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Round 12 team lists Late Mail: Foxx good to go for Origin audition, Dragons recall key duo, Dolphins cult hero dropped

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17th May, 2023
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Test winger Josh Addo-Carr has been cleared to return for his NSW audition and he is adamant he can perform in Origin if selected despite a limited preparation.

Addo-Carr is on track to make his return from syndesmosis surgery in Canterbury’s clash with Gold Coast on Sunday, on the same day players start entering camp for Game 1 but he is unfazed by the prospect of playing only one match in seven-and-a-half weeks in the lead-up.

“People have done it before and returned off one game,” Addo-Carr told AAP at Canterbury’s Indigenous round launch on Wednesday. “The passion and desire is inside you to do the job, and I have that.

“I should be good for Sunday. It gets better and better every day. It just pulled up a bit sore last week after doing a bit more wrestle and a bit more contact on the field.”

Zac Lomax of the Dragons is tackled.

Zac Lomax of the Dragons is tackled. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Interim coach Ryan Carr has stamped his authority on the Dragons on day one after taking over in the wake of Anthony Griffin‘s sacking by recalling dumped duo Zac Lomax and Jacob Liddle.

The return of Lomax to centre is major news for St George Illawarra after Griffin controversially dropped him a fortnight ago then didn’t initially explain to the goal-kicking star why he had been punted.

Liddle also returns at hooker with veteran Moses Mbye making way while Ben Hunt is back at halfback and Jayden Sullivan benched.


Determined to show a united group, the Dragons twice embraced in a team huddle in the opening 15 minutes of Tuesday morning’s training session on the outside field at WIN Stadium in Wollongong. Carr was part of that address, vocal in the early stages of life without Griffin at the helm.

The Dragons will be trying to avoid a seventh straight defeat when they host the Roosters at Kogarah with the visitors missing five-eighth Joey Manu due to an ankle injury.

However, veteran prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is a chance to play despite a pec strain while back-up halfback Sam Walker is out for a couple of weeks after straining his ACL on NSW Cup duty.

Sydney Roosters hardman Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

(Matt King/Getty Images)

Utility Drew Hutchison will partner Luke Keary in the halves while winger Daniel Tupou is still a couple more weeks away from a return from a hamstring injury while centre Paul Momirovski won’t be back until the final month of the season due to his shoulder damage.

Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett has dropped Valynce Te Whare despite the rookie centre scoring two tries on debut against the Sharks in Magic Round before they had the bye last weekend. Brenko Lee is back from a hamstring injury to replace the new club’s cult hero against the Storm on Saturday night.

Parramatta forward Shaun Lane has been ruled out for 6-8 weeks after he limped off with a hamstring injury in Saturday night’s loss to Canberra in a massive blow to Brad Arthur’s hopes of kick-starting his team’s spluttering campaign.


The Eels are mired in 14th with a 4-7 record and take on the red-hot Rabbitohs this Friday night at Allianz Stadium.

They will get halfback Mitchell Moses (concussion) for their crucial clash while prop Junior Paulo is free to play after he was charged with dangerous contact for a cannonball tackle on Joseph Tapine in the 29th minute of Parramatta’s 26-18 loss in Canberra. He has submitted an early guilty plea for a fine of $1800.

Souths duo Tom Burgess (back) and Jed Cartwright (concussion) are under a cloud.

Manly lock Josh Aloiai is set to be out for a lengthy spell after he suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first half of Sunday’s loss to Cronulla while second-rower Kelma Tuilagi fractured his cheekbone and will also miss at least a month. 

Raiders hooker Zac Woolford was concussed against Parra so he will sit out Sunday’s stoush with the Sea Eagles.

Brisbane have ruled out injured captain Adam Reynolds against Penrith with playmaker Jock Madden set to step into the halfback role.

Reynolds was cleared of any serious neck injury in last Thursday night’s 24-16 loss to Melbourne after he was taken from the field at AAMI Park on a medicab.


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Cronulla duo Siosifa Talakai (neck) and Oregon Kaufusi (illness) missed the win over Manly but the centre is still out while the prop is back this Saturday for the Coffs Harbour assignment against Newcastle.

Round 12 teams

Broncos vs Panthers, at Suncorp Stadium – 7.50pm, Thursday, May 18

Broncos: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Jesse Arthars 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Ezra Mam 7. Jock Madden 8. Thomas Flegler 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Cory Paix 15. Corey Jensen 16. Kobe Hetherington 17. Martin Taupau 18. Deine Mariner 19. Keenan Palasia 20. Brendan Piakura 21. Xavier Willison 22. Jordan Pereira

Adam Reynolds (neck) is out while Reece Walsh (shoulder charge) is free to line up after copping a fine. Jock Madden comes in at half for the skipper.

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Sunia Turuva 3. Tyrone Peachey 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Scott Sorensen 12. Zac Hosking 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Soni Luke 15. Lindsay Smith 16. Liam Martin 17. Jaeman Salmon 18. Jack Cogger 19. Luke Garner 20. Thomas Jenkins 21. Chris Smith 22. Liam Henry


Second-rower Liam Martin made an encouraging return from his hamstring problem last week while Spencer Leniu will be out for a couple of weeks after suffering a ruptured testicle in a training mishap. Martin is on the interchange with Zac Hosking starting despite a head knock last week.

