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Late Mail: Cowboys lose star forward as dumped Bronco gets lifeline

The Cowboys have received a massive blow ahead of their clash with the Eels as star forward Jordan McLean was ruled out with a calf injury.
The Cowboys have received a massive blow ahead of their clash with the Eels as star forward Jordan McLean was ruled out with a calf injury.

Meanwhile Bulldogs coach Dean Pay has named English recruit Luke Thompson in the 21 with the Sydney Morning Herald reporting Pay is leaving the decision up to the impressive forward on whether he’s ready to play.

“If he feels like he’s ready to play, he’ll play,’’ Pay told the Herald.

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Round 8

Elsewhere, Anthony Seibold has ruled Matt Lodge out after he went down with a knee injury against the Titans.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Warriors interim coach Todd Payten has reshuffled his back line after captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck copped a one-match suspension for a shoulder charge.

Here’s the late mail for Round 8.

RTS to challenge ban

RTS to challenge ban

0:31

FRIDAY

Canberra Raiders v St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium (6pm)

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Michael Oldfield 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii’i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Iosia Soliola 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Curtis Scott 15. Emre Guler 16. Ryan Sutton 17. Siliva Havili 18. Tom Starling 20. Matt Frawley

Players cut: 19. Dunamis Lui 21. Kai O’Donnell

Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jason Saab 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tyrell Fuimaono 13. Trent Merrin 14. Ben Hunt 15. Josh Kerr 16. Korbin Sims 17. Jackson Ford 18. Eddie Blacker 19. Tristan Sailor

Players cut: 20. Billy Brittain 21. Tim Lafai

Late mail: For the Raiders Joseph Tapine is expected to overcome a knee injury suffered in last week’s captain’s run after standby Dunamis Lui was cut 24 hours before kick-off. George Williams will play despite suffering a broken nose against Parramatta. Josh Papalii is expected to overcome concussion issues.

Ricky sprays Bateman exit

Ricky sprays Bateman exit

1:28

Parramatta Eels v North Queensland Cowboys at Bankwest Stadium (7.55pm)

Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Jai Field 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Marata Niukore 14. Ray Stone 15. David Gower 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Brad Takairangi 19. Daniel Alvaro 20. George Jennings

Players cut: 18. Stefano Utoikamanu, 21. Will Smith

Cowboys: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Tom Opacic 4. Esan Marsters 5. Justin O’Neill 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Jake Clifford 8. Josh Mcguire 9. Reece Robson 17. Francis Molo 11. Shane Wright 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Ben Hampton 15. Gavin Cooper 16. Peter Hola 18. Reuben Cotter 19. Valentine Holmes 20. Corey Jensen

Players cut: 10. Jordan McLean, 21. Jake Granville

Late mail: Jordan McLean is a big out for the away side, sidelined with a calf injury. Cowboys coach Paul Green is giving Valentine Holmes every chance to return on Friday night. “We’ll see how he goes on Thursday then we’ll make a decision,” he said.

How the Eels will adjust

How the Eels will adjust

1:55

SATURDAY

Gold Coast Titans v Cronulla Sharks at Cbus Super Stadium (3pm)

Titans: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Anthony Don 3. Brian Kelly 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Phillip Sami 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Mitch Rein 10. Jaimin Jolliffe 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Keegan Hipgrave 13. Jai Arrow 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Sam Lisone 16. Bryce Cartwright 17. Jarrod Wallace 18. Erin Clark 19. Beau Fermor 20. Jai Whitbread 21. Tyrone Roberts

Players cut:

Sharks: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Jack Williams 14. Toby Rudolf 15. Braden Hamlin-Uele 16. Siosifa Talakai 17. Royce Hunt 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Connor Tracey 20. Will Kennedy 21. Nene Macdonald

Players cut:

Late mail: For the Titans Tyrone Roberts is back to full fitness and may be a late inclusion. For the Sharks Josh Dugan is expected to overcome calf soreness and Braden Hamlin-Uele is again expected to start with Andrew Fifita dropping back to the bench.

