Rugby league veteran announces retirement at season’s end

Pat Richards

Becoming a fan favourite no matter where he went, former NRL player Pat Richards will retire at the end of the current Super League season.

The veteran winger, now at Super League side, Catalan Dragons, has enjoyed a stellar career over 16 seasons that has seen him amass 3,000 points.

Richards started his career with the Parramatta Eels in 2000, before moving to the Wests Tigers in 2004. Just one year later, Richards was an integral part of the Tigers side that took out the premiership.

After a first stint at the Tigers, Richards moved to England and played for eight seasons with the Wigan Warriors. Following that, he returned to the Tigers for a couple more seasons.

“I’ve really enjoyed coming over here with the team but I feel like it’s the right time for me,” said Richards.

“I’m not getting any younger and I feel like it’s the right time to move onto the next phase of my career.”

The decision was not one that Richards made lightly.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to play a long career and I know the time is right for me,” Richards added.

“I’d like to finish the season as well as possible and after I’ve finished, I’d love to stay involved in the game.”

Catalans coach was quick to praise the efforts of Richards both on and off the field.

“I am very disappointed to see such a player with as much class on and off the pitch, to end his career,” said Catalans coach, Laurent Frayssinous.

“It is and has always respected by all his teammates and opponents. Our sport has lost a great player and we want to wish him and his wife Kim and children Aidan and Brianna, the best for this new chapter that opens to them.

As a team, this is an extra motivation to finish the season as high as possible and get to Pat honors it deserves.”

Club boss Christophe Jouffret also praised Richards, highlighting some of his other traits.

“We emphasize the honesty of this great player who was able to give up his last year of contract, not feeling to play again in 2017,” added Jouffret.

“Pat was a great player in the two biggest competitions and it will belong to lives of celebrities to have worn the jersey of the Dragons. We wish him a nice retirement from the sport.”

Broncos prop to leave and head back to the Gold Coast

Jarrod Wallace

When you have a chance to return to a place that is familiar with you and one that is abundant with family, you take it, and Jarrod Wallace has taken the opportunity presented to him.

The current Brisbane Broncos prop will depart the club at season’s end, after signing a 3-year deal from 2017 at the Gold Coast Titans.

Wallace, a Runaway Bay junior, will be returning to a place he knows well, having played in the area previously and along side Ryan James at both SG Ball and Holden Cup level.

“It’s exciting being able to head back to the Gold Coast where I still have a lot of family and join a club that is really on the rise,” Wallace said today.

“I still know a few of the guys there and have kept in contact with Ryan James who is having a great season; it will be good to be reunited with him.”

Although he has signed a deal to move away from the Broncos, his drive and ambition at present is to help the Broncos perform as well as possible.

“But first I want to finish the season strongly with the Broncos who gave me a start in the NRL and have helped me develop my game and taught me a lot about the professionalism needed at that level,” Wallace added.

“However, I see this as an opportunity to hopefully establish myself in the NRL and go back to where my junior career began.”

Playing in every game this year and last, the signing is one that shores up the Titans prop stocks and one that coach Neil Henry is pleased with.

“Jarrod played 25 games last season and hasn’t missed one in 2016 and in that time has really improved and developed as a player,” Henry said.

“He’ll provide further depth to a pack that has been consistent and competitive all season and is at the age where his best football as a prop is ahead of him.

“It’s great that he has shown faith in what we are developing at the Titans and I look forward to him playing a major role in that.”

Panthers prop signs new long-term deal

Leilani Latu

One of the club’s best performers in recent times, Leilani Latu has signed a contract extension with the Penrith Panthers.

Already contracted until the end of 2017, the club and Latu thought the time was right to sit down and iron out an extension, eventually agreeing to terms.

The club are pleased to have retained the talented forward and he drew high praise from Panthers boss, Phil Gould.

“Leilani Latu is the shining example of what perseverance can bring,” Panthers Executive General Manager Rugby League Phil Gould AM said.

