All the teams, as they're announced, for the second week of NRL trials.
There will be eight trials this weekend, including the annual Charity Shield clash between the Dragons and Rabbitohs and the EISS Super Sapphire Trial Tribute in Bega between the Eels and Panthers.
Pre-season week 2
Panthers v Eels, Saturday 4pm at Bega Recreation Ground
Match: Panthers v Eels
Round 3 -
Venue: Bega Recreation Ground, Bega
Panthers squad: Api Koroisau, Billy Burns, Brendan Hands, Brent Naden, Brian To'o, Caleb Aekins, Dean Whare, Isaah Yeo, Jack Hetherington, James Fisher-Harris, James Tamou, Jarome Luai, Jed Cartwright, Josh Mansour, Kurt Capewell, Liam Martin, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, Matt Burton, Mitch Kenny, Moses Leota, Nathan Cleary, Pat Hollis, Stephen Crichton, Tyrone May, Viliame Kikau, Zane Tetevano.
Forwards Kurt Capewell and Zane Tetevano will make their club debuts in a strong squad. Capewell missed the first trial with a quad complaint while Tetevano was on Maori All Stars duty. Fullback Caleb Aekins, who was absent last week due to the birth of his first child, is set to wear the No.1 as he prepares to replace the injured Dylan Edwards in round one. James Fisher-Harris is poised to play his first game since sustaining a pectoral injury late last year. Nathan Cleary and Api Koroisau should see some time as Penrith solidify their first-choice combinations.
Eels squad: Daniel Alvaro, Dylan Brown, Nathan Brown, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Haze Dunster, Kane Evans, Blake Ferguson, Jai Field, John Fonua, David Gower, Clint Gutherson, George Jennings, Michael Jennings, Oregon Kaufusi, Shaun Lane, Reed Mahoney, Ryan Matterson, Mitch Moses, Marata Niukore, Ethan Parry, Junior Paulo, Jaeman Salmon, Maika Sivo, Will Smith, Ray Stone, Peni Terepo, Stefano Utoikamanu.
Big guns Clint Gutherson, Mitch Moses, Blake Ferguson and Michael Jennings have all been named in a powerful Eels squad while Reagan Campbell-Gillard will line up against his former teammates for the first time. Former Dragons playmaker Jai Field has joined the club on a train-and-train deal and he'll want to prove he deserves a permanent contract.
Bulldogs v Raiders, Saturday 4.30pm at Port Macquarie Regional Stadium
Match: Bulldogs v Raiders
Round 3 -
Venue: Port Macquarie Regional Stadium, Port Macquarie
Bulldogs squad: Adam Elliott, Aiden Tolman, Brandon Wakeham, Christian Crichton, Corey Hawira-Naera, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Dean Britt, Dylan Napa, Isaiah Tass, Jack Cogger, Jake Averillo, Jayden Okunbor, Joe Stimson, Josh Jackson, Kerrod Holland, Lachlan Lewis, Morgan Harper, Ofahiki Ogden, Reimis Smith, Renouf To'omaga, Sione Katoa, Will Hopoate.
Fullback Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will be assessed after suffering back bruising while on Maori All Stars duty last weekend. Captain Josh Jackson (fractured nose) and fellow back-rower Adam Elliott (ankle) are set for their first action of the year.
Raiders squad: Jarrod Croker (c), Nick Cotric, Matt Frawley, Emre Guler, Siliva Havili, Josh Hodgson (c), Corey Horsburgh, Dunamis Lui, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Kai O’Donnell, Michael Oldfield, Josh Papalii, Curtis Scott, Bailey Simonsson, Harley Smith-Shields, Sia Soliola, Daine Spencer, Ryan Sutton, Joe Tapine, Matt Timoko, Semi Valemei, Elliott Whitehead, Jack Wighton, George Williams, Sam Williams, Hudson Young.
