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Round 9 NRL squad announcements

Official team lists, updates and injury news for the ninth round of the 2020 Telstra Premiership season.

Round 9 team lists

Cowboys v Roosters, Thursday 7.50pm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Ryan Hall
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Connelly Lemuelu
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Esan Marsters
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Valentine Holmes
    Winger for Roosters is number 21 Matt Ikuvalu
  • Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott Drinkwater
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
  • Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Jake Clifford
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle Flanagan

Forwards

  • Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Josh McGuire
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Friend
  • Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Francis Molo
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Shane Wright
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Coen Hess
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Mitchell Aubusson
  • Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Nat Butcher

Interchange

  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Ben Hampton
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Lachlan Lam
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Tom Gilbert
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Sitili Tupouniua
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 16 Peter Hola
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Poasa Faamausili
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Gavin Cooper
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Lindsay Collins

Cowboys: North Queensland are 1-17. Coach Paul Green has made changes to his backline, recalling Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow at fullback, moving Val Holmes to wing, recalling Connelly Lemuelu at centre with Justin O'Neill injured and Tom Opacic dropping out.

Corey Jensen and Jake Granville dropped out of the squad on game day after Murray Taulagi and Reuben Cotter were the two players to drop out 24 hours before the match. The Cowboys have averaged 26 points per game at QCB Stadium.

Roosters: Brett Morris was a late withdrawal after suffering a groin injury in the warm-up, with Matt Ikuvalu to replace him. Winger Daniel Tupou (ankle) and skipper Boyd Cordner (rested - head knock) are out. Ryan Hall starts on the wing and Mitch Aubusson in the back row with Lachlan Lam joining the bench. Daniel Fifita was trimmed from the reserves list an hour before kick-off and Drew Hutchison and Freddy Lussick were omitted on Wednesday night. Brett and Josh Morris have scored a combined 10 tries in their past five games.

Titans v Warriors, Friday 6pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Titans is number 1 Corey Thompson
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  • Winger for Titans is number 2 Anthony Don
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 David Fusitu'a
  • Centre for Titans is number 3 Beau Fermor
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Patrick Herbert
  • Centre for Titans is number 4 Bryce Cartwright
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Peta Hiku
  • Winger for Titans is number 5 Treymain Spry
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
  • Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Ashley Taylor
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
  • Halfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal Fogarty
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green

Forwards

  • Prop for Titans is number 8 Moeaki Fotuaika
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
  • Hooker for Titans is number 9 Erin Clark
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
  • Prop for Titans is number 10 Jaimin Jolliffe
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Adam Blair
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Sam Stone
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jack Murchie
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Keegan Hipgrave
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 13 Karl Lawton
  • Lock for Titans is number 13 Jai Arrow
    Lock for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris

Interchange

  • Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tanah Boyd
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Agnatius Paasi
  • Interchange for Titans is number 15 Sam Lisone
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Jack Hetherington
  • Interchange for Titans is number 16 Tyrone Peachey
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Isaiah Papali'i
  • Interchange for Titans is number 17 Jarrod Wallace
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Jazz Tevaga

Titans: The Titans will start 1-17 after Jai Whitbread and Nathan Peats were dropped from the squad 60 minutes before kick-off. Corey Thompson returns to fullback with Treymain Spry to debut on the wing and Tyrone Roberts to the reserves. Sam Stone is called up in the back row with Beau Fermor switching to centre and Tyrone Peachey to the bench. Erin Clark starts for hooker Mitch Rein (ankle). Greg Leleisiuao and Roberts were omitted from the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off. The Titans have lost their past 10 games at Cbus Super Stadium.

Warriors: In a late positional change, Tohu Harris (No.12) moves to lock with Karl Lawton (No.13) to start in the second row. Adam Pompey and Lachlan Burr were omitted an hour before the match. Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck returns from a one-game suspension to fullback with Peta Hiku shifting to centre and Gerard Beale out. Chanel Harris-Tavita starts at five-eighth for Kodi Nikorima (head knock) with Jazz Tevaga back from injury on the bench.

Tevaga said earlier this week he'd prefer to play lock rather than hooker with Wayde Egan able to go the distance at dummy-half. Tuivasa-Sheck has scored a try in five of his past six games against the Titans.

Gerard Beale and King Vuniyayawa were cut from the squad 24 hours before kick-off.

Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers, Friday 7.55pm at Bankwest Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Latrell Mitchell
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Dane Gagai
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Campbell Graham
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 James Roberts
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 17 Chris Lawrence
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Alex Johnston
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 19 Reece Hoffman
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Josh Reynolds
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Tevita Tatola
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Oliver Clark
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Jaydn Su'A
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Ethan Lowe
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Bayley Sironen
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 3 Michael Chee-Kam
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Patrick Mago
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Elijah Taylor
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Hame Sele
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 18 Mark Nicholls
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Benji Marshall

Rabbitohs: The Bunnies are 1-17. Centre Braidon Burns is out due to a season-ending knee injury. Bayley Sironen returns from a minor back complaint on the bench. Steve Marsters and Troy Dargan were trimmed from the reserves on Thursday night and Corey Allan and Mark Nicholls were omitted an hour before game time. The Rabbitohs have won their past three games at Bankwest Stadium.

