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Ponga, Pearce return for Knights, Manly drop Suli again, Brisbane Broncos

NRL Round 15 teams are in as the Newcastle Knights get set to welcome back star duo Mitchell Pearce and Kalyn Ponga, who had both been out due to injuries.

Pearce has been named to start at halfback after missing the past two months with a pectoral injury, while Ponga makes his way back into the team following a battle with a groin complaint.

In other team news, the Broncos will welcome back Tesi Niu to the side, who has been named to start at fullback with Herbie Farnworth moving to the centres.

While the Manly Sea Eagles welcome back star fullback Tom Trbojevic from Origin duties. Trbojevic’s inclusion will see Reuben Garrick move back to the wing and Brad Parker shift over to the centres, with Moses Suli dropping out of the team once again this season.

NRL TEAMS

Thursday

Brisbane Broncos vs South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm

Broncos: 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 13. Thomas Flegler 14. Kobe Hetherington 15. John Asiata 16. Keenan Palasia 17. TC Robati 18. Cory Paix 19. Jordan Riki 20. Rhys Kennedy 21. Dale Copley

Analysis: Young gun winger Xavier Coates returns and is named on the wing as Tesi Niu comes into the side at fullback. Dale Copley comes out of the backline as a result, while Keenan Palasia replaces Corey Paix on the interchange.

Souths: 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 14. Braidon Burns 15. Hame Sele 16. Thomas Burgess 17. Jacob Host 18. Blake Taaffe 19. Liam Knight 20. Josh Mansour 21. Jaydn Su’A

Analysis: Damien Cook, Cameron Murray, Dane Gagai and Jai Arrow all make their returns from Origin duties, with Jacob Host, Hame Sele and Braidon Burns shifting to the interchange. Veteran playmaker Benji Marshall has been left out of the side, along with Peter Mamouzelos.

Friday

North Queensland vs Cronulla Sharks at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 6.00pm

Cowboys: 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 18. Peter Hola 19. Daejarn Asi 20. Kane Bradley 21. Corey Jensen

Analysis: Winger Kyle Feldt returns from Origin duties, which pushes Justin O’Neill out of the side. Coen Hess will shift to the front row with back-rower Mitch Dunn returning from a suspension. Tom Gilbert shifts to the interchange, while Peter Hola is named in the reserves.

Sharks: 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 17. Andrew Fifita 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Chad Townsend 20. Braden Hamlin-Uele 21. Sione Katoa

Analysis: Wade Graham (head knock) is replaced in the side by Siosifa Talakai. Teig Wilton comes in and is named on the bench.

Penrith Panthers vs Sydney Roosters at BlueBet Stadium, 7.55pm

Panthers: 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 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Izack Tago 18. Spencer Leniu 19. J’maine Hopgood 20. Tyrone May 21. Brent Naden

Analysis: Nathan Cleary, Brian To’o, Isaah Yeo, Jarome Luai and Kurt Capewell return from Origin duties. Paul Momirovski, Robert Jennings, Tyrome May, J’maine Hopgood and Viliame Kikau (ankle) all come out of the top 17.

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Lachlan Lam 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Adam Keighran 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu 14. Sam Verrills 15. Egan Butcher 16. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 17. Fletcher Baker 18. Tukupa Hau Tapuha 19. Ben Thomas 20. Billy Smith 21. Joseph Suaalii

Analysis: Hooker Sam Verrills makes his return and replaces Ben Marschke, who is out due to suspension. James Tedesco and Siosiua Taukeiaho also come back into the team, with Joseph Suaalii moving back to the reserves.

Saturday

Newcastle Knights vs New Zealand Warriors at McDonald Jones Stadium, 3.00pm

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Dominic Young 3. Kurt Mann 4. Enari Tuala 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Jake Clifford 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Brodie Jones 13. Mitchell Barnett 14. Connor Watson 15. David Klemmer 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Jack Johns 18. Josh King 19. Mathew Croker 20. Brayden Musgrove 21. Tex Hoy

Analysis: Mitchell Pearce, Kalyn Ponga, Hymel Hunt and veteran prop David Klemmer have all been named this week. Tex Hoy and Bradman Best (ankle) come out.

