All official team lists for the sixth round of the 2018 NRL Telstra Premiership season.
NRL Teams - Round 6
Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs, 7.50pm Thursday at Allianz Stadium
Roosters: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Reece Robinson, 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 Joseph Manu, 5 Blake Ferguson, 6 Luke Keary, 7 Cooper Cronk, 14 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9 Jake Friend (c), 10 Dylan Napa, 11 Boyd Cordner (c), 12 Ryan Matterson, 13 Isaac Liu
Interchange: 15 Zane Tetevano, 16 Mitchell Aubusson, 17 Victor Radley, 18 Nat Butcher
Moments before kick-off Sio Siua Taukeiaho was ruled out with injury. Jared Waerea-Heagreaves was moved into the starting side with Nat Butcher the new man on the bench. Kurt Baptiste was dropped from the bench an hour before kick-off. The Roosters are unchanged following their big win over Cronulla last week. Mitchell Cornish and Frank-Paul Nuuausala were the two players dropped from the bench 24 hours out from kick-off.
Rabbitohs: 1 Alex Johnston, 2 Richie Kennar, 3 Greg Inglis (c), 4 Dane Gagai, 5 Robert Jennings, 6 Cody Walker, 7 Adam Reynolds, 8 Thomas Burgess, 9 Damien Cook, 10 George Burgess, 11 John Sutton, 12 Angus Crichton, 16 Jason Clark
Interchange: 14 Adam Doueihi, 15 Mark Nicholls, 17 Tevita Tatola, 21 Kyle Turner
Hymel Hunt and Campbell Graham were the two players dropped from the squad an hour out from kick-off. Jason Clark will start at lock after Cameron Murray was ruled out with a hamstring injury. The Rabbitohs welcome back winger Richie Kennar after a two-week absence due to a hamstring injury, pushing Dane Gagai back to centre and Hymel Hunt to the reserves. Murray and Robbie Farah were the two players dropped from the bench 24 hours before the start of the match.
Melbourne Storm v Newcastle Knights, 6pm Friday at AAMI Park
Storm: 1 Billy Slater, 2 Suliasi Vunivalu, 3 Young Tonumaipea, 4 Curtis Scott, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 Cameron Munster, 7 Ryley Jacks, 8 Jesse Bromwich, 9 Cameron Smith (c), 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11 Felise Kaufusi, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 15 Tim Glasby
Interchange: 13 Kenny Bromwich, 14 Joe Stimson, 16 Christian Welch, 18 Brandon Smith
Craig Bellamy has lost patience with under-performing half Brodie Croft, who has been dropped in favour of Ryley Jacks. Kenny Bromwich has been moved to the bench, with Tim Glasby the new starting lock.
Knights: 1 Kalyn Ponga, 2 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 3 Sione Mata'utia, 4 Nathan Ross, 5 Ken Sio, 6 Brock Lamb, 7 Mitchell Pearce (c), 8 Daniel Saifit, 9 Slade Griffin, 10 Jacob Lillyman, 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12 Aidan Guerra, 13 Herman Ese'ese
Interchange: 14 Danny Levi, 15 Chris Heighington, 16 Jamie Buhrer (c), 17 Jacob Saifiti
The Knights have stuck with the original 17-man side named on Tuesday. Herman Ese'ese moves from prop to lock for the suspended Mitch Barnett and Daniel Saifiti from bench to prop. Jack Cogger and Cory Denniss were the two men dropped from the bench 24 hours out from kick-off.
St George Illawarra Dragons v Cronulla Sharks, 7.50pm Friday at WIN Stadium
Dragons: 1 Matthew Dufty, 2 Nene Macdonald, 3 Euan Aitken, 4 Tim Lafai, 5 Jason Nightingale, 6 Gareth Widdop (c), 7 Ben Hunt, 8 James Graham, 9 Cameron McInnes, 10 Paul Vaughan, 11 Tyson Frizell, 12 Tariq Sims, 13 Jack De Belin
Interchange: 14 Jeremy Latimore, 15 Kurt Mann, 16 Leeson Ah Mau, 17 Hame Sele
The unbeaten Dragons are 1-17, with Zac Lomax and Jacob Host dropped an hour before kick-off. The only change to the team that beat Souths last week is Hame Sele taking Luciano Leilua's place on the interchange bench.
