All late haul for round 15 of the 2022 NRL Telstra Premiership.
NRL Late Mail: Round 15
Sea Eagles v Cowboys, Friday at 4 Pines Park
Sea eagles: Daly Cherry-Evans returns after resting last week. Kieran Foran returns to five eighths and Josh Schuster goes to the bench after last week’s solid win over the Wests Tigers. Taniela Paseka was named the 18th man again. No change when roster was finalized 60 minutes before kick-off.
Cowboys: Maroons star Reuben Cotter has been ruled out after suffering a hamstring injury during warm-up. The injury forced a reshuffle in the Cowboys’ roster, with Jamayne Taunoa-Brown promoted to the starting lineup and Brendan Elliott added to the bench. Coen Hess drops back to No. 2 in a late name change on Tuesday. Jeremiah Nanai is also returning after an ankle injury suffered in Origin One kept him out of the Dragons game. Nanai replaces Tom Gilbert, injured in the eye. With rising star Heilum Luki (knee) out for the season, Connelly Lemuelu had been named second but he returns to the trade where the squad was finalized 60 minutes before kick-off.
Storm v Broncos, Friday at AAMI Park
Storm: Impressive debutant Grant Anderson retained his place in the 17 and is expected to play with Ryan Papenhuyzen ruled out due to COVID protocols. No further changes when the squad was reduced 24 hours before kick-off. Tyrant Wishart is the 18th man.
Broncos: Payne Haas has been nominated but is in doubt after suffering a blow to the shoulder last week. Skipper Adam Reynolds will miss the game with a rib injury, clearing the way for Tyrone Roberts to play his second game of the season after coming off the bench in the first round. Kotoni Staggs returns after missing the Raiders game with a clogged shoulder suffered in Origin One and Brenko Lee holds his ground in crosses with Herbie Farnworth sidelined with a bicep injury. No change when squad reduced 24 hours before kick-off.
Sharks v Titans, Saturday at C.ex Coffs International Stadium
The Sharks: Skipper Dale Finucane is among the reserves as he nears a return from a knee injury and could join the squad on Saturday. He remains outside the 17 following Friday’s 19-man update, but could be a late inclusion.
Titans: AJ Brimson (COVID protocols) returns to the back allowing Jamayne Isaako to return to the wing and Esan Marsters drops to reserve. Erin Clark was named hooker despite suffering a rib injury against Souths and is expected to play. Kevin Proctor left the team on Friday and will likely return next week.
Warriors v Panthers, Saturday at Moreton Daily Stadium
Warriors: Addin Fonua-Blake is a huge for the Warriors after recovering from a foot injury and will start at prop, with Bunty Afoa returning on the trade. Young Ronald Volkman will make his NRL debut at five-eighth, pushing Chanel Harris-Tavita to the bench as Jesse Arthars enters crosses at the expense of Rocco Berry. Euan Aitken misses the match with a concussion and his place is taken by Josh Curran.
Panthers: Skipper Isaah Yeo returns for Premiers after resting last weekend, so Matt Eisenhuth returns to reserve.
Eels v Roosters, Saturday at CommBank Stadium
Eels: No late changes expected for the Eels who are unchanged despite last week’s heavy loss to the Bulldogs.
Roosters: Luke Keary has been named to play but will be watched all week after suffering a concussion against the Storm. Hooker Sam Verrills returns from a collarbone injury and Drew Hutchison returns to the bench, although he could come into half-time if Keary is ruled out.
Raiders v Knights, Sunday at GIO Stadium
Raiders: Jordan Rapana returns from suspension on the wing in the only change of the 17 that went down to Brisbane. Josh Papalii is back in the starting squad after coming off the bench last week following his Origin commitments.
Knights: Kalyn Ponga has been named to play but will have to pass the necessary concussion protocols this week to play after failing his HIA against Penrith. Tex Hoy will probably be the man to replace him if Ponga is ruled out. Kurt Mann enters the starting squad after being on the bench last week.
Bulldogs v Wests Tigers, Sunday at CommBank Stadium
Bulldogs: Chris Patolo will miss the game after suffering a blow to the head in the win over Parramatta. Kurtis Morrin therefore joins the bench for his debut in the NRL. Max King was named prop with Tevita Pangai jnr moving to lockdown, but don’t be surprised if the duo switch positions in line with last week’s late switch.
Western Tigers: Adam Doueihi makes his long-awaited return from a knee reconstruction on the exchange bench in a huge boost for the Tigers. Asu Kepaoa takes the place of suspended Brent Naden in crosses.