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Robbo’s Roosters swing the axe; NSW’s big selection boost amid Tigers crisis: NRL Round 15 Teams

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With the Tigers facing a injury crisis in the halves, skipper Api Koroisau has been shifted to halfback to partner Aidan Sezer.

The Roosters have made the tough decision to drop Brandon Smith after he received a breach notice for failing to attend a review session.

Meanwhile, a host of Origin stars have been named despite injury clouds lingering over them, with a key Blues spine member returning to the field.

Read below for the full Round 15 Team Lists!

THURSDAY

Cronulla Sharks vs Dolphins, 7.50pm AEST at PointsBet Stadium

Sharks team: 1. William Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Kayal Iro 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Braydon Trindall 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Oregon Kaufusi 11. Briton Nikora 12. Siosifa Talakai 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Jack Williams 15. Thomas Hazelton 16. Braden Hamlin-Uele 17. Royce Hunt 18. Daniel Atkinson 19. Tuku Hau Tapuha 20. Mawene Hiroti 21. Jayden Berrell 22. Samuel Stonestreet

Analysis: Nicho Hynes returns after being rested last week in what will be his final audition before teams are selected for Origin II. Braydon Trindall will partner him with the pair linking back up for the first time since Round 7. Back-up playmaker, Daniel Atkinson, who had stepped in for Trindall and Hynes at different times has dropped to the reserves. Meanwhile, Braden Hamlin-Uele returns to the line-up with Tuku Hau Tapuha dropping to the reserves.

Dolphins team: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. Jake Averillo 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Jack Bostock 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Isaiya Katoa 8. Kenny Bromwich 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Felise Kaufusi 11. Connelly Lemuelu 12. Euan Aitken 13. Max Plath 14. Josh Kerr 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Ray Stone 17. Kurt Donoghoe 18. Oryn Keeley 19. Sean O’Sullivan 20. Jarrod Wallace 21. Tesi Niu 22. Trai Fuller

Analysis: Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow returns from Origin duties, which forces Trai Fuller to the reserves. Kodi Nikorima (calf) is also back on deck and replaces Anthony Milford at five-eighth. Jesse Bromwich is nursing a rib injury, so his brother Kenny replaces him at prop, while Felise Kaufusi will also start up front after being rested last week post-Origin. Mark Nicholls reverts to the bench.

FRIDAY

Canberra Raiders vs North Queensland Cowboys, 6pm AEST at GIO Stadium

Raiders team: 1. Jordan Rapana 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Xavier Savage 6. Ethan Strange 7. Kaeo Weekes 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Danny Levi 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Morgan Smithies 14. Tom Starling 15. Ata Mariota 16. Trey Mooney 17. Emre Guler 18. Albert Hopoate 19. Zac Woolford 20. Peter Hola 21. Simi Sasagi 22. Hohepa Puru

Analysis: Fresh off the bye, coach Ricky Stuart has only made two changes to the team that defeated the Dolphins in Round 13. Hudson Young returns from Origin duties, which pushes Ata Mariota back to the bench. Josh Papali’i has been named to start but could be switched to the bench for Emre Guler before kick-off like he was against the Dolphins.

Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Viliami Vailea 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Reuben Cotter 11. Heilum Luki 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Sam McIntyre 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki 17. Griffin Neame 18. Braidon Burns 19. Harrison Edwards 20. Tomas Chester 21. Jaxon Purdue 22. Jamal Shibasaki

Analysis: Reece Robson and Murray Taulagi return after sitting out of last week’s game due to respective neck and shoulder niggles picked up in Origin I. Their addition see Harrison Edwards and Braidon Burns drop to the reserves. Jordan McLean is a handy return up front after overcoming calf tightness, which pushes Griffin Neame back to the bench. Jeremiah Nanai is back from Origin duties, while Jason Taumalolo has been named to start at lock after coming off the bench in his last seven games.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Brisbane Broncos, 8pm AEST at Accor Stadium

Rabbitohs team: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Taane Milne 4. Richard Kennar 5. Jacob Gagai 6. Jack Wighton 7. Cody Walker 8. Davvy Moale 9. Damien Cook 10. Sean Keppie 11. Michael Chee Kam 12. Jai Arrow 13. Keaon Koloamatangi 14. Peter Mamouzelos 15. Tallis Duncan 16. Cameron Murray 17. Thomas Burgess 18. Dion Teaupa 19. Liam Le Blanc 20. Adam Christensen 21. Chase Chapman 22. Bayleigh Bentley-Hape

Analysis: Only one change to the team that produced a big win over the Titans last week and that is the return of captain Cameron Murray (hip) on the bench. He’s a straight swap for Siliva Havili, who picked up a calf injury over the weekend.

