Kotoni Staggs is set to make his first Broncos appearance of the season as he prepares to face the Sharks.
Kalyn Ponga is also back for the Knights as they take on the Cowboys.
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Elsewhere, there’s good news for Canberra ahead of a clash with the Gold Coast as Jarrod Croker returns.
Read on for all the team analysis ahead of Round 16!
Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm at McDonald Jones Stadium, 7.50pm
Roosters team: 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. Sam Verrills 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu 14. Adam Keighran 15. Egan Butcher 16. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 17. Fletcher Baker 18. Drew Hutchison 19. Ben Thomas 20. Freddy Lussick 21. Joseph Suaalii
Analysis: Sam Walker returns to the halves alongside Lachlan Lam with Joey Manu reverting to the centres. Joseph Suaalii drops out as James Tedesco and Angus Crichton look to back up from Origin II.
Storm team:1. Nicholas Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Aaron Booth 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Chris Lewis 17. Aaron Pene 18. Cooper Johns 19. Jordan Grant 20. Dean Ieremia 21. Trent Loiero
Analysis: Jesse Bromwich returns and starts at prop alongside Christian Welch as Tui Kamikamica moves to the bench. Harry Grant’s absence allows Aaron Booth to return to the interchange. Kenny Bromwich returns in place of Tom Eisenhuth.
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Warriors vs St George Illawarra Dragons at Central Coast Stadium, 6pm
Warriors team: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Adam Pompey 4. Marcelo Montoya 5. Edward Kosi 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chad Townsend 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Kane Evans 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Ben Murdoch-Masila 13. Tohu Harris 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Bayley Sironen 18. Rocco Berry 20. Jack Murchie 21. Taniela Otukolo 22. Sean O’Sullivan
Analysis: Chad Townsend and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak slot straight in after mid-season moves as Reece Walsh is sidelined with a hamstring injury. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck takes the fullback spot in a rejigged Warriors backline. Due to Euan Aitken’s being on a flight at the heart of a Covid-19 scare he is out. Marcelo Montoya goes to the centres and Edward Kosi comes onto the wing. Josh Curran, who was on the same flight at Aitken, is also unvailable with Eli Katoa taking his spot in the starting pack. Tohu Harris goes to lock as Wayde Egan returns at hooker to force Jazz Tevaga onto a bench which includes Leeson Ah Mau, Bayley Sironen and Bunty Afoa.
Dragons team: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Brayden Wiliame 4. Jack Bird 5. Gerard Beale 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jack de Belin 14. Josh Mcguire 15. Billy Burns 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Tyrell Fuimaono 18. Adam Clune 19. Jackson Ford 20. Kaide Ellis 21. Jordan Pereira
Analysis: Matt Dufty returns from a shoulder complaint at fullback. Jack Bird returns to the centres as Gerard Beale fills in for the suspended Mikaele Ravalawa on the wing. Josh Kerr takes Bird’s backrow spot as Josh McGuire and Tyrell Fuimaono are welcome back from suspension.
Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels at BlueBet Stadium, 7.55pm
Panthers team: 1. Charlie Staines 2. Brent Naden 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Tyrone May 5. Brian To’o 6. Matt Burton 7. Jarome Luai 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Liam Martin 18. Izack Tago 19. Jaeman Salmon 20. Matthew Eisenhuth 21. Taylan May
Analysis: Nathan Cleary is out, forcing Matt Burton to the halves from centre. Tyrone May takes his place as Dylan Edwards’ fullback berth is assumed by Charlie Staines. Brent Naden fills in on the wing as Viliame Kikau returns to the starting side. Liam Martin drops to the bench as Jarome Luai, Brian To’o, Isaah Yeo and Kurt Capewell all look set to back up from Origin.
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 18. Viliami Penisini 19. Will Smith 20. Sean Russell 21. Jakob Arthur
Analysis: Maika Sivo returns from his suspension at the expense of Sean Russell. On the bench the Eels bring Oregon Kaufusi and Bryce Cartwright in for Nathaniel Roache and Keegan Hipgrave.
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Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Manly Sea Eagles at Bankwest Stadium, 3pm
Bulldogs team: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Corey Allan 3. Will Hopoate 4. Falakiko Manu 5. Tuipulotu Katoa 6. Kyle Flanagan 7. Jake Averillo 8. Jack Hetherington 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Luke Thompson 11. Jackson Topine 12. Matt Doorey 13. Josh Jackson 14. Bailey Biondi-Odo 15. Joe Stimson 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Chris Patolo 19. Lachlan Lewis 20. Ofahiki Ogden 21. Renouf Atoni 22. Watson Heleta
Analysis: Dylan Napa, Brandon Wakeham, Aaron Schoupp, Corey Waddell and Sione Katoa are all out due to an alleged breach of Covid-19 protocols. It allows Kyle Flanagan to return to the halves at Wakeham’s expense with debutant Falakiko taking Schoupp’s spot. Bailey Biondi-Odo and Christopher Patolo come onto the bench for NRL debuts as Corey Allan returns on the wing.
Sea Eagles team: 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. Sean Keppie 14. Dylan Walker 15. Ben Trbojevic 16. Kurt De Luis 17. Toafofoa Sipley 18. Moses Suli 19. Cade Cust 20. Tevita Funa 21. Jack Gosiewski
Analysis: Des Hasler names the same 17 that trounced the Gold Coast, although he may look to rest Tom Trbojevic after his Origin expoits. Jake Trbojevic remains injured but Jack Gosiewski is back for the Sea Eagles among the extended squad.