A strong side will suit up in Port Macquarie given Canberra haven't yet had the chance to fine-tune their combinations. Centre recruit Curtis Scott is set to make his club debut and Englishman George Williams will be out to impress alongside Jack Wighton.
Storm v Cowboys, Saturday 5.30pm at Casey Fields, Melbourne
Match: Storm v Cowboys
Round 3 -
Venue: Casey Fields, Melbourne
Storm:1. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2. Suliasi Vunivalu, 3. Justin Olam, 4. Marion Seve, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Tui Kamikamica, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Kenny Bromwich, 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14. Harry Grant, 15. Tino Fa'Asuamaleaui, 16. Max King, 17. Albert Vete, 18. Tom Eisenhuth, 19. Darryn Schonig, 20. Nicho Hynes, 21. Brenko Lee, 22. Ryley Jacks, 23. Cooper Johns, 24. Chris Lewis.
Cameron Smith, Cameron Munster, Josh Addo-Carr and Jesse Bromwich headline a powerful Storm squad. Marion Seve and Justin Olam will continue as the first-choice centre pairing as Craig Bellamy looks to settle on his team to face the Sea Eagles in round one. Brandon Smith (facial fracture), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (hamstring strain) and Christian Welch (knee rehab) are the only three big names missing.
Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Esan Marsters, 4. Tom Opacic, 5. Justin O’Neill, 6. Jake Clifford, 7. Michael Morgan (c), 8. John Asiata, 9. Jake Granville, 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Gavin Cooper, 12. Coen Hess, 13. Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14. Reece Robson, 15. Shane Wright, 16. Francis Molo, 17. Corey Jensen, 18. Mitch Dunn, 20. Connelly Lemuelu.
Captain Michael Morgan was rested against Brisbane but lines up this week for his first game of 2020. Scott Drinkwater has been rested after picking up a minor pec strain against the Broncos. John Asiata and Gavin Cooper have also been named for their first hit-outs of the season. Josh McGuire is unavailable with an MCL injury suffered at the NRL Nines.
Roosters v Knights, Saturday 7.00pm at Central Coast Stadium
Match: Roosters v Knights
Round 3 -
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast
Roosters: 1. Asu 'AJ' Kepaoa, 2. McKenzie Baker, 3. Christian Tuipulotu, 4. James Tuitahi, 5. Matt Ikuvalu, 6. Lachlan Lam, 7. Drew Hutchison, 8. Daniel Suluka-Fifita, 9. Freddy Lussick, 10. Poasa Faamausili, 11. Egan Butcher, 12. Tom Freebairn, 13. Max Bailey. Interchange: 14. Luca Moretti, 15. Lupe Tivalu,
16. Elih Jackson, 17. Ben Thomas.
On the back of a tough battle against St Helens and a long trip home, the Roosters are resting their stars. Lachlan Lam and Drew Hutchison will run the show in the halves while NRL Nines sensation McKenzie Baker has been named on the wing with Matt Ikuvalu, who played 10 NRL games last year.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Jayden Brailey, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 13. Mitch Barnett, 15. Herman Ese’ese. Interchange: 14. Connor Watson, 12. Aidan Guerra, 16. Jacob Saifiti, 17. Tim Glasby, 18. Tex Hoy, 19. Pasami Saulo, 20. Mason Lino, 21. Starford To’a, 27. Chris Randall, 28. Brodie Jones, 29. Simi Sasagi, 1. Tyronne Roberts-Davis
Kalyn Ponga, Pasami Saulo and Connor Watson return after taking part in the All Stars match. Herman Ese'ese was rested from last week's trial with a minor ankle injury but the prop will see some action this week. Tautau Moga (hamstring) will be rested for another week.
