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Sunday Late Mail: Raiders, Knights name final teams

All the team news ahead of each match in round two of the 2018 Telstra Premiership. 

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Parramatta Eels
Sunday, March 18, 4.10pm AEDT, Lottoland

Sea Eagles: Matthew Wright and Frank Winterstein were omitted from the final squad announced an hour before kick-off on Sunday. Brad Parker has been selected ahead of Wright at centre from last week's starting side. Lewis Brown and Jack Gosiewski had already been dropped off the extended bench. 

1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Jorge Taufua, 3 Brad Parker, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Lachlan Croker, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8 Addin Fonua-Blake, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 Curtis Sironen, 13 Jake Trbojevic

Interchange: 14 Jackson Hastings, 15 Shaun Lane, 16 Lloyd Perrett, 17 Kelepi Tanginoa

Eels: The Eels have brought Kane Evans and Brad Takairangi into their starting side, sending Daniel Alvaro and Tepai Moeroa back to the bench. Beau Scott and David Gower have been omitted from the final bench cull.

1 Bevan French, 2 Josh Hoffman, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Jarryd Hayne, 5 Kirisome Auva'a, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Mitchell Moses, 17 Kane Evans, 9 Cameron King, 10 Tim Mannah (c), 15 Brad Takairangi, 11 Manu Ma'u, 13 Nathan Brown.

Interchange: 8 Daniel Alvaro, 16 Suaia Matagi, 12 Tepai Moeroa, 18 Will Smith.

Canberra Raiders v Newcastle Knights
Sunday, March 18, 6.30pm AEDT, GIO Stadium

Raiders: Craig Garvey and Michael Oldfield missed the cut when Ricky Stuart finalised his 17-man squad an hour before kick-off. Joseph Tapine is out with a broken finger, with Stuart confirming on Friday the Kiwi international will be sidelined for at least three weeks. Elliott Whitehead moves to the second row and Luke Bateman starts at lock. Jarrod Croker has passed his HIA assessment this week and is right to play. Royce Hunt and Jack Murchie had already dropped off the extended bench.

1 Jack Wighton, 2 Nick Cotric, 3 Jarrod Croker (c), 4 Joseph Leilua, 5 Jordan Rapana, 6 Blake Austin, 7 Sam Williams, 8 Iosia Soliola, 9 Siliva Havili, 10 Shannon Boyd, 11 Josh Papalii, 12 Elliott Whitehead, 13 Luke Bateman

Interchange: 14 Aiden Sezer, 15 Junior Paulo, 16 Dunamis Lui, 17 Charlie Gubb

Knights: Jamie Buhrer is out with a foot injury and Danny Levi was also removed from the extended bench on Saturday. Ken Sio and Luke Yates were omitted in the final squad submitted an hour before kick-off. Jacob Saifiti has been included on the four-man interchange.

1 Kalyn Ponga, 2 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 3 Sione Mata'utia, 4 Tautau Moga, 5 Nathan Ross, 6 Connor Watson, 7 Mitchell Pearce (c), 8 Herman Ese'ese, 9 Slade Griffin, 10 Jacob Lillyman, 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12 Aidan Guerra, 13 Mitchell Barnett

Interchange: 14 Brock Lamb, 15 Chris Heighington, 17 Daniel Saifiti, 19 Jacob Saifiti


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