The Knights have received a huge boost with Dane Gagai set to return from a cheekbone injury, while there’s whispers Storm coach Craig Bellamy will make a late switch to his spine.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have lost Josh Addo-Carr ahead of their clash with the Tigers but two other key players are set to be cleared to play.
Read on for all the Early Mail for Round 11.
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Newcastle Knights vs Brisbane Broncos 7.50pm at McDonald Jones Stadium
Knights team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 20. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Dominic Young 6. Anthony Milford 7. Adam Clune 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Leo Thompson 17. Mathew Croker 19. Simi Sasagi 21. Jake Clifford
Players cut: 3. Enari Tuala 18. Tex Hoy 22. Sauaso Sue 23. Pasami Saulo 24. Brodie Jones
Late Mail: Dane Gagaiwill return from a cheekbone injury in the centres which pushes Enari Tuala out. Anthony Milford has been named at five-eighth for his NRL return against his former club the Broncos. It is a tough call on Tex Hoy, who impressed at five-eighth and could squeeze onto the bench at the expense of Phoenix Crossland. Jake Clifford has been named in the reserves and could be a late swap with Adam Clune at halfback. Tyson Frizell is a big in for the Knights with Mitch Barnett shifting to lock and Leo Thompson to the bench.
Broncos team: 1. Te Maire Martin 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Cory Paix 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Keenan Palasia 20. Rhys Kennedy 22. Jordan Pereira
Players cut: 18. Brenko Lee 19. TC Robati 21. Ezra Mam 23. Ryan James 24. David Mead
Late Mail: Broncos skipper Adam Reynolds is battling a groin injury that saw him on restricted duties at the captain’s run, according to The Coureir Mail. Kevin Walters is confident Reynolds will play, but there is a chance Kotoni Staggs will take over the kicking duties. Fullback Te Maire Martin is expected to overcome a hip flexor injury to take his place in the side. Payne Haas (shoulder) and Kurt Capewell (neck) are managing injuries, but with a long turnaround are expected to play.
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Wests Tigers vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 6pm at Leichhardt Oval
Tigers team: 1. Starford To’a 2. Junior Tupou 3. Asu Kepaoa 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Jock Madden 7. Jackson Hastings 8. James Tamou 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Kelma Tuilagi 15. Alex Twal 16. Fa’amanu Brown 17. Stefano Utoikamanu 18. Alex Seyfarth 19. Oliver Gildart 20. Thomas Mikaele 21. Brent Naden 22. Junior Pauga 23. Tukimihia Simpkins 24. Fonua Pole
Late Mail: Former Bulldogs player Brent Naden will complete a whirlwind mid-season move to the Tigers with a debut in the centres after being a shock name in the reserves. It will see Tyrone Peachey shift to the bench. Jock Madden comes in at five-eighth for the injured Luke Brooks. Asu Kepaoa returns from (COVID protocols) at centre with Luke Garner shifting to the forwards and Kelma Tuilagi to the bench. Jacob Liddle comes in at hooker for the injured Jake Simpkin (concussion). Fa’amanu Brown is set to make his club debut from the bench in his first NRL match since 2019 but Naden’s inclusion could see him drop out. Zane Musgrove has been named at prop despite a pec injury, while Oliver Gildart (calf) and Thomas Mikaele (head knock) are a chance to move into the 17.
Bulldogs team: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Jayden Okunbor 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Jake Averillo 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Luke Thompson 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Jackson Topine 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Josh Jackson 14. Bailey Biondi-Odo 15. Joe Stimson 16. Max King 17. Chris Patolo 19. Jacob Kiraz 20. Zach Dockar-Clay 21. Brandon Wakeham 22. Tuipulotu Katoa 23. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 24. Paul Alamoti 25. Ava Seumanufagai
Late Mail: The Bulldogs will be without Josh Addo-Carr after interim coach Mick Potter confirmed he is out with the flu. Matt Burton and Luke Thompson were also in doubt but trained on Thursday and at this stage will be fine to play. Young gun Jacob Kiraz is on the extended bench and could come into the team on the wing. Corey Waddell will miss the game due to concussion protocols with Jackson Topine coming in. Raymond Faitala-Mariner is again named in the reserves as he bids to return from a long-term foot injury.
