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TPJ out of Dogs opener, Brimson doubtful for Titans

The groups are in for the opening spherical of the NRL season and coaches have unveiled a variety of unusual alternatives for the primary matches of 2022.

The Bulldogs have been compelled to interchange Tevita Pangai Jnr after he failed to beat a hamstring concern in time for his or her season opener in Townsville in opposition to the North Queensland Cowboys.

TPJ has been nursing an issue and confronted a late health take a look at, however failed and must wait to make his Canines debut. Ava Seumanufagai is the reserve ahead named within the prolonged bench and thus the plain alternative.

Titans coach Justin Holbrook stated five-eighth AJ Brimson was scuffling with normal soreness heading into Sunday’s stoush with Parramatta after a heavy coaching load however can be given each likelihood to play. Will Smith would probably change him within the halves with Tanah Boyd elevated to the interchange.

Corey Thompson can also be out with Greg Marzhew has been introduced in to start out on the wing for the Titans.

NRL tips have modified this yr – all groups named a squad of 24 gamers, with the squad to be trimmed 24 hours and one hour previous to kick-off. All 24 gamers shall be eligible to play on recreation day if COVID-19 instances pressure late withdrawals.

Thursday

Penrith v Manly at BlueBet Stadium: 8.05pm AEDT

Panthers: Nathan Cleary appears to be like set to be out till Spherical 4 so Sean O’Sullivan will accomplice Jarome Luai within the halves. As anticipated, Izack Tago and Stephen Crichton are the brand new centres with Charlie Staines elevated to the wing and Liam Martin slots into the second row from the grand last workforce following the departures of Paul Momirovski, Matt Burton and Kurt Capewell.

1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Moses Leota 9. Api Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo (c)

Interchange: 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Matt Eisenhuth 18. Chris Smith 19. J’maine Hopgood 20. Jaeman Salmon 21. Taylan Might 22. Kurt Falls 23. Soni Luke 24. Robert Jennings

Sea Eagles: Haumole Olakau’atu was speculated to be out just a few extra weeks together with his elbow harm however has been named within the second row alongside Broncos recruit Ethan Bullemor.

Dylan Walker, who suffered a leg harm within the trial loss to Canberra, was not match for choice however prop Martin Taupau has overcome his again grievance.

1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Toafofoa Sipley 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Ethan Bullemor 13. Jake Trbojevic

Interchange: 14. Tolutau Koula 15. Karl Lawton 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Morgan Boyle 19. Andrew Davey 20. Christian Tuipulotu 21. Jorge Taufua 22. Alec Tuitavake

Canberra Raiders fans celebrate victory during the round 10 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Canberra Raiders

(Photograph by Albert Perez/Getty Pictures)

Friday

Canberra v Cronulla at GIO Stadium: 6pm AEDT

Raiders: James Schiller is a shock choice at centre with Jarrod Croker on the prolonged bench having to pressure his approach again into the workforce after knee surgical procedure. English ahead Ryan Sutton, who is about to ink a cope with Canterbury, was additionally chosen within the reserves.

Eex-Bulldogs ahead Adam Elliott will make his Raiders debut by way of the interchange.

One other centre, Sebastian Kris, is unavailable for choice record as he’s on the membership’s COVID isolation record. Brad Schneider will make his beginning debut at halfback after Titans recruit Jamal Fogarty suffered a critical knee harm within the trial in opposition to Manly.

Jack Wighton will play his 2 hundredth NRL recreation for the Raiders.

Xavier Savage and Matt Frawley survived the cull when the workforce was reduce to 19 on Thursday evening with Ryan Sutton and Jarrod Croker lacking out.

1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. James Schiller 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Semi Valemei 6. Jack Wighton 7. Brad Schneider 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Younger 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Elliott Whitehead

Interchange: 14. Tom Starling 15. Emre Guler 16. Adam Elliott 17. Corey Horsburgh 18. Ryan Sutton 19. Matt Frawley 20. Trey Mooney 21. Harry Rushton 22. Jarrod Croker

Sharks: With Connor Tracey (groin) dominated out, Ronaldo Mulitalo has been shifted into the centres with former Roosters speedster Matt Ikuvalu on the wing. Matt Moylan will make his first look for 2022 within the halves alongside new recruit Nicho Hynes.

1. William Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Ronaldo Mulitalo 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Braden Hamlin-Uele 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Dale Finucane 

Interchange: 14. Aiden Tolman 15. Siosifa Talakai 16. Royce Hunt 17. Andrew Fifita 18. Luke Metcalf 19. Jesse Colquhoun 20. Lachlan Miller 21. Jenson Taumoepeau 22. Jayden Berrell

Brisbane v South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium: 7.05pm (8.05pm AEDT)

Broncos: Billy Walters and Albert Kelly have received the race to be the beginning halves pairing with star recruit Adam Reynolds out on account of COVID. Jamayne Isaako would be the fullback with Selwyn Cobbo and Corey Oates on the wings. Kurt Capewell, Ryan James and former Titans playmaker Tyrone Roberts will make their membership debuts.

