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Round 15 Team Lists: Smith dumped, Tigers Api with switch, Johnson back, Wests to start two debutants

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11th June, 2024
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Brandon Smith has been dumped from the Roosters side completely for Round 15, as the club takes serious action after his failure to turn up to a mid-season review.

Smith has been replaced by the ever-present Connor Watson, who could look to snap up a regular starting role if he performs well in Saturday’s stoush with Parramatta at CommBank Stadium.

The Kiwi international has also been handed a suspended fine of $1000 as speculation swirls about his long-term future at the club.

Tigers skipper Api Koroisau has been named to partner Aidan Sezer in the halves, covering the injured Bud Sullivan (finger) and Lachlan Galvin (hand) against the Titans at Leichhardt on Saturday.

Galvin has been contending with a hand injury in recent weeks as uncertainty around his future mounts. The 18-year-old’s management reportedly spoke to club powerbrokers last week about their concerns with the direction of the team.

Possible NSW teammate Liam Martin could make a late charge into the Panthers side to face Newcastle after being named in the reserves on return from a minor foot injury.

Bradman Best is back from a hamstring injury just in time to feature in the NSW selection conversation for Origin II.

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The Newcastle centre was superb on debut in game three last year, and after missing game one last week he could be a handy replacement for the suspended Joseph Suaalii.

The prognosis is similarly positive for incumbent Blues forward Haumole Olakau’atu, named for Manly’s clash with St George Illawarra despite hurting his calf in round 14.

Manly prop Josh Aloiai has copped a two-match suspension for tripping while Canterbury lock Kurt Mann is out two matches due to a crusher tackle ban.

Rested from Cronulla’s round-14 win after playing State of Origin, Nicho Hynes dislodges Daniel Atkinson from the Sharks’ halves and will partner Braydon Trindall against the Dolphins on Thursday.

Round 15 teams

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Cronulla vs Dolphins at PointsBet Stadium: 7.50pm, Thursday June 13

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

Nicho Hynes surges back into the Sharks No.7 spot after his rest following Origin One. Braydon Trindall has been given the green light to combine with the Blues half, as Daniel Atkinson makes way and drops to the reserves. Big man Braden Hamlin-Uele returns to the line-up for some much needed grunt on the bench.

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

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow slots back into his preferred fullback role, leaving highly unlucky Trai Fuller to reenter reserves lineup. Kodi Nikorima (calf) returns and takes out Anthony Milford at five-eighth. Kenny Bromwich fills in for his brother Jesse at prop, who has a rib injury. Felise Kaufusi comes into the starting fray, so Mark Nicholls finds himself on the bench.

Canberra vs North Qld at GIO Stadium: 6pm, Friday June 14

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

Hudson Young returns for the Green machine, so Ata Mariota comes off the bench in round 15. Josh Papali’i finds himself in the starting side as he did in round 14, but may come off the bench – meaning Emre Guler to begin the match. Corey Horsburgh’s return from a groin inury has again been delayed.

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Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Viliami Vailea 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 17. Griffin Neame 9. Reece Robson 10. Reuben Cotter 11. Heilum Luki 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Sam McIntyre 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki 19. Harrison Edwards 18. Braidon Burns 20. Tomas Chester 21. Jaxon Purdue 22. Jamal Shibasaki

Reece Robson and Murray Taulagi are fit to play after their talisman Origin efforts, and find themselves back in Cowboys colours. Jordan McLean has been forced out with late calf issues, moving Griffin Neame into the starting prop position, while Harrison Edwards takes his place on the bench. Jason Taumalolo has been named to start at lock following seven games off the bench, while flyer Jeremiah Nanai adds a much needed spark in the second row.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 08: Jock Madden of the Broncos breaks away from the defence during the round 14 NRL match between Brisbane Broncos and Cronulla Sharks at Suncorp Stadium, on June 08, 2024, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Jock Madden. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Sth Sydney vs Brisbane at Accor Stadium: 8pm, Friday June 14

Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Taane Milne 4. Richard Kennar 5. Jacob Gagai 6. Jack Wighton 7. Cody Walker 8. Davvy Moale 9. Damien Cook 10. Sean Keppie 11. Michael Chee Kam 12. Jai Arrow 13. Keaon Koloamatangi 14. Peter Mamouzelos 15. Tallis Duncan 16. Cameron Murray 17. Thomas Burgess 18. Dion Teaupa 19. Liam Le Blanc 20. Adam Christensen 21. Chase Chapman 22. Bayleigh Bentley-Hape

Cameron Murray adds a much needed moral builder to a Bunnies side who have rallied over the last few weeks without him. Murray returns after a hip injury from round nine. Siliva Havili is out with a calf injury so Murray slots right in on the bench.