Parramatta Eels vs Manly Sea Eagles 7.55pm at CommBank Stadium
Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Hayze Perham 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Tom Opacic 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Marata Niukore 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Nathan Brown 18. Wiremu Greig 19. Jakob Arthur 20. Mitch Rein 21. Bryce Cartwright 22. Sean Russell 23. Elie El Zakhem 24. Maika Sivo
Late Mail: Marata Niukore returns from injury with Bryce Cartwright shifting to the reserves. Ryan Matterson gets a start at lock with Nathan Brown shifting to the bench. Star winger Maika Sivo has been named in the reserves but will play in the NSW Cup clash to get his match fitness up.
Sea Eagles team: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Christian Tuipulotu 3. Morgan Harper 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Sean Keppie 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 15. Josh Schuster 16. Martin Taupau 17. Toafofoa Sipley 18. Ethan Bullemor 19. Kurt De Luis 20. Kaeo Weekes 21. Jamie Humphreys 22. Alec Tuitavake 23. Zac Fulton 24. Jacob Sykes
Late Mail: Star fullback Tom Trbojevic is expected to play despite concerns over his knee. Morgan Harper replaces the injured Ben Trbojevic (shoulder) in the centres. Josh Schuster returns from a calf injury on the bench. Andrew Davey starts with Ethan Bullemor named 18th man.
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St George Illawarra Dragons vs Warriors 3pm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Dragons team: 1. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 9. Moses Mbye 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Jack Bird 12. Jack Gosiewski 13. Jack de Belin 14. Jayden Sullivan 15. Tariq Sims 16. Aaron Woods 17. Michael Molo 18. Francis Molo 19. Tyrell Fuimaono 20. Tautau Moga 21. George Burgess 22. Tyrell Sloan 23. Josh Kerr 24. Jackson Ford 25. Jaiyden Hunt
Late Mail: Cody Ramsey gets a crack at the fullback jersey with Tyrell Sloan shifting to the reserves. Moses Mbye holds the hooker spot with Andrew McCullough still sidelined. Jack Gosiewski comes into the second row for Josh McGuire (groin). Michael Molo will make his debut off the bench with brother Francis Molo shifting to 18th man.
Warriors team:1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Viliami Vailea 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Jazz Tevaga 10. Matt Lodge 11. Euan Aitken 12. Tohu Harris 13. Jack Murchie 14. Aaron Pene 15. Ben Murdoch-Masila 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Freddy Lussick 18. Eliesa Katoa 20. Taniela Otukolo 21. Jesse Arthars 22. Pride Petterson-Robati 23. Junior Ratuva 24. Ronald Volkman 25. Chanel Harris-Tavita
Late Mail: Skipper Tohu Harris starts at lock after his successful return from injury via the bench against the Bunnies. Euan Aitken is back from concussion protocols with Aaron Pene moving to the bench. Centre Jesse Arthars (shoulder) and five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tavita (groin) are a chance to come into the 17 after being named in the reserves.
North Queensland Cowboys vs Melbourne Storm 5.30pm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium
Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Reuben Cotter 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 15. Heilum Luki 16. Coen Hess 17. Griffin Neame 18. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 19. Jake Granville 20. Connelly Lemuelu 21. Ben Condon 22. Jake Bourke 23. Ben Hampton 24. Brendan Elliot
Late Mail: Second-rower Tom Gilbert escaped suspension to take his place in the second row, but could start from the bench depending on Todd Payten’s tactics.
Storm team: 1. Tyran Wishart 2. Nick Meaney 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Brandon Smith 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Josh King 14. Alec MacDonald 15. Dean Ieremia 16. Trent Loiero 17. Tui Kamikamica 18. Chris Lewis 19. Cooper Johns 20. Tom Eisenhuth 21. Jordan Grant 22. Bronson Garlick 23. William Warbrick 24. Jayden Nikorima
Late Mail: Jahrome Hughes has been named to return from a calf injury, however News Corp’s Paul Kent isn’t convinced the star halfback will play. “We all got told he’d be out for four weeks minimum, but having said that we don’t know if he’s actually going to play because there’s always ducks and drakes being played with players being named and culled as the week goes on. But it is a bit of a surprise,” he told NRL 360. A big spine switch could be looming too with Phil Rothfield telling NRL 360 that Nick Meaney is a chance of moving to fullback. “Bellyache is particularly strong on keeping the opposition guessing until an hour before kick-off,” he said. “I’ve heard talk that Tyran Wishart, as much as he had a go last week, it was an unhappy night for him at fullback and I’ve heard Nick Meaney might be a chance of switching there and they bring another winger in.” Brandon Smith shifts to prop for the injured Nelson Asofa-Solomona (knee). Alec MacDonald and Dean Ieremia join the bench, but Chris Lewis in jersey 18 could be a late inclusion.
