Round 17 NRL team lists

The official team lists for round 17 of the 2018 NRL Telstra Premiership season.

Melbourne Storm v St George Illawarra Dragons, Thursday 7.50pm at AAMI Park

Storm: 7 Jahrome Hughes, 2 Suliasi Vunivalu, 3 Cheyse Blair, 4 Curtis Scott, 1 Young Tonumaipea, 6 Ryley Jacks, 17 Brodie Croft, 8 Christian Welch, 9 Cameron Smith (c), 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11 Joe Stimson, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 13 Kenny Bromwich

Interchange: 14 Brandon Smith, 15 Tui Kamikamica, 16 Patrick Kaufusi, 20 Albert Vete

In a host of changes made an hour before kick-off, Jahrome Hughes moves from halfback to fullback, Young Tonumaipea goes from fullback to the wing, Justin Olam is out and Brodie Croft switches from the interchange bench to start at halfback in jersey No.17. Billy Slater, Will Chambers, Cameron Munster, Felise Kaufusi, Tim Glasby and Josh Addo-Carr are away on Origin duty. After Scott Drinkwater and Sandor Earl were left out of the squad 24 hours out from kick-off, Olam and Lachlan Timm were omitted an hour before game time.

Dragons: 1 Matt Dufty, 2 Nene Macdonald, 3 Euan Aitken, 4 Tim Lafai, 5 Kurt Mann, 6 Gareth Widdop (c), 7 Darren Nicholls, 8 James Graham, 9 Cameron McInnes, 10 Leeson Ah Mau, 11 Jacob Host, 12 Luciano Leilua, 13 Blake Lawrie 

Interchange: 14 Jeremy Latimore, 15 Jason Nightingale, 16 Hame Sele, 17 Reece Robson 

The Dragons will start 1-17, with Patrick Herbert and Jai Field the last two men dropped from the bench. With Ben Hunt, Tyson Frizell, Jack De Belin, Paul Vaughan and Tariq Sims missing on Origin duty, the Dragons have named 29-year-old debutant Darren Nicholls at halfback plus a new starting back row of Jacob Host, Luciano Leilua and lock Blake Lawrie while Leeson Ah Mau returns at prop for Paul Vaughan. Hame Sele and Reece Robson are the new names on the bench. Jordan Pereira and Mitchell Allgood were omitted 24 hours out from kick-off. 

 

Penrith Panthers v New Zealand Warriors, Friday 7.55pm at Panthers Stadium

Panthers: 1 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 2 Christian Crichton, 3 Waqa Blake, 4 Dean Whare, 5 Tyrone Phillips, 6 Tyrone May, 7 Jarome Luai, 8 Trent Merrin, 9 Sione Katoa, 10 James Tamou, 11 Viliame Kikau, 12 Isaah Yeo (c), 13 James Fisher-Harris

Interchange: 14 Wayde Egan, 15 Corey Harawira-Naera, 16 Jack Hetherington, 17 Moses Leota

The Panthers will start 1-17 after Caleb Aekins and Kaide Ellis were left out an hour before kick-off. Tyrone May and Jarome Luai have been called up in the halves in place of Blues halves Nathan Cleary and James Maloney. Waqa Blake returns from injury at centre for Blues utility Tyrone Peachey. Corey Harawira-Naera returns on the bench for Kaide Ellis. Viliame Kikau has been named in the back row despite a bruised kneecap last week. Liam Martin and Corey Waddell were dropped off the bench 24 hours before kick-off.

Warriors: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2 David Fusitu'a, 3 Peta Hiku, 4 Solomone Kata, 5 Ken Maumalo, 6 Blake Green, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 James Gavet, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Agnatius Paasi, 11 Isaiah Papali'i, 12 Simon Mannering, 13 Adam Blair

Interchange: 14 Jazz Tevaga, 15 Tevita Satae, 16 Ligi Sao, 17 Gerard Beale

The Warriors will start 1-17 after Joseph Vuna and Karl Lawton were omitted an hour out from game time. David Fusitu'a (ankle) and Ken Maumalo (rested) return on the wings with Anthony Gelling out and Gerard Beale dropping to the bench. Adam Blair is back from suspension at lock with Simon Mannering moving to the second row in place of Tohu Harris (knee, four-six weeks). Ligi Sao replaces Bunty Afoa (knee, six weeks) on the bench. Sam Lisone and Mason Lino were omitted 24 hours before game time.

