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In-N-Out Round 3

Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart has rung the changes in a bid to boost a toothless Sharks outfit looking to prevent a 13th successive NRL defeat against South Sydney on Monday. In what has turned into a must-win match for both sides, Stuart has wielded the axe on halfback Scott Porter, misfiring centre Ben Pomeroy and winger Isaac Gordon. Promising young playmaker Albert Kelly will make his first NRL start at fullback with Blake Ferguson restored to the wing. John Morris will move to halfback with Paul Aiton named as hooker with new signing Dean Collis to make his long-awaited debut in the centres.

Wests Tigers’ Lote Tuqiri will remain on the wing for his side’s clash with Parramatta on Friday after coach Tim Sheens opted to promote Mitch Brown to fullback with Tim Moltzen moving to halfback. Sheens was forced into the switch after Robert Lui was ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury, and despite speculation Tuqiri would don the No.1 shirt, 22-year-old Brown has been given the nod.

Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson has rewarded Fuifui Moimoi for his excellent display off the bench against Manly last week, with a starting spot against Wests Tigers on Friday in his 100th NRL game. Moimoi replaces NSW prop Justin Poore who is dropped to the bench, with Krisnan Inu coming in for the injured Luke Burt, who is sidelined with a knee injury.

Newcastle second-rower Cameron Ciraldo will make his long-awaited return to action after a year out following the horrific injury he sustained in the 2009 round two clash against Cronulla. Ciraldo, who fractured his fibula and dislocated his ankle after his foot became wedged in a tackle, is named on the bench for the Knights’ clash with Manly at Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday.

Melbourne have named premiership-winning halfback Cooper Cronk as 18th man following off-season groin surgery for the Storm’s trip to Penrith on Saturday at CUA Stadium.

Panthers utility Luke Lewis will start at five-eighth for the home side after Travis Burns was ruled out with a knee injury.

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Struggling Canterbury will be without Gary Warburton for their next two NRL games after the second-rower pleaded guilty to a dangerous contact charge on Tuesday.

Melbourne prop Adam Blair has been handed a one-game ban after he pleaded guilty to a dangerous contact charge in the Storm’s 20-14 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

Warriors backrower Lewis Brown has also been sidelined for one game after he pleaded guilty to a dangerous throw charge during the Warriors’ victory over Cronulla in Auckland on Saturday. Brown and new signing James Maloney were placed on report following a tackle on Anthony Tupou, but the Warriors have opted to fight the charge against Maloney at a hearing on Wednesday. Should the decision go against former Melbourne five-eighth Maloney, he will face a two-game suspension.

South Sydney’s Luke Stuart (dangerous contact) and Cronulla’s John Morris (high tackle) have both escaped bans after taking early guilty pleas.

Visiting the Judiciary – Round 2

The NRL match review committee has charged Adam Blair with a grade one dangerous contact for the incident, which resulted in the New Zealand international being placed on report in the 64th minute of the 20-14 win at EnergyAustralia Stadium. Blair will miss a week even if he enters an early guilty plea to the charge.

Canterbury forward Gary Warburton is facing up to three weeks on the sidelines after he was booked for a dangerous contact-head/neck offence in the loss to St George-Illawarra on Friday night. He will miss two weeks if he enters the early plea and three if he unsuccessfully defends the charge at the NRL judiciary.

Warriors’ pair James Maloney and Lewis Brown have been charged with a dangerous throw in Saturday’s win over Cronulla. Maloney will miss a week with the early plea and two weeks with an unsuccessful defence, while Brown will miss a week either way.

South Sydney prop Luke Stuart will escape a ban with the early plea after a dangerous contact-head/neck charge and miss a match if he is unsuccessful at the judiciary.

Cronulla’s John Morris will escape any ban despite a grade one careless high tackle charge.