The NRL teams have been announced for Week 2 of the finals, and the all important referee allocations have gone to Shayne Hayne and Tony Archer. The stalwarts Steve Clark, Paul Simpkins and Sean Hampstead no where to be seen – certainly a changing of the guard.
PARRAMATTA EELS v BULLDOGS at Telstra Stadium, 7:45pm
EELS: Jarryd Hayne, Krisnan Inu, Joel Reddy, Timana Tahu, Eric Grothe, Brett Finch, Tim Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), Mark Riddell, Fuifui Moimoi, Nathan Hindmarsh, Ian Hindmarsh, Feleti Mateo. Interchange: PJ Marsh, Josh Cordoba, Chad Robinson, Daniel Wagon.
BULLDOGS: Luke Patten, Hazem El Masri, Daryl Millard, Willie Tonga, Matt Utai, Ben Roberts, Brent Sherwin, Mark O’Meley, Corey Hughes, Willie Mason, Sonny Bill Williams, Andrew Ryan (c), Reni Maitua. Interchange: Adam Perry, Chris Armit, Nick Kouparitsas, Jarrad Hickey.
Referee: Shayne Hayne
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS v NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS at Dairy Farmers Stadium, 4pm
COWBOYS: Matt Bowen, Ty Williams, Ashley Graham, Paul Bowman, Ben Farrar, Justin Smith, Johnathan Thurston (c), Matt Scott, Aaron Payne, Carl Webb, Sam Faust, Matthew Bartlett, Mark Henry. Interchange: David Faiumu, Jason Smith, Jacob Lillyman, Ray Cashmere, Neil Sweeney (one to be omitted).
WARRIORS: Wade McKinnon, Todd Byrne, Tony Martin, Simon Mannering, Michael Crockett, Michael Witt, Grant Rovelli, Sam Rapira, Nathan Fien, Steve Price (capt), Ruben Wiki, Wairangi Koopu, Micheal Luck. Reserves: Logan Swann, Evarn Tuimavave, Epalahame Lauaki, Louis Anderson, George Gatis (one to be omitted).
Referee: Tony Archer