As released on Tuesday May 4 - Each NRL Team for Round 9 is listed below.
ROUND 9 TIPPING PREVIEW OUT WEDNESDAY
ROUND 9 PODCAST THURSDAY 5 MAY
[Team Notes - Australia named David Shillington on the bench but he was ruled out with a pectoral tear and Kade Snowden comes in to replace him. ]
[Team Notes - The City team lost some players over the weekend but the team they named on Sunday night is as per program... for the moment. ]
BRONCOS v STORM
TITANS v WARRIORS
BRI: Norman, Gagai, Reed, Copley, Moylan, B Hunt, Wallace, Kenny, McCullough, Dodds, Glenn, Carlaw, Parker (c). Bench: Baptise, Anderson, Lui, Hala, J Hunt.
[Team Changes - The Broncos have rested all their rep stars with Lockyer, Yow Yeh, Hodges, Thaiday, Beale and Hannant due to play on Friday. Expect Hodges not to lineup and possibly Thaiday but the rest probably play. Josh McGuire is an injury casualty, while due to a neck injury Shane Tronc has not been able to get past youngsters Lui and Hala for a bench spot. Shea Moylan makes his debut from the wing and Dane Gagai, Ben Hunt, Mitchell Dodds and Corey Norman get starting spots. Kurt Baptise and Josh Hunt get runs on the bench. The over/under on 'Baby Broncos' references in the press by Saturday is conservatively set at 9.5. ]
MEL: Slater, Duffie, Nielsen, Champion, Quinn, Widdop, Cronk, Bromwich, Smith (c), Norrie, Blair, Proctor, Lowrie. Bench: Hinchcliffe, Vea, Woolnough, Lowe.
GLD: Campbell, Michaels, Tonga, Thompson, Mead, Zillman, Prince (c), Bailey, Brown, White, Bird, Minichiello, Harrison. Bench: Henderson, James, James, Ridge, O'Dwyer, Lawton.
WAR: Hohaia, Locke, Brown, Mannering (c), Inu, Maloney, Seymour, Sam Rapira, Heremaia, Lillyman, Mateo, Taylor, Luck. Bench: Mara, Packer, Matulino, Ta'ai.
[Team Changes - Greg Bird is named after being unavailable for the rep games on Friday night. Mark Minichiello is the only player backing up. With Nathan Friend having a routine shoulder check in the form of surgery he will miss this game and Riley Brown and Kayne Lawton are drafted into the squad as cover. Despite copping a whopping $25,000 fine for drink driving, Matthew White is named to start at prop. ]
DRAGONS v COWBOYS
[Team Changes - No changes from the team that beat the Panthers in Auckland although the speculation that Manu Vatuvei will return this week intensifies with the suggestion he's flying to the Gold Coast to 'watch' both this game and the ANZAC Test at Skilled Park. ]
@ WIN Jubilee Sunday Afternoon
[Team Changes - It should surprise no one to see Mark Gasnier and Dean Young named to start despite both being withdrawals from the City-Country fixture due to injury. Kyle Stanley stays at fullback but Peni Tagive might get a late call up if Brett Morris or Jason Nightingale get a rest after playing in the ANZAC Test. Jamie Soward, Adam Cuthbertson, Dan Hunt, Trent Merrin, Nathan Fien, Beau Scott and Ben Creagh will likely backup as well. ]
NQL: Bowen, Graham, Winterstein, Tonga, Fai-Fai Loa, Thompson, Thurston (c), Scott (c), Payne, Tamou, Cooper, Hall, Johnson. Bench: Bolton, L Ah Mau, T Sims, A Sims.
[Team Changes - There are no changes for the Cowboys but there is a big doubt over Aaron Payne with an arm injury sustained v Manly. James Segeyaro would come into the squad if Payne was ruled out. Dallas Johnson should play despite wearing Brent Tate's neck brace in the last game and Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott should backup from the ANZAC Test. ]
SEA EAGLES v RAIDERS
MAN: B Stewart, Robertson, Lyon (c), Matai, Hopoate, K Foran, Cherry-Evans, King (c), Ballin, Kite, Watmough, Galuvao, G Stewart. Bench: Mauro, Buhrer, Rose, T Williams, D Williams, Oldfield, Robinson.
[Team Changes - Brett Stewart returns! For the 84th time in the past 3 weeks, Stewart is named to play despite a hamstring injury that has ruled him out 84 times. David Williams has been named on the bench but faces a long NSW Cup stint after returning from injury. Kieran Foran has been named despite being in doubt for the ANZAC Test and could actually open up a spot for Michael Oldfield to stay in the top grade if he is unable to backup. Jamie Lyon would move to five-eighth, William Hopoate to the centres and Oldfield onto the wing. Tony Williams, Tim Robinson, George Rose and Vic Mauro are fighting for two bench spots, which may become three if Jason King (ribs) is unable to play. Anthony Watmough is named to play as well despite being unavailable for City selection with shoulder and leg injuries. ]
CAN: Dugan, Ferguson, Croker, Thompson, Robinson, McCrone, Orford, Tilse, Tongue (c), White, Galea, Harrison (c), Fensom. Bench: Buttriss, Miller, Learoyd-Lahrs, Thurling, Mataora.
ROUND 9 BYES
[Team Changes - Canberra have listed Dugan, Thompson and Learoyd-Lahrs to backup from representing Country Origin on Friday Night and have stunningly dropped Daniel Vidot. Reece Robinson comes in for Vidot, while Danny Galea starts for Trevor Thurling in the second row. Sam Mataora is the new face on the bench and Alan Tongue starts for Glen Buttriss. Brett White starts for the injured David Shillington who has a pectoral injury. ]
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