Sharks: 1 Matt Moylan, 2 Edrick Lee, 3 Josh Dugan, 4 Ricky Leutele, 5 Valentine Holmes, 6 Trent Hodkinson, 7 Chad Townsend, 8 Andrew Fifita, 9 Jayden Brailey, 10 Matt Prior, 11 Luke Lewis, 12 Wade Graham (c), 13 Paul Gallen (c)
Interchange: 14 Kurt Capewell, 15 Kurt Dillion, 16 Avagalu Seumanufagai, 17 Joseph Paulo
The Sharks have stuck with their original 17-man team named on Tuesday. Josh Dugan (groin) returns at centre, with Matt Moylan holding onto the fullback role and Trent Hodkinson still at five-eighth. Edrick Lee returns on the wing with Sosaia Feki out. Ramien and Jack Williams were omitted an hour before kick-off.
New Zealand Warriors v Brisbane Broncos, 1pm local (3pm AEST) Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium
Warriors: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), 2 David Fusitu'a, 3 Peta Hiku, 4 Solomone Kata, 5 Ken Maumalo, 6 Blake Green, 7 Shaun Johnson, 15 Sam Lisone, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Agnatius Paasi, 11 Leivaha Pulu, 12 Tohu Harris, 13 Adam Blair
Interchange: 8 Bunty Afoa 14 Jazz Tevaga, 16 Simon Mannering, 17 Anthony Gelling
The unbeaten Warriors have made a slight alteration to the team that beat the Cowboys, with Sam Lisone to start at prop in place of Bunty Afoa. Mason Lino and Sam Cook were omitted from the bench on Friday, while Chris Satae and Isaiah Papali'i were cut from the 19-man squad an hour before kick-off.
Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd (c), 2 Corey Oates, 3 James Roberts, 18 Tom Opacic, 5 Jamayne Isaako, 6 Anthony Milford, 4 Jack Bird, 8 Matthew Lodge, 9 Andrew McCullough, 14 Sam Thaiday 11 Alex Glenn, 16 Korbin Sims, 13 Josh McGuire
Interchange: 10 Tevita Pangai jnr, 15 Joe Ofahengaue, 17 Jaydn Su'a, 20 Sam Tagataese
Broncos: Broncos and Queensland Maroons star Matt Gillett is facing several months on the sidelines with a fractured neck. Gillett has been replaced by Korbin Sims in the back-row, while Jack Bird has shifted from the centres to halfback to cover the loss of Kodi Nikorima (leg). Alex Glenn (shoulder) returns, Tom Opacic will start at centre, while Sam Tagataese has been named on the interchange bench. Sam Thaiday has been given the 11th-hour nod to start with Tevita Pangai jnr moved to the bench.
North Queensland Cowboys v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 5.30pm Saturday at 1300SMILES Stadium
Cowboys: 1 Lachlan Coote, 2 Kyle Feldt, 3 Justin O'Neill, 4 Ben Hampton, 5 Antonio Winterstein, 6 Michael Morgan, 7 Johnathan Thurston (c), 8 Matthew Scott (c), 9 Jake Granville, 10 Scott Bolton, 11 Gavin Cooper, 12 Coen Hess, 13 Jason Taumalolo
Interchange: 14 Te Maire Martin, 15 John Asiata, 16 Corey Jensen, 17 Ethan Lowe
The Cowboys are 1-17, with premiership-winning fullback Lachlan Coote making his first appearance for 2018.
Bulldogs: 1 Moses Mbye, 2 Brett Morris, 3 Josh Morris, 4 Will Hopoate, 5 Marcelo Montoya, 6 Jeremy Marshall-King, 7 Kieran Foran, 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Michael Lichaa, 10 David Klemmer, 11 Josh Jackson (c), 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13 Adam Elliott
Interchange: 14 Asipeli Fine, 15 Danny Fualalo, 16 Greg Eastwood, 17 Kerrod Holland
The Bulldogs will run out as named, 1-17, after captain Josh Jackson succesfully had his high tackle charge down-graded at the judiciary on Tuesday.
Canberra Raiders v Parramatta Eels, 7.35pm Saturday at GIO Stadium
Raiders: 1 Jack Wighton, 2 Nick Cotric, 3 Jarrod Croker (c), 4 Joseph Leilua, 5 Jordan Rapana, 6 Blake Austin, 7 Aidan Sezer, 8 Iosia Soliola, 9 Siliva Havili, 10 Junior Paulo, 11 Joseph Tapine, 12 Elliott Whitehead, 13 Luke Bateman
Interchange: 14 Ata Hingano, 15 Shannon Boyd, 16 Josh Papalii, 17 Dunamis Lui
The Raiders are 1-17, with fullback Jack Wighton returning after missing last week's game following the birth of his second child, while Nick Cotric reverts to the wing in place of Michael Oldfield. Blake Austin has been recalled in the halves for Sam Williams (knee) with Aidan Sezer shifting to the No.7 jersey. Josh Papalii has earned a reprieve to the interchange bench after one week out, replacing Liam Knight.