Rabbitohs v Dragons, Saturday 7.00pm at Glen Willow Oval, Mudgee
Match: Rabbitohs v Dragons
Round 3 -
Venue: Glen Willow Oval, Mudgee
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell, 2. Dane Gagai, 3. James Roberts, 4. Braidon Burns, 5. Campbell Graham, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Adam Reynolds (c), 8. Junior Tatola, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Thomas Burgess, 11. Jaydn Su'A, 12. Cameron Murray, 13. Liam Knight. Interchange: 14. Patrick Mago, 15. Hame Sele, 16. Alex Johnston, 17. Keaon Koloamatangi, 18. Bryson Goodwin, 19. Corey Allan, 20. Bayley Sironen, 21. Troy Dargan, 22. Blake Taaffe, 23. Jack Johns, 24. Tom Amone
Cody Walker, Liam Knight and Troy Dargan will play after nursing injuries over the pre-season. Ethan Lowe (knee) and Mark Nicholls (shoulder) aren't available. Reigning Dally M Lock of the Year Cameron Murray has been switched to second-row, while Latrell Mitchell will don a Rabbitohs jumper for the first time.
Dragons: 1. Zac Lomax, 2. Jordan Pereira, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Tim Lafai, 5. Mikaele Ravalawa, 6. Corey Norman, 7. Ben Hunt (c), 8. Blake Lawrie, 9. Issac Luke, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11. Tyson Frizell (c), 12. Tariq Sims, 13. Jacob Host. Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Jackson Ford, 16. Tyrell Fuimaono, 17. Billy Brittain, 18. Brayden Wiliame, 19. Adam Clune, 20. Tristan Sailor, 21. Eddie Blacker, 22. Jason Saab.
James Graham will head into the season without any trial hitouts, with the veteran prop being rested again. Trent Merrin (back) missed last week's game but is set to pull on the Red V for the first time since 2015. Issac Luke and Tyrell Fuimaono are also backing up after featuring in the All Stars clash. Josh Kerr is sidelined with a knee injury.
Broncos v Titans, Saturday 8.00pm at Dolphin Stadium, Brisbane
Match: Broncos v Titans
Round 3 -
Venue: Dolphin Stadium, Brisbane
Broncos: 1. Jack Bird, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Kotoni Staggs, 4. Darius Boyd, 5. Xavier Coates, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Brodie Croft, 8. Tom Flegler, 9. Jake Turpin, 10. Payne Haas, 11. David Fifita, 12. Tevita Pangai Jnr, 13. Patrick Carrigan. Interchange: 14. Jamayne Isaako, 15. Herbie Farnworth, 16. Jesse Arthars, 17. Tesi Niu, 18. Richie Kennar, 19. Tom Dearden, 20. Tyson Gamble, 21. Jordan Riki, 22. Andrew McCullough, 23. Joe Ofahengaue, 24. Rhys Kennedy, 25. Jamil Hopoate, 26. Ethan Bullemor.
Corey Oates will play his first match of 2020 while Jack Bird has been given another crack at making the No.1 jersey his own for round one. Darius Boyd comes back into the team after being rested against the Cowboys last week.
Titans: 1. Phillip Sami, 2. Anthony Don, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Brian Kelly, 5. Jonus Pearson, 6. Tyrone Roberts, 7. Ashley Taylor, 8. Jarrod Wallace, 9. Mitch Rein, 10. Sam Lisone, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Bryce Cartwright, 13. Jai Arrow. Interchange: 14. Jai Whitbread, 15. Tyrone Peachey, 16. Nathan Peats, 17. Tanah Boyd, 18. Dale Copley, 19. Sam Stone, 20. Jaimin Jolliffe, 21. Erin Clark, 22. Greg Lelisisauo
Ash Taylor is expected to overcome a minor calf complaint and take the field after sitting out last week's trial against Burleigh Bears. Fellow playmaker Tyrone Roberts (ankle) failed to finish the All Stars clash but has been named while AJ Brimson (back) and Shannon Boyd (shoulder) are set to return for round one.