Sydney Roosters vs Penrith Panthers 7.35pm at Sydney Cricket Ground
Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Sam Walker 7. Luke Keary 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Connor Watson 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Nat Butcher 14. Drew Hutchison 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 17. Lindsay Collins 18. Lachlan Lam 19. Nat Butcher 20. Ben Marschke 21. Naufahu Whyte 22. Kevin Naiqama 23. Adam Keighran 24. Terrell May
Late Mail: Trent Robinson is tipped to hand Terrell May a debut off the bench. May, brother of Tyrone and Taylan, is expected to be rewarded for strong form in the lower grades. Lock Victor Radley (ankle) is replaced by Nat Butcher while Lindsay Collins returns from suspension on the bench. Hooker Connor Watson is likely to switch with utility Drew Hutchison before kick-off.
Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Jaeman Salmon 18. Robert Jennings 19. Chris Smith 20. J’maine Hopgood 21. Sean O’Sullivan 22. Matt Eisenhuth 23. Soni Luke 24. Charlie Staines
Late Mail: The only change for the Panthers will be coach Ivan Cleary returning from a knee injury.
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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canberra Raiders 2pm at Apex Oval, Dubbo
Rabbitohs team: 1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Jaxson Paulo 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Trent Peoples 13. Jai Arrow 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Davvy Moale 16. Siliva Havili 17. Liam Knight 18. Peter Mamouzelos 19. Isaiah Tass 20. Josh Mansour 21. Shaq Mitchell 22. Dean Hawkins 23. Richard Kennar 24. Hame Sele
Late Mail: Jacob Host is out with a dislocated shoudler with Trent Peoples coming in for his second game after impressing on debut. Hame Sele is a chance to return from a calf injury after being named in the reserves.
Raiders team: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Matt Frawley 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Corey Harawira-Naera 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Xavier Savage 17. Corey Horsburgh 18. Adam Elliott 19. Brad Schneider 20. Harry Rushton 21. Adrian Trevilyan 22. James Schiller 23. Emre Guler 24. Trey Mooney
Late Mail: Star five-eighth Jack Wighton returns from suspension with Matt Frawley shifting to halfback and Brad Schneider to the reserves. Zac Woolford gets another start at hooker with Adam Elliott bidding to return from illness from the reserves.
Gold Coast Titans vs Cronulla Sharks 4.05pm at Cbus Super Stadium
Titans team: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Corey Thompson 3. Phillip Sami 4. Esan Marsters 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. AJ Brimson 7. Toby Sexton 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Erin Clark 10. Jarrod Wallace 11. Isaac Liu 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Sam Lisone 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Sam McIntyre 18. Will Smith 19. Paul Turner 20. Jaimin Jolliffe 21. Brian Kelly 22. Greg Marzhew 23. Patrick Herbert 24. Aaron Booth
Late Mail: Forward Sam McIntyre escaped a ban and will line up on the bench. Outside backs Greg Marzhew, Brian Kelly and Patrick Herbert are among the reserves, but are unlikely to force their way into a winning side.
Sharks team: 1. Lachlan Miller 2. Sione Katoa 3. Connor Tracey 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Aiden Tolman 15. Braydon Trindall 16. Teig Wilton 17. Andrew Fifita 18. Kade Dykes 19. Thomas Hazelton 20. Luke Metcalf 21. Mawene Hiroti 22. Jayden Berrell 23. Jesse Colquhoun 24. Jonaiah Lualua
Late Mail: Nicho Hynes shifts from fullback to halfback with Lachlan Miller to debut in the No.1. Braydon trindall shifts from halfback to the bench. Skipper Dale Finucane is out with a knee injury with Royce Hunt coming in at prop and Cameron McInnes starting at lock. Wade Graham starts in the second row with Andrew Fifita joining the bench.