Broncos: 1. Tristan Sailor 4. Selwyn Cobbo 3. Kotoni Staggs 18. Josiah Karapani 5. Deine Mariner 6. Ezra Mam 7. Jock Madden 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Brendan Piakura 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Tyson Smoothy 15. Xavier Willison 16. Kobe Hetherington 17. Jack Gosiewski 18. Josiah Karapani 19. Fletcher Baker 20. Israel Leota 21. Martin Taupau 22. Blake Mozer

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Tristan Sailor has been named for his second start in a row at the back due to Reece Walsh’s 11-day concussion stand down. Corey Oates has failed to prove fit with a knee injury, meaning Cobbo moves to the wing while Karapani comes into the centres. Xavier Willison finds himself on the bench after father duties and Fletcher Baker is the one to miss out.

Wests vs Gold Coast at Leichhardt Oval: 3pm, Saturday June 15

Tigers: 1. Jahream Bula 2. Alexander Lobb 3. Brent Naden 4. Justin Olam 5. Charlie Staines 6. Aidan Sezer 7. Apisai Koroisau 8. Stefano Utoikamanu 9. Tallyn Da Silva 22. Jordan Miller 11. Fonua Pole 12. Samuela Fainu 13. Justin Matamua 14. Alex Seyfarth 15. Sione Fainu 16. Reuben Porter 17. Solomona Faataape 18. Kit Laulilii 19. Luke Laulilii 20. Heath Mason 21. Jahream Bula 22. Jordan Miller 23. Adam Doueihi

The increasingly desperate Wests Tigers have shifted captain Api Koroisau to the halves and rested reportedly disgruntled rookie Lachlan Galvin amid a hand injury.

Jordan Miller will make his NRL debut after Alex Twal was ruled out late with a foot concern. Charlie Staines has also been ruled out, meaning Heath Mason will also make his debut on the wing.

Aidan Sezer is back from suspension to partner usual hooker Koroisau in the halves this Saturday, with Solomona Faataape joining the 17 in place of Solomon Alaimalo (head knock).

Tallyn Da Silva has been named to play hooker as Koroisau lines up at halfback ater Jayden Sullivan (finger injury) joined the club’s long list of unavailable players. Centre Justin Olam has been named despite contending with a long-standing knee injury,

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Titans: 1. Keano Kini 2. Alofiana Khan-Pereira 3. Brian Kelly 4. Phillip Sami 5. Jojo Fifita 6. Jayden Campbell 7. Kieran Foran 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Chris Randall 10. Josiah Pahulu 13. Klese Haas 12. Beau Fermor 17. Erin Clark 14. Sam Verrills 15. Isaac Liu 16. Keenan Palasia 20. Jacob Alick-Wiencke 18. Joe Stimson 19. Tanah Boyd 21. Iszac Fa’asumaleaui 22. Jaylan De Groot

Phil Sami is back after a hamstring injury so Beau Fermor returns to the back row and Keenan Palasia is back on the interchange with Jacob Alick dropped. Klese Haas moves into the back row while Jacob Alick-Wiencke takes a spot on the bench for the lame Fifita.

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23: Shaun Johnson of the Warriors scores a try during the round 17 NRL match between St George Illawarra Dragons and New Zealand Warriors at WIN Stadium on June 23, 2023 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Shaun Johnson scores a try. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Warriors vs Melbourne at Go Media Stadium: 5.30pm, Saturday June 15

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

Shaun Johnson’s return from a pectoral injury suffered six weeks ago is set to provide extra strike power for a resurgent Warriors side facing Melbourne in Auckland this weekend.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (hamstring) is in the extended squad but is likely to be back next week.

