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NRL Round 2 Team Lists: Foxx OUT for Dogs, Sharks call up debutant for sick prop, Benji rolls dice, Wayne wields axe

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15th March, 2024
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Canterbury have scratched Josh Addo-Carr ahead of their trip to Cronulla after he failed to recover from the shoulder injury he sustained against Parramatta.

Connor Tracey, who was named on the wing with the Foxx in the extended bench, will make a club debut.

The superstar winger left the Dogs’ defeat to the Eels at half time with a suspected AC joint injury, though that was later downgraded and he was given every chance to recover, but was unable to do so.

Powerful young prop Tuku Hau Tapuha will become Shark #558 on Friday after being called into the team to face the Bulldogs. Hau Tapuha will replace Royce Hunt (virus) on the bench at Shark Park.

Benji Marshall has made his first big call as head coach at the Wests Tigers, handing a debut to 18-year-old Lachlan Galvin at five eighth for his side’s season opener away to Canberra.

He beats out veteran Aiden Sezer, who arrived from Leeds in the off-season and was widely expected to start at halfback. Another newbie, Jayden Sullivan, gets the 7 jumper.

It’s a massive vote of confidence in the prodigal teenager, who is named in front of the more seasoned Sezer, who is managing a hamstring niggle.


Canberra get centre Seb Kris back from suspension, pushing Albert Hopoate to a wing and Nick Cotric out of the team altogether. Jordan Rapana continues at fullback.

The Dolphins have also swung the axe following their humbling at the hands of the Cowboys, with Sean O’Sullivan and Tesi Niu ditched after just one game in favour of Isaiya Katoa and former Bulldog Jake Averillo.

Wayne Bennett has also promoted utility Kurt Donoghoe to the bench in place of veteran Kenny Bromwich, who will revert to 18th man.

Cameron Munster (groin) and Nelson Asofa-Solomona (hamstring) did not make the cut and will not feature, but Eels half Mitch Moses is confident of playing despite his groin strain and will start in the Battle of the West on Friday night at Bluebet Stadium. Penrith welcome back Mitch Kenny from suspension for that game.

Sydney Roosters welcome back prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves from suspension. He will take the place of Spencer Leniu, who begins an eight-game ban for his racial vilification of Brisbane’s Ezra Mam.

England winger Dominic Young has been cleared for his competitive debut for the Roosters after a neck injury in trials.

The Roosters will face a Manly side with Tommy Talau on a wing in place of Jason Saab, who’s set to miss up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.


South Sydney have turned to Tallis Duncan in the back row for Thursday night’s clash with Brisbane, with Jai Arrow out with a shoulder injury. The Rabbitohs have added Shaquai Mitchell to their bench in place of Jacob Host.

Brisbane skipper Adam Reynolds will play against his former club at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night after recovering from a knee injury. Second-rower Brendan Piakura (concussion) is going through NRL protocols to be available and trained alongside Reynolds on Monday.

Round 2 teams

Brisbane vs South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium: 8pm, Thursday March 14

Odds: Broncos $1.44, Rabbitohs $2.80 – odds via PlayUp

Broncos: Adam Reynolds and Brendan Piakura are both fine after copping knocks in Vegas. Martin Taupau will play off the bench in place of Xavier Willison.

1. Reece Walsh 2. Jesse Arthars 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Selwyn Cobbo 5. Deine Mariner 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Brendan Piakura 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Tyson Smoothy 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Kobe Hetherington 17. Martin Taupau 18. Corey Oates 19. Xavier Willison 20. Tristan Sailor 21. Jock Madden 22. Jaiyden Hunt


Rabbitohs: Jai Arrow is out with a shoulder injury, so Tallis Duncan starts in his spot. Shaq Mitchell replaces Jacob Host.

1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Isaiah Tass 4. Richard Kennar 5. Jacob Gagai 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Sean Keppie 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Tallis Duncan 13. Cameron Murray 14. Siliva Havili 15. Shaquai Mitchell 16. Davvy Moale 17. Thomas Burgess 18. Michael Chee Kam 19 Taane Milne 20. Jye Gray 21. Peter Mamouzelos 24. Dean Hawkins

Cronulla vs Canterbury at Shark Park: 6pm, Friday March 15

Odds: Sharks $1.35, Bulldogs $3.20 – odds via PlayUp

Sharks: Braden Hamlin-Uele is still out so the only move is Toby Rudolf to start, Royce Hunt to the bench. Hunt has since been ruled out due to illness with Tuku Hau Tapuha called up to make his NRL debut.

1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Braydon Trindall 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Oregon Kaufusi 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Dale Finucane 15. Jack Williams 16. Royce Hunt 19. Tuku Hau Tapuha 17. Thomas Hazelton 18. Kayal Iro 20. Daniel Atkinson 21. Sam Stonestreet 22. Jayden Berrell

Bulldogs: Josh Addo-Carr is named in the extended bench and will be given every chance to play. If he fails to make it, Connor Tracey will get a club debut on the wing.