“Restricted by injury in the early part of his career, Leilani has worked really hard to now establish himself as a representative class forward.

“It’s just further justification of the club’s strong investment in a reserve grade development pathway here at the Panthers.

“It’s wonderful that Leilani will now be with us for the next four seasons.”

Joining the club in 2014, it was a rocky start to his Penrith career but with hard work and perseverance, he found his feet and is now a mainstay of the first-grade side.

“It’s great to have committed my future to the Panthers,” Latu said.

“I love this club and I know that with the players and the staff we have here, we’re building towards something special.

“The Panthers gave me a second chance at a career in rugby league and I’m so relieved to be in a position to repay that faith.”

NRL Teams Rd 20

Well, that’s it, no more byes for the 2016 season. All teams have now had their two byes and as the race and competition heats up to snag as many wins as possible, several battles loom. The battle for the minor premiership and the battle for the last couple of spots in the eight. Just how will the games play out, time will tell.

Without further adieu, here are the teams for Rd 20 of the NRL Telstra Premiership:

North Queensland Cowboys v Canterbury Bulldogs (#NRLnqlcby); 1300 Smiles Stadium, Townsville; Thursday July 21. Kick-off: 7:50pm.

Cowboys: 1. Lachlan Coote 2. Javid Bowen 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Kane Linnett 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Michael Morgan 7. Johnathan Thurston (C) 8. Matt Scott (C) 9. Jake Granville 10. James Tamou 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Jason Taumalolo.

Interchange: 14. Rory Kostjaysn 15. John Asiata 16. Scott Bolton 17. Ben Hannant.

Coach: Paul Green.

Bulldogs: 1. Will Hopoate 2. Brett Morris 3. Josh Morris 4. Curtis Rona 5. Sam Perrett 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Moses Mbye 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. James Graham (C) 11. Josh Jackson 12. Greg Eastwood 13. David Klemmer.

Interchange: 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Tony Williams 16. Tim Browne 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 19. Danny Fualalo 20. Craig Garvey (Two to be omitted).

Coach: Des Hasler.


Brisbane Broncos v Penrith Panthers (#NRLbripen); Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane; Friday July 23. Kick-off: 7:50pm.

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Tom Opacic 4. James Roberts 5. Lachlan Maranta 6. Anthony Milford 7. Ben Hunt 8. Josh McGuire 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Adam Blair 11. Alex Glenn 12. Sam Thaiday 13. Corey Parker (C).

Interchange: 14. Jarrod Wallace 15. Tevita Pangai Jr. 16. Jai Arrow 17. Herman Ese’ese 18. Joe Ofahengaue (One to be omitted).

Coach: Wayne Bennett.

Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Josh Mansour 3. Waqa Blake 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 6. Bryce Cartwright 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Leilani Latu 9. Peter Wallace 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Isaah Yeo 12. James Fisher-Harris 13. Trent Merrin.

Interchange: 14. Suaia Matagi 15. Sitaleki Akauola 16. Chris Grevsmuhl 17. Zak Hardaker 20. Moses Leota 23. Viliame Kikau (Two to be omitted).

Coach: Anthony Griffin.


Canberra Raiders v New Zealand Warriors (#NRLcanwar); GIO Stadium, Canberra; Saturday July 24. Kick-off: 3pm.

Raiders: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Edrick Lee 3. Jarrod Croker (C) 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Junior Paulo 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Shannon Boyd 11. Josh Papalii 12. Elliot Whitehead 13. Shaun Fensom.

Interchange: 14. Iosia Soliola 15. Luke Bateman 16. Paul Vaughan 17. Joseph Tapine.

Coach: Ricky Stuart.

Warriors: 1. David Fusitu’a 2. Ken Maumalo 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Solomone Kata 5. Manu Vatuvei 6. Thomas Leuluai 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Jacob Lillyman 9. Issac Luke 10. James Gavet 11. Bunty Afoa 12. Ryan Hoffman (C) 13. Simon Mannering.

