Round 9 NRL team lists
The official team lists for round nine of the 2018 Telstra Premiership.
Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd (c), 2 Corey Oates, 3 James Roberts, 4 Tom Opacic, 5 Jamayne Isaako, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Jack Bird, 8 Matthew Lodge, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Sam Thaiday, 11 Alex Glenn, 12 Jaydn Su'A, 13 Tevita Pangai jnr
Interchange: 14 Payne Haas, 15 Joe Ofahengaue, 16 Kodi Nikorima, 17 Korbin Sims
The Broncos will start 1-17 with Andrew McCullough to make an early return from an elbow injury at hooker, replacing Josh McGuire (ankle, six weeks). Todd Murphy and Sam Tagataese were the last two men dropped from the interchange bench. Jonus Pearson and Patrick Mogo were the two players to drop off the bench 24 hours out from kick-off.
Bulldogs: 1 Moses Mbye, 2 Brett Morris, 3 Josh Morris, 4 Will Hopoate, 5 Marcelo Montoya, 23 Matt Frawley, 7 Kieran Foran, 8 Aaron Woods, 6 Jeremy Marshall-King, 15 Danny Fualalo, 20 Rhyse Martin, 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 11 Josh Jackson (c)
Interchange: 10 David Klemmer, 13 Adam Elliott, 14 Clay Priest, 17 Kerrod Holland
Bulldogs coach Dean Pay has made a raft of changes an hour before kick-off. After being named at hooker 24 hours out from kick-off, Matt Frawley (No.23) has been moved to five-eighth, with Jeremy Marshall-King (No.6) to start at hooker. In the forwards, Danny Fualalo (No.15) and Rhyse Martin (No.20) will start, with Adam Elliott and David Klemmer to start from the bench. In a positional move, Josh Jackson has been moved to lock. The two players dropped an hour before kick-off were John Olive and Renouf Toomaga. Michael Lichaa and Greg Eastwood were both dropped earlier in the week. Former Raider Clay Priest will play his first game for his new club. Along with Lichaa, Asipele Fine was left out 24 hours out from kick-off.
Newcastle Knights v South Sydney Rabbitohs, 6pm Friday at McDonald Jones Stadium
Knights: 1 Kalyn Ponga, 2 Ken Sio, 3 Sione Mata'utia, 4 Nathan Ross, 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 6 Connor Watson, 7 Jack Cogger, 8 Herman Ese'ese, 9 Slade Griffin, 19 Jacob Lillyman, 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12 Aidan Guerra (c), 13 Mitchell Barnett
Interchange: 10 Daniel Saifiti, 14 Jamie Buhrer (c), 15 Chris Heighington, 17 Jacob Saifiti
The Knights have made a late change with Jacob Lillyman to start ahead of Daniel Saifiti, who has moved to the bench. Luke Yates dropped off the bench an hour before kick-off, while Danny Levi and Josh King were omitted on Thursday.
Rabbitohs: 1 Alex Johnston, 2 Campbell Graham, 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, 13 Cameron Murray
Interchange: 14 Adam Doueihi, 15 Mark Nicholls, 16 Jason Clark, 17 Tevita Tatola
The Rabbitohs are 1-17, with winger Campbell Graham called up for his first NRL game of the season in place of injured winger Richie Kennar. Hymel Hunt and Kyle Turner were cut an hour before kick-off, while Robbie Farah and Braidon Burns were omitted from the squad on Thursday.
Penrith Panthers v North Queensland Cowboys, 7.55pm Friday at Carrington Park, Bathurst
Panthers: 1 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 2 Christian Crichton, 3 Isaah Yeo, 4 Dean Whare, 5 Tyrone Phillips, 6 Tyrone Peachey, 7 James Maloney, 8 Trent Merrin, 9 Peter Wallace, 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 11 Viliame Kikau, 12 Corey Harawira-Naera, 13 James Fisher-Harris
Interchange: 14 Sione Katoa, 15 Jack Hetherington, 16 Moses Leota, 17 James Tamou
The Panthers are 1-17. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak moves to fullback for Dylan Edwards (shoulder, season) with Tyrone Phillips to make his club debut on the wing. Isaah Yeo and Corey Harawira-Naera swap between centre and back row. Peter Wallace returns at hooker, pushing Sione Katoa to the bench. Wayde Egan and Nick Lui-Toso were dropped from the squad 24 hours out from kick-off, while Tom Eisenhuth and Kaide Ellis were cut an hour before kick-off.
