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Round 8 NRL squad announcements

The official team lists for the eighth round of the 2019 NRL Telstra Premiership season, with squads trimmed to 19 players 24 hours before each match, and final line-ups confirmed one hour before kick-off.

All kick-off times in local time.

Official Round 8 team lists

Rabbitohs v Broncos, Thursday 7.50pm at ANZ Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Alex Johnston
    Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Darius Boyd
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Corey Allan
    Winger for Broncos is number 2 Corey Oates
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Kyle Turner
    Centre for Broncos is number 3 James Roberts
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Broncos is number 4 Jack Bird
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Campbell Graham
    Winger for Broncos is number 5 Jamayne Isaako
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony Milford
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Tom Dearden

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 14 Tevita Tatola
    Prop for Broncos is number 8 Matthew Lodge
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Andrew McCullough
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
    Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 John Sutton
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Alex Glenn
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Sam Burgess
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Matt Gillett
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
    Lock for Broncos is number 13 Tevita Pangai Junior

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 8 George Burgess
    Interchange for Broncos is number 15 David Fifita
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Mark Nicholls
    Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Thomas Flegler
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Ethan Lowe
    Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Joe Ofahengaue
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Liam Knight
    Interchange for Broncos is number 18 Patrick Carrigan

Rabbitohs: No changes for the Bunnies after last week's road win over the Panthers. As usual George Burgess was named as the starting prop but has been moved back to the bench an hour before kick-off in the swap with Junior Tatola which has become Wayne Bennett's practice over the past month. Jacob Gagan and Connor Tracey dropped out of the squad 24 hours before kick-off.

Broncos: Rookie Thomas Dearden has been handed a debut for one of the most anticipated games of the season. The 18-year-old replaces Kodi Nikorima (calf injury) at halfback. In a late switch an hour before game time, Patrick Carrigan was promoted to the bench at the expense of Kotoni Staggs as the Broncos looked to counter Souths' forward strength. Jaydn Su'A and Sean O'Sullivan were the players to drop off the extended bench on Wednesday.

Cowboys v Titans, Friday 6pm at 1300Smiles Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Jordan Kahu
    Fullback for Titans is number 1 Michael Gordon
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Justin O'Neill
    Winger for Titans is number 2 Anthony Don
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Tom Opacic
    Centre for Titans is number 3 Tyrone Peachey
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Enari Tuala
    Centre for Titans is number 4 Brian Kelly
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Ben Hampton
    Winger for Titans is number 5 Phillip Sami
  • Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 13 John Asiata
    Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Tyrone Roberts
  • Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Michael Morgan
    Halfback for Titans is number 7 Ashley Taylor

Forwards

  • Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Matthew Scott
    Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
  • Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Jake Granville
    Hooker for Titans is number 9 Mitch Rein
  • Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
    Prop for Titans is number 10 Shannon Boyd
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Gavin Cooper
    2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Josh McGuire
    2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Bryce Cartwright
  • Lock for Cowboys is number 20 Jason Taumalolo
    Lock for Titans is number 13 Jai Arrow

Interchange

  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Kurt Baptiste
    Interchange for Titans is number 14 Alexander Brimson
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Coen Hess
    Interchange for Titans is number 15 Moeaki Fotuaika
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 16 Scott Bolton
    Interchange for Titans is number 16 Keegan Hipgrave
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Francis Molo
    Interchange for Titans is number 17 Max King

Cowboys: Jason Taumalolo will return from the knee injury he suffered in round two and start the match. After being named at five-eighth on Tuesday, Jake Clifford has been left out, with John Asiata moving into five-eighth. Clifford and Mitchell Dunn were the two players left out an hour before game time. Corey Jensen and Gideon Gela-Mosby were omitted 24 hours before kick-off. The Cowboys have won their past seven games against the Titans.

Titans: The Titans will start 1-17 after Jai Whitbread and Jack Stockwell were left out an hour before kick-off. AJ Brimson, Moeaki Fotuaika and Keegan Hipgrave have all been passed fit to play the Cowboys. Brian Kelly (nose) and Jai Arrow (knee) copped blows at training but will play. Will Matthews and Jesse Arthars dropped off the extended bench on Thursday evening. Titans winger Anthony Don has scored a try in his past five games.

