Canberra Raiders prop Dane Tilse will play his 100th NRL match this weekend, when the Raiders take on the Cronulla Sharks at Canberra Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Raiders have named an unchanged line-up for the match against the Sharks, with Joe Picker to be monitored later in the week after picking up a slight shoulder injury against the Knights on Sunday. Tilse has been named to start the match for the Raiders after coming from the bench last weekend, while Scott Logan came through his return game from injury ok and will once again be used from the interchange.


Warriors coach Ivan Cleary has named an unchanged starting line-up for this Sunday’s 20th-round National Rugby League encounter against South Sydney. While Cleary has selected the same 17, he has added former Queensland State of Origin back rower Jacob Lillyman to the squad, replacing Sione Lousi who was 18th man for last Saturday’s 13-6 win against the Melbourne Storm. Lillyman had been sidelined with a foot injury since the April 25 loss to Melbourne, but returned to action for the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup last weekend.


Bulldogs head coach Kevin Moore has named an unchanged side for Friday night’s Bandaged Bear Cup clash against the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium. Moore has stuck firm with the same 17 that narrowly lost a gripping encounter against the Sydney Roosters on Sunday.


The Pirtek Parramatta Eels will take on the Bulldogs in the Bandaged Bear Cup this Friday night at ANZ Stadium as both teams attempt to keep their finals hopes alive. The Eels will nearly be full-strength for the clash, which will honour the tireless staff and volunteers from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson believes the Bulldogs will be hungry for a victory over the Eels who have now won two in a row. “Both teams are outside the top eight and therefore striving to put ourselves in a position to be playing football in September,” Anderson said. Parramatta have rushed Timana Tahu back into the centres for their big NRL clash against Canterbury on Friday night. The Eels star was suspended for four weeks after an anger-fuelled high-tackle on Newcastle winger James McManus back in round 15.


Anthony Watts returns from suspension in the only change to the Cowboys side from the team that went down in unlucky circumstances for Saturday’s clash against Newcastle at Dairy Farmers Stadium. Ben Harris came into the 17 for Watts and moves back to 18th man. Willie Tonga has been named in the Cowboys side despite coming off in the 13th minute last night.


Manly Coach Des Hasler has named an unchanged team for Sunday’s clash against the inform Wests Tigers at Gosford’s BlueTongue Stadium. The Sea Eagles have moved their home game from Brookvale to the Central Coast in what will be an exciting match in a supporter and family friendly Sunday afternoon timeslot. Manly found form in the opening 40 minutes last week as they led the Sharks 36-0 in what was essentially a training run that ended Ricky Stuart’s coaching career at Cronulla seven weeks earlier than planned. However, Hasler wouldn’t have been happy with the second half and be looking for the Sea Eagles to put in a complete performance for the entire 80 minutes, which they have only done once so far this year despite being placed just inside the top eight.


Seasoned prop Luke Stuart will be missing from South Sydney’s line-up fot Sunday’s 20th-round NRL clash against the Vodafone Warriors at ANZ Stadium. Stuart, who has played almost 240 NRL games, is out with a broken hand. His absence has resulted in England forward Sam Burgess being named to start in the front row with captain Roy Asotasi.




Mark Gasnier’s match-winning try on Friday night wasn’t enough for him to win a starting position in the Dragons team for Friday’s clash against the Gold Coast Titans at Kogarah’s WIN Jubilee Oval. Matt Cooper returns to the Dragons team after being injured in the second State of Origin match and has been rushed into the centres alongside Beau Scott. Back-rower Jeremy Smith returns after a calf injury was aggravated during the round 16 match against the Wests Tigers. Gasnier has been named on a six-man bench.



Newcastle coach Rick Stone has opted not to make mass changes to his side which was embarrassed 52-18 by Canberra last week. Stone has brought Cameron Ciraldo into his starting second row, and Con Mika in as an impact forward off the bench. Cory Paterson has been dropped while Mark Taufua has been relegated to an extended bench as 18th man.


THE WOW Brisbane Broncos are well-placed for a run at the Roosters after Sam Thaiday was named for this Monday night’s clash at Suncorp Stadium. Coach Ivan Henjak named the exact same 17 that disposed of the Titans 24-10 last Friday. The only injury concern has eased, with Thaiday certain to be ready to play in the Roosters’ first visit to Suncorp in five years. Thaiday left last week’s game early with a corked thigh but with 10 days between matches will be fit for the Roosters. This will be an important game for the Broncos, who sit in seventh, just two-points behind the fourth-placed Roosters. A win for Brisbane and they will go past the Roosters because of a superior points differential, and more than likely into the top four. However, a loss and the Broncos could fall out of the eight.


The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans have named fresh faces Steve Michaels, Clinton Toopi, Shannon Walker and Ben Ridge in a new-look 18-man squad for Friday night’s clash against St George Illawarra at WIN Jubilee Stadium. With five-eighth Greg Bird (hamstring; 3-4 wks) and lock Ashley Harrison (knee; 2 wks) both sidelined with injury, Jetstar Titans coach John Cartwright had named Michaels and Toopi as the new centre pairing in a reshuffled line-up. Walker, 21, has been included on an extended five-man interchange bench alongside 20-year-old Ridge, who is in contention to make his NRL debut if given the nod to fill one of the four final bench positions. Completing the reshuffle, dual international Mat Rogers moves from centre to five-eighth in place of Bird while Bodene Thompson shifts from centre to lock in the absence of Harrison.
The promotion marks Michaels’ first appearance in Titans colours since joining the club from the Broncos in May while Walker is in the frame to play his first match since Round 19, 2008. Toopi has scored three tries in five appearances for the Titans this season before sustaining a calf injury.


Melbourne Storm head coach Craig Bellamy has named an 18-man squad for Saturday night’s Round 20 clash against the Penrith Panthers at AAMI Park. Dane Nielsen and Ryan Hinchcliffe come into the 18-man squad, while Kevin Proctor has been rested from the team that took on the Warriors in Auckland.