NRL: Burgess set to start, Tommy Turbo out and Gildart retains place

NRL Tom Burgess South Sydney Rabbitohs PA

England international Tom Burgess has been named to start at prop for South Sydney Rabbitohs against St. George Illawarra Dragons this weekend in the NRL. Here’s all the team news…

Newcastle Knights vs Manly Sea Eagles (Thursday, 10.50am, Watch NRL)

Tom Trbojevic

A major change for Manly sees Tolutau Koala replaces the injured Tom Trbojevic at fullback who is set to miss the next 4-6 weeks.

Knights: Ponga; Young, Gagai, Best, Tuala; Clifford, Clune; J Saifiti, Randall, D Saifiti, Frizell, Jones, Mann. Subs: Crossland, Sue, L Thompson, Momoisea.

Sea Eagles: Koula; Saab, Tuipulotu, Harper, Garrick; Foran, Cherry-Evans; Aloiai, Croker, Taupau, Olakau’atu, Davey, J Trbojevic. Subs: D Walker, Lawton, Keppie, Paseka.

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New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys (Friday, 9am, Sky Sports Arena or Watch NRL)


Scott Drinkwater is the new man at full-back for the Cowboys with young speedster Hamiso Taubai-Fidow missing out due to injury. 

Warriors: Walsh; Kosi, Arthars, Pompey, Montoya; Harris-Tavita, Johnson; Afoa, Egan, Lodge, Aitken, Sironen, Curran. Subs: Nikorima, E Katoa, Pene, Murchie. 

Cowboys: Drinkwater; Feldt, Holmes, Hiku, Taulagi; Dearden, Townsend; McLean, Robson, Taunoa-Brown, Gilbert, Nanai, Taumalolo. Subs: Granville, Luki, Cotter, Neame.

Brisbane Broncos vs Sydney Roosters (Friday, 10.55am, Watch NRL)


Billy Walters replaces former Hull FC and Hull KR half-back, Albert Kelly at five-eighth for Brisbane.

Former Leigh half-back, Drew Hutchison again comes off the interchange for the Roosters.

Broncos: Niu; Oates, Staggs, Farnworth, Cobbo; Walters, Reynolds; Palasia, Turpin, Haas, Capewell, Riki, K Hetherington. Subs: James, Jensen, Robati, Paix.

Roosters: Tedesco; Tupou, Momirovski, Manu, Naiqama; S Walker, Keary; Waerea-Hargreaves, Watson, Taukeiaho, Butcher, Tupouniua, Radley. Subs: Hutchison, Suluka-Fifita, A Crichton, Collins.

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Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm (Saturday, 6am, Watch NRL)


Elliott Whitehead again starts at loose forward for Canberra while Ryan Sutton and Harry Rushton are on the standby after being included on the extended bench.

Raiders: Nicoll-Klokstad; Cotric, Timoko, Valemei, Rapana; Wighton, Schneider; Papalii, Starling, Tapine, Young, Harawira-Naera, Whitehead. Subs: Frawley, Guler, Elliott, Horsburgh.

Storm: Papenhuyzen; Meaney, R Smith, Olam, Coates; Munster, Hughes; J Bromwich, Grant, Asofa-Solomona, F Kaufusi, K Bromwich, J King. Subs: B Smith, MacDonald, Loiero, Moeroa.

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs St. George Illawarra Dragons (Saturday, 8.30am, Watch NRL) 

Tom Burgess South Sydney Rabbitohs PA
Tom Burgess in action for South Sydney Rabbitohs

After being named on the bench over the last few rounds, Tom Burgess has been named to start at prop against the Dragons.

George Burgess remains on standby after being named on the Dragons extended bench.

Rabbitohs: Mitchell; Johnston, Milne, Graham, Mansour; C Walker, Ilias; Tatola, Cook, T Burgess, Koloamatangi, Arrow, Murray. Subs: Taaffe, Host, Moale, Knight.

Dragons: Mbye; Feagai, Suli, Lomax, Ravalawa; Bird, Hunt; Molo, McCullough, Woods, Sims, Su’A, De Belin. Subs: Amone, Kerr, Lawrie, Ford.

Gold Coast Titans vs Parramatta Eels (Saturday, 10.35am, Watch NRL)

Corey Thompson NRL
Corey Thompson in action for the Titans

Former Widnes outside back, Corey Thompson again starts on the wing for the Titans.

Titans: Isaako; C Thompson, Sami, Herbert, Marzhew; Brimson, Sexton; Fotuaika, Clark, Liu, D Fifita, Fermor, Fa’asuamaleaui. Subs: W Smith, Wallace, Jolliffe, Proctor.

Eels: Gutherson; Blake, Penisini, Opacic, Simonsson; D Brown, Moses; Campbell-Gillard, Mahoney, Paulo, Lane, Papali’I, N Brown. Subs: Makato, Matterson, O Kaufuis, Rein.

Cronulla Sharks vs Wests Tigers (Sunday, 7.05am, Sky Sports Arena or Watch NRL) 

Oliver Gildart Wests Tigers PA
Oliver Gildart in action for Wests Tigers

Oliver Gildart retains his place at centre for the Tigers, while Jackson Hastings is another week away from being eligible to return. 

Sharks: Kennedy; S Katoa, Ramien, Talakai, Mulitalo; Moylan, Hynes; Rudolf, Brailey, Hamlin-Uele, Nikora, Wilton, Finucane. Subs: Tolman, McInnes, Trindall, A Fifita. 

Tigers: Laurie; Nofoaluma, Roberts, Gildart, Maumalo; Madden, Brooks; Tamou, Liddle, Musgrove, Tuilagi, Leilua, Ofahengaue. Subs: Peachey, Twal, Garner, Seyfarth.

Canterbury Bulldogs vs Penrith Panthers (Sunday, 9.15am, Sky Sports Arena or Watch NRL) 

Luke Thompson in action for Canterbury Bulldogs

Former St. Helens man, Luke Thompson, has been selected to start at prop once again for the Bulldogs.

Bulldogs: Dufty; Naden, Burns, Averillo, Addo-Carr; Burton, Flanagan; L Thompson, Marshall-King, Vaughan, Waddell, Pangai Jr, Jackson. Subs: Wakeham, Patolo, M King, Stimson.

Panthers: Edwards; Staines, Tago, S. Crichton, May; Luai, Cleary; Eisenhuth, Koroisau, Fisher-Harris, Kikau, Martin, Yeo. Subs: Kenny, Sorensen, Leniu, Salmon.

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