A suspension is set to earn axed Parramatta winger Blake Ferguson a recall as he fights for a new NRL contract.
The Broncos could be set to name their eighth different halves pairing for the season, while Gold Coast won’t be making a bizarre bench error again.
Here’s the latest news and team tips ahead of Round 15.
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Brisbane Broncos v South Sydney Rabbitohs, 7.50pm, Suncorp Stadium
Last week’s Broncos team:1. Herbie Farnworth 18. Tesi Niu 3. Dale Copley 4. Jesse Arthars 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Karmichael Hunt 22. Tyson Gamble 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 15. John Asiata 13. Thomas Flegler 14. Kobe Hetherington 17. TC Robati 19. Cory Paix
Team tips:Xavier Coates was ruled out in the warm-up on Saturday with a hamstring injury. While Herbie Farnworth was named at fullback, he actually played on the left wing and Tesi Niu started the game at fullback. Niu was one of their best players and likely to get another go at the position, while Coates should return to the team and play before re-entering Origin camp next week. Rhys Kennedy is in line to return from an infection. Karmichael Hunt looked rusty in his first NRL game since 2009, and the Broncos will be hoping Albert Kelly can recover from the injury he picked up at training last week. If Kelly is fit it will be interesting to see whether Hunt gets another crack in the halves, which would make it eight different halves pairings for the team this year.
Last week’s Rabbitohs team:1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Braidon Burns 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Mark Nicholls 14. Benji Marshall 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jacob Host 16. Hame Sele 15. Jaydn Su’A 17. Thomas Burgess 18. Liam Knight 23. Peter Mamouzelos
Team tips: Queensland players Dane Gagai and Jai Arrow are set to return after being rested in Round 14. Young winger Jaxson Paulo is also nearing a return from a wrist injury and would push Taane Milne out of the side.
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North Queensland Cowboys v Cronulla Sharks, 6pm, QCB Stadium
Last week’s Cowboys team: 1. Valentine Holmes 18. Justin O’Neill 3. Javid Bowen 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Tom Dearden 8. Tom Gilbert 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Peter Hola 16. Lachlan Burr 17. Francis Molo
Team tips:Mitchell Dunn returns from suspension to shore up the forward pack. Origin winger Kyle Feldt should play this week after missing Round 14.
Last week’s 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. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Braydon Trindall 15. Siosifa Talakai 16. Jack Williams 17. Andrew Fifita
Team tips:Wade Graham will be out for a number of weeks as he deals with repeated head knocks. It’s unsure exactly when he will be back in the team. Jackson Ferris (foot) and Braden Hamlin-Uele (ankle) are hopeful of returning this week.
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Penrith Panthers v Sydney Roosters, 7.55pm, Panthers Stadium
Last week’s Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Paul Momirovski 5. Robert Jennings 6. Matt Burton 7. Tyrone May 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Scott Sorensen 15. J’maine Hopgood 13. Matthew Eisenhuth 14. Mitch Kenny 17. Izack Tago 20. Liam Martin
Team tips: The Panthers were missing all of Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai, Isaah Yeo, Brian To’o, and Kurt Capewell following their Origin exploits last week. Cleary suffered a large laceration on his face during Origin, and it’s unclear whether he will return for the Panthers this week or sit out and head straight back into Blues camp. The others should all be available for Penrith, and are likely to be called on following a second straight loss.
Last week’s Roosters team: 4. Joseph Manu 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 21. Joseph Suaalii 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Lachlan Lam 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Ben Marschke 17. Fletcher Baker 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu 14. Adam Keighran 15. Egan Butcher 16. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 18. Tukupa Hau Tapuha
Team tips:Ben Marschke faces a 2-3 week suspension for his high shot on Jamal Fogarty. The Roosters are desperate to get Sam Verrills back from an eye injury this week to jump straight in at hooker. The Chooks should, though, welcome back captain James Tedesco after the star fullback sat out Round 14. He will push Joey Manu back to the centres and Joseph Suaalii out of the starting line-up. The Roosters are also monitoring young gun halfback Sam Walker, who injured his shoulder on Saturday before kicking the winning field goal against Gold Coast. Adam Keighran looms as the man to jump into the halves if Walker is ruled out.
Newcastle Knights v Warriors, 3pm, McDonald Jones Stadium
Last week’s Knights team:1. Tex Hoy 2. Enari Tuala 3. Kurt Mann 4. Bradman Best 21. Dominic Young 14. Connor Watson 6. Jake Clifford 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Brodie Jones 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 15. Sauaso Sue 13. Mitchell Barnett 16. Josh King 17. Jack Johns 20. Mathew Croker.
Team tips: The Knights desperately need the cavalry to arrive after losing young gun centre Bradman Best to an ankle injury on Saturday, adding to a stacked casualty ward. Coach Adam O’Brien is hopeful halfback Mitchell Pearce (pectoral), centre-winger Hymel Hunt (hamstring), and fullback Kalyn Ponga (groin) will all return, while David Klemmer is back from suspension to line up at prop.