1. Blake Taaffe 2. Blake Wilson 3. Jacob Kiraz 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Connor Tracey 6. Matt Burton 7. Drew Hutchison 8. Max King 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Poasa Faamausili 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Jacob Preston 13. Jaeman Salmon 14. Kurt Mann 15. Samuel Hughes 16. Josh Curran 17. Kurtis Morrin 19. Bronson Xerri 20. Kitione Kautoga 21. Jake Turpin 22. Toby Sexton 23. Josh Addo-Carr

Penrith vs Parramatta at BlueBet Stadium: 8pm, Friday March 15

Odds: Panthers $1.38, Eels $3.05 – odds via PlayUp

Panthers: Mitch Kenny is back at hooker from his one-game suspension so youngster Luke Sommerton drops out. 

1. Dylan Edwards 2. Sunia Turuva 3. Izack Tago 4. Taylan May 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Luke Garner 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Soni Luke 15. Lindsay Smith 16. Liam Henry 17. Matt Eisenhuth 18. Daine Laurie 19. Matt Eisenhuth 20. Mavrik Geyer 21. Paul Alamoti 22. Brad Schneider

Eels: Mitchell Moses has recovered from a groin issue, so it’s as you were for the Eels.


1. Clint Gutherson 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Morgan Harper 5. Sean Russell 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Joey Lussick 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. J’maine Hopgood 14. Brendan Hands 15. Ryan Matterson 16. Joe Ofahengaue 17. Kelma Tuilagi 18. Ofahiki Ogden 19. Wiremu Greig 20. Luca Moretti 21. Makahesi Makatoa 22. Blaize Talagi

Canberra vs Wests at GIO Stadium: 3pm, Saturday March 16

Odds: Raiders $1.44, Tigers $2.80 – odds via PlayUp

Raiders: Seb Kris will return from a suspension so Albert Hopoate goes to the wing and Nick Cotric to the reserves.

1. Jordan Rapana 2. Albert Hopoate 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Seb Kris 5. Xavier Savage 6. Ethan Strange 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Danny Levi 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Zac Hosking 13. Morgan Smithies 14. Tom Starling 15. Emre Guler 16. Ata Mariota 17. Pasami Saulo 18. Nick Cotric 19. Kaeo Weekes 20. Simi Sasagi 21. Zac Woolford 22. Trey Mooney

Tigers: It’s a debut in the halves for highly touted Wests junior Lachlan Galvin, as well as centre Solomona Faataape. Samuela Fainu also makes a club debut after signing from Manly, as do Jayden Sullivan in the 7 jumper and, surprisingly, Aiden Sezer off the bench. 

1. Jahream Bula 2. Charlie Staines 3. Starford To’a 4. Solomona Faataape 5. Junior Tupou 6. Lachlan Galvin 7. Jayden Sullivan 8. Stefano Utoikamanu 9. Api Koroisau 10. David Klemmer 11. Isaiah Papali’i 12. John Bateman 13. Alex Seyfarth 14. Aiden Sezer 15. Fonua Pole 16. Alex Twal 17. Samuela Fainu 18. Asu Kepaoa 19. Tallyn Da Silva 20. Justin Matamua 21. Alex Lobb 22. Jake Simpkin


Nth Qld vs Newcastle at QCB Stadium: 5.30pm, Saturday March 16

Odds: Cowboys $1.45, Knights $2.75 – odds via PlayUp

Cowboys: No changes for the Cowboys, who picked up their first win of the year over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Zac Laybutt 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Jason Taumalolo 11. Heilum Luki 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Reuben Cotter 14. Jake Granville 15. Griffin Neame 16. Sam McIntyre 17. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki 18. Thomas Chester 19. Thomas Mikaele 20. Semi Valemei 21. Jack Gosiewski 22. Jake Clifford

Knights: Kai Pearce-Paul’s impressive debut off the bench has earned him as starting spot, while Enari Tuala hurt his quad and will miss out. Tom Jenkins comes in for a club debut after joining from Penrith, as does former Bunny Jed Cartwright.

1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Thomas Jenkins 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Greg Marzhew 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Jackson Hastings 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Phoenix Crossland 10. Leo Thompson 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Kai Pearce-Paul 13. Adam Elliott 14. Jack Cogger 15. Daniel Saifiti 16. Jack Hetherington 17. Jed Cartwright 18. Brodie Jones 19. Will Pryce 20. Fletcher Sharpe 21. Brodie Jones 22. Thomas Cant

PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11: Cameron Munster of the Storm warms up before the round 22 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Melbourne Storm at BlueBet Stadium on August 11, 2022, in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Melbourne vs New Zealand at AAMI Park: 7.35pm, Saturday March 16

Odds: Storm $1.44, Warriors $2.80 – odds via PlayUp

Storm: Still no Cameron Munster for the Storm and Nelson Asofa-Solomona either, with both given another week to recover. Shawn Blore stays at 18th man.

