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All the 21-man squads listed ahead of Round 15 of the NRL Telstra Premiership. Check back across the round as squads are trimmed first to 19 men, then the final lineups on match day.
All times are listed in AEST (NSW/QLD/VIC/ACT) unless otherwise noted.
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1. Cody Walker 2. Alex Johnston 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Bryson Goodwin 18. Braidon Burns 6. John Sutton 7. Adam Reynolds 8. George Burgess 9. Robbie Farah 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Tyrell Fuimaono 12. Angus Crichton 15. Kyle Turner 14. Damien Cook 17. Zane Musgrove 19. Jason Clark 20. Anthony Cherrington
No changes to the 17 that lost last weekend.
Thursday: Gray is out, replaced by Burns on the wing. Murray drops off the reserves.
Final 17: Sam Burgess is out! Turner is promoted to starting lock. Clark and Cherrington fill the bench.
1. William Zillman 19. Phillip Sami 3. Dale Copley 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. John Olive 6. Chris McQueen 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Nathaniel Peteru 9. Pat Politoni 10. Ryan James 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Joe Greenwood 13. Leivaha Pulu 15. Morgan Boyle 16. Eddy Pettybourne 17. Max King 22. Paterika Vaivai
Hayne, Peats and Wallace all miss out through Origin, while injuries to Elgey, Roberts and Lawton mean sweeping changes. Zillman comes in at fullback, Olive on the wing, McQueen will partner Taylor in the halves, while Proctor, Peteru and Politoni start up front.
Thursday: Nakubuwai & Fogarty drop off the reserves.
Final 17: Don is out, with Sami called in to debut on the wing.
Referees: Ashley Klein, Alan Shortall;Sideline Officials: Nick Beashel, Clayton Sharpe;Video Referees: Luke Patten, Steve Chiddy;
6. Cameron Munster 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Curtis Scott 1. Young Tonumaipea 5. Josh Addo-Carr 19. Brodie Croft 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Slade Griffin 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 4. Tohu Harris 13. Dale Finucane 12. Kenneath Bromwich 14. Brandon Smith 15. Mark Nicholls 17. Dean Britt
Well now. This game has been decimated by Origin. Slater, Cronk, Smith, Chambers and Glasby are all donning Maroon next week, so: Tonumaipea in at fullback, Scott in the centres with Harris, Griffin hooker, Asofa-Solomona prop, Kenny Bromwich second row, and finally, Brandon Smith, Nicholls, Stimson and Britt make up the interchange. Leuluai and Hughes appear on the long bench.
Friday: Hawkins & Leuluai drop off the reserves.
Final 17: Stimson and Hughes drop out, prompting a raft of changes. Brodie Croft comes in at five-eighth, Munster moving to fullback, Tonumaipea to centre, Harris to second row, Kenny Bromwich to the bench.
1. Lachlan Coote 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O'Neill 4. Javid Bowen 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Kyle Laybutt 7. Ray Thompson 8. John Asiata 9. Jake Granville 10. Scott Bolton 11. Kane Linnett 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Ben Hampton 15. Shaun Fensom 16. Ben Spina 17. Corey Jensen
Missing players is nothing new for this mob in 2017 but even so... Thurston, Morgan, Cooper and Hess are all in Origin camp. Linnett moves to 2nd row, Bowen comes into the centres. Laybutt & Thompson are in the halves with Jensen joining the interchange. Mago is the newest face on the reserves.
Friday: Mago and Leary drop out.
Final 17: No changes, 1-17.
Referees: Ben Cummins, Adam Gee;Sideline Officials: Tim Roby, Jason Walsh;Video Referees: Luke Patten, Steve Chiddy;
1. Gerard Beale 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Kurt Capewell 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Edrick Lee 6. Fa'amanu Brown 7. Chad Townsend 8. Sam Tagataese 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Luke Lewis 12. Jayson Bukuya 13. Paul Gallen 14. Daniel Mortimer 15. Chris Heighington 16. Jeremy Latimore 17. Joseph Paulo
Another team destroyed by Origin representation, with Holmes, Bird, Maloney, Fifita and Graham all out. Beale goes to fullback with Lee on the wing and Brown into five-eighth. Tagataese and Bukuya come into the pack with Mortimer and Latimore new on the bench. Williams and Magoulias appear in the reserves.
Friday: Williams and Magoulias drop out.
Final 17: No changes, 1-17.
1. Kevin Naiqama 2. David Nofoaluma 16. Esan Marsters 4. Moses Suli 5. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 6. Tuimoala Lolohea 7. Luke Brooks 8. Tim Grant 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Ava Seumanufagai 11. Sauaso Sue 12. Kyle Lovett 13. Elijah Taylor 14. Matthew Eisenhuth 15. Jj Felise 3. Michael Chee-Kam 17. Jacob Liddle
Woods and Tedesco miss out through Origin which brings Naiqama into the fullback role and Tim Grant in at prop. Malakai Watene Zelezniak comes into to replace Naiqama on the wing, and Matt Eisenhuth joins the bench. But the biggest change? Luke Brooks returns from injury with Littlejohn pushed back to the reserves.
Friday: Heleta and Tatola drop out.
Final 17: Esan Marsters to start at centre in place of Michael Chee-Kam who reverts back to the bench.
Referees: Henry Perenara, Dave Munro;Sideline Officials: Michael Wise, Jarrod Cole;Video Referees: Ashley Klein, Bryan Norrie;
4. Clint Gutherson 2. Semi Radradra 3. Brad Takairangi 20. Michael Jennings 1. Bevan French 6. Corey Norman 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Daniel Alvaro 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Tim Mannah 11. Manu Ma'u 16. Kenny Edwards 13. Nathan Brown 14. Beau Scott 15. Suaia Matagi 17. Will Smith 19. Siosaia Vave
Auva'a returns in the backline with Davis pushed out of the side completely. No other changes.
Final 17: Auva'a and Niukore come out of the 19, with Michael Jennings returning in the centres! His shift pushes Gutherson to fullback, with French moving to the wing.
1. Jason Nightingale 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Kurt Mann 4. Timoteo Lafai 5. Kalifa Faifai Loa 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Josh McCrone 8. Russell Packer 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tariq Sims 12. Joel Thompson 13. Jack de Belin 14. Jacob Host 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Hame Sele 17. Taane Milne
Dugan and Frizell are out which brings Nightingale out to the fullback role, Faifai Loa onto the wing, and Sims in to replace Frizell. Host is added to the interchange while Will Matthews' name appears in the reserves.
Saturday: McCarthy and Lawrie drop out.
Final 17: Nothing further, your honour. 1-17.
Referees: Grant Atkins, Chris Sutton;Sideline Officials: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski, Dave Ryan;Video Referees: Ashley Klein, Luke Patten;