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Official team lists, updates and injury news for Round 16 of the 2023 Telstra Premiership season.

NRL Team Lists: Round 16

Cowboys v Panthers, Friday 8.00pm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Scott Drinkwater
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Sunia Turuva
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Zac Laybutt
    Centre for Panthers is number 3 Izack Tago
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Peta Hiku
    Centre for Panthers is number 4 Tyrone Peachey
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Semi Valemei
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Tom Jenkins
  • Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Tom Dearden
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jaeman Salmon
  • Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Chad Townsend
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Jack Cogger

Forwards

  • Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Jordan McLean
    Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
  • Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Jake Granville
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Mitch Kenny
  • Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Coen Hess
    Prop for Panthers is number 16 Spencer Leniu
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Scott Sorensen
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Heilum Luki
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Zac Hosking
  • Lock for Cowboys is number 16 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
    Lock for Panthers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange

  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo
    Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Soni Luke
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Sam McIntyre
    Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Lindsay Smith
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Griffin Neame
    Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Luke Garner
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Kulikefu Finefeuiaki
    Interchange for Panthers is number 19 Liam Henry

Reserves

  • Replacement for Cowboys is number 18 Brendan Elliot
    Replacement for Panthers is number 18 Jack Cole

Match Officials

  • Referee: Peter Gough
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
  • Senior Review Official: Gerard Sutton

Last updated:

Cowboys: After a couple of false starts in recent weeks, key forward Jason Taumalolo is back from a knee injury to boost his side who are missing Reuben Cotter, Reece Robson, Valentine Holmes, Murray Taulagi and Jeremiah Nanai due to Origin. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki joins the bench alongside mid-season signing Sam McIntyre, who will make his club debut. Zac Laybutt fills in at centre, Jake Granville is the new starting hooker and Kyle Feldt returns on the wing after being 18th man in North Queensland's last game.

Panthers: With Jarome Luai, Stephen Crichton, Liam Martin, Isaah Yeo and Brian To'o all included in the NSW team for Origin II, Ivan Cleary has been forced into a number of changes. Jaeman Salmon comes moves in from the bench to partner Jack Cogger in the halves, while Tyrone Peachey starts at centre and Thomas Jenkins joins the squad on the wing. Matt Eisenhuth starts at lock and Luke Garner is included on the bench for his first NRL game since Round 4. Zac Hosking returns from being rested last week. Prop Moses Leota is named after failing a HIA last week, which was deemed Category 2, while Spencer Leniu is good to go after entering early guilty pleas to two Contrary Conduct charges and taking a monetary fine rather than a suspension.

Knights v Roosters, Saturday 3.00pm at McDonald Jones Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Knights is number 2 Dominic Young
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Corey Allan
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman Best
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Billy Smith
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Enari Tuala
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Fetalaiga Pauga
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Tyson Gamble
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Jackson Hastings
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Sandon Smith

Forwards

  • Prop for Knights is number 10 Leo Thompson
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Phoenix Crossland
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Turpin
  • Prop for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Nat Butcher
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Dylan Lucas
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Egan Butcher
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Adam Elliott
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Naufahu Whyte

Interchange

  • Interchange for Knights is number 14 Kurt Mann
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Drew Hutchison
  • Interchange for Knights is number 16 Jack Hetherington
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Nathan Brown
  • Interchange for Knights is number 17 Mat Croker
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Terrell May
  • Interchange for Knights is number 20 Brodie Jones
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Angus Crichton

Reserves

  • Replacement for Knights is number 19 Simi Sasagi
    Replacement for Roosters is number 19 Zach Dockar-Clay

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Touch Judge: Todd Smith
  • Senior Review Official: Matt Noyen

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Knights: The return of back-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon from a calf injury is timely with Tyson Frizell away on NSW Origin duty. The only other change to the side that pushed the Broncos to the limit sees Enari Tuala coming in on the wing for Greg Marzhew, who was not considered for selection due to failing to meet team standards after he missed the team bus the day after the loss to the Broncos. 

Roosters: Joey Manu goes to fullback in the absence of skipper James Tedesco on Origin duty, Luke Keary shifts to five-eighth and youngster Sandon Smith is the new halfback. With Lindsay Collins in Maroons camp, Nat Butcher moves to prop, Sitili Tupouniua to second row and Naufahu Whyte is the new lock. Centre Billy Smith is back on deck after he was a late withdrawal from the Panthers game so Drew Hutchison goes back to the bench. Terrell May is the new face on the bench with Matt Lodge omitted.

Eels v Sea Eagles, Saturday 5.30pm at CommBank Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
    Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Kaeo Weekes
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason Saab
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Will Penisini
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Tolutau Koula
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Bailey Simonsson
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Reuben Garrick
  • Winger for Eels is number 5 Sean Russell
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Christian Tuipulotu
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Ryan Matterson
    Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Josh Schuster
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Daejarn Asi
    Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Jake Arthur

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Taniela Paseka
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Brendan Hands
    Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan Croker
  • Prop for Eels is number 10 Ofahiki Ogden
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Toafofoa Sipley
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Bryce Cartwright
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Andrew Davey
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 16 Ethan Bullemor
  • Lock for Eels is number 13 J'maine Hopgood
    Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Sean Keppie

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 14 Luca Moretti
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 12 Samuela Fainu
  • Interchange for Eels is number 15 Joe Ofahengaue
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Karl Lawton
  • Interchange for Eels is number 16 Matt Doorey
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Josh Aloiai
  • Interchange for Eels is number 17 Makahesi Makatoa
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 18 Aaron Woods

Reserves

  • Replacement for Eels is number 18 Haze Dunster
    Replacement for Sea Eagles is number 17 Ben Condon

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Butler
  • Touch Judge: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Senior Review Official: Adam Gee

Last updated:

Eels: After an impressive club debut at five-eighth on Monday, Daejarn Asi takes over the No.7 with Mitch Moses away on Blues Origin duty, with Ryan Matterson named at five-eighth in his return from a calf injury. With Junior Paulo also on NSW duty Ofahiki Ogden will start and Joe Ofahengaue joins the bench. Hooker Josh Hodgson was a late withdrawal from the Bulldogs game with a neck injury and remains sidelined.

