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Casualty Ward: Edwards suffers syndesmosis tear; Bradman out early

Penrith Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards will miss the start of the season after suffering a serious ankle injury.

Edwards sustained a syndesmosis tear in his right ankle at Panthers training on Tuesday after getting his leg caught in an awkward position.

The 24-year-old will undergo surgery on Thursday and be sidelined for up to two months.

Promising Knights centre Bradman Best will also miss the early rounds of the season with a fractured foot.

The teenager, who was all but pencilled in to start for Newcastle, is set to have surgery this week.

Meanwhile, scans have revealed Broncos prop Matt Lodge has a partial tear of his ACL in a training incident.

The Broncos released a statement on Wednesday saying Lodge would enter a rehab program immediately.

“Nothing is certain with knee injuries, but I am confident I can get back on the field in 2020," Lodge said.

The Warriors have confirmed that prop Bunty Afoa is set to miss the entire 2020 season after rupturing his ACL at training last week.

Afoa, 23, suffered the injury during a collision at Warriors training last week and will undergo surgery to repair his knee, with a typical recovery period of around nine months.

The explosive ball-runner has impressed across four seasons to date with the Warriors and also played seven Tests for Samoa.

Meanwhile, Sydney Roosters captain Boyd Cordner has been ruled out of the World Club Challenge against St Helens.

The Roosters announced the changes after a training session at Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium ahead of the clash with St Helens on Sunday morning (AEDT).

Sitili Tupouniua will play in the second row in place of Cordner, with Crichton outside him at left centre.

It is understood Cordner is being rested rather than suffering from an injury.

The Dragons were dealt a triple blow at the Nines with Matt Dufty, Korbin Sims and Cameron McInnes all suffering serious injuries.

Dragons injury update

Towering prop Taniela Paseka is the latest Manly big man to be sidelined for round one after undergoing ankle surgery on Monday.

Paseka joins star forwards Jake Trbojevic and Addin Fonua-Blake on the sidelines with an eight-week lay-off following a syndesmosis injury at the NRL Nines.

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Five key match-ups of the Broncos' 2020 draw

Brisbane Broncos

Prop Matt Lodge suffered a knee injury at training with scans revealing a partial tear of the ACL.

Star five-eighth Anthony Milford has been cleared to play in Saturday's trial against the Cowboys after overcoming a minor hamstring issue suffered at the NRL Nines.

The Broncos aren't expecting outside back Jordan Kahu (shoulder) to be available until May.

  • Matt Lodge (knee, TBC)
  • Alex Glenn (hamstring, trials week 1)
  • Xavier Coates (leg muscle tightness, trials week 1)
  • Jordan Kahu (shoulder, mid-season)
  • Sean O'Sullivan (knee, mid-season)
  • Keenan Palasia (knee, late season)

Five key match-ups of the Raiders' 2020 draw

Canberra Raiders

The Raiders reported no injuries to their NRL Nines squad.

Young outside back Sebastian Kris hasn't trained during the pre-season after being granted extended sick leave.

  • Curtis Scott (ankle, trials week 2)
  • Hudson Young (suspension, round six)
  • John Bateman (shoulder, indefinite)
  • Sebastian Kris (extended sick leave)

Five key match-ups of the Bulldogs' 2020 draw

Canterbury Bulldogs

The Bulldogs reported no injuries to their NRL Nines squad.

Captain Josh Jackson is back in non-contact skills training following surgery to fix a fractured nose. He is aiming to play in the second trial against Canberra.

Raymond Faitala-Mariner (ankle syndesmosis) has begun running on the anti-gravity treadmill and is set to begin running on-field soon.

Jeremy Marshall-King is doing non-contact skills but won't be brought into the main group until early March, putting him in doubt for round one.

Kieran Foran (shoulder) is in the midst of a lengthy recovery from two shoulder operations. He is awaiting a meeting with the surgeon to see about a clearance to advance his rehab.

An ankle injury forced back-rower Adam Elliott (ankle) to withdraw from the All Stars clash. He is targeting a return in the club's trial against Canberra.

