Walsh dropped, Katoa gone for year, Rapana banned, Noddy, Turbo out


Reece Walsh has been dropped to the interchange by interim coach Stacey Jones in a major surprise for the Warriors’ squad to face Canberra on Saturday.

Walsh, who was a member of Queensland’s extended State of Origin squad for game two before he was ineligible for the decider after contracting COVID-19, has lost his fullback spot to Chanel Harris-Tavita with Daejarn Asi to slot in at five-eighth.

The rising star recently secured a release to return to the Broncos next year.

Canberra will be without winger Jordan Rapana for the next two games as they gear up for a late push for the NRL finals.

The 32-year-old has taken an early guilty plea on his grade two careless high tackle on Melbourne’s Marion Seve in Sunday’s 20-16 win over the Storm.

It means Rapana will sit out games against the Warriors and Gold Coast as the 10th-placed Raiders aim to use a favourable draw to push into the top eight.

As well as his ban, Rapana was also hit with a $3000 fine for a separate incident with Seve, a shoulder charge in the 40th minute of the game.

Meanwhile, Storm prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona has accepted a $1800 fine after a careless high tackle on Rapana in the same game.

Rapana was sent for a HIA but Asofa-Solomona will be free to face South Sydney on Saturday.

Cronulla have announced winger Sione Katoa tore a pectoral muscle in Friday’s win over the Cowboys and has undergone surgery which will put him out for at least 12 weeks, meaning he has likely played his last match for the season.

Wests Tigers interim coach Brett Kimmorley will miss Sunday’s game against North Queensland after contracting COVID-19. Kimmorley began a seven-day isolation period after testing positive on Wednesday so won’t travel to Townsville with the team on Saturday morning.

Manly forward Jake Trbojevic is out of Manly’s team for Friday’s clash with the Dragons after testing positive to the virus. The NSW forward had been taking every measure to avoid getting COVID, earning plenty of ribbing from his teammates. Sea Eagles back-rower Andrew Davey has reportedly also come down with the virus.

Jake Trbojevic looks to pass the ball during game two of the State of Origin series between New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons at Optus Stadium, on June 26, 2022, in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Jake Trbojevic. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Canterbury have been handed a big boost with star winger Josh Addo-Carr a strong chance to play this weekend after being cleared of serious injury.

Addo-Carr went off in Sunday’s NRL loss to South Sydney with fears he had suffered a glute tear that might have meant he was unable to finish the season.

The injury would have also prevented the winger from pressing his case to earn Australian Test selection for the Rugby League World Cup later this year. Addo-Carr was overlooked by NSW in the 2-1 State of Origin series defeat.

But the Bulldogs have confirmed the winger’s sole concern is a troublesome ankle problem and he could line up for Sunday’s game against Gold Coast. If he isn’t cleared to play the Titans, the Bulldogs expect their winger, who has 11 tries in 16 games, will be fit for their game with Newcastle the following Sunday.

The Titans, meanwhile, have fullback Jayden Campbell returning on Sunday after being sidelined since round 13 with a hamstring injury.

Round 19 team lists


Eels v Broncos, 7.50pm at CommBank Stadium

Eels: NSW forward Ryan Matterson will return from a rib injury at lock with Marata Niukore back on the bench. 

1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Waqa Blake 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. Jakob Arthur 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Marata Niukore 18. Ky Rodwell 19. Ofahiki Ogden 20. Bryce Cartwright 21. Tom Opacic 22. Sean Russell

Broncos: Selwyn Cobbo will not return from the concussion he suffered in Origin III while Payne Haas (shoulder) is set to make his comeback.  Maroons trio Corey Oates, Pat Carrigan and Kurt Capewell were rested for last weekend’s win over the Titans and are also back. Billy Walters (hip) is out so Jake Turpin starts at hooker. 

