture.