Wednesday night’s Origin clash has had a significant bearing on the Round 13 team announcements. Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has opted to rest Queensland stars Corey Oates and Matt Gillett, but his other four Maroons reps have been named for the trip to Auckland.
North Queensland have listed all five of their Origin players in the starting line-up for Saturday’s home game against Newcastle, but a rejigged Melbourne line-up will not feature Queensland veterans Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk, who have both been rested.
All other Origin reps have been named to play, pending injuries to come out of Game 1.
The Warriors’ three-quarter line has been boosted by the return of Solomone Kata and Manu Vatuvei, though the predicted wholesale changes to the embattled side did not eventuate.
James Tedesco (Tigers) and Dale Copley (Roosters) return from injury layoffs, while mid-season recruits Chris Grehvsmuhl (Panthers), Konrad Hurrell (Titans) and Junior Paulo (Raiders) are all a chance of debuting for their new clubs.
Former Australian Test winger Akuila Uate has been axed by Knights coach Nathan Brown, and Jordan Rankin is the odd man out in the Tigers’ backline selection scramble with rookie Josh Addo-Carr retaining his spot.
Raiders v Sea Eagles
Fri, June 3, 7.50pm (AEST) @ GIO Stadium
Raiders: 1 Jack Wighton, 2 Brenko Lee, 3 Jarrod Croker, 4 Joseph Leilua, 5 Jordan Rapana, 6 Blake Austin, 7 Aidan Sezer, 8 Shannon Boyd, 9 Josh Hodgson, 10 Joseph Tapine, 11 Josh Papalii, 12 Elliot Whitehead, 13 Luke Bateman.
Interchange: 14 Kurt Baptiste, 15 Iosia Soliola, 16 Clay Priest, 17 Paul Vaughan, 19 Junior Paulo
*Brenko Lee has replaced injured namesake Edrick Lee on the wing, while Jeff Lima and Shaun Fensom are also out, replaced by Josh Papalii – an Origin absentee last week – and rookie Clay Priest. Mid-season recruit Junior Paulo has been named on an extended bench.
Sea Eagles: 1 Brett Stewart 2 Brayden Wiliame 3 Jamie Lyon 4 Steve Matai 5 Tom Trbojevic 6 Dylan Walker 7 Daly Cherry-Evans 8 Darcy Lussick 9 Matt Parcell 10 Nate Myles 11 Lewis Brown 12 Jamie Buhrer 13 Jake Trbojevic.
Interchange: 14 Apisai Koroisau 15 Joshua Starling 16 Brenton Lawrence 17 Siosia Vave 18 Interchange Blake Leary
*Matthew Wright drops out of the side with Steve Matai returning. Apisai Koroisau returns on an extended bench, and Jamie Lyon will start at five-eighth with NSW ‘utility’ Dylan Walker back at centre.
Warriors v Broncos
Sat, June 4, 3.00pm (AEST) @ Suncorp Stadium
Warriors: 1 Tuimoala Lolohea, 2 David Fusitu’a, 3 Blake Ayshford, 4 Solomone Kata, 5 Manu Vatuvei, 6 Thomas Leuluai, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 Jacob Lillyman, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Ben Matulino, 11 Bodene Thompson, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 13 Simon Mannering.
Interchange: 14 Nathaniel Roache, 15 Sam Lisone, 16 Albert Vete, 17 Charlie Gubb, 18 Ligi Sao.
*Solomone Kata (suspension) and Manu Vatuvei (personal leave) return at the expense of Matt Allwood and Jonathan Wright respectively. Nathaniel Roache, Albert Vete and Charlie Gubb have earned recalls to the bench, with Jazz Tevaga, John Palavi and James Gavet dropping out. Jacob Lillyman is currently in camp with the Queensland side on standby with Cooper Cronk under an injury cloud.
Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd, 2 Lachlan Maranta, 3 Jack Reed, 4 James Roberts, 5 Jordan Kahu, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Ben Hunt, 8 Josh McGuire, 9 Travis Waddell, 10 Adam Blair, 11 Alex Glenn, 12 Sam Thaiday, 13 Corey Parker.
Interchange: 14 Jarrod Wallace, 15 Tevita Pangai, 16 Joseph Ofahengaue, 17 Kodi Nikorima, 18 Herman Ese’ese, 19 Jai Arrow
*Corey Oates and Matt Gillett will be rested after playing in Wednesday’s Origin, but the remaining Queensland quartet – Boyd, Thaiday, Parker and McGuire have all been named. Hooker Andrew McCullough is out and has been replaced by Travis Waddell, with Kodi Nikorima remaining on the bench.
Cowboys v Knights
Sat, June 4, 5.30pm (AEST) @ 1300SMILES Stadium
Cowboys: 1 Lachlan Coote, 2 Kyle Feldt, 3 Justin O’Neill, 4 Kane Linnett, 5 Antonio Winterstein, 6 Michael Morgan, 7 Johnathan Thurston, 8 Matt Scott, 9 Jake Granville, 10 James Tamou, 11 Row Gavin Cooper, 12 Ethan Lowe, 13 Jason Taumalolo.
Interchange: 14 Rory Kostjasyn, 15 Patrick Kaufusi, 16 Scott Bolton, 17 Ben Hannant, 18 John Asiata
*The Cowboys’ five Origin stars have been named to start as 16 of the club’s grand final 17 come back together; the 17th grand finalist, John Asiata, has been named on an extended bench.
Knights: 1 Dane Gagai 2 Cory Denniss 3 Sione Mata’utia 4 Nathan Ross 5 Jake Mamo 6 Jaelen Feeney 7 Trent Hodkinson 8 Sam Mataora 9 Danny Levi 10 Daniel Saifiti 11 Tariq Sims 12 Pauli Pauli 13 Jeremy Smith.
Interchange: 14 Tyler Randell 15 Lachlan Fitzgibbon 16 Joshua King 17 Mickey Paea 20 David Bhana 23 Pat Mata’utia
*Dane Gagai’s return from Origin duty sees Akuila Uate dropped from the line-up, while Korbin Sims’ suspension has been offset by the return of Jeremy Smith.
Storm v Panthers
Sat, June 4, 7.30pm (AEST) @ AAMI Park
Storm: 1 Cameron Munster 2 Suliasi Vunivalu 3 Cheyse Blair 4 Ryan Morgan 5 Marika Koroibete 6 Blake Green 7 Tohu Harris 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Kenneth Bromwich 10 Jordan McLean 11 Kevin Proctor 12 Tim Glasby 13 Dale Finucane.
Interchange: 14 Nelson Asofa-Solomona 15 Felise Kaufusi 16 Christian Welch 17 Young Tonumaipea 18 Matthew White 19 Dean Britt
*Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk will be rested post-Origin, with Tohu Harris starting in the uncustomary halfback role and Kenny Bromwich lining up at hooker. Christian Welch Nichol, Dean Britt and Young Tonumaipea are the newcomers to an 18-man squad.
Panthers: 1 Matthew Moylan 2 Joshua Mansour 3 Waqa Blake 4 Isaah Yeo 5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 6 Tyrone Peachey 7 Jamie Soward 8 Sam McKendry 9 Peter Wallace 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11 Bryce Cartwright 12 Trent Merrin 13 Leilani Latu.
Interchange: 14 Suaia Matagi 15 Jeremy Latimore 16 Christopher Grevsmuhl 17 Sitaleki Akauola 20 Moses Leota
*Injury has ruled out Peta Hiku, James Fisher-Harris and James Segeyaro. They have been replaced by Waqa Blake, mid-season arrival Chris Grehvsmuhl and Sitaleki Akauola, while Moses Leota is on an extended bench. Peter Wallace moves to hooker, Tyrone Peachey goes to five-eighth, Jamie Soward to halfback and Isaah Yeo to centre.
Roosters v Tigers
Sun, June 5, 4.00pm (AEST) @ Allianz Stadium
Roosters: 1 Latrell Mitchell 2 Daniel Tupou 3 Mitchell Aubusson 4 Dale Copley 5 Blake Ferguson 6 Ryan Matterson 7 Mitchell Pearce 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9 Jake Friend 10 Dylan Napa 11 Boyd Cordner 12 Aiden Guerra 13 Sio Siua Taukeiaho.
Interchange: 14 Isaac Liu 15 Sam Moa 16 Kane Evans 17 Connor Watson 18 Eloni Vunakece *Dale Copley returns from a pectoral injury in the centres, which sees Origin star Aidan Guerra return to the back-row and Isaac Liu move to a five-man bench; rookies Connor Watson and Eloni Vunakece are set to vie for the final interchange spot.
Tigers: 1 James Tedesco 2 David Nofoaluma 3 Tim Simona 4 Kevin Naiqama 5 Joshua Addo-Carr 6 Mitchell Moses 7 Luke Brooks 8 Aaron Woods 9 Robbie Farah 10 Avagalu Seumanufagai 11 Joshua Aloiai 12 Christopher Lawrence 13 Elijah Taylor.
Interchange: 14 Sauaso Jesse Sue 15 Matthew Ballin 16 Tim Grant 17 Dene Halatau 18 Kyle Lovett 19 Jacob Junior Felise
*NSW duo Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods have been named, while James Tedesco returns at fullback in a big boost. Jordan Rankin, who started the year on the wing but had been deputising at fullback, has been left out altogether.
Rabbitohs v Titans
Sun, June 5, 6.30pm (AEST) @ nib Stadium
Rabbitohs: 1 Cody Walker, 2 Alexander Johnston, 3 Kirisome Auva’a, 4 Bryson Goodwin, 5 Dane Nielsen, 6 Five-Eighth Greg Inglis, 7 Halfback Adam Reynolds, 8 Prop 1 Thomas Burgess, 9 Cameron McInnes, 10 Nathan Brown,11 Paul Carter, 12 Kyle Turner, 13 Samuel Burgess.
Interchange: 14 Luke Keary, 15 Jason Clark, 16 Jack Gosiewski, 17 David Tyrrell
*Origin pair Greg Inglis and Adam Reynolds have been named in the halves, while David Tyrell comes in for George Burgess (groin) in the only change to their Round 11 side.
Titans: 1 William Zillman 2 Anthony Don 3 Josh Hoffman 4 Nathan Davis 5 Nene MacDonald 6 Tyrone Roberts 7 Ashley Taylor 8 David Shillington 9 Nathan Friend 10 Ryan James 11 John Zebelon Taia 12 Chris McQueen 13 Greg Bird.
Interchange: 14 Nathan Peats 15 Leivaha Pulu 16 Agnatius Paasi 17 Luke Douglas 18 Konrad Hurrell
*David Shillington returns at prop, with Eddy Pettybourne dropping out. High-profile mid-year recruit Konrad Hurrell is on an extended bench.
Bulldogs v Sharks
Mon, June 6, 7.00pm (AEST) @ ANZ Stadium
Bulldogs: 1 William Hopoate 2 Curtis Rona 3 Josh Morris 4 Kerrod Holland 5 Sam Perrett 6 Josh Reynolds 7 Moses Mbye 8 Aiden Tolman 9 Michael Lichaa 10 James Graham 11 Joshua Jackson 12 Raymond Faitala 13 David Klemmer.
Interchange: 14 Sam Kasiano 15 Adam Elliott 16 Tim Browne 17 Craig Garvey
*Will Hopoate returns from a three-match religion-related exile, which sees Sam Perrett go back to the wing and Tyrone Phillips drops out of the side. NSW centre Josh Morris has been named, meaning Curtis Rona returns to the other wing and debutant Reimis Smith drops out. Origin forwards Josh Jackson and David Klemmer are both in the starting pack.
Sharks: 1 Ben Barba 2 Sosaia Feki 3 Jack Bird 4 Gerard Beale 5 Valentine Holmes 6 James Maloney 7 Chad Townsend 8 Andrew Fifita 9 Michael Ennis 10 Sam Tagataese 11 Luke Lewis 12 Wade Graham 13 Paul Gallen.
Interchange: 14 Ricky Leutele 15 Chris Heighington 16 Jayson Bukuya 17 Joseph Paulo
*The Sharks are unchanged from their Round 11 defeat of Manly.