Roosters make tough Suaalii call, Ricky Stuart resists wholesale changes

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The team lists for NRL Round Nine are in and it looks like fans will have to wait a little while longer until the Roosters blood teen sensation Joseph Suaalii.

Suaalii was named as the 18th man during the Tricolours’ win over Newcastle, but didn’t take to the field with the Roosters never in a position to substitute their young gun into the match.

The 17-year-old teen star was named in the squad last week after star fullback James Tedesco was ruled out for the match due to a concussion. Tedesco has been named to play this week.

Following the season-ending injury to winger Brett Morris, there was some anticipation it would open the door for Suaalii to be named in the top 17 this round, however, Roosters coach Trent Robinson has opted to keep the prodigy in the reserves.

In other team news, the Canberra Raiders are set to welcome back star forward Josh Papalii, who was rested by coach Ricky Stuart last week.

While the Manly Sea Eagles have confirmed a double injury blow to Josh Aloiai and Martin Taupau, who have both been ruled out this week.

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Melbourne Storm, Stadium Australia, 7.50pm (AEST) Thursday

Souths: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Steven Marsters 3. Dane Gagai 4. Braidon Burns 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Benji Marshall 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Jai Arrow 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Jacob Host 17. Patrick Mago 18. Jed Cartwright 19. Hame Sele 20. Troy Dargan 21. Dean Hawkins

Analysis: Major reshuffle in the backline for South Sydney. Braidon Burns returns and replaces the injured Campbell Graham in the centres. Benji Marshall moves to halfback for the injured Adam Reynolds, while Cody Walker shifts from fullback to five-eighth. Alex Johnston moves to fullback, with Steven Marsters and Taane Milne named on the wings.

Storm: 1. Nicholas Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Brandon Smith 14. Dale Finucane 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 18. Dean Ieremia 19. Chris Lewis 20. Ryley Jacks 21. Aaron Pene

Analysis: Star prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona returns and has been named on the interchange. Winger George Jennings also makes his way back into the squad. Chris Lewis and Dean Ieremia move to the reserves.

Penrith Panthers v Cronulla Sharks, BlueBet Stadium, 6.00pm (AEST) Friday

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Liam Martin 18. Scott Sorensen 19. J’maine Hopgood 20. Robert Jennings 21. Mitch Kenny

Analysis: Penrith’s 1-17 remains unchanged from last week.

Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Mawene Hiroti 3. Will Chambers 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Connor Tracey 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Braydon Trindall 15. Teig Wilton 16. Jack Williams 17. Billy Magoulias 18. Matt Moylan 19. Josh Dugan 20. Franklin Pele 21. Jenson Taumoepeau

Analysis: Jesse Ramien returns and has been named at centre. Teig Wilton shifts to the interchange, while Braden Hamlin-Uele (ankle) comes out.

Parramatta Eels v Sydney Roosters, BlueBet Stadium, 7.55pm (AEST) Friday

Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Marata Niukore 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Isaiah Papali’i 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Oregon Kaufusi 15. Shaun Lane 16. Haze Dunster 17. Bryce Cartwright 18. Joey Lussick 19. Keegan Hipgrave 20. Wiremu Greig 21. Jordan Rankin

Analysis: Parramatta’s 1-17 remains unchanged from last week.

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Sam Walker 8. Isaac Liu 9. Ben Marschke 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley 14. Adam Keighran 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 16. Fletcher Baker 17. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 18. Egan Butcher 19. Naufahu Whyte 20. Lachlan Lam 21. Joseph Suaalii

Analysis: James Tedesco returns from a concussion battle and has been named at fullback. Ben Marschke has been named at hooker with Sam Verrills ruled out, while Siosiua Taukeiaho replaces Lindsay Collins (ACL) up front. Nat Butcher starts in the back row, with Sitili Tupouniua out due to suspension. Adam Keighran comes back into the team and is named on the interchange.

Canberra Raiders v Newcastle Knights, McDonalds Park, 3.00pm (AEST) Saturday

Raiders: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Curtis Scott 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Tom Starling 10. Emre Guler 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Siliva Havili 15. Hudson Young 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Joseph Tapine 18. Sam Williams 19. Ryan James 20. Matthew Timoko 21. Dunamis Lui

Analysis: Josh Papalii returns after being rested last week, with Ryan James coming out of the top 17 as a result. Playmaker George Williams, who was a late withdrawal last week, comes back in.