Wests Tigers: A late change for Michael Maguire with veteran Chris Lawrence promoted to the starting side and Michael Chee-Kam going to the bench. Russell Packer and Chris McQueen were the last two cut an hour before kick-off.

Reece Hoffman debuts on the wing in place of the injured Tommy Talau (hamstring). Veteran playmaker Benji Marshall replaces young forward Sam McIntyre (concussion) on the bench.

Chee-Kam had originally been named at centre for the suspended Joey Leilua. Moses Mbye (knee) and Luciano Leilua (head knock) are good to go. Winger David Nofoaluma has scored five tries in his past four games at Bankwest Stadium.

Sharks v Panthers, Saturday 3pm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sharks is number 1 Josh Dugan
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
  • Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione Katoa
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
  • Centre for Sharks is number 3 Bryson Goodwin
    Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
  • Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
    Centre for Panthers is number 21 Charlie Staines
  • Winger for Sharks is number 21 Nene Macdonald
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brent Naden
  • Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Shaun Johnson
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
  • Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary

Forwards

  • Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
    Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
  • Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
  • Prop for Sharks is number 15 Braden Hamlin-Uele
    Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
  • Lock for Sharks is number 13 Jack Williams
    Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sharks is number 8 Andrew Fifita
    Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Tyrone May
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Toby Rudolf
    Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Moses Leota
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Siosifa Talakai
    Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Billy Burns
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Royce Hunt
    Interchange for Panthers is number 20 Spencer Leniu

Sharks: With Matt Moylan (hamstring) out, Josh Dugan moves to fullback. Ronaldo Mulitalo's comeback from injury has been delayed a week so Nene Macdonald comes into the side on the wing. Braden Hamlin-Uele starts as usual at prop with Andrew Fifita to come off the bench.

Scott Sorensen and Connor Tracey were trimmed from the extended bench an hour before kick-off while Will Kennedy was omitted on Friday. The Sharks have won seven of their past eight games against the Panthers.

Panthers: Charlie Staines will debut in the backline in place of Dean Whare (toe), with Spencer Leniu replacing Zane Tetevano (back) on the bench. Mitch Kenny dropped off the reserves list on game day after Malakai Watene-Zelezniak was omitted from the squad on Friday. Panthers centre Stephen Crichton has scored four tries in his past three games.

Broncos v Bulldogs, Saturday 5.30pm at Suncorp Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Tesi Niu
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Winger for Broncos is number 2 Jamayne Isaako
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Nick Meaney
  • Centre for Broncos is number 3 Herbie Farnworth
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Reimis Smith
  • Centre for Broncos is number 4 Darius Boyd
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Marcelo Montoya
  • Winger for Broncos is number 5 Xavier Coates
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Christian Crichton
  • Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony Milford
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Kieran Foran
  • Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Brodie Croft
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Brandon Wakeham

Forwards

  • Prop for Broncos is number 8 Tevita Pangai Junior
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Aiden Tolman
  • Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Issac Luke
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 21 Sione Katoa
  • Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Dylan Napa
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Alex Glenn
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Corey Oates
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
  • Lock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Luke Thompson

Interchange

  • Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Thomas Flegler
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Ben Te'o
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Renouf To'omaga
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 18 Cory Paix
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Sauaso Sue
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 19 Jamil Hopoate
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 19 Ofahiki Ogden

Broncos: Cory Paix replaces Tom Dearden on the bench, with Rhys Kennedy the other player omitted from the squad on game day. Kotoni Staggs and Matt Lodge were the two players left out of the squad 24 hours before kick-off, with Staggs' return from a hamstring injury delayed for another week.

Tevita Pangai jnr has been shifted to prop, Thomas Flegler to the bench and Corey Oates to starting in the second row. The Broncos will aim to avoid seven straight losses for the first time since 2005.

Bulldogs: Sione Katoa starts at hooker with Jeremy Marshall-King moving to the bench and Kerrod Holland out of the side. Chris Smith was the other player to drop out an hour before kick-off, after Lachlan Lewis and Jack Cogger were the two players omitted the day before the game.

Lock Adam Elliott is out with a dislocated shoulder, with British recruit Luke Thompson making his club debut in the No.13 jersey. The Bulldogs have not defeated the Broncos at Suncorp since 2015.

Raiders v Storm, Saturday 7.35pm at GIO Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Nick Cotric
    Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
    Centre for Storm is number 3 Justin Olam
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Michael Oldfield
    Centre for Storm is number 4 Paul Momirovski
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Bailey Simonsson
    Winger for Storm is number 20 Brenko Lee
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Ryley Jacks
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 George Williams
    Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
    Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
    Hooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron Smith
  • Prop for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis Lui
    Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Hudson Young
    2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
    2nd Row for Storm is number 15 Tino Faasuamaleaui
  • Lock for Raiders is number 15 Kai O'Donnell
    Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 13 Joseph Tapine
    Interchange for Storm is number 14 Brandon Smith
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Siliva Havili
    Interchange for Storm is number 17 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Ryan Sutton
    Interchange for Storm is number 18 Darryn Schonig
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Jordan Rapana
    Interchange for Storm is number 21 Nicho Hynes

Raiders: A late switch for the Raiders with debutant Kai O'Donnell moving into the starting side at lock in No.15 and Joseph Tapine reverting to the bench.