Warriors: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Marcelo Montoya 3. Rocco Berry 4. Euan Aitken 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 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Kane Evans 18. Edward Kosi 20. Jack Murchie 21. Adam Pompey 22. Taniela Otukolo

Analysis: Reece Walsh, Rocco Berry, Sean O’Sullivan and Jazz and Tevaga come into the starting side. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will again shift to the wing to make room for Walsh, who returns from a suspension and is named at fullback. Eliesa Katoa also returns and is named on the bench. Jack Murchie, Wayde Egan, Chanel Harris-Tavita are out. Ken Maumalo, who played on the wing last weekend, is also out after joining the Wests Tigers.

St George Illawarra vs Canberra Raiders at WIN Stadium, 5.30pm

Dragons: 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 11. Tariq Sims 12. Jack Bird 13. Jackson Ford 14. Talatau Amone 15. Josh Kerr 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Jack de Belin 18. Adam Clune 19. Poasa Faamausili 20. Tyrell Sloan 21. Zac Lomax

Analysis: The Dragons’ 1-17 remains unchanged from last round.

Raiders: 1. Bailey Simonsson 2. Semi Valemei 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papali’i 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 18. Xavier Savage 19. Hudson Young 20. Matt Frawley 21. Ryan James

Analysis: The only change to Canberra’s 1-17 is Iosia Soliola shifting to the interchange as Ryan Sutton goes into the starting side.

Melbourne Storm vs Wests Tigers at Sunshine Coast Stadium, 7.35pm

Storm: 1. Nicholas 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 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Tom Eisenhuth 13. Dale Finucane 14. Harry Grant 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Chris Lewis 17. Aaron Pene 18. Jordan Grant 19. Cooper Johns 20. Trent Loiero 21. Dean Ieremia

Analysis: Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Christian Welch and George Jennings all return. Trent Loiero and Jesse Bromwich (elbow) are out of the top 17.

Tigers: 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 18. Michael Chee-Kam 19. Kelma Tuilagi 20. Fetalaiga Pauga 21. Jake Simpkin

Analysis: Ken Maumalo has been named on the wing in his debut game for the Tigers. James Roberts shifts to centre as a result, with Adam Doueihi coming out due to a head knock. Moses Mbye also returns at five-eighth and replaces Billy Walters.

Parramatta Eels vs Caterburry Bulldogs at Bankwest Stadium, 2.00pm

Eels: 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 18. Oregon Kaufusi 19. Blake Ferguson 20. Bryce Cartwright 21. Jakob Arthur

Analysis: Maika Sivo who is out due to suspension, is replaced by debutant Sean Russell. Bryce Cartwright is replaced on the interchange by Keegan Hipgrave.

Bulldogs: 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 19. Kyle Flanagan 20. Joe Stimson 21. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 22. Jackson Topine

Analysis: Cantberburry’s 1-17 remains unchanged from last round.

Gold Coast Titans vs Manly Sea Eagles at Bankwest Stadium, 4.05pm

Titans: 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 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Sam Stone 12. David Fifita 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 16. Sam McIntyre 17. Jai Whitbread 18. Mitch Rein 19. Joseph Vuna 20. Anthony Don 21. Alexander Brimson

Analysis: Moeaki Fotuaika returns from suspension. Kevin Proctor (suspension) is out, while David Fifita and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui are back in the starting side after coming off the interchange last week.

Manly: 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 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 15. Ben Trbojevic 16. Sean Keppie 17. Toafofoa Sipley 18. Moses Suli 19. Tevita Funa 20. Christian Tuipulotu 21. Kurt De Luis

Analysis: Tom Trbojevic returns from Origin duties and is named at fullback. Trbojevic’s inclusion will see Reuben Garrick move back to the wing and Brad Parker shift over to the centres, with Moses Suli dropping out of the team once again this season.

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