Eels: 1 Clint Gutherson, 2 George Jennings, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Kirisome Auva'a, 5 Bevan French, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Mitchell Moses, 8 Peni Terepo, 9 Kaysa Pritchard, 10 Tim Mannah (c), 11 Manu Ma'u, 17 Tony Williams, 13 Tepai Moeroa
Interchange: 14 Beau Scott, 15 Kenny Edwards, 16 Daniel Alvaro, Kane Evans
The Eels are 1-17 and finally welcome back fullback Clint Gutherson after an ACL reconstruction last year. Will Smith moves to the reserves, while Bevan French returns on the wing in place of Josh Hoffman and George Jennings holds his spot. Rugged lock Nathan Brown (ankle) is out, replaced by Tepai Moeroa. Peni Terepo starts at prop with Daniel Alvaro moving to the bench.
Penrith Panthers v Gold Coast Titans, 2pm Sunday at Panthers Stadium
Panthers: 1 Dylan Edwards, 2 Josh Mansour, 3 Isaah Yeo, 4 Dean Whare, 5 Christian Crichton, 6 Tyrone Peachey, 7 James Maloney, 8 Trent Merrin, 9 Peter Wallace (c), 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 11 Viliame Kikau, 12 Corey Harawira-Naera, 13 James Fisher-Harris
Interchange: 20 Sione Katoa, 15 Kaide Ellis, 16 Moses Leota, 17 James Tamou
Isaah Yeo shifts from back row to centre to cover Waqa Blake (ankle), with Corey Harawira-Naera starting and Kaide Ellis onto the bench. Ellis will be making his NRL debut, becoming the 576th Panther to play first grade. Sione Katoa has replaced Wayde Egan on the reserves in the final 17-man squad announcement. Nick Lui-Toso has also been omitted. Jarome Luai and Jack Hetherington were pruned from the 21-man squad on Saturday.
Titans: 1 Michael Gordon, 2 Anthony Don, 3 Dale Copley, 4 Konrad Hurrell, 5 Phillip Sami, 6 Kane Elgey, 7 Ashley Taylor, 8 Jarrod Wallace, 9 Nathan Peats (c), 10 Max King, 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 Will Matthews, 13 Jai Arrow
Interchange: 14 Mitch Rein, 20 Ryan Simpkins, 16 Bryce Cartwright, 17 Jack Stockwell
Prop Ryan James (suspension) is a big loss. Max King will start at prop with Will Matthews returning in the back row, while Jack Stockwell replaces Keegan Hipgrave on the bench. Hipgrave and Tyronne Roberts-Davis were cut from the squad 24 hours before kick-off, Leilani Latu and Ryan Simpkins were omitted an hour before kick-off. Nathan Peats has been named to replace James as skipper.
Gold Coast suffered a late hiccup in the warm-up when Bryce Cartwright and Morgan Boyle accidentally clashed heads during a drill. Boyle has been ruled out of the game Sunday's game, replaced on the bench by Simpkins.
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Wests Tigers, 4.10pm Sunday at Lottoland
Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Brad Parker, 3 Dylan Walker, 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 Jack Gosiewski, 13 Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 15 Shaun Lane, 16 Lloyd Perrett, 18 Matthew Wright, 21 Taniela Paseka
In Trent Barrett's final selection decisions an hour before kick-off, Frank Winterstein and Jonathan Wright were dropped from the Manly bench. Jackson Hastings is out with an Achilles injury and Toafofoa Sipley drops off the extended bench. Tom Trbojevic returns after a week out with an ankle injury. Brad Parker was a very late scratching last week but has been named on the wing. Jack Gosiewski has earned a starting spot.
Wests Tigers: 1 Corey Thompson, 2 David Nofoaluma, 3 Esan Marsters, 4 Kevin Naiqama, 5 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, 6 Benji Marshall (c), 7 Luke Brooks, 15 Josh Aloiai, 9 Jacob Liddle, 10 Ben Matulino, 11 Chris Lawrence, 12 Robbie Rochow, 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
Interchange: 14 Josh Reynolds, 8 Alex Twal, 16 Michael Chee-Kam, 17 Sauaso Sue
Josh Aloiai will start the match at prop, with Alex Twal moving back to the interchange bench. Tim Grant and Tyson Gamble were the two players dropped from the squad an hour before kick-off. Josh Reynolds is in on the bench for his first game of the year, with Jacob Liddle into the starting side and Pita Godinet out. David Nofoaluma has been recalled on the wing and Corey Thompson will line up at fullback. Alex Twal starts at prop for Russell Packer (knee) with Sauaso Sue joining the bench. Elijah Taylor has still not recovered from a hamstring injury. Tui Lolohea and Chris McQueen were dropped off the extended bench 24 hours prior to kick-off.