Warriors v Brisbane Broncos at Central Coast Stadium (5.30pm)

Warriors: 3. Peta Hiku 2. David Fusitu’a 22. Gerard Beale 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Agnatius Paasi 11. Jack Murchie 12. Tohu Harris 13. Adam Blair 14. Chanel Harris-Tavita 15. Jack Hetherington 16. Karl Lawton 17. Josh Curran 18. King Vuniyayawa 20. Isaiah Papali’i 21. Adam Pompey

Players cut: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Players cut:

Broncos: 1. Tesi Niu 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Darius Boyd 5. Xavier Coates 6. Anthony Milford 7. Brodie Croft 15. Thomas Flegler 9. Issac Luke 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Tom Dearden 16. Rhys Kennedy 17. Ben Te’o 18. Corey Oates 19. Cory Paix 20. Richard Kennar 21. Jamil Hopoate

Players cut: 8. Matthew Lodge

Late mail: Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been ruled out after failing to beat a one-game ban at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night. Peta Hiku will shift to fullback and veteran outside back Gerard Beale comes into the centres.

“The plan at the moment is for Pat to go to fullback and Gerard Beale to come into the centres. Pat’s very capable, he’s spent a lot of time there at fullback in the past at Manly. We trained that way (on Tuesday) in preparation,” interim coach Todd Payten said on Wednesday. David Fusitu’a and Karl Lawton are also both on track to play after suffering concussions in last week’s loss to Melbourne. “They trained (on Tuesday), obviously there’s a protocol to go through but all things look good at the moment, I haven’t heard otherwise,” Payten said.

Matt Lodge has been ruled out for the Broncos due a knee injury picked up agains the Titans, with Corey Oates likely to jump into the 17 after being dropped for Tuesday’s team announcement.

Glenn busts a*** for Broncs

Glenn busts a*** for Broncs

0:38

Wests Tigers v Penrith Panthers at Bankwest Stadium (7.35pm)

Tigers: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joseph Leilua 4. Moses Mbye 5. Tommy Talau 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Harry Grant 10. Oliver Clark 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Matt Eisenhuth 14. Elijah Taylor 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Sam McIntyre 17. Michael Chee-Kam 18. Benji Marshall 19. Chris Lawrence 20. Billy Walters 21. Russell Packer

Players cut:

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Matt Burton 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Moses Leota 17. Billy Burns 18. Mitch Kenny 19. Brent Naden 20. Spencer Leniu 21. Tyrone May

Players cut:

Late mail: The Tigers have Adam Doueihi (knee) and Thomas Mikaele (knee) in doubt, but both should play if they can get through the captain’s run. Chris Lawrence or Russell Packer on standby. For the Panthers Brent Naden could be a late inclusion at centre for Dean Whare.

NRL's injury crisis examined

NRL's injury crisis examined

2:03

SUNDAY

Manly Sea Eagles v Newcastle Knights at Lottoland (4.05pm)

Sea Eagles: 1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Tevita Funa 6. Lachlan Croker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Cade Cust 15. Jack Gosiewski 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Morgan Boyle 19. Brendan Elliot 20. Abbas Miski 21. Haumole Olakau’atu

Players cut:

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Sione Mata’utia 13. Herman Ese’ese 14. Tex Hoy 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Aidan Guerra 17. Pasami Saulo 18. Tautau Moga 19. Brodie Jones 20. Phoenix Crossland 21. Josh King

Players cut:

Late mail: For the Sea Eagles Martin Taupau and Lachlan Croker both copped knocks against the Sharks, but are both expected to play.

Canterbury Bulldogs v South Sydney Rabbitohs at Bankwest Stadium (6.30pm)

Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Reimis Smith 4. Marcelo Montoya 5. Christian Crichton 6. Kieran Foran 7. Brandon Wakeham 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Adam Elliott 14. Kerrod Holland 15. Dean Britt 16. Renouf To’omaga 17. Sauaso Sue 19. Ofahiki Ogden 20. Jack Cogger 21. Luke Thompson 22. Sione Katoa

Players cut:

Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Dane Gagai 3. Campbell Graham 4. James Roberts 5. Alex Johnston 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Cameron Murray 14. Liam Knight 15. Bayley Sironen 16. Hame Sele 17. Braidon Burns 18. Mark Nicholls 19. Patrick Mago 20. Troy Dargan 21. Corey Allan

Players cut:

Late mail: Canterbury’s new recruit Luke Thompson has been named in the reserves but is likely to come onto the bench after coach Dean Pay said he’ll leave it up to Thompson whether he plays this week or not and veteran forward Tolman telling media his new teammate is keen to play. Meanwhile, the reports coming out of Redfern are that halfback Adam Reynolds has overcome a hamstring injury he picked up last week and will play.

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