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 Shaun Fensom, 16 Corey Jensen, 17 Ethan Lowe
The Cowboys are also 1-17, with coach Paul Green naming an unchanged team from last week's loss to the Raiders. Jake Clifford and Sam Hoare were omitted on Thursday, while Francis Melo and Javid Bowen were dropped an hour before kick-off.
Canberra Raiders v Gold Coast Titans, 3pm 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 Josh Papalii
Interchange: 14 Ata Hingano, 15 Shannon Boyd, 16 Luke Bateman, 17 Dunamis Lui
The Raiders are 1-17 and unchanged from last week's win over the Cowboys. Brad Abbey and Jack Murchie were cut from the initial 21-man squad on Friday afternoon, while Liam Knight and Michael Oldfield were omitted an hour before kick-off.
Titans: 1 Michael Gordon, 2 Anthony Don, 3 Brendan Elliot, 4 Konrad Hurrell, 5 Phillip Sami, 6 Bryce Cartwright, 7 Ashley Taylor, 8 Jarrod Wallace, 9 Mitch Rein, 14 Max King, 11 Kevin Proctor, 10 Ryan James (c), 13 Jai Arrow
Interchange: 15 Jack Stockwell, 16 Keegan Hipgrave, 17 Ryan Simpkins, 19 Moeaki Fotuaika
The Titans have had a slight shake-up, with captain Ryan James shifting to the back row in place of Will Matthews (concussion), who was due to play his 100th NRL game. Max King is the new starting prop, while Moeaki Fotuaika was added to the interchange bench. Leilani Latu and Brenko Lee were cut from the squad an hour before kick-off and Kane Elgey was omitted on Friday afternoon.
New Zealand Warriors v Wests Tigers, 5.30pm 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, 8 Bunty Afoa, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Agnatius Paasi, 16 Isaiah Papali'i, 12 Tohu Harris, 13 Adam Blair
Interchange: 11 Simon Mannering, 14 Karl Lawton, 15 Sam Lisone, 17 James Gavet
The Warriors are 1-17, although coach Stephen Kearney has opted to start Isaiah Papali'i and moved Simon Mannering to the bench. Mason Lino and Albert Vete were omitted an hour before kick-off, while Anthony Gelling and Sam Cook were trimmed from the squad on Friday night.
Tigers: 1 Corey Thompson, 2 David Nofoaluma, 3 Esan Marsters, 4 Kevin Naiqama, 5 Mahe Fonua, 6 Benji Marshall (c), 7 Luke Brooks, 17 Sauaso Sue, 13 Elijah Taylor, 10 Ben Matulino, 11 Chris Lawrence, 12 Robbie Rochow, 8 Matthew Eisenhuth
Interchange: 9 Pita Godinet, 14 Alex Twal, 16 Michael Chee-Kam, 18 Tim Grant
Coach Ivan Cleary has shuffled the deck, moving Sauaso Sue into the starting line-up and shifting Matt Eisenhuth from prop to lock. Elijah Taylor will start at hooker, with Peta Godinet dropping back to the bench. Tim Grant has been promoted to the bench, while Josh Aloiai and Malaki Watene-Zelezniak were omitted an hour before kick-off. Tyson Gamble and Matt McIlwrick were cut from the squad on Friday night.
Cronulla Sharks v Parramatta Eels, 7.35pm Saturday at Southern Cross Group Stadium
Sharks: 1 Valentine Holmes, 2 Sosaia Feki, 3 Jesse Ramien, 4 Ricky Leutele, 5 Edrick Lee, 6 Matt Moylan, 7 Chad Townsend, 8 Andrew Fifita, 9 Jayden Brailey, 10 Matt Prior, 11 Kurt Capewell, 12 Wade Graham (c), 13 Joseph Paulo
Interchange: 15 James Segeyaro, 16 Avagalu Seumanufagai, 17 Scott Sorensen, 18 Kurt Dillion
Jason Bukuya (virus) won't play against the Eels after he and Jack Williams were the last two players dropped from the squad an hour before kick-off. Val Holmes replaces Josh Dugan (foot, 4-6 weeks) at fullback with Sosaia Feki recalled on the wing. Wade Graham has been named to start (pending a fitness test on his injured hamstring) pushing Scott Sorensen to the bench and Kurt Dillon to the reserves.