Sia Soliola (facial fracture) and Emre Guler (ankle) are out with Dunamis Lui back at starting prop alongside Josh Papalii with Ryan Sutton reverting to the pine.

Jordan Rapana has recovered from a calf strain and has taken Curtis Scott's place on the interchange. Matt Frawley and Darby Medlyn were omitted 24 hours before kick-off while Tom Starling and Scott were the last two cut an hour before kick-off. The Raiders have won their past three games against the Storm.

Storm: Brenko Lee and Tom Eisenhuth have come into the starting side an hour before kick-off. Marion Seve drops out of the squad and Tino Fa’Asuamaleaui goes to the bench. Nicho Hynes has been added to the bench.

Ryley Jacks has been named to start in the halves with Cameron Smith at hooker and Brandon Smith on the bench.

Five-eighth Cameron Munster (knee) was named on the extended bench but was ruled out 24 hours before kick-off along with Felise Kaufusi (knee swelling). 

Knights v Eels, Sunday 4.05pm at McDonald Jones Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
    Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Hymel Hunt
    Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Enari Tuala
    Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman Best
    Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
  • Winger for Knights is number 18 Tautau Moga
    Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Kurt Mann
    Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell Pearce
    Halfback for Eels is number 7 Jai Field

Forwards

  • Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
    Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Andrew McCullough
    Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
  • Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
    Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Aidan Guerra
    2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Ryan Matterson
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Herman Ese'ese
    Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown

Interchange

  • Interchange for Knights is number 2 Tex Hoy
    Interchange for Eels is number 14 David Gower
  • Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
    Interchange for Eels is number 15 Stefano Utoikamanu
  • Interchange for Knights is number 16 Pasami Saulo
    Interchange for Eels is number 16 Marata Niukore
  • Interchange for Knights is number 17 Brodie Jones
    Interchange for Eels is number 17 Brad Takairangi

Knights: Connor Watson (ankle) won't be making his return on Sunday and Adam O'Brien has made a late switch with Tautau Moga elevated from the reserves to the wing and Tex Hoy relegated to the bench.

Starford To'a has been omitted an hour before kick-off along with Josh King. Watson and Phoenix Crossland were culled from the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off. 

Knights to face their biggest test of the season against Eels

"He will be raring to go next week," O'Brien said of Watson. "It's a bonus weeks' worth of training now and he’ll be 100 percent. He was very close though, this week."

The Knights have won four of their past five games against the Eels.

Eels: Nathan Brown returns from suspension at lock, pushing Marata Niukore to the bench. Stefano Utoikamanu debuts off the bench with Ray Stone and Oregon Kaufusi out of the team. 

Will Smith and Andrew Davey were the players cut from the reserves list on Saturday, George Jennings and Daniel Alvaro suffered the same fate on Sunday. Eels forward David Gower will make his 100th NRL appearance.

Dragons v Sea Eagles, Sunday 6.30pm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
    Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 19 Brendan Elliot
  • Winger for Dragons is number 2 Jordan Pereira
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 1 Reuben Garrick
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Euan Aitken
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Moses Suli
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
    Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 14 Cade Cust
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Adam Clune
    Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Blake Lawrie
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Ben Hunt
    Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Danny Levi
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 17 Morgan Boyle
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Curtis Sironen
  • Lock for Dragons is number 13 Cameron McInnes
    Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Trent Merrin
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 6 Lachlan Croker
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Josh Kerr
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 8 Taniela Paseka
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Tyrell Fuimaono
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Jack Gosiewski
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Jackson Ford
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean Keppie

Dragons: The Dragons will start 1-17 after Tim Lafai and Tristan Sailor were the last two players omitted. Tariq Sims is back from a wrist injury in the second row, pushing Tyrell Fuimaono to the bench. Ben Hunt starts at hooker with Cameron McInnes in the No.13 jersey and Trent Merrin back to the bench. Jordan Pereira replaces Jason Saab on the wing. The Dragons have won four of their past five games against the Sea Eagles.

Saab and Korbin Sims were omitted from the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off.

Sea Eagles: In a major re-shuffle announced an hour before kick-off, Brendan Elliot (No.19) will start at fullback, Rueben Garrick on the wing, Cade Cust (No.14) at five-eighth and Morgan Boyle (No.17) at prop. Tevita Funa (No.5) and Corey Waddell were the two players dropped from the squad. After being named to start on Tuesday, Taniela Paseka and Lachlan Croker will start the match on the interchange bench. Abbas Miski and Haumole Olakau'atu were cut from the reserves 24 hours before kick-off. Coach Des Hasler has a 7-2 record against the Dragons’ Paul McGregor.