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Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett has given Benji Marshall leave from Thursday's clash against their former club Brisbane after the birth of his second child.

Marshall was not named in South Sydney's 21-man squad this week after his partner Zoe gave birth on Tuesday afternoon.

Knights centre Bradman Best faces 6-8 weeks on the sidelines after scans revealed he suffered a syndesmosis injury against the Rabbitohs.

The 19-year-old will undergo surgery this week with a possible return in round 21 considered the best-case scenario. 

It's an unfortunate blow for the Knights, who otherwise welcome back Mitchell Pearce, Kalyn Ponga and Hymel Hunt from injury this Saturday against the Warriors. 

For the visitors Chanel Harris-Tavita has undergone season-ending surgery on a ruptured pec suffered against Melbourne.

Prop Josh Curran has been cleared of any structural damage after a heavy head knock that hospitalised him in the same game, with his recovery on track to see him return in round 16.

Meanwhile, Panthers forward Viliame Kikau will miss Friday night's clash against the Roosters due to a hamstring injury. 

Kikau left the field late in last week's loss against the Sharks with Liam Martin to replace the back-rower in the starting side. 

Warriors, Knights await scans on stars

Several other sides have lost key players to head knocks and minor bumps this week including Cronulla with Wade Graham and Adam Doueihi at the Wests Tigers.


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Casualty Ward By Club

2021 NRL premiers

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The Casualty Ward

Brisbane Broncos

  • Xavier Coates (hamstring, round 15)
  • Rhys Kennedy (infection, round 15)
  • Kotoni Staggs (suspension, round 16)
  • Albert Kelly (hamstring, round 16-17)
  • Brodie Croft (knee, round 16-17)
  • Anthony Milford (knee, round 18)
  • Ben Te'o (biceps, round 18)
  • Patrick Carrigan (knee, season)

Canberra Raiders

  • Harley Smith-Shields (biceps, round 15)
  • Corey Horsburgh (wrist, round 19-20)
  • Jarrod Croker (knee, indefinite)
  • Curtis Scott (stood down)
  • Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (neck, season)

Canterbury Bulldogs

  • Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (foot, round 15)
  • Brad Deitz (hamstring, round 15)
  • Corey Allan (shoulder, round 16)
  • Jayden Okunbor (knee, round 16)
  • Raymond Faitala-Mariner (foot, round 18-22)
  • Christian Crichton (knee, season)

Injured players to be sidelined when play stopped by trainer

Cronulla Sharks

  • Braden Hamlin-Uele (ankle, round 15)
  • Jackson Ferris (foot, round 16)
  • Wade Graham (knee/head knock, indefinite)
  • Royce Hunt (knee, indefinite)

Gold Coast Titans

  • AJ Brimson (knee, round 15)
  • Anthony Don (hip, round 15)
  • Mitch Rein (shoulder, round 15)
  • Sam Lisone (pectoral, round 16)
  • Jonus Pearson (knee, round 16)
  • Corey Thompson (ankle, round 16)
  • Beau Fermor (hamstring, indefinite)

Manly Sea Eagles

  • Toafofoa Sipley (head knock, round 15)
  • Josh Schuster (calf, round 16)
  • Jack Gosiewski (foot, round 17)
  • Zac Saddler (cheek fracture, round 21-22)
  • Josh Aloiai (wrist, round 22)
  • Curtis Sironen (knee, indefinite)
  • Andrew Davey (knee, season)
  • Morgan Boyle (shoulder, season)
  • Manase Fainu (stood down, indefinite)

Melbourne Storm

  • Christian Welch (head knock, round 15)
  • Kenny Bromwich (ribs, round 16)
  • Ryley Jacks (concussion, round 15)
  • Brenko Lee (calf, round 16)
  • Darryn Schonig (knee, round 16-17)
  • Ryan Papenhuyzen (concussion, indefinite)
  • Tyson Smoothy (knee, indefinite)
  • Max King (Achilles, indefinite)

The change to captain's challenge reviews in 2021

Newcastle Knights

  • Mitchell Pearce (pectoral, round 15)
  • Hymel Hunt (hamstring, round 15)
  • David Klemmer (suspension, round 15)
  • Kalyn Ponga (groin, round 15)
  • Chris Randall (wrist, round 16)
  • Tyson Frizell (ankle, round 18)
  • Bradman Best (ankle, round 24)
  • Edrick Lee (foot, indefinite)
  • Pasami Saulo (leg, season)

North Queensland Cowboys

  • Kyle Feldt (back, round 15)
  • Connelly Lemuelu (thumb, round 18)
  • Reuben Cotter (foot, round 19-20)
  • Ben Hampton (pectoral, round 19-21)

Try decisions to be reviewed in background by Bunker

Parramatta Eels

  • Reed Mahoney (shoulder, round 18)
  • Ray Stone (ankle, indefinite)

Penrith Panthers

  • Nathan Cleary (facial laceration, round 15)
  • Viliame Kikau (hamstring, round 16)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

  • Jaxson Paulo (wrist, round 16)
  • Brock Gardner (Achilles, indefinite)
  • Benji Marshall (personal reasons, round 16)

St George Illawarra Dragons

  • Zac Lomax (thumb, round 15-16)
  • Josh McGuire (suspension, round 16)
  • Tyrell Fuimaono (suspension, round 16)
  • Max Feagai (head knock, round 16)
  • Cameron McInnes (knee, season)

Why incorrect play-the-balls will now result in handovers

Sydney Roosters

  • Sam Walker (shoulder, round 15)
  • Sam Verrills (eye, round 15)
  • Siosiua Tauekiaho (ribs, round 15)
  • Victor Radley (suspension, round 16)
  • Ben Marschke (suspension, round 17)
  • Drew Hutchison (ribs/lung, indefinite)
  • Nat Butcher (ankle, indefinite)
  • Billy Smith (shoulder, mid-season)
  • Luke Keary (knee, season)
  • Lindsay Collins (knee, season)


  • Chanel Harris-Tavita (pectoral, season)
  • Wayde Egan (head knock, round 16)
  • Tom Ale (ankle, round 16)
  • David Fusitu'a (hamstring, indefinite)
  • Peta Hiku (shoulder, season)

Why play-the-ball restarts have replaced scrums when ball goes into touch

Wests Tigers

  • Tommy Talau (shoulder, round 15)
  • Moses Mbye (knee, round 15)
  • Adam Doueihi (head knock, round 16)
  • Thomas Mikaele (knee, round 17)
  • Russell Packer (knee, indefinite)
  • Asu Kepaoa (knee, season)