Broncos team: 1. Tristan Sailor 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Selwyn Cobbo 5. Deine Mariner 6. Ezra Mam 7. Jock Madden 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Brendan Piakura 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Tyson Smoothy 15. Xavier Willison 16. Kobe Hetherington 17. Jack Gosiewski 18. Josiah Karapani 19. Fletcher Baker 20. Israel Leota 21. Martin Taupau 22. Blake Mozer

Analysis: Tristan Sailor retains his spot at fullback with Reece Walsh forced to miss another game under the 11-day concussion stand down policy following his head knock in Origin I. Veteran winger Corey Oates has been named despite picking up a minor knee injury at training, while Xavier Willison returns via the bench after missing last week due to the birth of his child. Fletcher Baker is the man to make way for Willison.

SATURDAY

Wests Tigers vs Gold Coast Titans, 3pm AEST at Leichhardt Oval

Tigers team: 1. Jahream Bula 2. Alexander Lobb 3. Brent Naden 4. Justin Olam 5. Charlie Staines 6. Aidan Sezer 7. Apisai Koroisau 8. Stefano Utoikamanu 9. Tallyn Da Silva 10. Alex Twal 11. Fonua Pole 12. Samuela Fainu 13. Justin Matamua 14. Alex Seyfarth 15. Sione Fainu 16. Reuben Porter 17. Solomona Faataape 18. Kit Laulilii 19. Luke Laulilii 20. Heath Mason 21. Jahream Bula 22. Jordan Miller 23. Adam Doueihi

Analysis: Adam Doueihi has been listed among the reserves as he eyes a return from a knee reconstruction. He could be a late inclusion to the side, but may also be given time in NSW Cup. Meanwhile, the club have a halves crisis on their hands and have turned to their skipper Api Koroisau to wear the No.7 alongside Aidan Sezer who returns from suspension. Both Lachie Galvin and Jayden Sullivan are sidelined due to hand and finger fractures. Charlie Staines also shifts to the wing in place of Solomon Alaimalo who has been sidelined due to a head knock, while Brent Naden joins the centres.

Titans team: 1. Keano Kini 2. Alofiana Khan-Pereira 3. Brian Kelly 4. Phillip Sami 5. Jojo Fifita 6. Jayden Campbell 7. Kieran Foran 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Chris Randall 10. Josiah Pahulu 11. David Fifita 12. Beau Fermor 13. Klese Haas 14. Sam Verrills 15. Isaac Liu 16. Keenan Palasia 17. Erin Clark 18. Joe Stimson 19. Tanah Boyd 20. Jacob Alick-Wiencke 21. Iszac Fa’asumaleaui 22. Jaylan De Groot

Analysis: Phillip Sami returns from a hamstring injury. Beau Fermor then shifts back to the edge, with Keenan Palasia moving back to the bench and Klese Haas at lock. Jacob Alick makes way from the 17.

New Zealand Warriors vs Melbourne Storm, 5:30pm AEST at Go Media Stadium

Warriors team: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Rocco Berry 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Te Maire Martin 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Jackson Ford 11. Marata Niukore 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Tohu Harris 14. Chanel Harris-Tavita 15. Dylan Walker 16. Jazz Tevaga 17. Kurt Capewell 18. Tom Ale 20. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 21. Taine Tuaupiki 22. Freddy Lussick 23. Jacob Laban

Analysis: A huge addition with Shaun Johnson returning in the halves, partnering Te Maire Martin. It’s his first appearance since Round 10. Chanel Harris-Tavita shifts to the bench, with Freddy Lussick dropping off the pine. Meanwhile, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has also been named in the extended reserves but likely won’t feature in Round 15.

Storm team: 1. Sualauvi Faalogo 2. Grant Anderson 3. Dean Ieremia 4. Nick Meaney 5. Xavier Coates 6. Tyran Wishart 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Tui Kamikamica 9. Harry Grant 10. Josh King 11. Shawn Blore 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Trent Loiero 14. Bronson Garlick 15. Christian Welch 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Joe Chan 18. Young Tonumaipea 19. Jack Howarth 20. Lazarus Vaalepu 21. Chris Lewis 22. Kane Bradley

Analysis: Reimis Smith has been sidelined after a head knock, being replacing by Dean Ieremia who has been performing strongly for the Bears in NSW Cup, making his first NRL appearance for the season. Elsewhere, there’s no other changes for the Storm.

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Parramatta Eels vs Sydney Roosters, 7:35pm AEST at CommBank Stadium

Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Sean Russell 5. Blaize Talagi 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Brendan Hands 10. Junior Paulo 11. Kelma Tuilagi 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. J’maine Hopgood 14. Daejarn Asi 15. Shaun Lane 16. Joe Ofahengaue 17. Makahesi Makatoa 18. Wiremu Greig 19. Morgan Harper 20. Joey Lussick 21. Ryan Matterson 22. Luca Moretti

Analysis: J’maine Hopgood has been named at lock but he has to be in some doubt considering he didn’t get through Monday’s loss to the Bulldogs because of a nerve problem in his back he suffered in the Origin opener. Eels coach Trent Barrett said he probably shouldn’t have backed Hopgood up against the Bulldogs. Maika Sivo is set to return after he was a late scratching from the Bulldogs clash with a hamstring issue. Wiremu Greig has been dropped while utility Daejarn Asi has been named on the bench after starting in the centres on Monday.

Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Fetalaiga Pauga 4. Joseph Manu 5. Dominic Young 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Connor Watson 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Angus Crichton 12. Victor Radley 13. Naufahu Whyte 14. Sandon Smith 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Nat Butcher 17. Terrell May 18. Michael Jennings 19. Sitili Tupouniua 20. Zach Dockar-Clay 21. Ethan King 22. Siua Wong

Analysis: Connor Watson returns to the lineup after missing a few weeks with a throat injury. He’ll start at hooker with Brandon Smith dropped after being issued with a breach notice from the Roosters over the weekend for missing a team meeting. The Roosters’ Origin stars (Angus Crichton, James Tedesco, Lindsay Collins, Spencer Leniu) return after missing their Round 13 clash against the Cowboys. Blake Steep, Siua Wong and Sitili Tupouniua drop out of the 17, as does Michael Jennings who is 18th man.

SUNDAY

Manly Sea Eagles vs St George Illawarra Dragons, 2pm AEST at 4 Pines Park

Sea Eagles team: 1. Lehi Hopoate 2. Jason Saab 3. Tolutau Koula 4. Reuben Garrick 5. Tommy Talau 6. Luke Brooks 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Karl Lawton 10. Nathan Brown 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Ben Trbojevic 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Gordon Chan Kum Tong 15. Corey Waddell 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Toafofoa Sipley 18. Raymond Tuiamalo Vaega 19. Jaxson Paulo 20. Jake Simpkin 21. Aitasi James 22. Aaron Schoupp

Analysis: Despite only playing 24 minutes against Penrith on Sunday because of a calf issue, Haumole Olakau’atu has been named to start. Prop Josh Aloiai will miss a couple of weeks (suspension) with Nathan Brown to start in his place. Ethan Bullemor joins the 17 and will come off the pine..

Dragons team: 1. Tyrell Sloan 2. Zac Lomax 3. Moses Suli 4. Max Feagai 5. Mathew Feagai 6. Kyle Flanagan 7. Ben Hunt 8. Francis Molo 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Jack de Belin 11. Luciano Leilua 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Tom Eisenhuth 14. Blake Lawrie 15. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 16. Ben Murdoch-Masila 17. Toby Couchman 18. Fa’amanu Brown 19. Michael Molo 20. Christian Tuipulotu 21. Ryan Couchman 22. Sione Finau

Analysis: Unsurprisingly, there are no changes to the team that thrashed Wests 56-14 last Friday night. Jaydn Su’A didn’t play many minutes against the Tigers after backing up from Origin but will enjoy an increased role on Sunday.

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Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers, 4:05pm AEST at McDonald Jones Stadium

Knights team: 1. Fletcher Sharpe 2. Enari Tuala 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Greg Marzhew 6. Jack Cogger 7. Jackson Hastings 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Leo Thompson 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Kai Pearce-Paul 13. Adam Elliott 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Daniel Saifiti 16. Dylan Lucas 17. Brodie Jones 18. Jack Hetherington 19. Mathew Croker 20. Will Pryce 21. Krystian Mapapalangi 22. David Armstrong

Analysis: Star centre Bradman Best is back in the lineup after recovering from a hamstring injury. He gets a chance to push for an Origin recall. Interestingly, Fletcher Sharpe will hold onto the No. 1 jersey for now after a strong debut against Melbourne. David Armstrong has been named in the reserves after missing a week with a quad injury. He’s an outside chance of coming into the side on the wing. Daniel Saifiti has been named on the bench after missing the Storm clash with a knee injury.

Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Sunia Turuva 3. Izack Tago 4. Paul Alamoti 5. Brian To’o 6. Jack Cole 7. Jarome Luai 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Scott Sorensen 12. Luke Garner 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Daine Laurie 15. Lindsay Smith 16. Liam Henry 17. Matt Eisenhuth 18. Luke Sommerton 19. Mavrik Geyer 20. Liam Martin 21. Brad Schneider 22. Jesse McLean

Analysis: Huge news for Penrith and the Blues with Dylan Edwards set to return at fullback. News Corp reports that Edwards will likely be picked as the NSW fullback for Game II granted he gets through Sunday’s game against the Knights a-ok. Liam Martin has been named in the reserves but will have the week to try and prove his fitness after missing Penrith’s Round 14 win over Manly with an ankle injury he picked up in the Origin opener.

Bye: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

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