Eels: 1 Clint Gutherson (c), 2 Bevan French, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Brad Takairangi, 5 George Jennings, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Mitchell Moses, 8 Daniel Alvaro, 9 Kaysa Pritchard, 10 Suaia Matagi, 11 Manu Ma'u, 12 Tepai Moeroa, 13 Peni Terepo
Interchange: 14 Will Smith, 15 Kenny Edwards, 16 David Gower, 17 Tim Mannah (c)
The Eels will start 1-17 after Josh Hoffman and Marata Niukore were the last two players dropped from the squad an hour before kick-off. Tepai Moeroa returns in place of back-rower Tony Williams, who is gone for the year with an ACL injury. Nathan Brown has still not recovered from an ankle injury suffered in round five.
St George Illawarra Dragons v Melbourne Storm, 2pm Sunday at Jubilee Oval
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 Reece Robson
The Dragons again have no injury concerns but have named Reece Robson in jersey 17 to make his NRL debut ahead of Jacob Host. Host and Hame Sele were trimmed from the squad on Saturday afternoon. They will run out 1-17 after omitting Mitchell Allgood and Host an hour before kick-off.
Storm: 1 Billy Slater, 2 Suliasi Vunivalu, 3 Will Chambers, 22 Justin Olam, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 Cameron Munster, 7 Ryley Jacks, 8 Christian Welch, 9 Cameron Smith (c), 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11 Felise Kaufusi, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 15 Kenny Bromwich
Interchange: 14 Brandon Smith, 13 Dale Finucane, 16 Joe Stimson, 17 Sam Kasiano
Curtis Scott is out and has been replaced by Justin Olam, a 24-year-old rookie from Papua New Guinea. Suliasi Vunivalu returns on the wing, while Dale Finucane is back at lock, with Christian Welch shifting to prop for Tim Glasby (thumb, six weeks). Young Tonumaipea and Patrick Kaufusi were omitted from Craig Bellamy's initial 21-man squad 24 hours before kick-off. Finucane was put back to the bench in the final line-up submitted an hour before kick-off with Kenny Bromwich promoted to start at lock. Tui Kamikamica and Brodie Croft were dropped off the reserves list.
Sydney Roosters v Manly Sea Eagles, 4pm Sunday at Allianz Stadium
Roosters: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Joseph Manu, 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 Mitchell Aubusson, 5 Blake Ferguson, 6 Luke Keary, 7 Cooper Cronk, 15 Siosiua Taukeiaho, 9 Jake Friend (c), 10 Dylan Napa, 11 Boyd Cordner (c), 12 Ryan Matterson, 13 Isaac Liu
Interchange: 8 Zane Tetevano, 14 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 17 Victor Radley, 20 Kurt Baptiste
Siosiua Taukeiaho moves into the starting side and Kurt Baptiste joins the bench, with Zane Tetevano moving back to the interchange and Nat Butcher dropping out of the side.
Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Matthew Wright, 3 Moses Suli, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Dylan Walker, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8 Addin Fonua-Blake, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 Shaun Lane, 13 Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14 Lewis Brown, 15 Frank Winterstein, 16 Lloyd Perrett, 17 Taniela Paseka
The injury-ravaged Sea Eagles have named centre Dylan Walker to move into five-eighth for Lachlan Croker (ACL, season) with Jackson Hastings and Tevita Funa trimmed from Trent Barrett's squad 24 hours before kick-off. Former Tiger and Bulldog Moses Suli will make his club debut in the centres. Shaun Lane comes into the starting side for back-rower Jack Gosiewski (hand, four weeks) with Frank Winterstein joining the bench. Tom Wright and Toafofoa Sipley were omitted from the extended bench an hour before kick-off.