1. Tesi Niu 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Brenko Lee 5. Jordan Pereira 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Corey Jensen 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Cory Paix 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Keenan Palasia 18. Deine Mariner 19. Zac Hosking 20. Rhys Kennedy 21. Delouise Hoeter 22. Te Maire Martin


Dragons v Sea Eagles, 6pm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

Dragons: Tariq Sims returns from a one-game suspension via the bench. Veteran prop George Burgess, who has not been selected in more than two months, has been granted leave by the club to deal with some personal issues. Moses Suli (ankle) is out with Moses Mbye in at centre.

1. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Mbye 4. Zac Lomax 5. Tautau Moga 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Jack de Belin 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Billy Burns 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Jack Bird 14. Jayden Sullivan 15. Tariq Sims 16. Francis Molo 17. Josh Mcguire 18. Aaron Woods 19. Michael Molo 20. Tyrell Sloan 21. Jaiyden Hunt 22. Max Feagai

Sea Eagles: Jake Trbojevic is in isolation with COVID-19 so Toff Sipley gets a start in the pack.  Sea Eagles back-rower Andrew Davey has reportedly also come down with the virus.

1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jason Saab 3. Morgan Harper 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Sean Keppie 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Josh Aloiai 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Toafofoa Sipley 14. Dylan Walker 15. Josh Schuster 16. Martin Taupau 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Ben Trbojevic 19. Kurt De Luis 20. Ethan Bullemor 21. Kaeo Weekes 22. Ray Tuaimalo-Vaega

Knights v Roosters, 7.55pm at McDonald JonesStadium

Knights: Tyson Frizell (ribs), Dom Young (ribs), Edrick Lee (foot) are under a fitness cloud but Simi Sasagi (shoulder) has already been ruled out. Kurt Mann and Hymel Hunt are among the new faces. 

1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Dane Gagai 4. Enari Tuala 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Anthony Milford 7. Adam Clune 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett 14. Kurt Mann 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Brodie Jones 18. Leo Thompson 19. Phoenix Crossland 20. Tex Hoy 21. Dominic Young 22. Jake Clifford

Roosters: Lindsay Collins (concussion), Luke Keary (concussion) and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (hamstring) are playing this weekend. Siosiua Taukeiaho (cheekbone) is out so Matt Lodge starts. Joey Manu is back in the centres to replace Billy Smith (ACL tear) while Nat Butcher is in for Sitili Tupouniua, who suffered the same injury.

1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Matthew Lodge 11. Angus Crichton 12. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley 14. Connor Watson 15. Egan Butcher 16. Drew Hutchison 17. Terrell May 18. Lachlan Lam 19. Naufahu Whyte 20. Adam Keighran 21. Ben Thomas 22. Kevin Naiqama


Raiders v Warriors, 3pm at GIO Stadium

Raiders: Jordan Rapana has been suspended for two weeks while Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (hamstring) is in doubt for this weekend’s game and Nick Cotric’s leg injury has him also under a fitness cloud but he replaces Rapana. Rookie winger James Schiller (ankle) is out.

1. Xavier Savage 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Albert Hopoate 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Emre Guler 17. Corey Harawira-Naera 18. Adrian Trevilyan 19. Elijah Anderson 20. Brad Schneider 21. Ata Mariota 22. Peter Hola

Warriors: Veteran winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (COVID) is back but the big surprise is Reece Walsh being relegated to the bench with Daejarn Asi to start at five-eighth and Chanel Harris-Tavita taking over at fullback.

1. Chanel Harris-Tavita 2.  Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Tohu Harris 11. Euan Aitken 12. Josh Curran 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Reece Walsh 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Aaron Pene 17. Jack Murchie 18. Eliesa Katoa 20. Edward Kosi 21. Ronald Volkman 22. Freddy Lussick 23. Jackson Frei

Panthers v Sharks, 5.30pm at BlueBet Stadium 

Panthers: The seven Origin reps rested last weekend for the win over Wests are due back. 