Interchange: 14. Tuimoala Lolohea 15. Sam Lisone 16. Ben Matulino 17. Jazz Tevaga.

Coach: Andrew McFadden.


Gold Coast Titans v Parramatta Eels; Cbus Super Stadium, Robina; Saturday July 24. Kick-off: 5:30pm.

Titans: 1. David Mead 2. Anthony Don 3. Josh Hoffman 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. Nene Macdonald 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ash Taylor 8. Luke Douglas 9. Nathan Peats 10. Ryan James (C) 11. Zeb Taia 12. Chris McQueen 13. Agnatius Paasi.

Interchange: 14. Eddy Pettybourne 15. Leivaha Pulu 16. Nathaniel Peteru 17. Nathan Friend.

Coach: Neil Henry.

Eels: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Bureta Faraimo 3. Brad Takairangi 4. Manu Ma’u 5. Bevan French 6. Clint Gutherson 7. Jeff Robson 8. Danny Wicks 9. Issac De Gois 10. Tim Mannah 11. Kenny Edwards 12. Tepai Moaroa 13. Beau Scott (C).

Interchange: 14. Rory O’Brien 15. Peni Terepo 16. David Gower 17. Daniel Alvaro.

Coach: Brad Arthur.

Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters (#NRLmelsyd); AAMI Park, Melbourne; Saturday July 24. Kick-off: 7:30pm.

Storm: 1. Cameron Munster 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Cheyse Blair 5. Marika Koroibete 6. Blake Green 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cam Smith (C) 10. Felise Kaufusi 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Tohu Harris 13. Dale Finucane.

Interchange: 14. Kenneath Bromwich 15. Christian Welch 16. Matt White 17. Young Tonumaipea.

Coach: Craig Bellamy.

Roosters: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Dale Copley 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Connor Watson 7. Mitch Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend (C) 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitch Aubusson 13. Sio Siua Taukeiaho.

Interchange: 14. Sam Moa 15. Aidan Guerra 16. Issac Liu 17. Ryan Matterson 18. Kane Evans (One to be omitted).

Coach: Trent Robinson.


Cronulla Sharks v Newcastle Knights (#NRLcronew); Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla; Sunday July 26. Kick-off: 2pm.

Sharks: 1. Ben Barba 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Jack Bird 4. Gerard Beale 5. Val Holmes 6. James Maloney 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Michael Ennis 10. Sam Tagataese 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen (C).

Interchange: 14. Joseph Paulo 15. Chris Heighington 16. Matt Prior 17. Jayson Bukuya.

Coach: Shane Flanagan.

Knights: 1. Dane Gagai 2. Nathan Ross 3. Pat Mata’utia 4. Peter Mata’utia 5. Brendan Elliott 6. Jarrod Mullen 7. Trent Hodkinson (C) 8. Sam Mataora 9. Danny Levi 10. Korbin Sims 11. Pauli Pauli 12. Mitch Barnett 13. Jeremy Smith (C).

Interchange: 14. Chris Adams 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Josh King 17. Mickey Paea 20. David Bhana (One to be omitted).

Coach: Nathan Brown


St George Illwarra Dragons v Wests Tigers (#NRLsgiwst); ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park; Sunday July 26. Kick-off: 4pm.

Dragons: 1. Adam Quinlan 2. Kurt Mann 3. Euan Aitken 4. Taane Milne 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop (C) 7. Benji Marshall 8. Russell Packer 9. Mitch Rein 10. Tariq Sims 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Joel Thompson 13. Jack de Belin.

Interchange: 14. Mike Cooper 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Jacob Host 17. Jake Marketo.

Coach: Paul McGregor.

Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Tim Simona 4. Kevin Naiqama 5. Jordan Rankin 6. Mitch Moses 7. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods (C) 9. Dene Halatau 10. Sauaso Sue 11. Josh Aloiai 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Elijah Taylor.

Interchange: 14. Tim Grant 15. Ava Seumanufagai 16. Robbie Farah 17. Kyle Lovett 18. Joel Edwards (One to be omitted).

Coach: Jason Taylor.


South Sydney Rabbitohs v Manly Sea Eagles (#NRLsouman); Allianz Stadium, Moore Park; Monday July 27. Kick-off: 7pm.

Bunnies: 1. Cody Walker 2. Alex Johnston 3. Bryson Goodwin 4. Aaron Gray 5. Joe Burgess 6. Luke Keary 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Cam McInnes 10. David Tyrrell 11. John Sutton (C) 12. Kyle Turner 13. Sam Burgess.

Interchange: 14. Jason Clark 15. Nathan Brown 16. Angus Crichton 17. George Burgess 18. Damien Cook (One to be omitted).

Coach: Michael Maguire.

Manly: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Lewis Brown 4. Brayden Wiliame 5. Matt Wright 6. Jamie Lyon (C) 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Darcy Lussick 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Marty Taupau 11. Nathan Green 12. Jamie Buhrer 13. Jake Trbojevic.

Interchange: 14. Blake Leary 15. Josh Staring 16. Nate Myles 17. Siosaia Vave 22. Addin Fonua-Blake (One to be omitted).

Coach: Trent Barrett.


Tigers veteran closes the curtain on his career at season’s end

Dene Halatau

After 14 years at the top level, Wests Tigers veteran utility Dene Halatau has made the decision to retire from the game at the completion of the current season.

Making his debut in 2003, he played his junior footy for the Merrylands Rams and the North Ryde Hawks, before progressing to the Balmain Tigers SG Ball side.

With a total of 241 games played across two NRL clubs – the Tigers and the Canterbury Bulldogs – Halatau has a premiership to his name as a member of the Wests Tigers side that won the 2005 NRL premiership.

The Kiwi international knew the decision was not an easy one to make, but that it was the right one to make.

“Announcing my retirement is obviously a big thing for me as it’s a transition into the next part of my life,” Halatau said.

“I felt as though the time is right and it’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time now.

“I was grateful to the Club, JT (Jason Taylor) and the coaching staff for giving me this year; I still feel as though I’m playing good enough football to on tribute well for the team.

“I’ve had a few little injuries over the past season that have just been quite frustrating more than anything and while I’m still feeling okay I think it’s the right time to hang the boots up.”

With a chance still to play finals, Halatau wants to keep working hard and playing well alongside his team-mates to help them achieve that in his final year.

“I’m making the announcement now about retirement but it’s definitely not putting a full stop on the season, and I don’t think for the team either as we are building something really good here,” added Halatau.

“Everyone is on the same page and we are working well together, there’s genuine excitement among the group and our boys are figuring out how to make the top eight.

“It would be great to finish my career on that note, getting to the finals and showing what this team is actually capable of.”

Halatau drew glowing praise from club CEO Justin Pascoe for his on-field and off-field endeavours.

“Dene has made an enormous contribution to Wests Tigers during his first grade career,” Pascoe said.

“Not only on the field has excelled, but off the field with his commitment to our community programs and his work as an NRL State of Mind ambassador.

“He has been an excellent leader at this Club, coming on board as one of our vice-captains with Chris Lawrence.

“On behalf of everyone at the Club I would like to thank Dene for his efforts and achievement during his NRL career,” he said.

Also praising him was coach Jason Taylor for his professionalism and leadership.

“Dene has been an absolute pleasure to coach,” Taylor said.

“He is the ultimate professional, leads by example in every way that you possibly can as a rugby league player.

“He has great advice and sets a great example for every player at Wests Tigers, not just the young ones but the older guys also look to him for leadership and he will be sorely missed at the Club.”