1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Billy Walters 7. Albert Kelly 8. Keenan Palasia 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan

Interchange: 14. Ryan James 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. TC Robati 17. Tyrone Roberts 18. Corey Jensen 19. Brenko Lee 20. Jordan Pereira 21. Te Maire Martin 22. Ezra Mam

Rabbitohs: With Latrell Mitchell suspended, new coach Jason Demetriou has chosen Blake Taaffe at fullback with Lachlan Ilias taking on from Adam Reynolds within the No.7 jersey. Jaxson Paulo has moved in from the wing to the centres with Taane Milne on the flank. Jai Arrow is coming in from the center to the second row whereas ex-Tiger Michael Chee Kam makes his membership debut by way of the interchange.

Taaffe failed to complete coaching on Thursday after an ungainly fall however coach Jason Demetriou stated he can be good to go for the sport.

1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Jaxson Paulo 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook dinner 10. Mark Nicholls 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray

Interchange: 14. Jacob Host 15. Siliva Havili 16. Thomas Burgess 17. Michael Chee Kam 18. Davvy Moale 19. Josh Mansour 20. Liam Knight 21. Richard Kennar 22. Peter Mamouzelos

Luke Keary after scoring a try

Luke Keary. (Photograph by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Pictures)

Saturday

Roosters v Newcastle at SCG: 3pm AEDT

Roosters: Connor Watson is again on the Roosters after 4 years in Newcastle and has gone straight into a brand new function at hooker. Sam Verrills is out suspended. Luke Keary has been named to make his return from a torn ACL, together with prop Lindsay Collins from the identical harm and Joey Manu after Latrell Mitchell’s excessive shot ended his 2021 marketing campaign early. Billy Smith has been named within the centres with Joseph Suaalii nonetheless recovering from his damaged foot.

1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Billy Smith 4. Joseph Manu 5. Paul Momirovski 6. Sam Walker 7. Luke Keary 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Connor Watson 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley

Interchange: 14. Drew Hutchison 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Nat Butcher 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho 18. Kevin Naiqama 19. Daniel Sulka-Fifita 20. Lachlan Lam 21. Naufahu Whyte 22. Adam Keighran

Knights: NSW prop Daniel Saifiti is a notable omission with the ahead struggling a small fracture in his left tibia and is hoping to be again in Spherical 4. Leo Thompson will make his NRL debut off the bench. Kurt Mann will begin at lock for what shall be his one hundred and fiftieth recreation within the NRL.

1. Kalyn Ponga (c) 2. Dom Younger 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Finest 5. Enari Tuala 6. Jake Clifford 7. Adam Clune 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Jacob Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Kurt Mann

Interchange: 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Mitchell Barnett 16. Leo Thompson 17. Jirah Momoisea 18. Tex Hoy 19. Pasami Saulo 20. Simi Sasagi 21. Brayden Musgrove 22. Mathew Croker 23. Dylan Lucas 24. Jaron Purcell

Warriors v Dragons at Sunshine Coast Stadium: 4.30pm (5.30pm AEDT)

Warriors: Nathan Brown has handed the fullback spot to Chanel Harris-Tavita with Reece Walsh banned on account of his cocaine arrest. Shaun Johnson returns to the Warriors at halfback with Kodi Nikorima at pivot. Former Storm ahead Aaron Pene makes his membership debut off the interchange.

Addin Fonua-Blake will captain the workforce with Tohu Harris nonetheless sidelined with an ACL tear.

1. Chanel Harris-Tavita 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Viliami Vailea 4. Rocco Berry 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake (c) 9. Wayde Egan 10. Bunty Afoa 11. Euan Aitken 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Josh Curran

Interchange: 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Ben Murdoch-Masila 16. Aaron Pene 17. Bailey Sironen 18. Jack Murchie 20. Ash Taylor 21. Adam Pompey 22. Pleasure Petterson-Robati 23. Taniela Otukolo 24. Jesse Arthars 25. Edward Kosi

Dragons: Excessive-profile forwards George Burgess and Tariq Sims have been omitted from the 24-man squad. St George Illawarra are rolling with the identical beginning 13 from the Charity Defend win over Souths.

Tyrell Sloan will put on the No.1 jersey with Cody Ramsey on the wing with Junior Amone combining with skipper Ben Hunt within the halves whereas Jayden Sullivan rehabs his hamstring. Veteran utility Moses Mbye, props Aaron Woods and Francis Molo and former Sea Eagles second-rower Jack Gosiewski will make their Pink V debuts.

1. Tyrell Sloan 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Aaron Woods 11. Jack Hen 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Jack de Belin

Interchange: 14. Moses Mbye 15. Francis Molo 16. Josh Kerr 17. Jack Gosiewski 18. Jackson Ford 19. Mathew Feagai 20. Daniel Alvaro 21. Poasa Faamausili 22. Tautau Moga

Brandon Smith looks to pass.

(Photograph by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Pictures)

Wests Tigers v Melbourne at CommBank Stadium: 7.35pm AEDT

Tigers: Low season recruits Tyrone Peachey, Jackson Hastings and Oliver Gildart are within the line-up. Jake Simpkin shall be hooker with Jacob Liddle out with a knee harm whereas Alex Twal is at prop whereas James Tamou serves a one-game ban.