  • Josh Jackson (fractured nose, trials week 2)
  • Adam Elliott (ankle, trials week 2)
  • Jeremy Marshall-King (shoulder, round one)
  • Marcelo Montoya (knee, round one)
  • Sauaso Sue (knee, round one)
  • Raymond Faitala-Mariner (syndesmosis, early rounds)
  • Kieran Foran (shoulder, indefinite)

Five key match-ups of the Sharks' 2020 draw

Cronulla Sharks

The Sharks reported no injuries to their NRL Nines squad.

Boom centre Bronson Xerri won't feature in the club's first trial against the Bulldogs in Papua New Guinea as he recovers from a shoulder reconstruction.

The teenager might play in Cronulla's second pre-season fixture against Manly, but otherwise he looks on track for round one.

Andrew Fifita had an arthroscope and stem cell surgery on his knee before Christmas. The prop should be right for the trials but withdrew from the Indigenous All Stars game because his conditioning wasn't up to scratch.

  • Andrew Fifita (knee, trials week 2)
  • Bronson Xerri (shoulder, round one)

Five key match-ups of the Titans' 2020 draw

Gold Coast Titans

Playmaker Ash Taylor picked up a calf strain at the NRL Nines and will not play in the club's trial against Burleigh Bears on Friday.

Luckless forward Ryan James suffered another season-ending ACL injury in training and will undergo surgery.

James also sustained a meniscus tear, fibula fracture and MCL sprain.

New second-row recruit Beau Fermor is recovering from an ACL injury and won't be available for the start of the season.

  • Shannon Boyd (shoulder, trials week 1)
  • Dale Copley (shoulder, trials week 1)
  • Ash Taylor (calf, trials week 2)
  • Moeaki Fotuaika (wrist/knee, round one)
  • Beau Fermor (knee, early/mid-season)
  • Keegan Hipgrave (repeated concussions, indefinite)
  • Ryan James (knee, season)

Five key match-ups of the Sea Eagles' 2020 draw

Manly Sea Eagles

Taniela Paseka injured his ankle in the Nines quarter-final against the Titans and had surgery on Monday.

Forwards Jake Trbojevic and Addin Fonua-Blake are recovering from shoulder surgeries, with captain Daly Cherry-Evans telling the pair should be "close come the start of the season".

Marquee man Tom Trbojevic has recovered from the pectoral injury that curtailed his phenomenal 2019 season. Cherry-Evans said the fullback "could have played in December".

Jack Gosiewski is back in light training after having back surgery to fix a bulging disc in the off-season.

  • Taniela Paseka (ankle, round 3)
  • Jack Gosiewski (back, early rounds)
  • Curtis Sironen (foot, trials)
  • Albert Hopoate (knee, round one)
  • Jake Trbojevic (shoulder, round one)
  • Addin Fonua-Blake (shoulder, early rounds)
  • Manase Fainu (stood down/shoulder)

Five key match-ups of the Storm's 2020 draw

Melbourne Storm

Melbourne reported no injuries to their NRL Nines squad.

The Storm are hopeful that representative prop Christian Welch will return from an ACL injury in the first month of the season.

  • Christian Welch (knee, early rounds)

Five key match-ups of the Knights' 2020 draw

Newcastle Knights

Teenage centre Bradman Best will miss the early rounds after fracturing his foot.

Young five-eighth Phoenix Crossland will miss the trials with bone bruising on the pelvis and a groin complaint.

  • Bradman Best (fractured foot, early rounds)
  • Phoenix Crossland (groin, round one)

Five key match-ups of the Cowboys' 2020 draw

North Queensland Cowboys

Forward Josh McGuire suffered a suspected medial ligament knee injury in North Queensland's triumphant NRL Nines campaign.

McGuire can't play in round one because of a suspension carrying over from last season but coach Paul Green expects him to be fit for round two.

Centre Justin O'Neill will feature in the trials after recovering from the life-threatening ruptured spleen injury he suffered last year.

  • Josh McGuire (knee, TBC)
  • Te Maire Martin (retired)

Five key match-ups of the Eels' 2020 draw

Parramatta Eels

  • Reagan Campbell-Gillard (elbow, pre-season)
  • Waqa Blake (shoulder, round one)

Five key match-ups of the Panthers' 2020 draw

Penrith Panthers

Fullback Dylan Edwards sustained a syndesmosis tear at training and will require surgery.