St Helens utility makes move down under to Canberra

Jordan Turner

Continuing their recent acquisition of English players, the Canberra Raiders will have a third one in their ranks, with St Helens utility Jordan Turner to join the club.

Turner, 27, is a versatile player and will become the third Englishman at the club after Elliott Whitehead and Josh Hodgson.

Australia itself is no stranger to Turner, with his mother being Australia. For the proud Englishman, the chance to learn more about the country and play in the NRL was an attractive lure.

“It’s been a long standing dream of mine to play in the NRL. When Sia was at St Helens we got along really well,” said Turner.

I spoke to him about Canberra and the team. He was very helpful in making my decision.”

“I’ve been watching the Raiders closely this year because of the move. I know it’s going to be quite tough for me to break into the team. The centres are pushing for Origin, the backrow is great and the halves are going really well.”

Turner came for the opportunity and is pleased to play wherever he is needed.

“I can pretty much play anywhere,” Turner added.

“I’m just going to train hard and make the most of my chance when I get to Canberra.”

With the Raiders solid track record of players jumping ship to the NRL effectively, Raiders Recrutiment and High Performance Manager Peter Mulholland believes that Turner can have the same effect.

“Jordan is an extremely talented and experienced player who joins us for two years from 2017,” said Mulholland.

“He has previously played alongside Sia Soliola at St Helens to win a premiership in 2014.”

“We’re hoping Jordan can continue the Raiders successful recruitment from England and can join the likes of Sia, Josh Hodgson and Elliott Whitehead in making the transition to the NRL.

“The Raiders would like to wish Jordan all the best for the remainder of the season with Saints and look forward to him joining the club for the beginning of the 2017 pre-season.”

Souths centre sacked after second breach of NRL’s drug testing policy

Kirisome Auva'a

As news filtered through some days ago regarding Kirisome Auva’a and his alleged breach of NRL drug testing rules, the South Sydney Rabbitohs have opted to part ways with the centre, sacking him effective immediately.

Investigating the incident alongside the NRL and the Integrity Unit, the second breach of of the NRL’s testing policy for illicit and hazardous substances proved the final straw for Auva’a and his Souths career.

Souths released the following statement on Auva’a sacking from the club:

“The South Sydney Rabbitohs have terminated the contract of player Kirisome Auva’a following a second breach of the NRL’s Testing Policy for illicit and hazardous substances. Whilst Auva’a did not return a positive test for an illicit or hazardous substance in this instance, he contravened the rules as set out in the NRL Policy.

Under the terms of the Policy, the Club has the right to terminate the contract of players following a second breach, which it has decided to do.

The Club will continue to offer welfare assistance and support to Kirisome.”

Storm re-sign utility back and sign two promising prospects

Young Tonumaipea

Every team needs role players and Young Tonumaipea fills that void when required. A hard-working, no-frills player, Tonumaipea has recently been filling in for the injured Cam Munster and performed well.

Hard work never goes unnoticed either, with the Storm utility back re-signing at the club until the end of 2018 with a further option available.

A proud, local Victorian, Tonumaipea came through the club’s system from a young age and is one of just three local Victorians to play in the NRL.

With 28 games to his name since making his club debut in 2014, his versatility has added to his lure, with the club pleased to re-sign him.

“Before Young got injured in Round 8 against the Warriors he was our best outside back by far, he was our most consistent player,” said the Storm’s Director of Football, Frank Ponissi.

“He can play on the left and right wing as well as fullback and centre which is really important in the modern game, his utility role is valuable for us going forward.

“Young is a great role model to all the kids coming through the NRL Victoria system. He is proof that you can come through as a Melbourne kid and make it to the Storm.”

Additionally for Melbourne, they have signed Sydney Roosters forward Vincent Leuluai and PNG representative Justin Olam until the end of 2018.