Sharks v Storm, Friday 7.55pm at PointsBet Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sharks is number 21 Josh Dugan
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Jahrome Hughes
  • Winger for Sharks is number 20 Aaron Gray
    Winger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
  • Centre for Sharks is number 3 Bronson Xerri
    Centre for Storm is number 3 Will Chambers
  • Centre for Sharks is number 4 Josh Morris
    Centre for Storm is number 4 Marion Seve
  • Winger for Sharks is number 5 Sione Katoa
    Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
  • Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Kyle Flanagan
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
  • Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend
    Halfback for Storm is number 7 Brodie Croft

Forwards

  • Prop for Sharks is number 8 Andrew Fifita
    Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
  • Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Jayden Brailey
    Hooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron Smith
  • Prop for Sharks is number 10 Matt Prior
    Prop for Storm is number 15 Christian Welch
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
    2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Kurt Capewell
    2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
  • Lock for Sharks is number 13 Paul Gallen
    Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Blayke Brailey
    Interchange for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Jayson Bukuya
    Interchange for Storm is number 16 Tui Kamikamica
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Jack Williams
    Interchange for Storm is number 17 Ryan Papenhuyzen
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Braden Hamlin-Uele
    Interchange for Storm is number 19 Patrick Kaufusi

Sharks: Josh Dugan has overcome the hamstring issue which kept him out last week and comes into the starting team at fullback in jersey No.21 with Will Kennedy dropping out. Aaron Gray (No.20) was called up on Thursday for his first game of the season on the wing to replace Sosaia Feki, who has a knee injury. Sione Katoa returns on the wing after missing the last two games and last week’s debutant Ronaldo Mulitalo has been omitted. Kyle Flanagan comes in at five-eighth to replace Shaun Johnson (hamstring). Briton Nikora returns from suspension in the back row.

Storm: Interchange hooker Brandon Smith will be rested this week with a calf strain and Patrick Kaufusi comes onto the bench in his place. In a late switch an hour before kick-off Nelson Asofa-Solomona was relegated to the bench and Christian Welch promoted to the starting side. Billy Walters was omitted 24 hours before kick-off while Joe Stimson and Curtis Scott dropped off an hour before game time.

Raiders v Panthers, Saturday 3pm at McDonalds Park, Wagga Wagga

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Caleb Aekins
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Nick Cotric
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
    Centre for Panthers is number 3 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Centre for Raiders is number 19 Michael Oldfield
    Centre for Panthers is number 4 Waqa Blake
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Bailey Simonsson
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 James Maloney
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Sam Williams
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
    Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Wayde Egan
  • Prop for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis Lui
    Prop for Panthers is number 10 Tim Grant
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 John Bateman
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Isaah Yeo
  • Lock for Raiders is number 13 Ryan Sutton
    Lock for Panthers is number 13 James Fisher-Harris

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Siliva Havili
    Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Sione Katoa
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Hudson Young
    Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Liam Martin
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Iosia Soliola
    Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Moses Leota
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Corey Horsburgh
    Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Reagan Campbell-Gillard

Raiders: Joseph Leilua is out, replaced in the centres by Michael Oldfield. No other late changes for the Green Machine. Emre Guler was the last player cut before kick-off, while Aidan Sezer and Murchie were trimmed from the original 21-man squad on Friday. The Raiders (5-2) are aiming to bounce back from last week's road loss to Manly.

Panthers: The Panthers are 1-17 as named on Tuesday. Coach Ivan Cleary has retained exactly the same 17-man team that wasn't far off beating the Rabbitohs last week. Jerome Luai and Kaide Ellis were omitted an hour before kick-off, while Dylan Edwards and Tyrell Fuimaono dropped off the reserves list on Friday. The Panthers have won two of seven games and can virtually forget about a top-four finish if they lose on Saturday.

Sea Eagles v Bulldogs, Saturday 5.30pm at Lottoland

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Brendan Elliot
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Abbas Miski
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Jayden Okunbor
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Moses Suli
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Kerrod Holland
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Brad Parker
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Will Hopoate
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Reimis Smith
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Lachlan Croker
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Jack Cogger
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Kane Elgey
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Lachlan Lewis

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Aiden Tolman
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 23 Dylan Napa
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Curtis Sironen
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Corey Harawira-Naera
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Rhyse Martin

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Manase Fainu
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 10 Ofahiki Ogden
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Jack Gosiewski
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Fa'amanu Brown
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Corey Waddell
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Danny Fualalo
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Toafofoa Sipley
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Adam Elliott

Sea Eagles: Manly are 1-17 as named on Tuesday, with Morgan Boyle and Zach Dockar-Clay dropping off the reserves bench. Daly Cherry-Evans (ankle) is replaced by Kane Elgey, who will partner Lachlan Croker in the halves. Abbas Miski has been named to make his debut on the wing replacing Jorge Taufua (calf). Addin Fonua-Blake returns from suspension in the front row and Toafofoa Sipley reverts to the bench. Kelepi Tanginoa and Taniela Paseka dropped off the extended reserves list on Friday evening. 

Bulldogs: Dylan Napa returns from injury in the starting side, with Ofahiki Ogden shifting back to the bench and Michael Lichaa, Marcelo Montoya and Renouf Toomaga dropping out of the initial 21-man squad. Kieran Foran was named among the reserves on Tuesday but was left out on Friday as he continues to work his way back from an ankle injury. Apart from Napa, the only change to last week's side is on the bench where Fa'amanu Brown comes in for Chris Smith.

