NRL: Dom Young and Elliott Whitehead return & Trbojevic provides Manly boost

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Dom Young Newcastle Knights PA Credit: PA Images
Dom Young Newcastle Knights PA Credit: PA Images

Newcastle outside back Dom Young is set to return from a knee injury after being listed to start against North Queensland on Saturday.

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Brisbane Broncos (Thursday, 10.50am, Sky Sports Arena & Watch NRL)

Tom Burgess South Sydney Rabbitohs PA Credit: PA Images
Tom Burgess South Sydney Rabbitohs PA Credit: PA Images

No Payne Haas and Kurt Capewell for Brisbane due to injury so Patrick Carrigan and TC Robati fill in the void at prop and back-row retrospectively.

Rabbitohs: Taaffe; Johnston, Tass, Graham, Mansour; C Walker, Ilias; Tatola, Cook, T Burgess, Koloamatangi, Arrow, Murray. Subs: Havili, Sele, Knight, J Paulo.

Broncos: T M Martin; Oates, Staggs, Farnworth, Cobbo; Gamble, Reynolds; Jensen, Walters, Carrigan, Robati, Riki, K Hetherington. Subs: Paix, R Kennedy, Flegler, Palasia.

Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs (Friday, 9am, Sky Sports Arena & Watch NRL)

Hastings Oliver Gildart Dom Young Credit: PA Images
Hastings Oliver Gildart Dom Young Credit: PA Images

Plenty of changes for Canberra as veteran Jarrod Croker returns to the starting side at centre after making his way back from a shoulder injury. Elliott Whitehead is back in the back-row after missing the last two games due to a facial laceration.

Raiders: Nicoll-Klokstad; Cotric, J Croker, Timoko, Rapana; Frawley, Schneider; Papalii, Elliott, Tapine, Young, Whitehead, Sutton. Subs: Starling, Harawira-Naera, Kris, Horsburgh.

Bulldogs: Dufty; Naden, Schoupp, Averillo, Addo-Carr; Burton, Flanagan; L Thompson, Marshall-King, Vaughan, Waddell, Pangai Jr, Jackson. Subs: Biondi-Odo, Stimson, M King, Seumanufagai.

Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels (Friday, 10.55am, Watch NRL)

Dom Young Credit: PA Images
Dylan Brown is back for the Eels

Dylan Brown moves back to five-eighth after spending the last two games at centre. Jakob Arthur moves back to the extended bench.

Panthers: Edwards; Staines, Tago, S Crichton, May; Luai, Cleary; Eisenhuth, Koroisau, Fisher-Harris, Kikau, L Martin, Yeo. Subs: Luke, Sorensen, Leniu, Salmon.

Eels: Gutherson; Perham, Penisini, Opacic, Simonsson; D Brown, Moses; Campbell-Gillard, Mahoney, J Paulo, Lane, Papali’i, N Brown. Subs: Makatoa, Matterson, O Kaufusi, B Cartwright.

Manly Sea Eagles vs Wests Tigers (Saturday, 6am, Watch NRL)

Tom Trbojevic Credit: PA Images
Tom Trbojevic Credit: PA Images

A huge boost for Manly sees Tom Trbojevic return from injury at full-back and features alongside brothers Jake and Ben, the latter of which starts at centre as replacement for the injured Brad Parker.

Both Oliver Gildart and Jackson Hastings retain their places at centre and half-back for the Tigers. Ken Maumalo and Alex Seyfarth come in for the injured David Nofoaluma and Luciano Leilua.

Sea Eagles: T Trbojevic; Tuipulotu, B Trbojevic, Koula, Garrick; Foran, Cherry-Evans; Keppie, L Croker, Taupau, Olakau’atu, Schuster, J Trbojevic. Subs: D Walker, Bullemor, Aloiai, Sipley.

Tigers: To’a; Kepaoa, Gildart, Garner, Maumalo; Brooks, Hastings; Tamou, Simpkin, Musgrove, Tuilagi, Seyfarth, Ofahengaue. Subs: Peachey, Twal, Mikaele, Utoikamanu.

Sydney Roosters vs Gold Coast Titans (Saturday, 8.30am, Sky Sports Action & Watch NRL)

Dom Young Daniel Tupou Credit: PA Images
Dom Young Daniel Tupou Credit: PA Images

Daniel Tupou’s return from suspension pushes former Saints outside back Kevin Naiqama to the extended bench for the Roosters.

A big loss for the Titans as David Fifita (knee) is set to miss a month of action and will be replaced by Sam McIntyre in the matchday squad.

Roosters: Tedesco; Tupou, Momirovski, Manu, Suaalii; S Walker, Keary; Waerea-Hargreaves, Verrills, Collins, A Crichton, Tupouniua, Radley. Subs: Hutchison, Baker, Butcher, Taukeiaho.

Titans: Brimson; Marzhew, Kelly, Herbert, C Thompson; W Smith, Sexton; Fotuaika, Clark, Liu, Proctor, Fermor, Fa’asuamaleaui. Subs: Boyd, Lisone, Ese’ese, McIntyre.

North Queensland Cowboys vs Newcastle Knights (Saturday, 10.35am, Watch NRL)

Dom Young Newcastle Knights NRL PA Credit: PA Images
Dom Young Newcastle Knights NRL PA Credit: PA Images

The Knights make a host of changes after a disappointing start to the season. Tex Hoy and Phoenix Crossland are the new halves partnership. Meanwhile, Dom Young is back on the wing after missing the last few weeks due to a knee injury.

Cowboys: Drinkwater; Feldt, Holmes, Hiku, Taulagi; Dearden, Townsend; McLean, Robson, Cotter, Gilbert, Nanai, Taumalolo. Subs: Tabuai-Fidow, Luki, Hess, Neame.

Knights: Ponga; Lee, Tuala, Best, Young; Hoy, Crossland; Klemmer, Randall, D Saifiti, Frizell, Fitzgibbon, L Thompson. Subs: Johns, J Saifiti, M Croker, Saulo.

Melbourne Storm vs St. George Illawarra Dragons (Sunday, 5am, Watch NRL)

George Burgess Credit: PA Images
George Burgess Credit: PA Images

For the second week in a row George Burgess is again listed to start in the front row for the Dragons.

Storm: Papenhuyzen; Meaney, R Smith, Olam, Coates; Munster, Hughes; J Bromwich, H Grant, Wishart, Loiero, J Grant.

Dragons: Mbye; Feagai, Suli, Lomax, Ravalawa; Bird, B Hunt; Molo, McCullough, G Burgess, Sims, McGuire, De Belin. Subs: Amone, Lawrie, Woods, Fuimaono.

Cronulla Sharks vs New Zealand Warriors (Sunday, 7.05am, Watch NRL)

 Credit: PA Images
Credit: PA Images

Dale Finucane returns at loose forward for the Sharks which in turn moves Cameron McInnes to the bench.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is thankfully back in the Warriors starting line-up after suffering a bad looking concussion against the Storm on ANZAC Day.

Sharks: W Kennedy; S Katoa, Ramien, Talakai, Mulitalo; Moylan, Hynes; Rudolf, Brailey, Tolman, Nikora, Wilton, Finucane. Subs: Williams, McInnes, Graham, R Hunt.

Warriors: Walsh; Watene-Zelezniak, Vailea, Berry, Pompey; Asi, Johnson; Fonua-Blake, Egan, Lodge, Aitken, E Katoa, Tevaga. Subs: Murchie, Murdoch-Masila, Afoa, Pene.

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