Late Mail; team news, Reece Walsh, Addin Fonua-Blake Covid-19; Dale Finucane Shakrs, injuries, Mick Potter Covid-19, Bulldogs

New Zealand Warriors could be without both forward Addin Fonua-Blake and young superstar Reece Walsh for the team’s homecoming to a sold-out Mt Smart Stadium.

The Sharks, meanwhile, have made a late switch with Dale Finucane elevated to the starting side.

Bulldogs centre Corey Allan has been ruled out with a groin injury, welcoming boom young gun Declan Casey into the side for his debut.

Trent Robinson, meanwhile, is set to switch Joey Manu into the halves in a bid to reignite the Roosters seasonn while the Sharks welcomed back a trio of stars after they spent a week in isolation with Covid.

The Knights have received a timely boost with a star returning from injury and the Titans have confirmed David Fifita will play.

Read on for all of the NRL Round 16 Late Mail.

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Penrith Panthers vs Sydney Roosters at BlueBet Stadium, 7:55pm AEDT

Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Jaeman Salmon 21. Sunia Turuva

Players cut: 8. Robert Jennings 20. Chris Smith 22. Sean O’Sullivan 19. Matt Eisenhuth

Early Mail: The Panthers remain unchanged with all Origin stars named in the starting 17.

Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Billy Smith 12. Sitili Tupouniua 5. Joseph Suaalii 4. Joseph Manu 7. Sam Walker 8. Lindsay Collins 6. Drew Hutchison 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 16. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley 9. Sam Verrills 14. Connor Watson 15. Egan Butcher 19. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 20. Adam Keighran

Players cut: 17. Fletcher Baker 21. Terrell May 22. Lachlan Lam 18. Paul Momirovski

Early Mail: The Sydney Roosters have switched Joey Manu to the halves in a bid to get their season back on track. Manu replaces Luke Keary who is out with concussion. Meanwhile, Sitili Tupouniua has moved to the centres, with Nat Butcher slotting into the backrow. Drew Hutchison has also moved to hooker, shifting Sam Verrills onto the bench. Daniel Suluka-Fifita joins the bench at the expense of Fletcher Baker.


Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Cronulla Sharks at CommBank Stadium, 3:00pm AEDT

Bulldogs team: 1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 19. Declan Casey 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Max King 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Tevita Pangai Junior 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Corey Waddell 16. Joe Stimson 17. Kurtis Morrin 21. Jayden Tanner 22. Harrison Edwards

Players cut: 4. Corey Allan 20. Bailey Biondi-Odo 24. Jackson Topine

Early Mail: The Bulldogs will be without interim coach Mick Potter, who has contracted Covid-19. Potter will coach over the phone to assistants David Furner and Craig Sandercock. It’s unfortunate timing giving the Bulldogs are coming off back-to-back wins and have finally find some form under Potter’s watch. Meanwhile, Corey Allan has been ruled out due to a groin injury. Young gun Declan Casey is set to make his NRL debut, becoming the 834th player to pull on the Bulldogs jersey. Eagle-eyed viewers will remember Casey’s bone-rattling hit on Kalyn Ponga in the Bulldogs pre-season trial against the Knights.

Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Aiden Tolman 15. Dale Finucane 16. Teig Wilton 17. Andrew Fifita 18. Connor Tracey 21. Jesse Colquhoun

Players cut: 19. Braydon Trindall 20. Kade Dykes 22. Lachlan Miller

Early Mail: The Sharks can breathe a sigh of relief with three of their senior players cleared to play after contracting Covid. Wade Graham, Dale Finucane and Cameron McInnes were back at training on Thursday after spending a week in quarantine. The Sharks made the late call to elevate Finucane to the starting lineup with McInnes to start from the bench.

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North Queensland Cowboys vs Brisbane Broncos at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 5:30pm AEDT

Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 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. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Luciano Leilua 16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 17. Griffin Neame 18. Ben Condon 19. Brendan Elliot 20. Kane Bradley 21. Iosefo Baleiwairiki 22. Kyle Feldt

Players cut:

Early Mail: To come.

Broncos team: 1. Te Maire Martin 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Brenko Lee 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Jake Turpin 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Keenan Palasia 18. Jordan Pereira 19. TC Robati 20. Tyson Gamble 21. Delouise Hoeter 22. Rhys Kennedy

Players cut:

Early Mail: To come.

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Parramatta Eels at Accor Stadium, 7:35pm AEDT

Rabbitohs team: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Taane Milne 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Mark Nicholls 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Thomas Burgess 16. Siliva Havili 17. Hame Sele 18. Blake Taaffe 19. Isaiah Tass 20. Liam Knight 21. Ben Lovett 22. Davvy Moale

Players cut:

Early Mail: To come.

Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Waqa Blake 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Marata Niukore 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Ky Rodwell 18. Tom Opacic 19. Jakob Arthur 20. Nathan Brown 21. Bryce Cartwright 22. Hayze Perham

Players cut:

Early Mail: To come.

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New Zealand Warriors vs Wests Tigers at Mt Smart Stadium, 2:00pm AEDT

Warriors team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Euan Aitken 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Ronald Volkman 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Jazz Tevaga 11. Jack Murchie 12. Tohu Harris 13. Josh Curran 14. Chanel Harris-Tavita 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Eliesa Katoa 17. Bayley Sironen 18. Adam Pompey 20. Aaron Pene 21. Rocco Berry 22. Freddy Lussick 23. Daejarn Asi

Players cut:

Early Mail: Fullback Reece Walsh has been ruled out after failing a Covid-19 test.Chanel Harris-Tavita looms as the most likely man to be promoted to the fullback role in his absence. Forward Addin Fonua-Blake, meanwhile, is in doubt after it was revealed he contracted Covid following the international between Tonga and New Zealand. News Hub reportrs he has returned a negative test but under NRL protocols will only come out of isolation hours before the Warriors play. Should he be ruled out, Bunty Afoa is likely to start, with Aaron Pene coming into the side.

Tigers team: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Starford To’a 4. James Roberts 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Luke Brooks 7. Jackson Hastings 8. James Tamou 9. Fa’amanu Brown 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Luke Garner 12. Kelma Tuilagi 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Stefano Utoikamanu 15. Adam Doueihi 16. Alex Seyfarth 17. Fonua Pole 18. Asu Kepaoa 19. Junior Tupou 20. Austin Dias 21. Jacob Liddle 22. Justin Matamua

Players cut:

Early Mail: To come.

St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders at WIN Stadium, 4:05pm AEDT

Dragons team: 1. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Jack de Belin 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Jack Bird 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Tariq Sims 14. Moses Mbye 15. Francis Molo 16. Aaron Woods 17. Michael Molo 18. Josh Kerr 19. Tautau Moga 20. Jayden Sullivan 21. Jaiyden Hunt 22. Billy Burns

Players cut:

Early Mail: To come.

Raiders team: 1. Xavier Savage 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papalii 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 17. Corey Horsburgh 18. Matt Frawley 19. Corey Harawira-Naera 20. Trey Mooney 21. Semi Valemei 22. Adrian Trevilyan

Players cut:

Early Mail: To come.

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