Rabbitohs sack Paul Carter for breach of contract

Paul Carter

It was meant to be a move that revitalised his NRL career and one that led him on the road to a long stint in first-grade but it was not to be for Paul Carter.

The now former South Sydney Rabbitoh has been sacked by the club for breaching the Club’s Code of Conduct and specific clauses in his contract.

Carter, a talented player on the field, has had well-documented off-field issues in the past both at former club, the Gold Coast Titans and now the Bunnies.

With his contract terminated, the future is unclear for Carter but in a statement released by Souths, they will continue to look after his welfare.

“the Board has made a decision today to terminate Paul’s contract immediately as a result of his recent conduct,” said Shane Richardson, Souths General Manager of Football.

“We have given Paul all of the support, and every opportunity, to get his career and life back on track but unfortunately he has been unable to meet the standards we had agreed when Paul joined the Club.

“This is a bigger issue than football for Paul. Needless to say, we will continue to provide welfare, support and assistance to Paul in his continuing rehabilitation.”

NRL Teams Rd 19

Another round done and dusted and what a round it was. There was a win for the Eels but with their points deduction finally ticked off, has a finals chance gone out the window? And what of the teams now fighting for the last couple of spots in the eight. Just who can scrape into the eight.

Without further adieu, here are the Rd 19 teams:

St George Illawarra Dragons v Gold Coast Titans (#NRLsgigld); UOW Jubilee Oval, Wollongong; Friday July 15. Kick-off: 7:50pm.

Dragons: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Kalifa Fai Fai Loa 3. Euan Aitken 4. Kurt Mann 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop (C) 7. Benji Marshall 8. Russell Packer 9. Mitch Rein 10. Tyson Frizell 11. Jacob Host 12. Joel Thompson 13. Jack de Belin.

Interchange: 14. Tariq Sims 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Dunamis Lui 17. Jake Marketo 19. Tyrone McCarthy (One to be omitted).

Coach: Paul McGregor.

Titans: 1. David Mead 2. Anthony Don 3. Josh Hoffman 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. Nene Macdonald 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ash Taylor 8. Luke Douglas 9. Nathan Peats 10. Ryan James (C) 11. Zeb Taia 12. Chris McQueen 13. Greg Bird.

Interchange: 14. Eddy Pettybourne 15. Leivaha Pulu 16. Agnatius Paasi 17. Nathan Friend 18. Nathaniel Peteru 19. Ryan Simpkins (Two to be omitted).

Coach: Neil Henry.


Manly Sea Eagles v New Zealand Warriors (#NRLmanwar); niB Stadium, Perth; Saturday July 15. Kick-off: 5:30pm (AEDT) & 3:30pm (local time).

Manly: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Lewis Brown 4. Matt Wright 5. Brad Parker 6. Jamie Lyon (C) 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Darcy Lussick 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Marty Taupau 11. Nathan Green 12. Jamie Buhrer 13. Jake Trbojevic.

Interchange: 14. Blake Leary 15. Josh Starling 16. Addin Fonua-Blake 17. Siosaia Vave 18. Luke Burgess (One to be omitted).

Coach: Trent Barrett.

Warriors: 1. David Fusitu’a 2. Ken Maumalo 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Solomone Kata 5. Manu Vatuvei 6. Thomas Leuluai 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Jacob Lillyman 9. Issac Luke 10. Ben Matulino 11. Bodene Thompson 12. Ryan Hoffman (C) 13. Simon Mannering.

Interchange: 14. Tuimoala Lolohea 15. Sam Lisone 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Charlie Gubb 18. James Gavet (One to be omitted).

Coach: Andrew McFadden.


South Sydney Rabbitohs v Brisbane Broncos (#NRLsoubri); ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park; Saturday July 15. Kick-off: 7:30pm.

Souths: 1. Cody Walker 2. Alex Johnston 3. Greg Inglis (C) 4. Aaron Gray 5. Joe Burgess 6. LUke Keary 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Cam McInnes 10. Nathan Brown 11. Kyle Turner 12. John Sutton 13. Sam Burgess.