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. Matt Eisenhuth 17. Jaeman Salmon 18. Charlie Staines 19. Spencer Leniu 20. Chris Smith 21. Sunia Turuva 22. Sean O’Sullivan

Sharks: Siosifa Talakai bypassed last Friday’s win over the Cowboys with a shoulder injury but the NSW bench utility is likey to play this Saturday. Cronulla have announced winger Sione Katoa tore a pectoral muscle in Friday’s win over the Cowboys and has undergone surgery which will put him out for at least 12 weeks, meaning he has likely played his last match for the season. Connor Tracey shifts to the wing with Talakai back in the centres.

1. Will Kennedy 2. Connor Tracey 3. Jesse Ramien 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. Dale Finucane 14. Teig Wilton 15. Cameron McInnes 16. Braden Hamlin-Uele 17. Andrew Fifita 18. Braydon Trindall 19. Aiden Tolman 20. Kade Dykes 21. Jesse Colquhoun 22. Matt Ikuvalu

Rabbitohs v Storm, 7.35pm at Accor Stadium

Rabbitohs: Damien Cook was rested after Origin last week while Cameron Murray should be right to return after the concussion he suffered in Origin III. 

1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Jed Cartwright 4. Isaiah Tass 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Mark Nicholls 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Davvy Moale 16. Siliva Havili 17. Thomas Burgess 18. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 19. Josh Mansour 20. Richard Kennar 21. Ben Lovett 22. Blake Taaffe

Storm: Ryan Papenhuyzen’s broken kneecap means Nick Meaney slots in at fullback with Tyran Wishart on the wing. 

1. Nick Meaney 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Tyran Wishart 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Josh King 14. Grant Anderson 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Alec MacDonald 17. Jordan Grant 18. Chris Lewis 19. Cooper Johns 20. Young Tonumaipea 21. Tom Eisenhuth 22. Sualauvi Faalogo


Bulldogs v Titans, 2pm at CommBank Stadium

Bulldogs: Josh Addo-Carr has been cleared of a serious leg injury while Luke Thompson (concussion) is available for selection after a lengthy layoff but will not be part of the NRL squad. 

1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Declan Casey 4. Braidon Burns 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Max King 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Waddell 13. Tevita Pangai Junior 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Kurtis Morrin 16. Joe Stimson 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 19. Aaron Schoupp 20. Matt Dufty 21. Bailey Biondi-Odo 22. Jackson Topine 23. Chris Patolo

Titans: Livewire fullback Jayden Campbell returns on Sunday after being sidelined since round 13 with a hamstring injury.

1. AJ Brimson 2. Sosefo Fifita 3. Phillip Sami 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. Tanah Boyd 7. Toby Sexton 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Aaron Booth 10. Isaac Liu 11. David Fifita 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Erin Clark 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Jayden Campbell 18. Sam McIntyre 19. Kevin Proctor 20. Paul Turner 21. Brian Kelly 22. Alofiana Khan-Pereira

Cowboys v Tigers, 4.05pm at QCB Stadium

Cowboys: Maroons trio Val Holmes, Tom Dearden and Jeremiah Nanai were rested in Round 18 while Murray Taulagi (COVID-19) is also available again after being forced out of the Origin decider. 

1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Coen Hess 9. Reece Robson 10. Luciano Leilua 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 15. Jake Granville 16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 17. Griffin Neame 18. Connelly Lemuelu 19. Brendan Elliot 20. Riley Price 21. Tomas Chester 22. Taniela Sadrugu

Tigers: Interim coach Brett Kimmorley is out with COVID-19 with Ben Gardiner and Nathan Cayless taking over. Brent Naden is back on the wing after a four-week suspension. James Tamou will play his 300th NRL match against the team where he made his debut in 2009.

1. Daine Laurie 2. Brent Naden 3. Starford To’a 4. Asu Kepaoa 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Fa’amanu Brown 10. Joe Ofahengaue 11. Luke Garner 12. Kelma Tuilagi 13. Jackson Hastings 14. Fonua Pole 15. Zane Musgrove 16. Alex Seyfarth 17. Tyrone Peachey 18. Austin Dias 19. Jock Madden 20. Justin Matamua 21. James Roberts 22. David Nofoaluma


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