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Walsh dropped, Rapana banned, Foxx OK, Turbo out, Origin stars to return


Reece Walsh has been dropped to the interchange by interim coach Stacey Jones in a major surprise for the Warriors’ squad to face Canberra on Saturday.

Walsh, who was a member of Queensland’s extended State of Origin squad for game two before he was ineligible for the decider after contracting COVID-19, has lost his fullback spot to Chanel Harris-Tavita with Daejarn Asi to slot in at five-eighth.

The rising star recently secured a release to return to the Broncos next year.

Canberra will be without winger Jordan Rapana for the next two games as they gear up for a late push for the NRL finals.

The 32-year-old has taken an early guilty plea on his grade two careless high tackle on Melbourne’s Marion Seve in Sunday’s 20-16 win over the Storm.

It means Rapana will sit out games against the Warriors and Gold Coast as the 10th-placed Raiders aim to use a favourable draw to push into the top eight.

Rapana’s ban will however give coach Ricky Stuart a selection headache with fellow backs Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (hamstring) and James Schiller (ankle) in doubt for this weekend’s game while the timeframe on Nick Cotric‘s leg injury is yet to be disclosed.

As well as his ban, Rapana was also hit with a $3000 fine for a separate incident with Seve, a shoulder charge in the 40th minute of the game.

Meanwhile, Storm prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona has accepted a $1800 fine after a careless high tackle on Rapana in the same game.

Rapana was sent for a HIA but Asofa-Solomona will be free to face South Sydney on Saturday.

Manly forward Jake Trbojevic is out of Manly’s team for Friday’s clash with the Dragons after testing positive to COVID-19. The NSW forward had been taking every measure to avoid getting the virus, earning plenty of ribbing from his teammates, but has tested positive.

Jake Trbojevic looks to pass the ball during game two of the State of Origin series between New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons at Optus Stadium, on June 26, 2022, in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Jake Trbojevic. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Canterbury have been handed a big boost with star winger Josh Addo-Carr a strong chance to play this weekend after being cleared of serious injury.

Addo-Carr went off in Sunday’s NRL loss to South Sydney with fears he had suffered a glute tear that might have meant he was unable to finish the season.

The injury would have also prevented the winger from pressing his case to earn Australian Test selection for the Rugby League World Cup later this year. Addo-Carr was overlooked by NSW in the 2-1 State of Origin series defeat.

But the Bulldogs have confirmed the winger’s sole concern is a troublesome ankle problem and he could line up for Sunday’s game against Gold Coast. If he isn’t cleared to play the Titans, the Bulldogs expect their winger, who has 11 tries in 16 games, will be fit for their game with Newcastle the following Sunday.

The Dogs also have English international Luke Thompson available after the prop complained of delayed concussion symptoms and missed their last six games.

The Titans, meanwhile, expect livewire fullback Jayden Campbell to return on Sunday after being sidelined since round 13 with a hamstring injury.

Round 19 team lists

Thursday

Eels v Broncos, 7.50pm at CommBank Stadium

Eels: Ryan Matterson is due to return from a rib injury. 

Team to be officially announced at 4pm

Broncos: Selwyn Cobbo is a chance to return from the concussion he suffered in Origin III while Payne Haas (shoulder) is also in contention for a comeback.  Maroons trio Corey Oates, Pat Carrigan and Kurt Capewell were rested for last weekend’s win over the Titans. 

Team to be officially announced at 4pm

Friday

Dragons v Sea Eagles, 6pm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

Dragons: Tariq Sims returns from a one-game suspension. 

Team to be officially announced at 4pm

Sea Eagles: Jake Trbojevic is in isolation with COVID-19. 

Team to be officially announced at 4pm

Knights v Roosters, 7.55pm at McDonald JonesStadium

Knights: Tyson Frizell (ribs), Dom Young (ribs), Edrick Lee (foot) and Simi Sasagi (shoulder) are under a fitness cloud. 

Team to be officially announced at 4pm

Roosters: Lindsay Collins (concussion), Luke Keary (concussion) and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (hamstring) are a chance of playing this weekend. 

Team to be officially announced at 4pm

Saturday 

Raiders v Warriors, 3pm at GIO Stadium

Raiders: Jordan Rapana has been suspended for two weeks while Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (hamstring) and James Schiller (ankle) are in doubt for this weekend’s game and Nick Cotric’s leg injury has him also under a fitness cloud. 

Team to be officially announced at 4pm

Warriors: Veteran winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (COVID) is back but the big surprise is Reece Walsh being relegated to the bench with Daejarn Asi to start at five-eighth and Chanel Harris-Tavita taking over at fullback.

1. Chanel Harris-Tavita 2.  Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Tohu Harris 11. Euan Aitken 12. Josh Curran 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Reece Walsh 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Aaron Pene 17. Jack Murchie 18. Eliesa Katoa 20. Edward Kosi 21. Ronald Volkman 22. Freddy Lussick 23. Jackson Frei

Panthers v Sharks, 5.30pm at BlueBet Stadium 

Panthers: The seven Origin reps rested last weekend for the win over Wests are due back. 

Team to be officially announced at 4pm

Sharks: Siosifa Talakai bypassed last Friday’s win over the Cowboys with a shoulder injury but the NSW bench utility is likey to play this Saturday. 

Team to be officially announced at 4pm

Rabbitohs v Storm, 7.35pm at Accor Stadium

Rabbitohs: Damien Cook was rested after Origin last week while Cameron Murray should be right to return after the concussion he suffered in Origin III. 

Team to be officially announced at 4pm

Storm: Ryan Papenhuyzen’s broken kneecap means Nick Meaney is likely to slot in at fullback. 

Team to be officially announced at 4pm

Sunday 

Bulldogs v Titans, 2pm at CommBank Stadium

Bulldogs: Josh Addo-Carr has been cleared of a serious leg injury while Luke Thompson (concussion) is available for selection after a lengthy layoff. 

Team to be officially announced at 4pm

Titans: The Titans, meanwhile, expect livewire fullback Jayden Campbell to return on Sunday after being sidelined since round 13 with a hamstring injury.

Team to be officially announced at 4pm

Cowboys v Tigers, 4.05pm at QCB Stadium

Cowboys: Maroons trio Val Holmes, Tom Dearden and Jeremiah Nanai were rested in Round 18 while Murray Taulagi (COVID-19) is also available again after being forced out of the Origin decider. 

Team to be officially announced at 4pm

Tigers: Interim coach Brett Kimmorley is set to persist with Jackson Hastings at lock with Adam Doueihi and Luke Brooks in the halves. 

Team to be officially announced at 4pm





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