Under-siege Broncos coach Kevin Walters is set to ring the changes as Brisbane aims to bounce back from its humbling loss to the Rabbitohs.
The Broncos take on a Sharks side on the up and Walters is set to welcome back some familiar faces.
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Elsewhere, the Bulldogs’ five-man Covid-19 breach could open the door for Kyle Flanagan’s return to first grade.
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Read on for all the team tips ahead of Round 16!
Munster in hot water again? | 00:26
Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm at McDonald Jones Stadium, 7.50pm
Rd 15 Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 21. Joseph Suaalii 5. Matt Ikuvalu 4. Joseph Manu 6. Lachlan Lam 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Adam Keighran 17. Fletcher Baker 11. Angus Crichton 13. Isaac Liu 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 14. Sam Verrills 15. Egan Butcher 16. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 19. Ben Thomas
Team Tips: Blues duo James Tedesco and Angus Crichton face the task of backing up from Origin. Sam Walker is expected to return from a shoulder concern. The 18-year-old was rested in Round 15 and will be a welcome return — especially if Tedesco doesn’t back up — because it would allow Joseph Manu to shift to fullback. In a big boost for the Roosters, star enforcer Victor Radley returns from suspension. Billy Smith is fit to play his first game of the season, while Sitili Tupouniua should be good to go.
Rd 15 Storm team: 1. Nicho Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 9. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Tom Eisenhuth 13. Dale Finucane 14. Harry Grant 10. Christian Welch 16. Chris Lewis 17. Aaron Pene
Team Tips: Origin stars Cameron Munster, Josh Addo-Carr, Christian Welch and FeliseKaufusi will need to back up from Sunday’s clash. The Storm will be without prop Nelson Asofoa-Solomona, who is suspended, Harry Grant, who is out with a hamstring injury, Kenny Bromwich (rib) and Tom Eisenhuth (shoulder). Brandon Smith is expected to overcome a calf cork while Reimis Smith will be “touch and go” right up until kick-off according to Storm football manager Ryan Hoffman. Jesse Bromwich is also set to return from an elbow injury.
Warriors vs St George Illawarra Dragons at Central Coast Stadium, 6pm
Rd 15 Warriors team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Marcelo Montoya 4. Euan Aitken 21. Adam Pompey 5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Jazz Tevaga 10. Ben Murdoch-Masila 11. Bayley Sironen 12. Tohu Harris 13. Josh Curran 14. Eliesa Katoa 15. Leeson Ah Mau 17. Kane Evans 22. Taniela Otukolo
Team Tips: It’s been a chaotic week for the Warriors after Reece Walsh picked up a hamstring injury in Maroons camp. Centre Euan Aitken and lock Josh Curran were onboard a flight where they were deemed close contacts with someone infected with Covid-19. They are isolating and it is not clear if they will be free to play yet. In slightly better news for the Warriors, Chad Townsend will likely come straight into the starting side along with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak after they completed mid-season switches from the Sharks and Bulldogs respectively. Bayley Sironen sustained a concussion last time out and will have to pass protocols. Wayde Egan should be good to play at hooker after suffering a nasty cut against the Storm.
Rd 15 Dragons team: 20. Tyrell Sloan 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Brayden Wiliame 4. Gerard Beale 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 15. Josh Kerr 11. Tariq Sims 12. Jack Bird 17. Jack de Belin 10. Paul Vaughan 16. Daniel Alvaro 18. Adam Clune 22. Billy Burns
Team Tips: Zac Lomax was close to a comeback from his thumb injury against Canberra in Round 15 but was cut prior to kick-off. With Mikaele Ravalawa out with a suspension, Lomax could force Gerard Beale to the wing or the Dragons could bring Jordan Pereira in on the flank. Josh McGuire and Tyrell Fuimaono return from suspension, while Max Feagai is cleared to play after a concussion. Matt Dufty (shoulder) is expected to be fit. Tariq Sims, Ben Hunt and Andrew McCullough all came through Origin without any injury concerns.
Blues dominate Game 2 and win series | 10:43
Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels at BlueBet Stadium, 7.55pm
Rd 15 Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Liam Martin 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 17. Izack Tago 18. Spencer Leniu
Team Tips: Nathan Cleary will go for a scan on his shoulder after appearing to hyperextend it in Origin II. If the NSW halfback is ruled out, Matt Burton will in all likelihood shift to partner Jarome Luai in the halves with Paul Momirvoski the man to come in. Penrith’s only other injury concern is Viliame Kikau who should be fit after overcoming a hamstring injury with Liam Martin likely to drop to the bench.
Rd 15 Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Sean Russell 3. Tom Opacic 4. Waqa Blake 5. Haze Dunster 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Joey Lussick 10. Junior Paulo 11. Isaiah Papali’i 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Marata Niukore 15. Shaun Lane 16. Keegan Hipgrave 17. Nathaniel Roache
Team Tips: Maika Sivo comes back from suspension for the Eels with Sean Russell the man to make way. Reed Mahoney remains sidelined so Joey Lussick will remain at hooker. Junior Paulo is expected to back up after Origin II.