Roosters v Wests Tigers, Saturday 7.35pm at SCG

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe Fonua
  • Centre for Roosters is number 3 Latrell Mitchell
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Robert Jennings
  • Centre for Roosters is number 17 Mitchell Aubusson
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
  • Winger for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Corey Thompson
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Cooper Cronk
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Ben Matulino
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Victor Radley
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
  • Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 14 Elijah Taylor
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Angus Crichton
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris McQueen
  • Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Josh Aloiai

Interchange

  • Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Nat Butcher
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Zane Tetevano
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Matthew Eisenhuth
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Sitili Tupouniua
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Luke Garner
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 18 Lindsay Collins
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Jacob Liddle

Roosters: Winger Matt Ikavalu (knee) is out, with Joseph Manu moving to the wing and Mitchell Aubusson from the bench into the centres. Ikavalu and Poasa Faamausili were the two players left out on match eve. Luke Keary returns to the No.6 role after missing the Anzac Day game with concussion, pushing Lachlan Lam back to the reserves. Victor Radley moves from lock to hooker to replace Jake Friend (biceps). Isaac Liu returns from a broken finger to slot in at lock. Lam and Sam Verrills were omitted an hour before kick-off. 

Wests Tigers: Benji Marshall was left out when the squad was culled 24 hours before kick-off. Ryan Matterson moves from the back row into the five-eighth position. In late changes an hour before game time, Luke Garner goes back to the bench and Elijah Taylor comes into the starting side. Russell Packer, who had been named to return after being dropped last week, has again been left out and his place on the bench taken by Jacob Liddle. 

Warriors v Knights, Sunday 4pm (2pm AEST) at Mt Smart Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
    Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
  • Winger for Warriors is number 17 Gerard Beale
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Edrick Lee
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Peta Hiku
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Hymel Hunt
  • Centre for Warriors is number 4 Patrick Herbert
    Centre for Knights is number 14 Sione Mata'utia
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Knights is number 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Connor Watson
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell Pearce

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Agnatius Paasi
    Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Issac Luke
    Hooker for Knights is number 9 Danny Levi
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Leeson Ah Mau
    Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Isaiah Papali'i
    2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
    2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Mitchell Barnett
  • Lock for Warriors is number 13 Lachlan Burr
    Lock for Knights is number 13 Tim Glasby

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Nathaniel Roache
    Interchange for Knights is number 15 Herman Ese'ese
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Adam Blair
    Interchange for Knights is number 16 James Gavet
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 18 Hayze Perham
    Interchange for Knights is number 17 Josh King
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 23 Chris Satae
    Interchange for Knights is number 19 Kurt Mann

Warriors: Skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck returns from a hamstring injury at fullback allowing Peta Hiku to move back to the centres. On the negative side, winger David Fusitu'a (ribs) is out, replaced by Gerard Beale. Solomone Kata and Ligi Sao were left out an hour before game time. Blake Green (groin) is back at halfback, allowing Tohu Harris to return to his favoured second-row position. Adam Blair goes to the bench. Jazz Tevaga is out with a calf injury. 

Knights: Sione Mata'Utia will start in the centres in place of injured Jesse Ramien (shoulder), with Kurt Mann elevated to the bench. After Pasami Saulo and Ramien were cut on Saturday, Mason Lino and Jamie Buhrer were omitted an hour before game time. The Knights are chasing back-to-back wins for the first time since rounds 18 and 19 last year.

Eels v Dragons, Sunday 4.05pm at Bankwest Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
    Winger for Dragons is number 2 Jordan Pereira
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
    Centre for Dragons is number 3 Zac Lomax
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Brad Takairangi
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Timoteo Lafai
  • Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Jaeman Salmon
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Daniel Alvaro
    Prop for Dragons is number 8 James Graham
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Cameron McInnes
  • Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
    Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Marata Niukore
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
  • Lock for Eels is number 13 Tepai Moeroa
    Lock for Dragons is number 13 Blake Lawrie

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 14 Peni Terepo
    Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Jeremy Latimore
  • Interchange for Eels is number 16 Oregon Kaufusi
    Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Euan Aitken
  • Interchange for Eels is number 17 Manu Ma'u
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Jacob Host
  • Interchange for Eels is number 19 Kane Evans
    Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Luciano Leilua

Eels: Daniel Alvaro has been named to start at prop after missing last week's game (concussion), while Peni Terepo drops back to the bench. Ray Stone and Josh Hoffman were the two players left out an hour before kick-off. Tim Mannah and George Jennings dropping out of the side on Saturday.

Dragons: Mikaele Ravalawa has been promoted to the starting side on the wing and Zac Lomax moves to the centres. Euan Aitken goes from starting centre to the bench. Blake Lawrie has been named to start and Jacob Host is on the bench although Paul McGregor switched them last week on game day and may do the same again. After Lachlan Timm and Jonus Pearson dropped off the reserves bench 24-hours before kick-off, Mitchell Allgood and Jai Field were omitted an hour before game time.