1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. James Roberts 4. Oliver Gildart 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Jackson Hastings 7. Luke Brooks 8. Alex Twal 9. Jake Simpkin 10. Stefano Utoikamanu 11. Kelma Tuilagi 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue

Interchange: 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Luke Garner 16. Zane Musgrove 17. Alex Seyfarth 18. Thomas Mikaele 19. Starford To’a 20. Jock Madden 21. Tukimihia Simpkins 22. Ruatapu Ngatikaura

Storm: Ryan Papenhuyzen appears to be like set to beat his ankle harm whereas Nick Meaney has been named at five-eighth for the suspended Cameron Munster. Brandon Smith has been chosen at hooker with Harry Grant suspended, that means rookie Tyran Wishart will make his NRL debut from the interchange.

Xavier Coates has recovered from the concussion he suffered within the trial win over Newcastle and the previous Bronco will make his debut on the wing.

1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Nick Meaney 7. Jahrome Hughes 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Josh King

Interchange: 14. Tyran Wishart 15. Jayden Nikorima 16. Trent Loiero 18. Dean Ieremia 19. Alec MacDonald 20. Jack Howarth 21. Sualauvi Faalogo 22. Bronson Garlick 23. Tepai Moeroa

Sunday

Parramatta v Gold Coast at CommBank Stadium: 4.05pm AEDT

Eels: The Parramatta squad could be very settled however veteran ahead Nathan Brown being named on the reserves is a shock.

Sean Russell strains up on the wing after Haze Dunster’s knee harm within the trials with former Raiders flyer Bailey Simonsson on the opposite flank. Marata Niukore was unavailable on account of suspension and is more likely to return as an interchange ahead in Spherical 2.

1. Clint Gutherson 2. Sean Russell 3. Will Penisini 4. Waqa Blake 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Ryan Matterson

Interchange: 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Oregon Kaufusi 16. Ray Stone 17. Jakob Arthur 18. Nathan Brown 19. Bryce Cartwright 20. Mitch Rein 21. Tom Opacic 22. Hayze Perham

Titans: Will Smith makes his membership debut from the bench after switching from Parra whereas Isaac Liu will begin at prop after a prolonged stint with the Roosters. The brand new-look halves mixture of AJ Brimson and Toby Sexton could have their first run collectively after the trial in opposition to the Warriors was washed out.

1. Jayden Campbell 2. Phillip Sami 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. AJ Brimson 7. Toby Sexton 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Erin Clark 10. Isaac Liu 11. David Fifita 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui

Interchange: 14. Will Smith 15. Sam Lisone 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Kevin Proctor 18. Jarrod Wallace 19. Tanah Boyd 20. Herman Ese’ese 21. Esan Marsters 22. Sam McIntyre

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 28: Tevita Pangai Junior of the Bulldogs is tackled by Siosifa Talakai of the Sharks during the NRL Trial Match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Canterbury Bulldogs at PointsBet Stadium on February 28, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

(Photograph by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Pictures)

North Queensland v Canterbury at QCB Stadium: 5.15pm (6.15pm AEDT)

Cowboys: Jason Taumalolo is over the hamstring pressure which stored him out of the trials. Tom Dearden has received the race for the five-eighth jersey, partnering Chad Townsend, with final yr’s incumbent playmaker Scott Drinkwater relegated to the prolonged bench.

“I thought both of those boys performed really well in the trial and the decision to go with Tommy’s basically based on defensive abilities. Both of them attacked really well [in the trial win over Brisbane] but I just thought Tommy defended stronger so that’s the reason why he’s in the team.”

1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Reece Robson 10. Coen Hess 11. Heilum Luki 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo

Interchange: 14. Reuben Cotter 15. Jordan McLean 16. Mitchell Dunn 17. Tom Gilbert 18. Jake Granville 19. Scott Drinkwater 20. Griffin Neame 21. Brendan Elliot 22. Ben Condon

Bulldogs: Jake Averillo will begin at halfback alongside Matt Burton, who will make his Canterbury debut together with Matt Dufty, Josh Addo-Carr, Brent Naden, Paul Vaughan, Tevita Pangai jnr, Max King and Braidon Burns.

After narrowly escaping suspension for an ill-disciplined trial in opposition to the Sharks, coach Trent Barrett has stored Pangai within the beginning facet at second row alongside one other frequent judiciary customer, Jack Hetherington.

1. Matt Duffy 2. Jayden Okunbor 3. Braidon Burns 4. Brent Naden 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Jake Averillo 8. Luke Thompson 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Jack Hetherington 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Josh Jackson

Interchange: 14. Bailey Biondi-Odo 15. Corey Waddell 16. Max King 17. Chris Patolo 19. Brandon Wakeham 20. Aaron Schoupp 21. Joe Stimson 22. Josh Cook dinner 23. Ava Seumanufagai 24. Kyle Flanagan 25. Reece Hoffman



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