The official team lists for the 10th round of the 2018 Telstra Premiership season.
Wests Tigers v North Queensland Cowboys, Thursday 7.50pm at Leichhardt Oval
Wests Tigers: 1 Corey Thompson, 2 David Nofoaluma, 3 Esan Marsters, 5 Mahe Fonua, 20 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, 6 Benji Marshall (c), 7 Luke Brooks, 8 Russell Packer, 9 Elijah Taylor, 10 Ben Matulino, 11 Chris Lawrence, 12 Robbie Rochow, 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
Interchange: 14 Alex Twal, 15 Jacob Liddle, 16 Michael Chee-Kam, 17 Sauaso Sue
In a late change, Kevin Naiqama is out, with Mahe Fonua moving into the centres and Malakai Watene-Zelezniak (No.20) to start on the wing. Russell Packer returns at prop, pushing Sauaso Sue to the bench. Chris Lawrence will start despite failing a HIA test last week. Jacob Liddle returns on the bench in place of Pita Godinet. Chris McQueen and Tyson Gamble were dropped off the reserves bench 24 hours out from kick-off. Naiqama and Tim Grant were the two players dropped from the squad 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
North Queensland will field an unchanged 17, with Scott Bolton named at prop after having been cleared to play by his club and the NRL while he goes through the legal process relating to an indecent assault charge. Jake Clifford and Sam Hoare were the two players dropped from the squad 24 hours out from kick-off. Francis Molo and Javid Bowen were the two players dropped from the squad an hour before kick-off.
Newcastle Knights v Penrith Panthers, Friday 6pm 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 Brock Lamb, 8 Herman Ese'ese, 9 Slade Griffin, 10 Josh King, 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12 Mitchell Barnett, 13 Aidan Guerra (c)
Interchange: 14 Danny Levi, 15 Chris Heighington, 16 Luke Yates, 17 Daniel Saifiti
The Knights are 1-17, with Brock Lamb returning at halfback and Jack Cogger dropped. Josh King has been called up at prop to replace Jacob Lillyman, while Luke Yates and Danny Levi will come off the bench. Mitch Barnett and Aidan Guerra swap between second row and lock. Jamie Buhrer and Cory Denniss were the last players trimmed from the squad an hour before kick-off.
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 (c), 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 11 Viliame Kikau, 12 Corey Harawira-Naera, 13 James Fisher-Harris
Interchange: 14 Sione Katoa, 15 Kaide Ellis, 16 James Tamou, 17 Jarome Luai
The Panthers are 1-17, with Trent Merrin cleared to start at prop despite suffering a compound dislocation of his finger last week. Moses Leota (pec, eight weeks) and Jack Hetherington (suspension, one week) are sidelined. Wayde Egan and Nick Lui-Toso were cut an hour before kick-off, while Tom Eisenhuth and Tyrone May were omitted from the initial squad on Thursday.
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Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Parramatta Eels, Friday 7.55pm at ANZ Stadium
Bulldogs: 1 Moses Mbye, 2 Brett Morris, 3 Josh Morris, 4 Will Hopoate, 5 Marcelo Montoya, 6 Matt Frawley, 7 Kieran Foran, 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Jeremy Marshall-King, 15 Danny Fualalo, 11 Josh Jackson (c), 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13 Rhyse Martin
Interchange: 10 David Klemmer, 14 Adam Elliott, 16 Renouf Toomaga, 17 Kerrod Holland
Josh Jackson moves back to second row with last week's impressive debutant Rhyse Martin switching to lock. Dave Klemmer will come off the bench, with Danny Fualalo to start. Renouf Toomaga replaces Clay Priest on the bench. John Olive and Asipeli Fine were cut an hour before kick-off, while Clay Priest and Michael Lichaa dropped from the squad on Thursday.
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 Will Smith, 13 Peni Terepo, 11 Manu Ma'u, 12 Tepai Moeroa, 14 Beau Scott (c)
Interchange: 10 Suaia Matagi, 15 Kenny Edwards, 16 David Gower, 17 Siosaia Vave
Peni Terepo has shifted from lock to prop with Suaia Matagi dropped to the bench. Beau Scott is the new starting lock. Kaysa Pritchard (groin) and Tim Mannah (fractured eye socket, 3-4 weeks) are out, with Will Smith starting at hooker. Cameron King and Marata Niukore were cut from the squad an hour prior to kick-off, while Kirisome Auva'a and Josh Hoffman were dropped on Thursday night.
New Zealand Warriors v Sydney Roosters, Saturday 3pm 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 Mason Lino, 8 Bunty Afoa, 14 Karl Lawton, 10 Agnatius Paasi, 16 Isaiah Papali'i, 12 Tohu Harris, 13 Adam Blair
Interchange: 11 Simon Mannering, 15 Sam Lisone, 17 James Gavet, 20 Jazz Tevaga
A blow for the Warriors with Issac Luke (shoulder) withdrawing on Friday afternoon, opening the door for Karl Lawton to start at hooker. Mason Lino will man the halfback spot in place of Shaun Johnson (ankle). Simon Mannering has been dropped to the interchange bench, with Isaiah Papali'i given the nod to start. Sam Cook and Anthony Gelling were trimmed from the squad an hour before kick-off.
