Team List Tuesday blog: Round 6
The breaking news and talking points for all 16 clubs ahead of the announcement of the official team lists for the sixth round of the 2018 Telstra Premiership.
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3.55pm: That concludes our blog for today, live teams for round six to follow at 4pm.
3.30pm: Rabbitohs superstar Greg Inglis is happy to play centre - for the time being.
3.15pm: The Warriors have named a strong squad to take on the Broncos at Mt Smart Stadium this Saturday night. Stephen Kearney's men are unchanged from their impressive win last weekend against the Cowboys.
1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), 2 David Fusitua, 3 Peta Hiku, 4 Solomone Kata, 5 Ken Maumalo, 6 Blake Green, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 Bunty Afoa, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Agnatius Paasi, 11 Leivaha Pulu, 12 Tohu Harris, 13 Adam Blair
Interchange: 14 Jazz Tevaga, 15 Sam Lisone, 16 Simon Mannering, 17 Anthony Gelling
Reserves: 18 Mason Lino, 20 Chris Satae, 21 Isaiah Papali'I, 22 Sam Cook
2.30pm: Broncos skipper Darius Boyd has hosed down talk of team changes at the struggling Broncos, insisting the current 17 is the best line-up the club has.
1.35pm: Josh Reynolds trained with the Wests Tigers today, slipping into both the hooking and second receiver roles, NRL.com's Margie McDonald reports.
"He's a great addition to our squad. He's so passionate," Reynolds' teammate Kevin Naiqama said.
"It wasn't an ideal start to play two trials and then hurt his hamstring in the captain's run for round one. But he's been really positive and supportive since.
"He flew with us to Melbourne for our first Storm game to show his support. So his attitude through injury didn't change. He was always positive.
"He was running around like a little kid today in his first training run back with the squad. That was awesome to see."
1.30pm: the friendly banter is well and truly underway ahead of Thursday night's clash between old rivals the Roosters and Rabbitohs, with the Rabbitohs taking a pot-shot on social media.
12.55pm: The Gold Coast Titans will be without skipper Ryan James for Sunday's clash with Penrith after he entered an early guilty plea for a dangerous contact charge. See the full Round 6 casualty ward here
12.40pm: There are at least two big ins expected this week, with Clint Gutherson set to be named for his first match of the season with the Eels while Josh Reynolds is also likely to be named for his Wests Tigers NRL debut.
Don't forget to watch NRL.com's live teams announcement show at 4pm.
12.30pm: Here are the big questions and talking points for each club ahead of round six...
Roosters v Rabbitohs, Thursday, April 12th, 7.50pm, Allianz Stadium
Roosters: No changes expected after a big win over the Sharks last week.
Rabbitohs: Winger Richie Kennar has now missed two games with a minor hamstring injury and could return on the wing. This would likely see Dane Gagai revert to centre and Hymel Hunt to the bench or reserves. Sam Burgess serves the second week of his two-week suspension.
Storm v Knights, Friday, April 13th, 6pm, AAMI Park
Storm: The clock is ticking for underperforming half Brodie Croft but he is expected to be named. Felise Kaufusi got through his injury comeback last week.
Knights: Mitch Barnett has taken the early plea for a dangerous throw on Tevita Pangai jnr and will miss one game. Jamie Buhrer shapes as a starter with Jacob Saifiti a chance to return to the 17.
Dragons v Sharks, Friday, April 13th, 7.50pm, WIN Stadium
Dragons: The smooth sailing continues for Paul McGregor's men after a fifth straight win and no injury concerns, meaning another unchanged line-up is expected.
Sharks: After trialling his third fullback in five weeks, will coach Shane Flanagan stick with recruit Matt Moylan at the back this week despite Josh Dugan's likely return from a groin strain? Moylan was arguably his team's best last week while his replacement in the halves, Trent Hodkinson, has also been one of the club's best across the three games he's played. If Dugan returns at centre, young gun Jesse Ramien is likely to be the man to miss out.
Warriors v Broncos, Saturday, April 14th, 3pm, Mt Smart Stadium
Warriors: Much like the Dragons, a fifth straight win and no fresh injury concerns should mean an unchanged 17. Veteran Simon Mannering got through his return from a shoulder injury last week and will press his claims for a starting spot sooner rather than later.
Broncos: No major changes expected despite a poor outing against Newcastle, although Alex Glenn is expected to return from a shoulder injury that saw him scratched late against the Knights last week.
Cowboys v Bulldogs, Saturday, April 14th, 5.30pm, 1300SMILES Stadium
Cowboys: Their 1-4 start to the season is a worry and could see fit-again fullback Lachlan Coote recalled this week. No other changes are expected.
Bulldogs: The club is challenging the grading of a high tackle charge against skipper Josh Jackson in a big to have him available this weekend.
Raiders v Eels, Saturday, April 14th, 7.35pm, GIO Stadium
Raiders: Canberra have lost halfback Sam Williams to a medial ligament sprain for at least a month, which will mean a recall for Blake Austin. Fullback Jack Wighton sat out last week due to the birth of his child and is expected to be named despite a court appearance on Wednesday. A host of players – Ata Hingano, Michael Oldfield, Luke Bateman and Aidan Sezer – suffered head knocks last week but are expected to pass concussion protocols.
Eels: Coach Brad Arthur has confirmed fullback Clint Gutherson will play his first game of the season, which will push Will Smith to the bench or reserves. Bevan French is also approaching a return – he is likely to play on the wing which would push out either George Jennings or Josh Hoffman. Jennings' two tries in two games could see him edge out the incumbent Hoffman. Nathan Brown (ankle) is expected to be fit while Kirisome Auva'a (knee) is touch and go. Prop Kane Evans is available after an injury layoff while Tepai Moeroa suffered two head knocks last week and must pass concussion testing.
Panthers v Titans, Sunday, April 15th, 2pm, Panthers Stadium
Panthers: Penrith have confirmed centre Waqa Blake (ankle) is looking at a month or more on the sidelines. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak approaches a return; if he is not fit, utility Tyrone Peachey may have to shift out of the halves. That could mean a promotion for bench hooker Wayde Egan (with Peter Wallace shifting to the halves), although five-eighth Tyrone May is also edging closer to a return from a knee reconstruction suffered last year.
Titans: The club has confirmed skipper Ryan James has taken the early plea for a high shot on Lachlan Croker, although Will Matthews is expected to be available after being a late withdrawal last week.
Sea Eagles v Wests Tigers, Sunday, April 15th, 4.10pm, Lottoland
Sea Eagles: Star fullback Tom Trbojevic should play after getting close to a return last week. That could push Matt Wright to the wing and Jono Wright out of the side. Brad Parker (gastro) was a very late scratching last week but is available this week if required.
Wests Tigers: A conundrum looms for coach Ivan Cleary with star signing Josh Reynolds available for his first game of 2018. The strong form of starting halves Benji Marshall and Luke Brooks suggests his return will come via the interchange. This would move Jacob Liddle into the starting team and Pita Godinet to ISP. The team has also lost form prop Russell Packer to a knee injury, although hard-working lock Elijah Taylor is set to be available after missing the past fortnight with a hamstring strain.