Dragons vs Roosters, at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium – 6pm, Friday, May 19

Dragons: 1. Tyrell Sloan 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Jack de Belin 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Jack Bird 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Michael Molo 14. Jayden Sullivan 15. Toby Couchman 16. Ben Murdoch-Masila 17. Josh Kerr 18. Francis Molo 19. Moses Mbye 20. Jaiyden Hunt 21. Zane Musgrove 22. Max Feagai

Zac Lomax played strongly in NSW Cup on the weekend and has regained his spot in the NRL squad at centre in interim coach Ryan Carr’s first big move, with Max Feagai making way.

Jacob Liddle has also been recalled at hooker with Ben Hunt starting at halfback and Jayden Sullivan back on the bench.

Jaydn Su’A was charged with a grade-one careless high tackle and rookie teammate Toby Couchman for a hip-drop tackle but they escaped with fines.


Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Corey Allan 3. Joseph Suaalii 4. Billy Smith 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Luke Keary 7. Drew Hutchison 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Brandon Smith 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Egan Butcher 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Jake Turpin 15. Nat Butcher 16. Angus Crichton 17. Matthew Lodge 18. Sandon Smith 19. Fletcher Baker 20. Nathan Brown 21. Junior Pauga 22. Terrell May

Veteran prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves strained a pectoral muscle but is a chance of playing but five-eighth Joey Manu is out after he injured his ankle in the 48-4 caning at Penrith on Friday night.

Back-up halfback Sam Walker is out for a couple of weeks after straining his ACL on NSW Cup duty. Utility Drew Hutchison will partner Luke Keary in the halves. Second-rower Egan Butcher (failed HIA) is back in the run-on team after missing the loss to the Panthers.

Rabbitohs vs Eels, at Accor Stadium  – 8pm, Friday, May 19

Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Isaiah Tass 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Hame Sele 11. Michael Chee Kam 12. Jacob Host 13. Cameron Murray 14. Blake Taaffe 15. Jai Arrow 16. Liam Knight 17. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 18. Ben Lovett 19. Richard Kennar 20. Peter Mamouzelos 21. Shaq Mitchell 22. Dean Hawkins

Forwards Tom Burgess (back) and Jed Cartwright (concussion) are out of action with Daniel Suluka-Fifita getting a recall to the interchange. 

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Bailey Simonsson 5. Sean Russell 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Wiremu Greig 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Junior Paulo 11. Bryce Cartwright 12. Andrew Davey 13. J’maine Hopgood 14. Ofahiki Ogden 15. Brendan Hands 16. Ryan Matterson 17. Makahesi Makatoa 18. Jakob Arthur 19. Haze Dunster 20. Ky Rodwell 21. Daejarn Asi 22. Luca Moretti


Mitchell Moses (concussion) will regain his halfback spot from Jakob Arthur while second-rower Shaun Lane (hamstring) is likely to be out for six weeks so Bryce Cartwright is into the starting side with Makahesi Makatoa joining the bench. 

NSW prop Junior Paulo was charged with dangerous contact for a cannonball tackle on Joseph Tapine in the loss to Parramatta and was fined $1800.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 12: Siosifa Talakai of the Sharks scores a try during the round 14 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Cronulla Sharks at Moreton Daily Stadium, on June 12, 2022, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Siosifa Talakai. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Sharks vs Knights, at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour – 3pm, Saturday, May 20

Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Connor Tracey 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Oregon Kaufusi 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Dale Finucane 14. Braydon Trindall 15. Jack Williams 16. Wade Graham 17. Thomas Hazelton 18. Daniel Atkinson 19. Mawene Hiroti 20. Braden Hamlin-Uele 21. Jesse Colquhoun 22. Jayden Berrell

Representative centre Siosifa Talakai (neck) is out again so Connor Tracey remains in the starting side. Oregon Kaufusi (illness), who was also a late withdrawal from Sunday’s win over Manly, is back, offsetting the loss of Cam McInness, who is now out with a broken hand.

Braden Hamlin-Uele is a chance to make an early return from a knee injury.


Knights: 1. Lachie Miller 2. Dominic Young 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Greg Marzhew 6. Kalyn Ponga 7. Jackson Hastings 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Phoenix Crossland 10. Jack Hetherington 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Leo Thompson 14. Tyson Gamble 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Adam Elliott 17. Mathew Croker 18. Jack Johns 19. Enari Tuala 20. Adam Clune 21. Hymel Hunt 22. Simi Sasagi

Adam O’Brien has stuck with the 17 players who toppled the Titans with no injuries in his squad apart from those on the long-term list.

Tigers vs Cowboys, at Leichhardt Oval – 5.30pm, Saturday, May 20

Tigers: 1. Jahream Bula 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Starford To’a 4. Tommy Talau 5. Junior Tupou 6. Brandon Wakeham 7. Luke Brooks 8. Stefano Utoikamanu 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. David Klemmer 11. Isaiah Papali’i 12. John Bateman 13. Fonua Pole 14. Jake Simpkin 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Alex Twal 17. Asu Kepaoa 18. Alex Seyfarth 19. Shawn Blore 20. Justin Matamua 21. Daine Laurie 22. Aistasi James

No changes from Tim Sheens after an encouraging effort against Souths before their classier opponents ran away with the match in the final stages.

Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Coen Hess 11. Heilum Luki 12. Jack Gosiewski 13. Reuben Cotter 14. Jake Granville 15. Mitchell Dunn 16. Riley Price 17. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki 18. Zac Laybutt 19. Ben Hampton 20. Sylvester Namo 21. Brendan Elliot 22. Sam McIntyre

Jason Taumalolo is not expected back for a few more weeks from his knee surgery. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown (head knock) is out with a concussion protocols so Riley Price gets another run at NRL level. 


Dolphins vs Storm, at Suncorp Stadum – 7.35pm, Saturday, May 20

Dolphins: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. Euan Aitken 4. Brenko Lee 5. Tesi Niu 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Isaiya Katoa 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Kenny Bromwich 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Connelly Lemuelu 13. Tom Gilbert 14. Jarrod Wallace 15. Anthony Milford 16. Ray Stone 17. Herman Ese’ese 18. Mark Nicholls 19. Kurt Donoghoe 20. Edrick Lee 21. Valynce Te Whare 22. JJ Collins

Utility forward Ray Stone is due back from a concussion break while debutant Valynce Te Whare has lost his spot despite two tries on debut with fellow centres Euan Aitken and Brenko Lee over their hamstring complaints.

Jesse Bromwich (hamstring) and Mark Nicholls (thumb) are right to face the Storm.

Storm: 1. Nick Meaney 2. William Warbrick 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 9. Harry Grant 10. Christian Welch 11. Trent Loiero 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Josh King 14. Bronson Garlick 15. Aaron Pene 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Tui Kamikamica 18. Grant Anderson 19. Tariq Sims 20. Tepai Moeroa 21. Tyran Wishart 22. Jayden Nikorima

Nelson Asofa-Solomona injured his ribs in the win over Brisbane and is in some doubt. 

(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Bulldogs vs Titans, at Accor Stadium – 2pm, Sunday, May 21

Bulldogs: 1. Hayze Perham 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Jake Averillo 4. Paul Alamoti 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Karl Oloapu 7. Matt Burton 8. Max King 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Tevita Pangai Junior 11. Corey Waddell 12. Jacob Preston 13. Harrison Edwards 14. Josh Reynolds 15. Jayden Okunbor 16. Samuel Hughes 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 19. Blake Wilson 20. Jackson Topine 21. Ryan Sutton 22. Kyle Flanagan 23. Kurtis Morrin

Josh Addo-Carr will be right to make a return from an ankle injury as the winger tries to make a belated bid for an Origin recall with NSW. He delayed his comeback the day before last week’s loss to the Warriors.

Karl Oloapu has been named to start at five-eighth for the first time with Josh Reynolds relegated to the bench.

Titans: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Alofiana Khan-Pereira 3. Brian Kelly 4. Jojo Fifita 5. Phillip Sami 6. Kieran Foran 7. Tanah Boyd 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Chris Randall 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 11. David Fifita 12. Joe Stimson 13. Isaac Liu 14. Kruise Leeming 15. Erin Clark 16. Klese Haas 17. Jo Vuna 18. Aaron Schoupp 19. Thomas Mikaele 20. Iszac Fa’asumaleaui 21. Keano Kini 22. Ken Maumalo

Erin Clark (finger) is back so Iszac Fa’asuamaleaui is out while Toby Sexton (wrist) needs another week before making his comeback.

Raiders vs Sea Eagles, at GIO Stadium – 4.05pm, Sunday, May 21


Raiders: 1. Sebastian Kris 2. Albert Hopoate 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Tom Starling 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Corey Horsburgh 14. Danny Levi 15. Emre Guler 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Ata Mariota 18. James Schiller 19. Hohepa Puru 20. Brad Schneider 21. Corey Harawira-Naera 22. Nick Cotric

Zac Woolford (concussion) is out so Tom Starling has been elevated to the starting side. Fellow hooker Danny Levi will return from a broken jaw via the interchange.

Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Josh Schuster 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Sean Keppie 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Ben Trbojevic 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Karl Lawton 15. Samuela Fainu 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Ben Condon 18. Kaeo Weekes 19. Morgan Harper 20. Cooper Johns 21. Morgan Boyle 22. Gordon Chan Kum Tong

Jake Trbojevic (calf) and five-eighth Josh Schuster (thigh problem and reconditioning work) are right, according to coach Anthony Seibold.

However, forwards Josh Aloiai (shoulder), Aaron Woods (thumb) and Kelma Tuliagi (facial fracture) were casualties from the loss to the Sharks.

Bye – Warriors

Five-eighth Ronald Volkman played on with a compound broken finger in the win over Canterbury and is doubtful for their next game when they host Brisbane in Napier next Saturday.


Veteran forward Mitch Barnett has been out with a neck injury since Round 3 but the club is confident he will be back in a couple of weeks.

with AAP