NRL.com Daily Blog: Smith re-signs with Eels
Welcome to the first Team List Tuesday of the 2018 Telstra Premiership season.
Stick around for updates on all the day's big news right here, plus a recap of what you might have missed overnight.
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6.02pm AEDT: For the keen observers out there, you may have realised that Matt Dufty is wearing the jersey number 18 despite playing fullback for the St George Illawarra Dragons.
The number 1 jersey has been retired in honour of the recently passed Immortal Graeme 'Changa' Langlands.
"Changa was probably the best fullback the club has had so dedicating our Round 1 game to him is something the boys and I are really happy to get behind," Dufty said.
Fans are encouraged to arrive at Kogarah Oval early to pay their respects to Langlands in a public tribute with a plaque to be unveiled in honour of 'Changa.'
5.25pm AEDT: The Parramatta Eels have re-signed utility Will Smith until the end of the 2020 season.
Thrust into the side late in the 2017 season, he drew praise from coach Brad Arthur for his versatility and his consistency.
“Will Smith has been a consistent performer since he joined us in 2016 and he showed last season how valuable his contribution is to our team across multiple positions," said Arthur.
“I am pleased that he has signed with us for a further two years and I am sure our Members and fans will continue to be supportive of him as he progresses his career through to the 2020 season."
5.19pm AEDT: Ricky Stuart has sprung a selection surprise, dropping Blake Austin to the bench for their season opener against the Titans.
Sam Williams will start in the halves alongside Aidan Sezer, as the two rekindle their halves partnership from two seasons ago.
5.06pm AEDT: Despite starting as the Newcastle Knights hooker in 2017, Danny Levi has been named in the reserves in place of new recruit Slade Griffin.
Knights coach Nathan Brown opted to pick Griffin instead and said that the team had a better balance with the Melbourne recruit and one hooker in the team.
4.57pm AEDT: For the fantasy buffs out there, the Lone Scout offers his analysis on who is a good fit for your side and who to steer clear of.
All 16 teams have now been named for the first round of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
Peta Hiku gets the nod at centre in Stephen Kearney’s New Zealand Warriors Warriors team. Anthony Gelling is named in the reserves.
With Simon Mannering out due to injury, Ligi Sao will play at lock. Isaiah Papali’i is named in the back-row and is among seven new faces in the Warriors squad.
Sam Cook is also one of those new faces, named to come off the bench after a solid pre-season.
3.21pm AEDT: Dylan Morris reports Paul Green has admitted Cowboys are interested in Todd Carney. Green told reporters in Townsville the club was in 'the process' of trying to sign the former international.
Green said, "There's obviously a fair bit that needs to go into that before we get to that point."
2.42pm AEDT: Newcastle Knights winger Nathan Ross has his head shaved for World's Greatest Shave.
2pm AEDT: Read why they call new Broncos winger/fullback Jamayne Isaako "Hollywood", from Joel Gould.
1.20pm AEDT: Roosters lock Jake Friend would like to see Todd Carney back in the NRL, telling media today: "He's a quality player and as much as everyone says he's a great bloke, there's plenty out there about him. If you know Todd he's a good guy and I think he's done his time overseas. I'd love to see him get a crack in the NRL again so hopefully he gets a few games up there."
12.15pm AEDT: Cowboys wrecking ball and NRL superstar Jason Taumalolo is a part-time vegetarian and it's helping his game, he tells NRL.com's Joel Gould. (He's also a Harry Potter fan.)
11.45am AEDT: Kiwis international Danny Levi won't be playing for Newcastle this week, the Knights have confirmed.
11.10am AEDT: The talk doing the rounds is that former rep half Todd Carney could be making a return to the NRL with the North Queensland Cowboys, and his Intrust Super Cup coach says Carney's ready for a comeback.
10.40am AEDT: Still on the Cowboys, and another big name is set to miss out on round one action with Lachlan Coote's hamstring injury to keep him on the sidelines. Ben Hampton is set to line up at fullback in Coote's absence, writes Dylan Morris.
10:35am AEDT: The North Queensland Cowboys will address the speculation surrounding Todd Carney coming to the club this afternoon.
According to multiple media reports, Carney is set to join the club on a one-year deal. The NRL would need to approve Carney's registration if the Cowboys sign him after he was sacked by the Cronulla Sharks for off-field indiscretions in 2014.
10.15am AEDT: He may be a lookalike wearing the same number for the same team, but Brodie Croft is ready to step out of Cooper Cronk's shadow... eventually. Story from Andrew Marmont
9.50am AEDT: Here is Johnathan Thurston discussing the landmarks he's set to reach this Friday night.
9.15am AEDT: Penrith forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard says he's keen to bring what he learned off the field during Australia's triumphant World Cup campaign back to the Panthers this season, Tanisha Stanton writes.
9am AEDT: For some, Team List Tuesday is the official start of the new season...
8.40am AEDT: As well as Benji Marshall being in doubt for what would be his first match back in Wests Tigers colours, there is speculation that tackle-busting winger David Nofoaluma could also be dropped by Ivan Cleary when the Tigers name their round one line-up this afternoon.
8.30am AEDT: Chris Heighington is one of several new faces at the Knights and at 36 could be the oldest player to make his club debut not only for Newcastle but for any club in the NRL era.
8.15am AEDT: The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs gave former player and coach Steve Folkes a fitting farewell yesterday at Belmore Sportsground. Video, article and gallery from the event here.
8am AEDT: Dragons coach Paul McGregor tells NRL.com's Steve Turner he believes his side can shake up the competition this year after the recruitment of Ben Hunt and James Graham. He also discusses the decision to drop Josh Dugan towards the end of 2017. Watch the interview below.
7.45am AEDT: Not only is Cowboys superstar Johnathan Thurston set to bring up his 300th NRL game this weekend, he's also on track to break a Cowboys club record set by old mate Matt Bowen.
7.20am AEDT: Newcastle Knights recruit and former Brisbane Broncos Herman Ese'ese spent some time at lock in the pre-season and is keen for a starting spot and big minutes at his new club.
7.15am AEDT: There is already team list news around concerning a couple of the game's big names, with Billy Slater ruled out of Melbourne's round one clash with the Bulldogs in Perth, and Benji Marshall in doubt for his return game for the Wests Tigers against the Sydney Roosters.
7.00am AEDT: Former NRL playmaker Jamie Soward is on board with NRL.com this year and has kicked off a new season of power rankings. Here's how he rates all 16 clubs going into round one.