As released on Tuesday April 5, Each NRL Team for Round 5 will be listed below.
ROUND 5 TIPPING PREVIEW OUT WEDNESDAY
ROUND 5 PODCAST TO COME THURSDAY 7 APRIL
TIGERS v RABBITOHS
WTG: McKinnon, Brown, Ayshford, Daniela, Utai, Marshall, Moltzen, Gibbs Farah (c), Galloway, Dwyer, A Schirnack, Heighington. Bench: Miller, Fifita, Woods, Payten.
[Team Changes - There is still no Beau Ryan as Mitch Brown and Matt Utai hold the wing spots. Geoff Daniela is named at centre with Tim Moltzen at half and rookie Jacob Miller on the bench. Bryce Gibbs starts at prop and Andrew Fifita moves to the bench. There is an outside chance that Gareth Ellis could make an appearance on Friday. ]
SOU: Wesser, Merritt, Inglis, Farrell, Talanoa, Sutton, Sandow, Asotasi (c), Luke, Stuart, S Burgess, Taylor, Tyrrell. Bench: Ross, McPherson, Crocker, McQueen.
[Team Changes - Sam Burgess is named for the second week in the team but this week he looms as a more likely starter after returning from a shoulder injury. Dylan Farrell hurt his shoulder against Manly and may be in some doubt and Rhys Wesser is no certainty to return from a hamstring injury despite being named. Kane Morgan and Nathan Peats miss out. ]
COWBOYS v TITANS
NQL: Bowen, Graham, Tupou, Tonga, Fai-Fai Loa, Thompson, Thurston (c), Scott (c), Payne, Tamou, Cooper, Hall, Johnson. Bench: Segeyaro, L Ah Mau, T Sims, A Sims, S Bolton, A Winterstein.
[Team Changes - Neil Henry has included Scott Bolton and Antonio Winterstein on an extended bench. Bolton hurt his calf in Round 1 and Winterstein broke his jaw in the trials - Ashton Sims and Will Tupou appear to be the players under the most pressure to hold their spots if both are ruled fit to play on Friday. ]
GLD: Zillman, Michaels, Tonga, Thompson, Mead, Capewell, Prince (c), Bailey, Friend, White, Laffranchi, Minichiello, Ridge. Bench: Henderson, Tagataese, James, Brown, O'Dwyer.
WARRIORS v ROOSTERS
[Team Changes - Greg Bird will miss this week through suspension and Preston Campbell and Brad Meyers picked up injuries last week and are also out. Scott Prince will have to pass a fitness test on his hamstring later in the week to play and Nathan Friend looks set to play his first game of the year after shoulder surgery. Luke Capewell comes back in at five-eighth and Luke O'Dwyer joins a 5 man bench. ]
[Team Changes - Ivan Cleary has punted Russell Packer to the NSW Cup for reasons that make little sense given the big fella has actually played pretty well in the limited game time Cleary has given him so far this season... but this isn't the first time Cleary has dropped Packer so there may be more to it. Sam Rapira starts and Jeremy Latimore comes onto the bench. Young backrower Matt Robinson is listed as 18th man and may be an outside chance of making his NRL debut. ]
[Team Changes - Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Tom Symonds hold their starting spots despite the return of Jason Ryles and Frank-Paul Nu'uausala from injury. Phil Graham has also been named on an extended bench after a couple of weeks in the NSW Cup. ]PANTHERS v RAIDERS
PEN: M Gordon, Earl, Jennings, Tighe, Simmons, Burns, Walsh, Grant, Kingston, Civoniceva (c), Waterhouse, Plum, Fatiaki. Bench: Weston, Bell, Tahu, Seluini, Iosefa, Purtell.
[Team Changes - With Luke Lewis, Lachlan Coote and Sam McKendry all absent there are reprieves for Sandor Earl and Sarafu Fatiaki, while Dayne Weston joins the bench and Luke Walsh may return from a shoulder injury at halfback. Masada Iosefa and Adrian Purtell are on the back end of an extended bench and will likely miss out. Kevin Kingston goes back to hooker and Michael Gordon moves to fullback. ]
CAN: Ferguson, Robinson, Croker, Thompson, Vidot, McCrone, Orford, Learoyd-Lahrs, Waddell, Shillington (c), Thurling, Harrison (c), Fensom. Bench: Buttriss, Miller, Galea, White, Milne, Stuart.
SHARKS v SEA EAGLES
[Team Changes - Josh Dugan re-injured his calf against the Titans and is out for up to a month. Blake Ferguson goes back to fullback and Reece Robinson comes onto the wing. Matt Orford and Josh McCrone hold their spots in the halves. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs starts for the injured Dane Tilse (Hammy), while Shaun Fensom gets his starting spot back from Josh Miller who moves to the bench. Danny Galea comes in for Tilse in the 17 and David Milne and James Stuart are on standby for Joel Thompson and Daniel Vidot who are in doubt according to coach David Furner. ]
@ Toyota Saturday Night
CRO: Gardner, M Wright, Pomeroy, Best, Williams, Kelly, Graham, Snowden, Aiton, Douglas, Smith, Tupou, Gallen (c). Bench: Cordoba, B Wright, Flanagan, Collis, Mannah.
[Team Changes - John Morris is out with a knee injury until RD10 and Paul Aiton starts. There is some doubt over the fitness of Jeremy Smith (calf) and Dean Collis and Taulima Tautai have been recalled to an extended bench for the clash with Manly on Saturday Night. ]
MAN: B Stewart, Robertson, Lyon (c), Matai, Hopoate, K Foran, Cherry-Evans, King (c), Ballin, Kite, Buhrer, Galuvao, G Stewart. Bench: Robinson, Harrison, Rose, Mauro, T Williams.
[Team Changes - Brett Stewart, Steve Matai and George Rose are back for the Sea Eagles but a club imposed suspension on Anthony Watmough and Terence Seu Seu for urinating in public leaves them short-handed for another week. Jamie Buhrer starts for Watmough and Will Hopoate shifts to the wing to accommodate Matai's & Stewart's return. Tony Williams also returns from an ankle injury but may not make the final cut unless Brett Stewart's hamstring is not 100%. ]
STORM v EELS
MEL: Slater, O'Neill, Nielsen, Champion, Duffie, Widdop, Cronk, Thompson, Smith (c), Norrie, Blair, Proctor, Lowrie. Bench: Hinchcliffe, Vea, Woolnough, Bromwich, Quinn, Lowe.
[Team Changes - Matt Duffie holds his starting wing spot ahead of Anthony Quinn this week with Quinn named on the bench. Troy Thompson gets the start again but his cheekbone injury may rule him out. Kevin Proctor goes to the second row and Jaiman Lowe is named on an extended bench. ]
PAR: Hayne, Burt, Reddy, Smith, Uaisele, Mortimer, Robson, Mannah, McGuire, Shackleton, Hindmarsh (c), Lasalo, Horo. Bench: Mitchell, Allgood, Webb, MoiMoi.
DRAGONS v BULLDOGS
[Team Changes - The return of FuiFui MoiMoi sees Justin Horo move to lock and Ben Smith into the centres for the injured Ryan Morgan. Casey McGuire replaces Matthew Keating at hooker. ]
[Team Changes - Trent Merrin's starting spot is made official with David Gower named back on the bench alongside Dean Young (who was a late starter v Newcastle), Michael Greenfield, Adam Cuthbertson and Mitch Rein. Ben Creagh's neck is a concern but he has been named. ]
BRONCOS v KNIGHTS
[Team Changes - There is just one change for the Bulldogs with Mickey Paea back into the starting team after missing the Melbourne clash with a knee injury. But the Bulldogs only arrived back in Sydney on Tuesday afternoon so any changes will likely happen later in the week. ]
BRI: Beale, Copley, Reed, Hodges, Yow Yeh, Lockyer (c), Wallace, Thaiday, McCullough, Hannant, Glenn, Gillett, Parker. Bench: Dodds, Te'o, McGuire, Tronc, Carlaw, Kenny, Norman.
[Team Changes - There is no Ben Hunt on the bench for the Broncos due to a knee injury and they have named a thousand forwards instead. Mitchell Dodds, Nick Kenny and Dane Carlaw are on an extended bench along with utility Corey Norman. Dale Copley holds his spot on the wing and there is still no Josh Hoffman due to injury. ]
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NEW: W Naiqama, McManus, Sa'u, MacDougall, Uate, Gidley (c), Mullen, Kaufusi, Hilder, Tuimavave, Taia, Houston, Edwards. Bench: Karawana, Paterson, Fa'aoso, Tolar.
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[Team Changes - No changes for the Knights with the same 17 that lost to the Dragons named for Monday Night. ]