West Tigers’ worst fears over Tim Moltzen have been confirmed, with the talented half-back ruled out for the season with a knee injury. Moltzen underwent MRI scans on Monday which revealed a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered against the Cowboys in Townsville on Saturday night. He will have surgery next week for a full knee reconstruction, leaving the Tigers looking for a new No.7 to take on the Bulldogs at the SFS on Friday night. Robert Lui, who started the season at half-back, is not due back until Round 8. With regular No.7 Tim Moltzen ruled out for the rest of the season on Tuesday with a knee injury, Sheens has called up exciting NSW Cup prospect Blake Lazarus to lead his team against struggling Canterbury. Meanwhile, prop Todd Payten is out for a week with a calf strain.

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Coach Kevin Moore has today named the same 17 players for this Friday night’s encounter with the West Tigers at the Sydney Football Stadium. The Bulldogs team will again include front rower Jarrad Hickey who has been cleared to return from a bruised lung which forced him to fail a late fitness in the lead up to the Warriors match.

Brisbane Broncos could rush back as many as five players this weekend including strike weapon Israel Folau. He could be joined by exciting young winger Jharal Yow Yeh, suspended duo Ben Te’o and Antonio Winterstein and senior prop Nick Kenny, a late scratching from last week’s loss to the Dragons. Yow Yeh hasn’t played this season after hurting his knee in the All Stars game in February. The Broncos will also take on the Sharks with a new-look front row of rookies Dunamis Lui and Mitchell Dodds. Another possibility is goalkicking forward Corey Parker, apparently he is close to a comeback and could be a shock starter

Sharks coach Ricky Stuart accused his side of throwing in the towel in the loss to Manly last weekend but has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes to the team. Albert Kelly’s high error-rate forced Stuart to name the rising star at five-eighth in the Toyota Cup for Sunday’s match against Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium. Nathan Stapleton has been named Sharks fullback with Isaac Gordon coming on to the wing.

Dropped players Grant Rovelli and Ty Williams will make their return for this rounds clash against the Newcastle Knights. Rovelli will play at five-eighth against the Knights in Newcastle on Saturday with Ray Thompson moving to halfback to cover for Test star Johnathan Thurston. Thurston will miss two or there weeks with a shoulder injury. Williams has been added to the interchange bench. Anthony Watts goes to hooker to cover for Aaron Payne (ankle, 4-6 weeks) with James Tamou named at lock in place of the suspended Luke O’Donnell. The bench sees the inclusion of Clint Amos and return of Manase Manoukafoa.

Kurt Gidley is set to make his return from injury for the Newcastle Knights against the North Queensland Cowboys this Saturday at EnergyAustralia Stadium. Both Matt Hilder and Evarn Tuimavave suffered shoulder injuries during Saturday’s clash with the Bunnies at Bluetongue Stadium. They have since been cleared by the club’s medical staff. Dan Tolar suffered a neck injury and Scott Dureau has a hip pointer injury, while both have been named, they will be undertaking light training sessions this week. “I think they will all line up and play on the weekend but again we will reassess them during the week,” Stone said. Wes Naiqama has been named in the centres with Adam MacDougall still sidelined with a thumb injury, while Cameron Ciraldo has been named in the starting line-up in the second row alongside Cory Paterson.

Youngster Bill Tupou returns for the injured Manu Vatuvei in the only change to the side for the Auckland Warriors’ sixth-round NRL encounter with the Penrith Panthers. Vatuvei aggravated his hamstring injury in the win over the Bulldogs. Wade McKinnon will start at fullback, Joel Moon will be in the centres and Lance Hohaia will line up at standoff. Jerome Ropati, Steve Price and Simon Mannering are still out with injury.

For the Penrith Panthers Travis Burns will return from injury to reclaim his five-eighth position in the side while Luke Lewis will return to lock. Former Panthers fullback Jarrod Sammut is also expected to depart the Panthers squad, and Australia, next week to begin a three-year contract with English Super League side the Celtic Crusaders.

The CFMEU Canberra Raiders have named an unchanged line-up for Saturday nights match against the Roosters at the Sydney Football Stadium, following their 24-14 win over Parramatta last night. Joe Picker was the only concern for the Raiders after he was concussed by a stray boot from the Eels Nathan Hindmarsh, but he has been cleared by Raiders medical staff of any further damage. The Raiders have named Brett Kelly on an extended bench for Saturday nights clash, but he is expected to drop off later in the week and play in the Queensland Cup for Souths Logan. In other Raiders news Justin Carney made a successful return from a leg injury last weekend in Queensland, while David Milne is expected to return for Souths Logan from a groin injury as well.

Young New Zealand international Jared Waerea-Hargreaves returns from shoulder injury to make his first appearance for the Roosters in their Saturday night encounter with the Raiders at the SFS. Utility Nick Kouparitsis will start at hooker for the injured James Aubusson, who will miss at least a month with a medial ligament tear of his left knee.

Storm head coach Craig Bellamy has named an unchanged squad for this Monday’s blockbuster clash against the Manly Sea Eagles at Etihad Stadium.

Manly will fine winger Tony Williams and send him to community service programs but won’t suspend him from the NRL despite him being charged with a mid-range drink-driving offence.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their team to take on the Parramatta Eels in round six this Sunday 18 April at ANZ Stadium. Rabbitohs Head Coach John Lang has named Luke Stuart at lock to replace the suspended Ben Lowe. Scott Geddes will move into the starting line up at prop.

The Parramatta Eels Centre Joel Reddy has been charged with Grade 2 Striking and will miss just one match due to his clean record.  Krisnan Inu will wear the no.3 jersey for the Eels this week, while Kris Keating will again start the match with brother Matt back to the bench, and Daniel Mortimer moves to the no.7 for Jeff Robson who will play hooker., while Hindmarsh has been honoured with the co-captaincy.

Jetstar Gold Coast Titans Head Coach John Cartwright has named an unchanged line-up to take on the St George Illawarra Dragons in Friday night’s heavyweight clash at Skilled Park.

The Dragons have been hit with an injury crisis in the forwards with Matt Prior (knee), Jeremy Smith (knee) and Jarrod Saffy (ankle) all missing for Friday’s top-of-the-table clash with the unchanged Titans. Wayne Bennett does have representative backrower Neville Costigan back and has also called up Trent Merrin, Michael Greenfield and Ricky Thorby on a six-man bench.

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