Canterbury have named youngster Moses Mbye to replace suspended five-eighth Josh Reynolds, while South Sydney have named Tom Burgess to replace George.
Canterbury have gambled on youngster Moses Mbye guiding the side around the park in the absence of suspended five-eighth Josh Reynolds.
Reynolds was suspended for three games after early guilty pleas to dangerous contact and tripping charges stemming from the side’s heavy loss to Brisbane last Friday.
Coach Des Hasler elected to use Josh Jackson and Tony Williams at five-eighth during Reynolds’ three-week suspension for a shoulder charge following State of Origin III.
However, he has shown faith in highly regarded Queenslander Mbye, who turns 21 on Wednesday, naming him to partner Trent Hodkinson in the halves as they seek to arrest a four-game losing streak against Parramatta at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
The Dogs’ woes were compounded with Sam Kasiano ruled out for at least a month with an ankle injury.
The Eels have named Fuifui MoiMoi to replace the suspended Junior Paulo.
South Sydney coach Michael Maguire had the luxury of having a like-for-like replacement for suspended prop George Burgess, naming the Englishman’s twin brother Tom in the No.8 jersey to take on the Broncos at ANZ Stadium on Thursday.
Brisbane star Justin Hodges was not listed because of a hamstring injury however could make an early return.
Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter has refused to swing the axe following his side’s thumping at the hands of North Queensland.
Tim Simona (knee) has been ruled out for a month and will be replaced by Cory Patterson against the Sydney Roosters while prop Keith Galloway returns.
The Roosters named the same 17 who defeated Gold Coast on Monday night with Sonny Bill Williams (thumb) to miss at least another week.
Cronulla captain Paul Gallen has been named to return against Melbourne after being a late scratching last week.
Jordan McLean has been added to a five-man bench in the Storm’s only change.
Jarrod Mullen (abdominal) and Beau Scott (concussion) will both be back for Newcastle’s clash with the Warriors.
Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson has been named to return from a groin injury while Queensland outside back Dane Nielsen (concussion) will be absent.
St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor dumped fullback Adam Quinlan with Gerard Beale to move into No.1 and Peter Mata’utia coming into the centres.
Canberra named the same 17 after an improved showing against Parramatta on the weekend.
New Gold Coast coach Neil Henry named an unchanged 17 in his first game in charge however Dave Taylor (neck) is in considerable doubt and David Mead and Albert Kelly could be late inclusions.
Manly also named an unchanged line-up.
Penrith and North Queensland both stuck with the same 17 for their Monday night clash.