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Brayden Musgrove 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Phoenix Crossland 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Connor Watson 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Brodie Jones 17. Pasami Saulo 18. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 19. Starford To’a 20. Josh King 21. Tex Hoy

Analysis: Phoenix Crossland replaces the injured Blake Green in the halves. Hymel Hunt returns on the wing, with Starford To’a moving to the reserves.

Wests Tigers v Gold Coast Titans, Campbelltown Sports Stadium, 5.30pm (AEST) Saturday

Tigers: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joseph Leilua 4. Moses Mbye 5. Zac Cini 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Jake Simpkin 10. Alex Twal 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Jacob Liddle 15. Stefano Utoikamanu 16. Alex Seyfarth 17. Thomas Mikaele 18. Michael Chee-Kam 19. Zane Musgrove 20. Tom Amone 21. Shawn Blore

Analysis: Moses Mbye shifts from the interchange into centre following the suspension to young gun Tommy Talau. Jacob Liddle comes in on the bench.

Titans: 1. Alexander Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Brian Kelly 4. Beau Fermor 5. Phillip Sami 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 13. Tyrone Peachey 14. Moeaki Fotuaika 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Erin Clark 18. Sam McIntyre 19. Tanah Boyd 20. Jayden Campbell 21. Esan Marsters

Analysis: Tino Fa’asuamaleaui returns from suspension and replaces Moeaki Fotuaika, who moves to the bench. Phillip Sami replaces the injured Corey Thompson on the wing. Beau Fermor comes into the backline and has been named at centre, while Sam McIntyre is replaced by Jaimin Jolliffe on the interchange.

North Queensland Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 7.35pm (AEST) Saturday

Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Jake Clifford 8. Coen Hess 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Ben Condon 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Lachlan Burr 16. Francis Molo 17. Corey Jensen 18. Peter Hola 19. Mitchell Dunn 20. Tom Gilbert 21. Kane Bradley

Analysis: Jake Clifford returns at halfback, with Ben Hampton ruled out due to a pec injury. Justin O’Neill is out and is replaced by Javid Bowen in the centres.

Broncos: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Jesse Arthars 5. Corey Oates 6. Anthony Milford 7. Tyson Gamble 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Jordan Riki 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Danny Levi 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Rhys Kennedy 18. Dale Copley 19. Brendan Piakura 20. Tesi Niu 21. John Asiata

Analysis: Brisbane’s 1-17 remains unchanged from last week.

Manly Sea Eagles v New Zealand Warriors, Lottoland, 2.00pm (AEST) Sunday

Manly: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Sean Keppie 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Cade Cust 15. Moses Suli 16. Zac Saddler 17. Toafofoa Sipley 18. Ben Trbojevic 19. Tevita Funa 20. Christian Tuipulotu 21. Jorge Taufua

Analysis: Josh Aloiai and Martin Taupau have both been ruled out, with Sean Keppie moving to the front row and Haumole Olakau’atu coming into the second row. Moses Suli makes his return and is named on the interchange.

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Edward Kosi 3. Adam Pompey 4. Rocco Berry 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Reece Walsh 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Kane Evans 11. Josh Curran 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Tohu Harris 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Bayley Sironen 18. Jack Murchie 20. Chanel Harris-Tavita 21. Tom Ale 22. Euan Aitken

Analysis: Eliesa Katoa returns, which pushes Ben Murdoch-Masila out of the squad.

St George Illawarra Dragons v Canterbury Bulldogs, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, 4.05pm (AEST) Sunday

Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Jack Bird 4. Tyrell Fuimaono 5. Max Feagai 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Josh Mcguire 14. Poasa Faamausili 15. Billy Burns 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Kaide Ellis 18. Jackson Ford 19. Junior Amone 20. Max Feagai 21. Adam Clune

Analysis: Tyrell Fuimaono comes into the backline to replace Zac Lomax, who has been ruled out with a thumb injury.

Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Cotric 3. Will Hopoate 4. Corey Allan 5. Nick Meaney 6. Jake Averillo 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Dylan Napa 9. Sione Katoa 10. Luke Thompson 11. Adam Elliott 12. Chris Smith 13. Corey Waddell 14. Bradley Deitz 15. Renouf Atoni 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Matt Doorey 19. Lachlan Lewis 20. Joe Stimson 21. Tui Katoa 23. Ofahiki Ogden

Analysis: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has been named at fullback, with Nick Meaney moving to the wing. Playmaker Lachlan Lewis has been named in the reserves following a battle with concussion.

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