He could be sidelined for up to two months.

New recruit Kurt Capewell (quad strain) won't play in Penrith's trial against Wests Tigers on February 22 but should make his club debut the following weekend against Parramatta.

Isaah Yeo and Jed Cartwright are back in full training after off-season shoulder surgeries. However, they weren't named for the first trial against Wests Tigers. 

The Panthers aren't expecting hooker Mitch Kenny to be available until round four as he recovers from an elbow injury.

  • Kurt Capewell (quad strain, trials)
  • Dylan Edwards (ankle, round 6-7)
  • Charlie Staines (hamstring strain, trials)
  • James Fisher-Harris (pectoral, trials)
  • Isaah Yeo (shoulder, trials)
  • Jed Cartwright (shoulder, trials)
  • Mitch Kenny (elbow, round four)
  • Dean Blore (shoulder, round six)
  • Shawn Blore (ACL, April-May)
  • Brayden McGrady (ACL, April-May)

Five key match-ups of the Rabbitohs' 2020 draw

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Representative back-rower Ethan Lowe suffered a grade one or two MCL injury at the NRL Nines and is in doubt for round one.

Prop Liam Knight (toe/foot) is on track to play in the Charity Shield trial against the Dragons on February 29.

Five-eighth Cody Walker (shoulder) is out of the All Stars match but the Rabbitohs are hopeful he will see some trial action.

Bench forward Mark Nicholls is touch-and-go for the trials as he recovers from off-season shoulder surgery but isn't in doubt for round one.

  • Liam Knight (toe/foot, trials)
  • Cody Walker (shoulder, trials)
  • Mark Nicholls (shoulder, round one)
  • Kurt Dillon (calf/hamstring, Charity Shield)
  • Ethan Lowe (knee, TBC)

Five key match-ups of the Dragons' 2020 draw

St George Illawarra Dragons

Matt Dufty has had surgery on a cheekbone fracture he suffered against the Eels at the NRL Nines.

Compounding matters for the Nines grand finalists, captain Cameron McInnes suffered a medial collateral injury and looks set to miss six-to-twelve weeks.

Dufty injured against Eels

Korbin Sims was initially thought to have broken his arm but X-rays revealed no new fractures.

Prop Blake Lawrie withdrew from the NRL Nines with a knee injury.

  • Matt Dufty (cheekbone, round 1-2)
  • Korbin Sims (arm, round one)
  • Cameron McInnes (knee, round 4-6)
  • Blake Lawrie (knee)
  • Jack de Belin (stood down)

Five key match-ups of the Roosters' 2020 draw

Sydney Roosters

Sydney Roosters captain Boyd Cordner has been ruled out of the World Club Challenge against St Helens.

The Roosters came through the Nines unscathed.

Winger Ryan Hall started running in late January as he recovers from the knee injury he suffered while representing Great Britain last November and has been named in the World Club Challenge squad.

Centre Billy Smith sustained his second ACL rupture in three years in January – to the opposite knee as last time – and faces a long recovery.

  • Boyd Cordner (round one)
  • Ryan Hall (knee, round one)
  • Billy Smith (ACL, indefinite)

Five key match-ups of the Warriors' 2020 draw


The Warriors have confirmed that prop Bunty Afoa is set to miss the entire 2020 season after rupturing his ACL at training last week.

Jazz Tevaga underwent ankle surgery in early December and is set to miss the opening month of the season.

  • Peta Hiku (shoulder, round one)
  • Gerard Beale (knee, early rounds)
  • Karl Lawton (shoulder, trials)
  • Nathaniel Roache (knee, mid-season)
  • Jazz Tevaga (ankle, round four-five)
  • Bunty Afoa (ACL, season)

Five key match-ups of the Wests Tigers' 2020 draw

Wests Tigers

Outside back Paul Momirovski suffered an ankle injury at the Nines but should be fine for the start of the season.

Prop Russell Packer continues to progress well from a foot injury.

  • Russell Packer (foot, round one)
  • Paul Momirovski (ankle, round one)
  • Jacob Liddle (knee, mid-season)