Payne Haas is one of several Origin stars due back for the Broncos for their clash with the Eels.
Meanwhile, the Rabbitohs welcome back their skipper Cameron Murray and star hooker Damien Cook against the Storm, who need to replace star No.1 Ryan Papenhuyzen.
Read on for the NRL Team Tips for Round 19.
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THURSDAY JULY 21
Parramatta Eels vs Brisbane Broncos at CommBank Stadium, 7.50pm AEDT
Last week’s 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. Marata Niukore 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Jakob Arthur 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Ky Rodwell
Team Tips: Lock Ryan Matterson was close to playing last week and will definitely be right for the Broncos clash, according to Eels coach Brad Arthur. Matterson will likely be eased back via the bench with Jakob Arthur or Ky Rodwell likely to make way. Arthur said, Junior Paulo will be rested during the week rather than in games despite his heavy Origin workload. Versatile forward Bryce Cartwright is scheduled to return from a ribs injury and could come into contention for a bench spot.
Last week’s Broncos team: 1. Tesi Niu 2. Delouise Hoeter 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Brenko Lee 5. Jordan Pereira 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Keenan Palasia 9. Billy Walters 16. Thomas Flegler 11. Zac Hosking 12. Jordan Riki 13. Kobe Hetherington 10. Ryan James 14. Jake Turpin 15. Rhys Kennedy 17. Tyson Gamble
Team Tips: Origin winger Selwyn Cobbo is due to return from concussion, while Corey Oates is due back after being rested, with Delouise Hoeter and Jordan Pereira to make way. Star prop Payne Haas is due back from a shoulder injury, with Thomas Flegler likely to shift to the bench and Tyson Gamble to drop out. Maroons forward Kurt Capewell (rested) is also back with Zac Hosking to make way. Patrick Carrigan (rested) will come in at lock with Kobe Hetherington vying for a spot on the bench. Back-up hooker Cory Paix is expected to return from concussion, with Jake Turpin to make way on the pine.
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FRIDAY JULY 22
St George Illawarra Dragons vs Manly Sea Eagles at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, 6.00pm AEDT
Last week’s Dragons team: 1. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Tautau Moga 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 10. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 13. Jack de Belin 12. Jaydn Su’A 21. Billy Burns 11. Jack Bird 8. Francis Molo 14. Moses Mbye 16. Aaron Woods 22. Josh McGuire
Team Tips: Centre Moses Suli is in doubt after he suffered an ankle injury against the Roosters. If Suli is ruled out Jack Bird could switch to the centres. Enforcer Tariq Sims is due back from suspension with Billy Burns the man most likely to make way.
Last week’s Sea Eagles team: 1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jason Saab 3. Morgan Harper 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Sean Keppie 9. Lachlan Croker 18. Josh Aloiai 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic 10. Toafofoa Sipley 14. Dylan Walker 15. Josh Schuster 16. Martin Taupau
Team Tips: Prop Josh Aloiai was a late inclusion in the front row against the Knights and is likely to hold his place with Toafofoa Sipley switching to the pine and Taniela Paseka missing out.
Newcastle Knights vs Sydney Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium, 7.55pm AEDT
Last week’s Knights team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Dane Gagai 4. Enari Tuala 5. Dominic Young 6. Anthony Milford 7. Adam Clune 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 20. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 14. Simi Sasagi 15. Jacob Saifiti 17. Brodie Jones 18. Leo Thompson
Team Tips: Winger Dominic Young is in doubt with a rib injury that left him in a lot of pain against Manly. Edrick Lee carried a foot injury that has plagued him over the last few seasons into the game and felt it regress, so he may also be out putting pressure on the club’s wing stocks. Second-rower Tyson Frizell is in doubt with a rib injury, with Adam O’Brien saying he can’t put any more needles in his star forward. Bench man Simi Sasagi is in doubt with a shoulder injury. Centre Bradman Best is out for up to a month after having surgery on his thumb, with the Knights struggling for cattle in the outside backs.