Warriors v Wests Tigers, Sunday 12.00pm at Rotorua International Stadium
Match: Warriors v Wests Tigers
Round 3 -
Venue: Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), 2. Patrick Herbert, 3. Hayze Perham, 4. David Fusitu'a, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Blake Green, 8. Leeson Ah Mau, 9. Wayde Egan, 10. Agnatius Paasi, 11. Adam Blair, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Isaiah Papali’i. Interchange: 14. Chanel Harris-Tavita, 15. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 16. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, 17. Karl Lawton, 18. Paul Turner, 20. Taane Milne, 21. Josh Curran, 24. Peta Hiku, 25. Lachlan Burr, 26. Eliesa Katoa, 27. Edward Kosi, 28. Leivaha Pulu
Tohu Harris will play his first game since June, while Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Blake Green and Peta Hiku have also been chosen. Kodi Nikorima appears to have his nose in front to start in the halves in round one, with Chanel Harris-Tavita to come from the bench. Train-and-trialist and Indigenous All stars forward Jamayne Taunoa-Brown has nabbed an interchange place amid a prop shortage.
Wests Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Joseph Leilua, 4. Moses Mbye (c), 5. Robert Jennings, 6. Benji Marshall (c), 7. Luke Brooks,
8. Thomas Mikaele, 9. Billy Walters, 10. Alex Twal, 11. Luke Garner, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Josh Aloiai. Interchange: 14. Michael Chee Kam, 15. Josh Reynolds, 16. Adam Doueihi, 17. Oliver Clark, 18. Chris Lawrence, 19. Alex Seyfarth, 20. Chris McQueen, 21. Zane Musgrove, 22. Tommy Talau, 23. Elijah Taylor.
Co-captains Moses Mbye and Benji Marshall line up for their first games of 2020 alongside new recruit Joey Leilua. The hooking role has gone to Billy Walters, with Josh Reynolds coming off the bench. After Adam Doueihi featured in the No.1 jersey in last week's trial, Corey Thompson will start at fullback this week with Doueihi named as part of an extended 10-man interchange list. Centre Paul Momirovski (ankle) won't play but is on track for a round one return.
Sharks v Sea Eagles, Sunday 6.00pm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Match: Sharks v Sea Eagles
Round 3 -
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo, 6. Shaun Johnson, 7. Chad Townsend, 8. Andrew Fifita, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Wade Graham, 13. Jack Williams. Interchange: 14. Connor Tracey, 15. Braden Hamlin-Uele, 16. Toby Rudolf, 17. Scott Sorensen, 18. Billy Magoulias, 19. Siosifa Talakai, 20. Royce Hunt, 21. Jackson Ferris
Jack Williams looks the favourite to start at lock in round one after being named in the No.13 jumper. Connor Tracey has been included on the interchange and could come on to relieve hooker Blayke Brailey following an ACL injury to previous back-up rake Cameron King. Bronson Xerri (shoulder) was hopeful of getting some game time in the club's final trial but is now pushing for round one or two. Wade Graham picked up an ankle injury in the All Stars clash but along with Andrew Fifita (knee) is available.
Sea Eagles: 1. Luke Metcalf, 2. Jorge Taufua, 3. Brad Parker, 4. Moses Suli, 5. Tevita Funa, 6. Lachlan Croker, 7. Cade Cust, 8. Toafofoa Sipley, 9. Danny Levi, 10. Martin Taupau, 11. Joel Thompson, 12. Curtis Sironen, 13. Sean Keppie. Interchange: 14. Brendan Elliot, 15. Abbas Miski, 16. Josh Schuster, 17. Haumole Olakau'atu, 18. Zac Saddler, 19. Zach Dockar-Clay, 20. Dane Aukafolau, 21. Keith Titmuss, 22. Alec Tuitavake, 23. Edwin Ipape, 24. Sam Manuleleau, 25. Reed Izzard, 29. Alfred Smalley
Tom Trbojevic (pec) has been fit since December according to skipper Daly Cherry-Evans but the Australian international has nevertheless been rested. Curtis Sironen has been named to start for a trial return following foot surgery.