Interchange: 14. Damien Cook 15. Jason Clark 16. David Tyrrell 17. George Burgess 18. Angus Crichton 19. Jack Gosiewski 20. Ed Murphy (Three to be omitted).

Coach: Michael Maguire.

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Alex Glenn 4. James Roberts 5. Jordan Kahu 6. Anthony Milford 7. Ben Hunt 8. Josh McGuire 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Adam Blair 11. Sam Thaiday 12. Matt Gillett 13. Corey Parker.

Interchange: 14. Jarrod Wallace 15. Tevita Pangai Jr. 16. Joe Ofahengaue 17. Herman Ese’ese 18. Marion Seve 19. Joe Boyce (Two to be omitted).

Coach: Wayne Bennett.


Newcastle Knights v Melbourne Storm (#NRLnewmel); Hunter Stadium, Newcastle; Sunday July 16. Kick-off: 2pm.

Knights: 1. Dane Gagai 2. Nathan Ross 3. Brendan Elliott 4. Peter Mata’utia 5. Jake Mamo 6. Jarrod Mullen 7. Trent Hodkinson (C) 8. Robbie Rochow 9. Danny Levi 10. Korbin Sims 11. Sione Mata’utia 12. Mitch Barnett 13. Jeremy Smith (C).

Interchange: 14. Josh King 15. Sam Mataora 16. Daniel Saifiti 17. Mickey Paea 18. Pat Mata’utia 23. Pauli Pauli (Two to be omitted).

Coach: Nathan Brown.

Storm: 1. Young Tonumaipea 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Cheyse Blair 4. Ryan Morgan 5. Marika Koroibete 6. Blake Green 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cam Smith (C) 10. Felise Kaufusi 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Tohu Harris 13. Dale Finucane.

Interchange: 14. Kenneath Bromwich 15. Christian Welch 16. Matt White 17. Ben Hampton.

Coach: Craig Bellamy.


Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels (#NRLpenpar); Pepper Stadium, Penrith; Sunday July 16. Kick-off: 4pm.

Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Josh Mansour 3. Waqa Blake 4. Zak Hardaker 5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 6. Bryce Cartwright 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Leilani Latu 9. Peter Wallace 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Isaah Yeo 12. James Fisher-Harris 13. Trent Merrin.

Interchange: 14. Suaia Matagi 15. Jeremy Latimore 16. Chris Grevsmuhl 17. Tyrone Peachey 18. Dylan Edwards 19. Will Smith 20. Sitaleki Akauola (Three to be omitted).

Coach: Anthony Griffin.

Eels: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Clint Gutherson 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Bevan French 6. Corey Norman 7. Jeff Robson 8. Danny Wicks 9. Issac De Gois 10. Tim Mannah (C) 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Beau Scott (C).

Interchange: 14. Kenny Edwards 15. Peni Terepo 16. David Gower 17. Daniel Alvaro 18. Rory O’Brien (One to be omitted).

Coach: Brad Arthur.


Sydney Roosters v Cronulla Sharks (#NRLsydcro); Allianz Stadium, Moore Park; Monday July 17. Kick-off: 7pm.

Roosters: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Dale Copley 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5. Joseph Manu 6. Ryan Matterson 7. Mitch Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend (C) 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitch Aubusson 13. Sio Siua Taukeiaho.

Interchange: 14. Sam Moa 15. Kane Evans 16. Isaac Liu 17. Connor Watson.

Coach: Trent Robinson.

Sharks: 1. Ben Barba 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Jack Bird 4. Gerard Beale 5. Valentine Holmes 6. James Maloney 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Michael Ennis 10. Sam Tagataese 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen (C).

Interchange: 14. Joseph Paulo 15. Chris Heighington 16. Matt Prior 17. Jayson Bukuya.

Coach: Shane Flanagan.


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