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Team List Tuesday blog: Moga out for the year

We look at the big questions for all 16 NRL clubs ahead of the announcement of the official round five Telstra Premiership team lists at 4pm AEDT Tuesday.

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4.15pm: In breaking news, Bulldogs prop Aiden Tolman has been ruled out for 8-10 weeks after suffering a high grade Syndesmosis injury.

3.59pm: That's all for the team list blog today, check out all the squad news here: Round 5 NRL Teams.

3.40pm: In a massive boost for the in-form Warriors, Simon Mannering and Shaun Johnson have been named to take on the North Queensland Cowboys this Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium. The Wests Tigers take on the Melbourne Storm (5pm local time) in the first game of a double header in Auckland.

3pm: St George Illawarra are flying, with the Red V enjoying a perfect record across the first four rounds. This video captures all the excitement post game in the sheds following their hard fought win over the Newcastle Knights on Easter Sunday.


2.45pm: A high ankle sprain is expected to sideline Sea Eagles fullback Tom Trbojevic for at least the next two rounds. Utility back Matthew Wright looms as his likely replacement in the number one jersey this Sunday against the Gold Coast Titans.

2pm: League great Petero Civoniceva says Fiji's inclusion in the NSW Instrust Super Premiership would be "life changing".

1.20pm: Canberra Raiders lock Elliott Whitehead says the winless Raiders were told some "home truths" by coach Ricky Stuart after Saturday's loss to Manly.

Whitehead: We were told some 'home truths'

12.30pm: The Parramatta Eels are desperate for a win but they may still not rush back fullback Clint Gutherson, according to's Michael Chammas.

12pm: A major blow for the Newcastle Knights with the club confirming centre Tautau Moga has suffered a complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee, ruling him out for the rest of the season. 

11.55am: Raiders fullback Jack Wighton has allegedly been involved in a nightclub incident. Details here

11.50am: Jordan McLean, Tom Tbrojevic, Dale Finucane and Moses Mbye were among several big names to join the NRL injured list this week. See who's sidelined for your team in the NRL casualty ward.

11.40am: The Melbourne Storm will be making at least two changes this week with Will Chambers and Dale Finucane accepting suspensions (Finucane is also sidelined with a fractured thumb). 

11.30am: Check out this week's key talking points for your team below.

Canberra Raiders v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 7.50pm Thursday at GIO Stadium

Raiders: An angry Ricky Stuart suggested after Saturday's dire loss to Manly that the same underperforming players would be selected again to get a chance to atone for the last performance. Dropped playmaker Blake Austin scored a try in Mounties' 26-6 win over Blacktown Workers last week, while his absence certainly did nothing to repair the team's defence. Is it too soon for him to be recalled?

Bulldogs: Canterbury almost held on against South Sydney on Good Friday despite losing form fullback Moses Mbye to a concussion just five minutes in. They'll be hopeful he can come through the concussion protocols. Aiden Tolman looks set to miss out with an ankle injury.

Cronulla Sharks v Sydney Roosters, 6pm Friday at Southern Cross Group Stadium

Sharks: Produced their best performance of the year to date against the Storm and could be boosted by the returns of Matt Moylan and Josh Dugan for this Friday's meeting with the Roosters.

Roosters: No fresh injury concerns and should be largely unchanged despite a disappointing performance at home against the Warriors last week.

Top 5 Plays of the Week - Round 4

St George Illawarra Dragons v South Sydney Rabbitohs, 7.50pm Friday at Jubilee Oval

Dragons: Paul McGregor's men are flying high and set to be unchanged following yet another highly impressive win – their fourth straight – on the weekend.

Rabbitohs: Stole an important Good Friday win against the Bulldogs but face a wait on winger Robert Jennings, who needs to clear concussion protocols. His fellow flanker Richie Kennar is a chance of returning from a hamstring strain while halfback Adam Reynolds is set to return from an early-season knee cleanout, which would relegate impressive young playmaker Adam Doueihi to the bench.

Wests Tigers v Melbourne Storm, 5pm Saturday (3pm AET) at Mt Smart Stadium

Wests Tigers: Coach Ivan Cleary faces a massive decision when star recruit Josh Reynolds (hamstring) becomes available as soon as this week given the stunning form of five-eighth Benji Marshall. Expect Reynolds to make his return this week or next via the bench. Hooker Jacob Liddle's impressive injury return will see him move into the run-on side as soon as this week.

Storm: Melbourne have lost centre Will Chambers to suspension and lock Dale Finucane to injury/suspension. Young Tonumaipea bagged a hat-trick at centre for Easts Tigers on the weekend and shapes as Chambers' likely replacement. Felise Kaufusi and Kenny Bromwich are each a chance of returning from injury in place of Finucane.

Match Highlights: Wests Tigers v Eels - Round 4; 2018

New Zealand Warriors v North Queensland Cowboys, 7.50pm Saturday (5.30pm AET) at Mt Smart Stadium

Warriors: The highly-impressive Warriors have proved their opening three wins weren't a fluke with an away win against Telstra Premiership favourites the Roosters despite the absence of star half Shaun Johnson (groin). Johnson could well return this week after being a late withdrawal last week while veteran Simon Mannering (shoulder) is also set to play his first game of the year.

Cowboys: With fullback Lachlan Coote playing well in the Intrust Super Cup last week he is likely to add some much-needed experience at the back for Paul Green's men this week. Corey Jensen is likely to come in for Jordan McLean (foot, 3-4 months) while Shaun Fensom continues his comeback from a broken leg suffered in the grand final.

Newcastle Knights v Brisbane Broncos, 7.35pm Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium

Knights: A bitter blow for centre Tautau Moga (ACL, season) should see Shaun Kenny-Dowall shift in from the wing to centre with Ken Sio or Corey Denniss called up.

Broncos: One of the worst Broncos performances in recent memory will test coach Wayne Bennett's patience. Prop Tevita Pangai Junior (hamstring) cannot return soon enough. Winger Corey Oates is a week-to-week proposition.

Gold Coast Titans v Manly Sea Eagles, 2pm Sunday at Marley Brown Oval

Titans: Garth Brennan's forward reshuffle paid major dividends last week. Bryce Cartwright's move to the bench saw him used for just three minutes against Brisbane.

Sea Eagles: Despite an impressive win against Canberra, Trent Barrett has major headaches with forwards Curtis Sironen and Kelepi Tanginoa both suffering season-ending ACL injuries. Frank Winterstein is set to join the 17 for Sironen while Darcy Lussick (ankle) will be hopeful of being fit to replace Tanginoa. 

Match Highlights: Broncos v Titans - Round 4; 2018

Parramatta Eels v Penrith Panthers, 4.10pm Sunday at ANZ Stadium

Eels: There was a flicker of life in the second half against the Wests Tigers and with few if any of the host of injured players set to return, Brad Arthur is likely to have few changes this round. Fullback Bevan French (shoulder) is the best chance, though his replacement – fourth-string fullback Will Smith – was the Eels' best player against the Tigers.

Panthers: No Cleary, no worries. The Panthers shrugged off the loss of the star half with a commanding win over the Cowboys, led from the front by James Maloney. Isaah Yeo (concussion) will be monitored through the week.

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