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Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Manly Sea Eagles at Bankwest Stadium, 3pm
Rd 15 Bulldogs team: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Nick Cotric 3. Will Hopoate 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Tuipulotu Katoa 6. Brandon Wakeham 7. Jake Averillo 8. Jack Hetherington 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Luke Thompson 11. Adam Elliott 12. Matt Doorey 13. Josh Jackson 14. Sione Katoa 15. Dylan Napa 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Corey Waddell
Team Tips: The availability of Dylan Napa, Brandon Wakeham, Aaron Schoupp, Corey Waddell and Sione Katoa after an alleged biosecurity breach at a Bondi pub has thrown the Bulldogs’ plans into chaos. Wakeham’s indiscretion could open the door for Kyle Flanagan to return, while Brad Deitz is close to fitness after a hamstring injury to take Katoa’s spot. Making matters worse is the fact Adam Elliott and Chris Smith are set for six weeks on the sideline injured. Corey Allan made his way back to fitness in reserve grade and Joe Stimson is also available.
Rd 15 Sea Eagles team: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Karl Lawton 16. Sean Keppie 14. Dylan Walker 15. Ben Trbojevic 17. Toafofoa Sipley 21. Kurt De Luis
Team Tips: Curtis Sironen is nearing a return, while Josh Schuster looks set to come straight back in from an injury lay-off. Jake Trbojevic (glute) is also expected to be fit. Reuben Garrick, who picked up a knock to his ribs against the Titans, will go to fullback if Des Hasler chooses to rest Tom Trbojevic.
Queensland Maroons press conference | 06:54
Canberra Raiders vs Gold Coast Titans at GIO Stadium, 5.30pm
Rd 15 Raiders team: 1. Bailey Simonsson 2. Semi Valemei 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Tom Starling 15. Emre Guler 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Joseph Tapine
Team Tips: No major changes expected for the Raiders who fell agonisingly close against the Dragons last time out. Josh Papalii and Jack Wighton should both be fit after getting through Origin unscathed. Jarrod Croker returned to training this week but isn’t expected to make his playing return from a shoulder injury just yet.
Rd 15 Titans team: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Greg Marzhew 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Phillip Sami 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Erin Clark 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 11. Sam Stone 12. David Fifita 14. Tyrone Peachey 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Jai Whitbread 18. Mitch Rein
Team Tips: AJ Brimson is likely to return from a knee injury at the expense of Jayden Campbell, while Corey Thompson is a chance to play after rehabilitating an ankle. Kevin Proctor is back from a ban while David Fifita, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and Moeaki Fotuaika should all play after Origin II.
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Newcastle Knights vs North Queensland Cowboys at McDonald Jones Stadium, 7.35pm
Rd 15 Knights team: 3. Kurt Mann 2. Dominic Young 4. Enari Tuala 12. Brodie Jones 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Jake Clifford 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett 16. Sauaso Sue 14. Connor Watson 15. David Klemmer 17. Jack Johns 18. Josh King
Team Tips: Kalyn Ponga is tipped to make his long-awaited return from a groin injury. With Kurt Mann and Bradman Best out injured, Brodie Jones may remain at centre. Tyson Frizell remains another fortnight away from full fitness.
Rd 15 Cowboys team: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Tom Dearden 8. Coen Hess 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Mitchell Dunn 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Tom Gilbert 16. Lachlan Burr 17. Francis Molo
Team Tips: Maroons trio Val Holmes, Kyle Feldt and Francis Molo should back up from Origin II. No major changes expected for Todd Payten’s side.
Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla Sharks at Suncorp Stadium, 2pm
Rd 15 Broncos team: 1. Tesi Niu 2. Xavier Coates 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Jesse Arthars 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Karmichael Hunt 7. Tyson Gamble 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 17. TC Robati 13. Thomas Flegler 14. Kobe Hetherington 15. John Asiata 18. Cory Paix
Team Tips: Kotoni Staggs should be fit for the Broncos for the first time this year after sustaining an ACL rupture in 2020 and then copping an NRL ban for an off-field transgression. Staggs will most likely return at centre, although there’s plans to shift him to five-eighth eventually where he is hoping to play next season. Brodie Croft is reportedly back in the halves alongside Tyson Gamble. Herbie Farnworth could be the fullback with Jesse Arthars – providing he overcomes a concussion – likely to take the other centre spot. Selwyn Cobbo is expected to be fit after suffering concussion last game. John Asiata is set to have neck surgery this week, while Albert Kelly remains sidelined with a hamstring injjury.
Rd 15 Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Connor Tracey 3. Will Chambers 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Siosifa Talakai 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Braydon Trindall 15. Teig Wilton 16. Jack Williams 20. Braden Hamlin-Uele
Team Tips: No changes expected for the Sharks. Royce Hunt is nearing a return to full fitness.
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Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs at Leichhardt Oval, 4.05pm
Rd 15 Tigers team: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Tommy Talau 4. James Roberts 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Moses Mbye 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Alex Twal 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Stefano Utoikamanu 15. Shawn Blore 16. Tom Amone 17. Alex Seyfarth
Team Tips: Adam Doueihi is likely to return for the Tigers after their horrific loss to the Storm. Shawn Blore is in doubt and Thomas Mikaele is another week or so away.
Rd 15 Rabbitohs team: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Mark Nicholls 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 15. Hame Sele 16. Thomas Burgess 17. Jacob Host 18. Blake Taaffe
Team Tips: Tevita Tatola’s knee injury has him ruled out until Round 23. Mark Nicholls, however, is expected to be back after two HIAs – both of which he passed – against the Broncos. Tom Burgess will likely take the starting front row berth, with Jai Arrow to return to the bench with Jacob Host or Jaydn Su’A options to come into the second row. Winger Jaxson Paulo is back from a wrist injury.