Last week’s Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Billy Smith 4. Paul Momirovski 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Joseph Manu 7. Sam Walker 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 9. Sam Verrills 16. Nat Butcher 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Connor Watson 15. Egan Butcher 18. Drew Hutchison 19. Matthew Lodge
Team Tips: Front-rower Siosiua Taukeiaho failed his HIA and suffered a fractured cheekbone that will mean a stint on the sidelines. Luckless centre Billy Smith and second-rower Sitili Tupouinua could be out of the season after suffering suspected ACL injuries. Prop Matthew Lodge could start in just his second game for the Roosters making his mid-season signing all the more important. In a timely boost props Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Lindsay Collins and Luke Keary are all expected back against the Knights. Keary’s return would see Sam Walker shift to five-eighth and Joey Manu back to the centres for Smith.
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SATURDAY JULY 23
Canberra Raiders vs Warriors at GIO Stadium, 3.00pm AEDT
Last week’s Raiders team: 1. Xavier Savage 15. James Schiller 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papalii’i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 20. Corey Harawira-Naera 16. Adam Elliott 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 21. Emre Guler 22. Albert Hopoate
Team Tips: Skipper Elliott Whitehead and winger Nick Cotric (leg) were late scratchings against the Storm and will bid to return against the Warriors. Jordan Rapana is facing a two week suspension for a shoulder charge and high tackle charge against the Storm. He can pay a fine for the shoulder charge, but will have to fight the high tackle charge at the judiciary and could be rubbed out for three weeks if he loses. Winger James Schiller hurt his ankle against the Storm, but Ricky Stuart said it was not serious. He would make way if Cotric is fit, but give Rapana’s potential ban he may hold his spot. Corey Harawira-Naera would make way for Elliott. Semi Valemei is bidding to return from a knee injury, which could be a timely boost if Schiller and Cotric do not recover.
Last week’s Warriors team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Marcelo Montoya 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Adam Pompey 5. Edward Kosi 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Shaun Johnson 10. Tohu Harris 9. Wayde Egan 16. Aaron Pene 11. Euan Aitken 12. Josh Curran 13. Jazz Tevaga 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 14. Freddy Lussick 15. Bunty Afoa 17. Jack Murchie
Team Tips: Skipper Addin Fonua-Blake was switched to the bench for the clash with the Eels, but is still likely to be named in the starting front row for Round 19. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Covid) and Ronald Volkman (virus) are scheduled to return. Edward Kosi will likely make way for Watene-Zelezniak, but Volkman is unlikely to break into the team.
Penrith Panthers vs Cronulla Sharks at BlueBet Stadium, 5.30pm AEDT
Last week’s Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Robert Jennings 5. Charlie Staines 6. Kurt Falls 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Chris Smith 13. Matt Eisenhuth 14. Soni Luke 15. Scott Sorensen 17. Jaeman Salmon 20. Lindsay Smith
Team Tips: Ivan Cleary confirmed his Origin stars will return against the Sharks after he rested seven players against the Tigers. Brian To’o and Stephen Crichton will return in place of Charlie Staines and Robert Jennings. Jarome Luai and Nathan Cleary will come back into the halves, with Kurt Falls and Sean O’Sullivan dropping out. Api Koroisau will come in at hooker, with Mitch Kenny shifting to the bench and Soni Luke dropping out. Liam Martin and skipper Isaah Yeo will rejoin the back row in place of Chris Smith and Matt Eisenhuth. Kenny escaped suspension for a high tackle charge and will pay a fine.
Last week’s Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Connor Tracey 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Teig Wilton 12. Wade Graham 13. Dale Finucane 15. Cameron McInnes 16. Braden Hamlin-Uele 17. Andrew Fifita 19. Jesse Colquhoun
Team Tips: Winger Sione Katoa is in doubt after suffering a collarbone injury in the act of scoring against the Cowboys. Siosifa Talakai is due back after being rested after Origin III and would likely ocme into the centres, with Connor Tracey shifting to the wing for Katoa.