Sea Eagles: Former Eel Jake Arthur is the new halfback and Kaeo Weekes takes over at fullback with Daly Cherry-Evans and Tom Trbojevic on Origin duty for their respective states. Samuela Fainu has been named to start in the back row with Ethan Bullemor on the bench but the pair could swap roles on game day as they did against the Dolphins.

Wests Tigers v Storm, Saturday 7.35pm at Campbelltown Sports Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Jahream Bula
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Nick Meaney
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Storm is number 2 Will Warbrick
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Brent Naden
    Centre for Storm is number 3 Reimis Smith
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Asu Kepaoa
    Centre for Storm is number 4 Marion Seve
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Junior Tupou
    Winger for Storm is number 5 George Jennings
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Starford To'a
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Jonah Pezet
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Brandon Wakeham
    Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Fonua Pole
    Prop for Storm is number 8 Tui Kamikamica
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jake Simpkin
    Hooker for Storm is number 9 Bronson Garlick
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 David Klemmer
    Prop for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Isaiah Papali'i
    2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Trent Loiero
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Shawn Blore
    2nd Row for Storm is number 15 Tom Eisenhuth
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 John Bateman
    Lock for Storm is number 13 Josh King

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Tallyn Da Silva
    Interchange for Storm is number 12 Tariq Sims
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Tommy Talau
    Interchange for Storm is number 14 Tyran Wishart
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex Twal
    Interchange for Storm is number 17 Aaron Pene
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Alex Seyfarth
    Interchange for Storm is number 22 Kane Bradley

Reserves

  • Replacement for Wests Tigers is number 18 Will Smith
    Replacement for Storm is number 21 Chris Lewis

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

Last updated:

Tigers: The loss of halfback Luke Brooks (hamstring) sees Brandon Wakeham shifting to No.7, Starford To'a named at five-eighth and Brent Naden returning in the centres. Asu Kepaoa also comes into the centres with Tommy Talau moved to interchange. With Api Koroisau (jaw) also out, Jake Simpkin takes over at hooker and teenager Tallyn Da Silva joins the bench for his NRL debut. The 18-year-old hooker was a member of Wests Magpies premiership-winning Harold Matthews Cup team last year. Stefano Utoikamanu's Blues call-up sees Fonua Pole move into the starting side at prop. Alex Seyfarth has been added to the bench.

Storm: With Cameron Munster, Harry Grant and Xavier Coates on Origin duty and Christian Welch suspended the Storm fields a vastly different line-up to the one that demolished the Sharks. Reimis Smith (hamstring) has been named in the centres but Justin Olam (head knock) is listed as 18th Man. Back-rower Eliesa Katoa (eye) is out so Tariq Sims joins the starting side. George Jennings comes in on the wing for his first game of 2023 and Jonah Pezet is the new five-eighth. Bronson Garlick takes over at hooker, Nelson Asofa-Solomona starts at prop and the new faces on the bench are Aaron Pene and Alec MacDonald.

Sharks v Bulldogs, Sunday 4.05pm at PointsBet Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William Kennedy
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Hayze Perham
  • Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione Katoa
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Jacob Kiraz
  • Centre for Sharks is number 3 Jesse Ramien
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Jake Averillo
  • Centre for Sharks is number 4 Siosifa Talakai
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Paul Alamoti
  • Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo Mulitalo
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Braidon Burns
  • Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Matt Moylan
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Karl Oloapu
  • Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Nicholas Hynes
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 20 Kyle Flanagan

Forwards

  • Prop for Sharks is number 8 Oregon Kaufusi
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Chris Patolo
  • Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Reed Mahoney
  • Prop for Sharks is number 10 Braden Hamlin-Uele
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Tevita Pangai Junior
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Jayden Okunbor
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Teig Wilton
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Jacob Preston
  • Lock for Sharks is number 13 Dale Finucane
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 15 Kurtis Morrin

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Cameron McInnes
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Khaled Rajab
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Wade Graham
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Max King
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Jack Williams
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Corey Waddell
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Thomas Hazelton
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 23 Franklin Pele

Reserves

  • Replacement for Sharks is number 18 Connor Tracey
    Replacement for Bulldogs is number 19 Jeral Skelton

Match Officials

  • Referee: Adam Gee
  • Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
  • Touch Judge: Matt Noyen
  • Senior Review Official: Chris Butler

Last updated:

Sharks: Despite the thumping at the hands of the Storm, coach Craig Fitzgibbon has resisted swinging the selection axe. The only change to his 17 is a forced one, with Royce Hunt out after suffering an ankle injury in Round 15 which requires surgery. Rookie Thomas Hazelton comes back into the squad on the bench and Oregon Kaufusi moves into the starting side to partner Braden Hamlin-Uele in the front row.

Bulldogs: Still no sign of forwards Raymond Faitala-Mariner (illness) or Luke Thompson (foot), who were rated chances of returning this week. After scoring a hat trick in his return from injury in reserve grade in Round 15, Braidon Burns comes in on the wing for Blues flyer Josh Addo-Carr. Chris Patolo is named to start at prop after being a late inclusion in the run-on side last Monday against the Eels.

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