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Storm: 1. Sualauvi Faalogo 2. Grant Anderson 3. Dean Ieremia 4. Nick Meaney 5. Xavier Coates 6. Tyran Wishart 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Tui Kamikamica 9. Harry Grant 10. Josh King 11. Shawn Blore 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Trent Loiero 14. Bronson Garlick 15. Christian Welch 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Joe Chan 18. Young Tonumaipea 19. Jack Howarth 20. Lazarus Vaalepu 21. Chris Lewis 22. Kane Bradley

Injury-plagued fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen is still at least another week away from returning from his ankle issue, omitted from Melbourne’s extended squad entirely.

Reimis Smith hasn’t been named after a concussion against Newcastle with Dean Ieremia taking his spot in the centres.

Parramatta vs Sydney at CommBank Stadium: 7.35pm, Saturday June 15

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

Ryan Matterson has been named on the extended bench but is no guarantee to return after a recent heavy concussion.

Maika Sivo is back on the wing after a hamstring strain kept him out against Canterbury. Maroons forward J’maine Hopgood is in doubt with a back complaint.

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

The Sydney Roosters have dropped hooker Brandon Smith after he received a breach notice for missing a team meeting during the bye week. Connor Watson replaces him on return from a throat injury.

Manly vs St George Illawarra at 4 Pines Park: 2pm, Sunday June 16

Sea Eagles: 1. Lehi Hopoate 2. Jason Saab 3. Tolutau Koula 4. Reuben Garrick 5. Tommy Talau 6. Luke Brooks 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Karl Lawton 10. Nathan Brown 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Ben Trbojevic 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Gordon Chan Kum Tong 15. Corey Waddell 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Toafofoa Sipley 18. Raymond Tuiamalo Vaega 19. Jaxson Paulo 20. Jake Simpkin 21. Aitasi James 22. Aaron Schoupp

Blues forward Haumole Olakau’atu has been named for Manly’s clash with St George Illawarra despite hurting his calf in round 14.

Nathan Brown replaces Josh Aloiai due to his tripping ban, with Ethan Bullemor promoted to the bench.

Dragons: 1. Tyrell Sloan 2. Zac Lomax 3. Moses Suli 4. Max Feagai 5. Mathew Feagai 6. Kyle Flanagan 7. Ben Hunt 8. Francis Molo 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Jack de Belin 11. Luciano Leilua 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Tom Eisenhuth 14. Blake Lawrie 15. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 16. Ben Murdoch-Masila 17. Toby Couchman 18. Fa’amanu Brown 19. Michael Molo 20. Christian Tuipulotu 21. Ryan Couchman 22. Sione Finau

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Shane Flanagan has stuck solid with the team which smashed the Tigers in Wollongong last weekend.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12: Bradman Best of the Blues celebrates scoring a try during game three of the State of Origin series between New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons at Accor Stadium on July 12, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Bradman Best celebrates scoring a try. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Newcastle vs Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium: 4.05pm, Sunday June 16

Knights: 1. Fletcher Sharpe 2. Enari Tuala 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Greg Marzhew 6. Jack Cogger 7. Jackson Hastings 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Leo Thompson 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Kai Pearce-Paul 13. Adam Elliott 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Daniel Saifiti 16. Dylan Lucas 17. Brodie Jones 18. Jack Hetherington 19. Mathew Croker 20. Will Pryce 21. Krystian Mapapalangi 22. David Armstrong

Kai Pearce-Paul is in doubt to play for Newcastle with a foot injury, meaning Dylan Lucas would return to the second-row.

Bradman Best is back from a hamstring injury just in time to feature in the NSW selection conversation for Origin II.

The Newcastle centre was superb on debut in game three last year, and after missing game one last week he could be a handy replacement for the suspended Joseph Suaalii.

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

Penrith’s Dylan Edwards is set to have one game to reassert his State of Origin credentials after shaking off the quad issue that forced him out of NSW camp for game one.

Possible NSW teammate Liam Martin could make a late charge into the Panthers side to face Newcastle after being named in the reserves on return from a minor foot injury.

Bye – Bulldogs

Kurt Mann is out two matches due to a crusher tackle ban.

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