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm at Accor Stadium, 7.35pm AEDT
Last week’s Rabbitohs team: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Taane Milne 4. Isaiah Tass 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 16. Siliva Havili 10. Mark Nicholls 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 20. Davvy Moale 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Jed Cartwright 17. Thomas Burgess 18. Daniel Suluka-Fifita
Team Tips: Skipper Cameron Murray (concussion) and hooker Damien Cook (rested) are due back after not backing up from Origin against the Bulldogs, with Davvy Moale and Siliva Havili likely to make way. Josh Mansour is slated to return from a hamstring injury, but is unlikely to break into the 17.
Last week’s Storm team: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Nick Meaney 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Dean Ieremia 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Josh King 14. Tyran Wishart 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Alec MacDonald 17. Jordan Grant
Team Tips: Star fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen’s season is over after he suffered a suspected dislocated kneecap against the Raiders following a collision with Jack Wighton. Grant Anderson is expected to return from an elbow sprain and could feature in a reshuffled backline, with Nick Meaney likely to switch to fullback. Jack Howarth is due back from a shoulder injury, but will struggle to break into the 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona escaped suspension for a careless high tackle charge.
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SUNDAY JULY 24
Canterbury Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Titans at CommBank Stadium, 2.00pm AEDT
Last week’s Bulldogs team: 1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 20. Declan Casey 4. Braidon Burns 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Max King 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Waddell 13. Tevita Pangai Junior 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Kurtis Morrin 16. Joe Stimson 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner
Team Tips: Star winger Josh Addo-Carr limped off with a glute injury against the Rabbitohs and is in doubt for the clash with the Titans. Centre Aaron Schoupp was ruled out of the Rabbitohs clash due to Covid, with rookie Declan Casey starring in his absence. Schoupp might not be rushed back after Casey’s starred in the centres, but could come in for Addo-Carr on the wing if he fails to recover in time. Raymond Faitala-Mariner escaped a ban and will pay a fine for a careless high tackle charge.
Last week’s Titans team: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Sosefo Fifita 3. Phillip Sami 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. Tanah Boyd 7. Toby Sexton 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Aaron Booth 10. Isaac Liu 11. David Fifita 12. Beau Fermor 14. Erin Clark 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Paul Turner
Team Tips: Veteran Kevin Proctor is due back from a shoulder injury in Round 19 and could come into the back row or on the bench for the struggling Titans. Skipper Tino Fa’asuamaleaui is likely to start at lock, despite coming off the bench after backing up from Origin.
North Queensland Cowboys vs Wests Tigers at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 4.05pm AEDT
Last week’s Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 4. Peta Hiku 5. Brendan Elliot 16. Ben Hampton 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Reece Robson 10. Coen Hess 11. Tom Gilbert 15. Luciano Leilua 13. Jason Taumalolo 12. Connelly Lemuelu 14. Jake Granville 17. Griffin Neame 18. Tomas Chester
Team Tips: Origin star Valentine Holmes is due back at centre, with Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow set to switch to the wing and Brendan Elliott to drop out. Maroons rookie Tom Dearden (rested) will come back in at five-eighth for Ben Hampton. Queensland star Jeremiah Nanai will come into the back row, with Luciano Leilua set to switch to the bench and Thomas Chester to make way despite an impressive debut. Skipper Jason Taumalolo will escape a ban for a grade one shoulder charge and instead pay a fine.
Last week’s Tigers team: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Starford To’a 21. Asu Kepaoa 20. Junior Tupou 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. Joe Ofahengaue 9. Fa’amanu Brown 10. Zane Musgrove 12. Kelma Tuilagi 16. Luke Garner 13. Jackson Hastings 11. Justin Matamua 14. Fonua Pole 15. James Tamou 17. Jake Simpkin
Team Tips: Brett Kimmorley will persist with Jackson Hastings at lock, despite criticism he played like an extra halfback against the Panthers. Adam Doueihi was solid at five-eighth and will likely see out the season at No.6 alongside Luke Brooks at halfback. Winger David Nofoaluma and centre James Roberts were late scratchings against the Panthers due to illness and will come into consideration, with Junior Tupou and Asu Kepaoa likely to make way. Prop Alex Twal will sit out the rest of the season to recover from concussion symptoms.