1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Will Warbrick 3. Reimis Smith 4. Nick Meaney 5. Xavier Coates 6. Jonah Pezet 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Tui Kamikamica 9. Harry Grant 10. Josh King 11. Joe Chan 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Trent Loiero 14. Tyran Wishart 15. Christian Welch 16. Chris Lewis 17. Alec MacDonald 18. Shawn Blore 19. Kane Bradley 20. Marion Seve 21. Sualauvi Faalogo 22. Tepai Moeroa

Warriors: Wayde Egan pulls up alright following his arm injury, as does Kurt Capewell (rib). Otherwise unchanged for the Wahs.

1. Taine Tuaupiki 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Rocco Berry 4. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Luke Metcalf 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Mitchell Barnett 11. Jackson Ford 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Tohu Harris 14. Freddy Lussick 15. Tom Ale 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Dylan Walker 18. Adam Pompey 20. Jazz Tevaga 21. Te Maire Martin 22. Ali Leiataua 23. Chanel Harris-Tavita

Manly vs Sydney at 4 Pines Park: 4.05pm, Sunday March 17


Odds: Sea Eagles $1.95, Roosters $1.95 – odds via PlayUp

Sea Eagles: Josh Schuster will play in the NSW Cup after missing the trip to Vegas due to calf concerns but with Jason Saab (hamstring) sidelined for six weeks, Tommy Talau is in.

1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Tommy Talau 3. Tolutau Koula 4. Reuben Garrick 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Luke Brooks 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Josh Aloiai 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Ben Trbojevic 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Karl Lawton 15. Corey Waddell 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Nathan Brown 18. Jakob Arthur 19. Raymond Tuiamalo Vaega 20. Aaron Woods 21. Brad Parker 22. Jamie Humphreys

Roosters: Spencer Leniu has been banned for an eight-game stretch after admitting he racially abused Spencer Leniu but the Roosters will be boosted by the return of fellow prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Dominic Young.

1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Joseph Suaalii 4. Joseph Manu 5. Dominic Young 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Brandon Smith 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Siua Wong 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Sandon Smith 15. Naufahu Whyte 16. Nat Butcher 17. Terrell May 18. Connor Watson 19. Fetalaiga Pauga 20. Egan Butcher 21. Zach Dockar-Clay 22. Angus Crichton

Dolphins vs St George Illawarra at Kayo Stadium: 6.15pm, Sunday March 17


Odds: Dolphins $1.85, Dragons $1.95 – odds via PlayUp

Dolphins: The axe falls early on Tesi Niu, with new signing Jake Averillo straight into the centres alongside fellow recruit Herbie Farnworth. Isaiya Katoa also comes in for Sean O’Sullivan. Ray Stone (concussion) and Connolly Lemuelu (knee) are both out, Euan Aitken and Max Plath start.

Wayne Bennett has also promoted utility Kurt Donoghoe to the bench in place of veteran Kenny Bromwich, who will revert to 18th man.

1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. Jake Averillo 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Jack Bostock 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Isaiya Katoa 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Thomas Flegler 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Euan Aitken 13. Max Plath 14. Josh Kerr 16. Mark Nicholls 17. Jarrod Wallace 18. Kurt Donoghoe 15. Kenny Bromwich 19. Sean O’Sullivan 20. Oryn Keeley 21. Tesi Niu 22. Mason Teague

Dragons: Front-rower Blake Lawrie has confirmed he is fine to face the Dolphins on Sunday at Redcliffe, after missing round one with a rib injury, and Luciano Leilua makes his return to the club following his drink-driving suspension.

1. Tyrell Sloan 2. Zac Lomax 3. Moses Suli 4. Jack Bird 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Kyle Flanagan 7. Ben Hunt 8. Francis Molo 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Tom Eisenhuth 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Jack de Belin 14. Connor Muhleisen 15. Michael Molo 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 17. Luciano Leilua 18. Viliame Fifita 19. Christian Tuipulotu 20. Jesse Marschke 21. Ben Murdoch-Masila 22. Hame Sele

Bye – Titans


Titans veteran Kieran Foran is hopeful of returning from a calf injury when the Gold Coast are back after the bye. He sat out Saturday’s loss to the Dragons and coach Des Hasler said “he was close to playing but it was too risky”.

Gold Coast skipper Tino Fa’asuamaleaui was charged with a Grade 1 Shoulder Charge but can avoid suspension with an early guilty plea, facing a $3000 fine

Jayden Campbell and David Fifita are on the comeback trail from injury and likely to be available in Round 3.