Roosters: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Joseph Manu, 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 Mitchell Aubusson, 5 Blake Ferguson, 6 Luke Keary, 7 Cooper Cronk, 8 Siosiua Taukeiaho, 9 Jake Friend (c), 10 Dylan Napa, 11 Boyd Cordner (c), 12 Ryan Matterson, 13 Isaac Liu
Interchange: 14 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 15 Zane Tetevano, 16 Kurt Baptiste, 18 Nat Butcher
Roosters coach Trent Robinson has made just one change to his initial squad named on Tuesday, with Nat Butcher added to the bench. Butcher was brought in after the Roosters lost Victor Radley to suspension. Sitili Tupouniua and Lindsay Collins were cut an hour before kick-off, while Frank-Paul Nuuausala and Mitch Cornish were dropped on Friday afternoon.
Melbourne Storm v Gold Coast Titans, Saturday 5.30pm at Suncorp Stadium
Storm: 1 Billy Slater, 2 Suliasi Vunivalu, 3 Will Chambers, 4 Curtis Scott, 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, 13 Dale Finucane
Interchange: 14 Brandon Smith, 15 Kenny Bromwich, 16 Joe Stimson, 17 Sam Kasiano
Melbourne are 1-17, with Centre Curtis Scott (ankle) returning in place of last week's debutant Justin Olam. Dale Finucane starts at lock with Kenny Bromwich reverting to the bench. Brodie Croft and Tui Kamikamica were omitted from the squad on Friday night, while Olam and Patrick Kaufusi were cut an hour before kick-off.
Titans: 1 Michael Gordon, 2 Anthony Don, 3 Dale Copley, 4 Brenko Lee, 5 Phillip Sami, 6 AJ Brimson, 7 Ashley Taylor, 8 Max King, 9 Mitch Rein, 10 Ryan James (c), 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 Will Matthews, 13 Jarrod Wallace
Interchange: 14 Bryce Cartwright, 15 Keegan Hipgrave, 16 Jack Stockwell, 17 Moeaki Fotuaika
The Titans are also 1-17. Coach Garth Brennan lost patience with last week's underperforming team and made a host of changes. Bryce Cartwright was dropped to the bench with AJ Brimson coming in for a debut. Jai Arrow (ribs) is out with Jarrod Wallace moving to lock, Ryan James shifting back to the front row and Will Matthews (concussion) returning in the second row. Konrad Hurrell and Nathan Peats were cut an hour before kick-off.
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Manly Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos, Saturday 7.35pm at Suncorp Stadium
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: 15 Frank Winterstein, 16 Lloyd Perrett, 17 Taniela Paseka, 18 Thomas Wright
Thomas Wright replaces Lewis Brown on the bench in Manly's only change. Toafofoa Sipley, Jackson Hastings and Tevita Funa were the other players to drop out of the initial 21-man squad.
Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd (c), 2 Corey Oates, 3 James Roberts, 4 Jack Bird, 5 Jamayne Isaako, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Kodi Nikorima, 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 Korbin Sims, 17 Tom Opacic
Brisbane are 1-17. Coach Wayne Bennett's experiement with Jack Bird in the halves is over for now, with the former Shark returning to the centre role in place of Tom Opacic (bench). Kodi Nikorima has been elevated from the bench to halfback. Jonus Pearson, Patrick Mogo, Sam Tagataese and Todd Murphy were omitted from the initial squad.
South Sydney Rabbitohs v St George Illawarra Dragons, Sunday 2pm at ANZ Stadium
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 Sam Burgess
Interchange: 14 Cameron Murray, 16 Jason Clark, 17 Tevita Tatola, 18 Adam Doueihi
Bunnies winger Robert Jennings withdrew on Saturday afternoon and was replaced by Hymel Hunt. Coach Anthony Seibold also made a change on the bench with Adam Doueihi promoted from the reserves in place of Mark Nicholls. Sam Burgess's return from suspension pushes Cameron Murray to the interchange. Kyle Turner was omitted on Saturday afternoon. Mark Nicholls and Braidon Burns were omitted an hour before kick-off.
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 Zachary Lomax
Once again the Dragons are unchanged. After blooding debutant hooker Reece Robson with a short spell last week, coach Paul McGregor has rotated the last bench spot with another debutant, naming Zac Lomax in Robson's place. Mitch Allgood and Blake Lawrie were trimmed from McGregor's original 21-man squad 24 hours before kick-off. Robson and Hame Sele were omitted an hour before kick-off.
Canberra Raiders v Cronulla Sharks, Sunday 4.10pm 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 Shannon Boyd, 11 Joseph Tapine, 12 Elliott Whitehead, 13 Josh Papalii
Interchange: 14 Ata Hingano, 15 Luke Bateman, 16 Charlie Gubb, 17 Dunamis Lui
The Raiders have had a smooth build-up are almost certain to take the field as named. Shannon Boyd starts at prop for Junior Paulo (foot, eight weeks) and Charlie Gubb joins the bench. Craig Garvey and Jack Murchie were omitted from the squad on Saturday afternoon. Canberra will be 1-17 after Liam Knight and Michael Oldfield were dropped an hour before kick-off.
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 (c), 9 Jayden Brailey, 10 Matt Prior, 11 Kurt Capewell, 14 Joseph Paulo, 16 Avagalu Seumanufagai
Interchange: 15 James Segeyaro, 17 Jack Williams, 18 Kurt Dillion, 19 Braden Uele
Jayson Bukuya (virus) is out, replaced in the back row by Joseph Paulo. Paul Gallen (knee) has also been ruled out, delaying his comeback from a knee injury. Jack Williams has been named to debut on the bench. Cowboys recruit Braden Uele will play his first NRL game for Cronulla. Kyle Flanagan was omitted 24 hours before kick-off, Briton Nikora missed the final cut.