Wayne Bennett has a selection dilemma ahead of South Sydney’s clash with the Roosters. Picture: Phil Hillyard
Wayne Bennett has a selection dilemma ahead of South Sydney’s clash with the Roosters. Picture: Phil Hillyard

NRL finals teams: Roosters blow for week one

THE NRL finals are upon us and there's plenty of stars returning from injury while a host of others will miss through suspension.

Here's all the teams for the first week of the finals.

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (2) v

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (3)

7.50pm Friday at Sydney Cricket Ground

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joey Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Isaac Liu 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitch Aubusson 13. Victor Radley. Interchange: 14. Angus Crichton 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Nat Butcher 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho. Reserves: 18. Lindsay Collins 19. Sitili Tupouniua 20. Drew Hutchison 21. Ryan Hall

Team news: Jake Friend won't face South Sydney but is expected to return in the Roosters' next finals clash. This means rookie Sam Verrills starts at hooker. Luke Keary, Siosiua Taukeiaho, Brett Morris and Mitch Aubusson all return from injury/rests.

Rabbitohs: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. Alex Johnston 3. James Roberts 4. Campbell Graham 5. Corey Allan 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Junior Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Liam Knight 11. John Sutton 12. Jaydn Su'A 13. Cameron Murray. Interchange: 14. Ethan Lowe 15. Dean Britt 16. Thomas Burgess 17. Mark Nicholls. Reserves: 18. George Burgess 19. Bayley Sironen 20. Connor Tracey 21. Mawene Hiroti

Team news: James Roberts returns from suspension in place of the injured Dane Gagai at centre. Junior Tatola starts at prop for the suspended Sam Burgess. Tom Burgess and Dean Britt join the bench with George Burgess named among the reserves.

 

Cameron Munster will strengthen the Storm line-up. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Cameron Munster will strengthen the Storm line-up. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) Bradley Kanaris

MELBOURNE STORM (1)

v CANBERRA RAIDERS (4)

5.40pm Saturday at AAMI Park

Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Max King 17. Joe Stimson. Reserves: 18. Curtis Scott 19. Tino Faasuamaleaui 20. Brodie Croft 21. Tom Eisenhuth

Team news: Cameron Munster, Brandon Smith and Josh Addo-Carr return after being rested in the final regular season round. Jahrome Hughes will again start at halfback with Brodie Croft dropping to reserves to accommodate Munster.

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joey Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Sia Soliola 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine. Interchange: 14. Bailey Simonsson 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. JJ Ryan Sutton. Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Emre Guler 20. Siliva Havili 21. Hudson Young

Team news: Joey Leilua returns from suspension pushing Bailey Simonsson to the bench and Siliva Havili to reserves. Joe Tapine returns from a rib injury pushing Corey Horsburgh to the bench. Charnze Nicoll-Kloklstadd, John Bateman, Sia Soliola and Jordan Rapana all return after being rested last week.

Des Hasler knows what Tony Williams can bring.
Des Hasler knows what Tony Williams can bring.

MANLY SEA EAGLES (6)

v CRONULLA SHARKS (7)

7.50pm Saturday at Lottoland

Sea Eagles: 1. Brendan Elliot 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Dylan Walker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Sean Keppie 11. Corey Waddell 12. Jack Gosiewski 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Manase Fainu 15. Haumole Olakau'atu 16. Lloyd Perrett 17. Toafofoa Sipley. Reserves: 18. Lachlan Croker 19. Cade Cust 20. Tevita Funa 21. Tony Williams

Team news: The NRL have granted the injury riddled Sea Eagles permission to promote Tony Williams into their extended squad. Sean Keppie starts at prop in his second NRL game in place of the suspended Marty Taupau. Corey Waddell starts in the second-row alongside the returning Jack Gosiewski. The pair replace injured forwards Curtis Sironen and Taniela Paseka. Haumole Olakau'atu and Toafofoa Sipley join the bench.

Sharks: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Morris 5. Aaron Gray 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Aaron Woods 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen. Interchange: 14. Kurt Capewell 15. Jack Williams 16. Andrew Fifita 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele. Reserves: 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Blayke Brailey 20. Kyle Flanagan 21. Matt Moylan

Team news: Aaron Gray replaces the suspended Ronaldo Mulitalo. Aaron Woods starts at prop with Andrew Fifita shifting to the bench.

Joe Ofahengaue returns for the Broncos. Picture: AAP
Joe Ofahengaue returns for the Broncos. Picture: AAP

PARRAMATTA EELS (5)

v BRISBANE BRONCOS (8)

4:05pm, Sunday at BankWest Stadium

Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Kane Evans 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Manu Ma'u 13. Nathan Brown. Interchange: 14. Brad Takairangi 15. Daniel Alvaro 16. Ray Stone 17. Marata Niukore. Reserves: 18. Tepai Moeroa 19. Will Smith 20. Peni Terepo 21. Josh Hoffman

Team news: Kane Evans must beat a charge at the judiciary to take his starting place at prop. Nathan Brown returns from suspension at lock.

Broncos: 1. Anthony Milford 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Alex Glenn 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Darius Boyd 7. Jake Turpin 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Matt Gillett 13. Joe Ofahengaue. Interchange: 14. James Segeyaro 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Gehamat Shibasaki 17. Patrick Carrigan. Reserves: 18. Rhys Kennedy 19. Izaia Perese 20. Shaun Fensom 21. Cory Paix

Team news: Joe Ofahengaue returns at lock pushing Patrick Carrigan to the bench and Rhys Kennedy out of the 17. Gehamat Shibasaki replaces Izaia Perese on the bench.

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