 

Canterbury Bulldogs v Canberra Raiders, Saturday 7.35pm at Belmore Sports Ground

Bulldogs: 1 Will Hopoate, 2 Brett Morris, 3 Kerrod Holland, 23 Josh Morris, 5 Reimis Smith, 6 Lachlan Lewis, 7 Jeremy Marshall-King, 8 Aiden Tolman, 9 Michael Lichaa, 10 Danny Fualalo, 11 Josh Jackson (c), 12 Rhyse Martin, 13 Adam Elliott

Interchange: 14 Fa'amanu Brown, 15 Clay Priest, 16 Ofahiki Ogden, 17 Greg Eastwood

A huge bonus for the Bulldogs with Josh Morris returning from a knee injury in the centres. Morris injured his knee in round 11 against the Sharks. Marcelo Montoya who was originally named in the centres played Intrust Super Premiership. In the pack, Danny Fualalo starts at prop for Blues rep David Klemmer and Clay Priest joins the bench. Asipeli Fine and Matt Frawley were dropped from the squad 24 hours out from kick-off.

Raiders:1 Brad Abbey, 2 Nick Cotric, 3 Jarrod Croker (c), 4 Joseph Leilua, 5 Michael Oldfield, 6 Sam Williams, 7 Aidan Sezer, 8 Dunamis Lui, 9 Josh Hodgson, 10 Shannon Boyd, 11 Joseph Tapine, 12 Elliott Whitehead, 13 Siliva Havili

Interchange: 14 Blake Austin, 15 Junior Paulo, 16 Liam Knight, 17 Iosia Soliola

The Raiders are 1-17 as named on Tuesday. Blake Austin has been dropped to the bench with Sam Williams called up at five-eighth. Siliva Havili moves into the starting side at lock for Maroons rep Josh Papalii. Charlie Gubb and Royce Hunt were left out 24 hours out from game time.

 

Gold Coast Titans v Brisbane Broncos, Sunday 4.10pm Cbus Super Stadium

Titans: 1 Michael Gordon, 2 Anthony Don, 3 Dale Copley, 4 Brenko Lee, 5 Phillip Sami, 6 AJ Brimson, 7 Ashley Taylor, 17 Moeaki Fotuaika, 9 Nathan Peats, 10 Ryan James (c), 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 Will Matthews, 13 Keegan Hipgrave

Interchange: 14 Mitch Rein, 15 Morgan Boyle, 16 Konrad Hurrell, 18 Leilani Latu

In a late change for the Titans, prop Jack Stockwell is out, with Moeaki Fotuaika moving into the starting side. Leilani Latu will (No.18) will start the match on the bench. Stockwell and Ryan Simpkins were the two players dropped from the squad on game day. With prop Jarrod Wallace and lock Jai Arrow called into the Queensland team, Will Matthews moves from the bench to the starting pack while Morgan Boyle and Konrad Hurrell get recalled on the bench. Five-eighth AJ Brimson has been named for the Queensland under-20s and could end up playing three games in eight days if he does not withdraw from next Wednesday's Origin curtain-raiser. Kane Elgey and Brandan Elliott drop off the extended bench.

Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd (c), 2 Jonus Pearson, 17 Kotoni Staggs, 4 Jordan Kahu, 5 Jamayne Isaako, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Kodi Nikorima, 8 Matthew Lodge,  11 Alex Glenn, 10 Sam Thaiday, 15 Tevita Pangai jnr, 12 Jayden S'uA, 13 Joe Ofahengaue

Interchange: 9 Jake Turpin, 14 Patrick Mago, 16 Korbin Sims, 19 David Fifita

In a host of changes made an hour before kick-off, Kotoni Staggs (No.17) moves into the starting side at centre, Alex Glenn (No.11) will start the game at hooker and Jayden S'uA reverts back to the second row after having been listed in the centres 24 hours out from game time. After being named at hooker on Tuesday, Jake Turpin will now start the match on the bench. Sam Tagataese and Sam Scarlett were the two players dropped from the squad an hour out from kick-off.