Sunday, February 12
Storm vs Roosters, GMHBA Stadium, Geelong, 1.50pmStorm squad:
1. Sualauvi Faalogo 2. William Warbrick 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Dean Ieremia 6. Tyran Wishart 7. Jonah Pezet 8. Aaron Pene
9. Bronson Garlick 10. Christian Welch 11. Joe Chan 12. Chris Lewis 13. Josh King 14. Ammaron Gudgeon 15. Young Tonumaipea 16. Jordan Grant 17. Eliesa Katoa 18. Jayden Nikorima 19. Keagan Russell-Smith 20. Cole Geyer 21. Grant Anderson 22. Angus Hinchey 23. Lazarus Vaalepu 24. Kane Bradley
Christian Welch will make a welcome return at prop for the Storm after an Achilles injury ruined his season last year in Round 1. Centre Reimis Smith (pectoral) is also on the comeback trail.
1. Ethan King 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Joseph Suaalii 4. Junior Pauga 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Brandon Smith 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Egan Butcher 12. Siua Wong 13. Victor Radley 14. Drew Hutchison 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Jake Turpin 17. Terrell May 18. Naufahu Whyte 19. Ben Thomas 20. William Fakatoumafi 21. Thomas Deakin 22. Tuku Hau Tapuha 23. Xavier Va’a 24. Tyler Moriarty
Brandon Smith is sure to cop a mixed reception from Storm players and fans when he makes his Roosters debut. The visitors have named plenty of big guns, including Joseph Suaali’i, Victor Radley, Luke Keary and Sam Walker. Suaali’i is lining up at centre in a likely pointer to his position for Round 1.
Raiders vs Bulldogs, Ack Weyman Oval, Moruya, 3.55pmRaiders squad:
1. Xavier Savage 2. Albert Hopoate 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Brad Morkos 5. Elijah Anderson 6. Matt Frawley 7. Brad Schneider 8. Ata Mariota 9. Danny Levi 10. Emre Guler 11. Clay Webb 12. Trey Mooney
13. Corey Horsburgh 14. Zac Woolford 15. Pasami Saulo 16. Jordan Martin 17. James Schiller 18. Hohepa Puru 19. Jed Stuart 20. Joshua Allen 21. Michael Asomua 22. Peter Hola 23. Ethan Strange 24. Loghan Lewis 25. Mitchell Spencer 26. Josh James 27. Lachlan Lewis 28. Ray Burns
Fingers will be crossed for club stalwart Jarrod Croker when he makes his comeback from shoulder surgery in the centres. Matt Frawley will suit up at five-eighth with Jack Wighton in All Stars camp. Brad Schneider will be halfback while Jamal Fogarty is kept in cotton wool after suffering a serious knee injury last year in the trials. Danny Levi and Zac Woolford will lay down their claims to be starting hooker. A surprise name is Lachlan Lewis on the bench with the former Canterbury half trying to revive his NRL career at Canberra.
1. Braidon Burns 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Jake Averillo 4. Paul Alamoti 21. Jayden Okunbor 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Luke Thompson 9. Reed Mahoney
10. Max King 11. Jacob Preston 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Fa’amanu Brown 15. Chris Patolo 16. Andrew Davey
17. Corey Waddell 19. Jeral Skelton 20. Jackson Topine 22. Bailey Hayward 23. Harrison Edwards 24. Khaled Rajab 25. Jayden Tanner 26. Kurtis Morrin
Off-season signings Reed Mahoney, Ryan Sutton, Fa’amanu Brown, Franklin Pele and Andrew Davey are part of Cameron Ciraldo’s first trial squad but former Panthers forward Viliame Kikau won’t make his Dogs debut until next week. Josh Reynolds is back in the halves for the Dogs after stints at the Wests Tigers and in the Super League with the veteran pushing for a spot in Round 1 as Matt Burton’s halves partner or a bench utility.
Cowboys vs Dolphins, Barlow Park, Cairns, 6pmCowboys squad:
1. Tomas Chester 2. Laitia Moceidreke 3. Gehamat Shibasaki 4. Brendan Elliot 5. Robert Derby 6. Ben Hampton 7. Thomas Duffy 8. Taniela Sadrugu 9. Kyle Schneider
10. James Tamou 11. Jack Gosiewski 12. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki 13. Riley Price 14. Mia Pua’avase 15. Sylvester Namo 16. Emarly Bitugane 17. Julian Christian 18. Jordan Lipp 19. Zac Laybutt 20. Adam Cook 21. Jake Bourke
Gehamat Shibasaki and Jack Gosiewski will giddy up for the Cowboys after heading to Townsville in the summer but coach Todd Payten has kept many of his stars away from their opening trial.
1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Jack Bostock 3. Tesi Niu 4. Euan Aitken 5. Oliver Gildart 6. Anthony Milford 7. Isaiya Katoa 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Harrison Graham 10. Herman Ese’ese 11. Jeremiah Simbiken 12. Connelly Lemuelu 13. Ray Stone
14. Brayden McGrady 15. Valynce Te Whare 16. Tyler Szepanowski 17. Lachlan Hubner 18. Judah Rimbu 19. Rodrick Tai 20. Sherwin Tanabi 21. Kurt Donoghoe 22. Brenton Baira 23. Mason Teague 24. Poasa Faamausili
All eyes will be on ex-Panthers half Isaiya Katoa to see if he will live up to the hype. He has been chosen alongside Anthony Milford in the halves. Jamayne Isaako gis getting first crack at fullback with Tesi Niu listed in the centres for the Dolphins.
Broncos vs Titans, Sunshine Coast Stadium, 8.05pmBroncos squad:
1. Reece Walsh 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Deine Mariner 6. Ezra Mam 7. Jack Ahearn 8. Thomas Flegler 9. Cory Paix 10. Payne Haas 11. Shalom O’Ofou 12. Brendan Frei 13. Corey Jensen 14. Billy Walters 15. Logan Bayliss-Brow 16. Martin Taupau 17. Benjamin Te Kura 18. Ethan Quai-Ward 19. Tyson Smoothy 20. Tristan Sailor 21. Joshua Rogers 22. Jamen Johnson
Despite spending some time training in the halves during the pre-season, Reece Walsh will be in his preferred No.1 jersey for his first match back at Brisbane since his stint with the Warriors. Ezra Mam is at five-eighth but Adam Reynolds is not playing, giving young Jack Ahearn a chance at halfback. Cory Paix has got the nod at hooker ahead of Billy Walters while Tristan Sailor has earned a spot on the bench as he tries to restart his NRL career which was put on pause by off-field issues at the Dragons.
1. Jayden Campbell 2. Alofiana Khan-Pereira 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Phillip Sami 5. Sosefo Fifita 6. Toby Sexton 7. Tanah Boyd 8. Jaimin Jolliffe 9. Chris Randall 10. Joe Stimson 11. David Fifita 12. Klese Haas 13. Erin Clark 14. Sam McIntyre 15. Iszac Fa’asumaleaui 16. Jo Vuna 17. Treymain Spry 18. Thomas Weaver 19. Keano Kini 20. Jaylan De Groot 21. Tony Francis 22. Josiah Pahulu 23. Vaka Sikahele 24. Jacob Alick 25. Ryan Foran 26. Jaron Purcell
Toby Sexton is back in favour but at five-eighth with Tanah Boyd lining up at halfback. David Fifita will begin the first match in his contract year at second row while Aaron Schoupp and Chris Randall are making their first outing in Titans colours.