Canberra Raiders vs Gold Coast Titans at GIO Stadium, 5.30pm
Raiders team: 1. Bailey Simonsson 2. Semi Valemei 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Sebastian Kris 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. Matthew Timoko 19. Hudson Young 20. Matt Frawley 21. Ryan James
Analysis: Jarrod Croker (knee) returns for the first time since Round 7 with rookie Matthew Timoko pushed to the reserves. Ryan Sutton has been named at lock and Sia Soliola on the bench after the pair were swapped prior to kick-off in the Dragons clash. Maroons star Josh Papalii and Blues utility Jack Wighton will both back up after Origin II.
Titans team: 1. Alexander Brimson 2. Phillip Sami 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Erin Clark 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 13. Tyrone Peachey 14. Beau Fermor 15. Sam Lisone 16. Moeaki Fotuaika 17. Jaimin Jolliffe 18. Sam Stone 19. Sam McIntyre 20. Mitch Rein 21. Jayden Campbell
Analysis: AJ Brimson (knee) returns from injury in place of boom rookie Jayden Campbell, while Corey Thompson (ankle) comes onto the wing and Greg Marzhew (elbow) dropping out of the squad. Kevin Proctor (suspension) returns with Sam Stone moving to the bench. Beau Fermor (hamstring) and Sam Lisone (pectoral) have come onto the bench with Mitch Rein joining Stone and Campbell in the reserves, while Jai Whitbread is out of the squad. Origin trio David Fifita, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and Moeaki Fotuaika are all named to back up from Origin II.
Newcastle Knights vs North Queensland Cowboys at McDonald Jones Stadium, 7.35pm
Knights team: 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. Mitchell Barnett 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Sauaso Sue 14. Connor Watson 15. David Klemmer 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones 18. Jack Johns 19. Phoenix Crossland 20. Simi Sasagi 21. Jirah Momoisea
Analysis: Kalyn Ponga (groin) returns at fullback to replace Kurt Mann, who returns to the centres despite concerns over his ankle injury. Mann’s switch sees Brodie Jones revert to the bench with Jack Johns dropped to the reserves. Blues star Daniel Saifiti backs up from Origin to join twin Jacob in the front row.
Cowboys team: 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. Connelly Lemuelu 21. Heilum Luki
Analysis: Todd Payten has kept faith with the 17 that lost to the Sharks. Maroons trio Val Holmes, Kyle Feldt and Francis Molo have been included in the squad after Origin II.
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Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla Sharks at Suncorp Stadium, 2pm
Broncos team: 1. Tesi Niu 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Kotoni Staggs 5. Corey Oates 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Brodie Croft 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. TC Robati 13. Thomas Flegler 14. Cory Paix 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Keenan Palasia 17. Jesse Arthars 18. Jordan Riki 19. Rhys Kennedy 20. David Mead 21. Anthony Milford
Analysis: Kotoni Staggs returns from injury for his first game of the year in the centres in place of Jesse Arthars, who drops to the bench. Jamayne Isaako and Corey Oates have earned recalls for Xavier Coates and Selwyn Cobbo on the flanks. Tevita Pangai Jnr’s suspension sees rookie TC Robati come into the second row with Thomas Flegler coming in at lock. John Asiata (neck) is replaced on the bench Keenan Palasia. Brodie Croft (knee) comes in at halfback with Tyson Gamble switching to No. 6, while veteran Karmichael Hunt has been dropped.
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. Siosifa Talakai 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Braydon Trindall 15. Teig Wilton 16. Jack Williams 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Sione Katoa 20. Andrew Fifita 21. Mawene Hiroti
Analysis: The Sharks have named the same 17 that beat the Cowboys with Braden Hamlin-Uele retaining his spot on the bench after being a last-minute swap with Andrew Fifita. Mawene Hiroti joins the reserves in place of Chad Townsend, who has linked with the Warriors for the rest of the season.
Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs at Leichhardt Oval, 4.05pm
Tigers team: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. James Roberts 4. Adam Doueihi 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. Alex Seyfarth 14. Stefano Utoikamanu 15. Shawn Blore 16. Thomas Mikaele 17. Joe Ofahengaue 18. Michael Chee-Kam 19. Tom Amone 20. Fetalaiga Pauga 21. Jake Simpkin
Analysis: Adam Doueihi (head knock) comes back in at centre for Tommy Talau, who has been dropped. Bench forward Alex Seyfarth will start in place of lock Joe Ofahengaue, while Thomas Mikaele joins the bench with Tom Amone dropped to the reserves. Shawn Blore (ankle) has been named despite concerns over his fitness.
Rabbitohs team: 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. Hame Sele 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 14. Benji Marshall 15. Liam Knight 16. Thomas Burgess 17. Jacob Host 18. Braidon Burns 19. Jaydn Su’A 20. Blake Taaffe 21. Josh Mansour
Analysis: Benji Marshall returns in the No. 14 jumper after the birth of his second child, with Blake Taaffe dropping to the reserves. Hame Sele starts at prop for the injured Tevita Tatola (knee) with Liam Knight joining the bench. The club’s five Origin stars Latrell Mitchell, Dane Gagai, Damien Cook, Jai Arrow and Cameron Murray have all been named to start.