Last week’s Warriors team: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 21. Ken Maumalo 2. Marcelo Montoya 3. Euan Aitken 5. Edward Kosi 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita 17. Ben Murdoch-Masila 9. Wayde Egan 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Bayley Sironen 12. Tohu Harris 13. Josh Curran 14. Jack Murchie 15. Kane Evans 16. Bunty Afoa 23. Addin Fonua-Blake
Team tips:Chanel Harris-Tavita is out with a torn pectoral and coach Nathan Brown has already picked Sean O’Sullivan as the replacement in the halves. The Warriors also lose hooker Wayde Egan to concussion. They get a spine boost with young gun Reece Walsh returning from suspension and expected to line up at fullback, pushing Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to the wing again. Adam Pompey also returns from suspension, while star winger Ken Maumalo is leaving the club to join Wests Tigers mid-season.
St George Illawarra Dragons v Canberra Raiders, 5.30pm, WIN Stadium
Last week’s Dragons team: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Brayden Wiliame 4. Gerard Beale 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 20. Tariq Sims 12. Jack Bird 13. Jackson Ford 11. Josh Kerr 14. Talatau Amone 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Jack de Belin 15. Poasa Faamausili
Team tips: To come
Last week’s 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 16. Iosia Soliola 14. Tom Starling 15. Emre Guler 17. Joseph Tapine 13. Ryan Sutton
Team tips:Bailey Simonsson had a successful switch to fullback and is expected to keep the No.1 jersey for the time being. Ryan James returns from suspension but he may not make it back into the side after the Raiders broke a string of losses in Round 14.
Melbourne Storm v Wests Tigers, 7.35pm, Sunshine Coast Stadium
Last week’s Storm team:1. Nicholas Hynes 18. Dean Ieremia 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 19. Tom Eisenhuth 12. Felise Kaufusi 13. Dale Finucane 14. Harry Grant 17. Aaron Pene 21. Chris Lewis 22. Trent Loiero
Team tips: Gun fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen is not close to returning and remains a few weeks away from playing again after his Round 10 concussion. Cameron Munster escaped a suspension for another kicking incident and he will line up against this week. Christian Welch (concussion) is hoping to return for his first game since Origin I, while Kenny Bromwich (ribs), Ryley Jacks (concussion), Brenko Lee (calf), and Darryn Schonig (knee) are all slated to return this week. Man mountain Nelson Asofa-Solomona is also back from suspension.
Last week’s Tigers team:1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Adam Doueihi 4. Tommy Talau 5. James Roberts 19. Billy Walters 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:Moses Mbye is due to return from a knee injury and line up in the halves, pushing Billy Walters out of the side. Thomas Mikaele (knee) and Jake Simpkin (calf) are also due back from injury.
Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs, 2pm, Bankwest Stadium
Last week’s Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 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. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Bryce Cartwright
Team tips: Winger Maika Sivo is facing a 1-2 week suspension for high contact. It means axed flanker Blake Ferguson will almost certainly be recalled to the side, most likely lining up on his right wing and pushing Haze Dunster to the left. Hooker Reed Mahoney remains about a month out with a shoulder injury.
Last week’s Bulldogs team: 5. Nick Meaney 2. Nick Cotric 3. Will Hopoate 4. Aaron Schoupp 21. 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 20. Corey Waddell 19. Kyle Flanagan
Team tips: To come
Gold Coast Titans v Manly Sea Eagles, 4.05pm, Cbus Super Stadium
Last week’s Titans team: 21. 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 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 11. Kevin Proctor 18. Sam Stone 16. Sam McIntyre 12. David Fifita 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Tyrone Peachey 19. Joseph Vuna
Team tips: Titans captain Kevin Proctor faces 1-2 weeks on the sideline for a high tackle in Round 14. Gold Coast coach Justin Holbrook copped criticism from Fox League experts for his decision to start Origin backrower David Fifita on the bench last week, and that is likely to change in Round 15 after the Titans were belted by the Roosters in the first half on Saturday. Wrecking ball prop Mo Fotuaika returns from suspension, while veteran winger Corey Thompson is hoping to return from an ankle injury. AJ Brimson is expected to line up at fullback and be fit before going back into Origin camp next week. Sam Lisone (pectoral) and Jonus Pearson (knee) are also racing the clock to return.
Last week’s Sea Eagles team: 5. Reuben Garrick 2. Jason Saab 4. Morgan Harper 15. Moses Suli 3. Brad Parker 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Karl Lawton 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 16. Ben Trbojevic 17. Toafofoa Sipley 18. Kurt De Luis
Team tips:Sean Keppie and Tevita Funa both return from suspension. Josh Schuster (calf) and Curtis Sironen (knee) are expected to miss at least one more week. Gun fullback Tom Trbojevic will return after being rested following his Origin I heroics. That will push Reuben Garrick back to the wing, Moses Suli out of the side, and Brad Parker back to centre. Dylan Walker will remain on the bench unless coach Des Hasler decides to throw him in at centre, where he used to play.