The Origin drain takes hold again this weekend, with the Sharks and Cowboys the worst affected. Meanwhile, Parramatta regain the services of their last grand final halfback.
Parramatta Eels v Sydney Roosters
Fri, July 8, 7.50pm (AEST) @ Pirtek Stadium
Eels: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Semi Radradra 3. Clinton Gutherson 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Bevan French 6. Corey Norman 7. Jeff Robson 8. Danny Wicks 9. Isaac De Gois 10. Tim Mannah 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Beau Scott. Interchange: 14. Ken Edwards 15. Peni Terepo 16. David Gower 17. Daniel Alvaro 18. Rory O’Brien
*Tim Mannah and Brad Takairangi return from injury, while mid-season recruit Jeff Robson will slot in at halfback. Kenny Edwards drops back to the bench and Michael Jennings is on Origin duty.
Roosters: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Dale Copley 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5. Joseph Manu 6. Jackson Hastings 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Dylan Napa 11. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Isaac Liu. Interchange: 14. Sam Moa 15. Kane Evans 16. Connor Watson 17. Chris Smith 18. Ryan Matterson
*Joseph Manu replaces NSW winger Blake Ferguson, while Chris Smith and Ryan Matterson have been named on an extended bench with Aidan Guerra away with the Queensland side.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Wests Tigers
Sat, July 9, 7.30pm (AEST) @ ANZ Stadium
Bulldogs: 1. William Hopoate 2. Brett Morris 3. Josh Morris 4. Curtis Rona 5. Sam Perrett 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Moses Mbye 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. James Graham 11. Asipeli Fine 12. Greg Eastwood 13. Danny Fualalo. Interchange: 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Tony Williams 16. Tim Browne 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 19. Kerrod Holland 21. Craig Garvey
*NSW forwards David Klemmer and Josh Jackson are out, but Greg Eastwood returns from injury, and Craig Garvey, Tim Browne and Kerrod Holland have been included on a six-man bench.
Tigers: 1. Jordan Rankin 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Tim Simona 4. Kevin Naiqama 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Mitchell Moses 7. Luke Brooks 8. Tim Grant 9. Dene Halatau 10. Sauaso Sue 11. Josh Aloiai 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14. JJ Felise 15. Ava Seumanufagai 16. Michael Chee-Kam 17. Kyle Lovett 18. Joel Edwards
*Blues trio Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah and James Tedesco are out. Jordan Rankin shifts to fullback, with Josh Addo-Carr returning on the wing, and JJ Felise, Michael Chee-Kam and Joel Edwards on an extended bench.
Penrith Panthers v Cronulla Sharks
Sun, July 10, 4.00pm (AEST) @ Pepper Stadium
Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Zak Hardaker 3. Waqa Blake 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Dallin Watene Zelezniak 6. Bryce Cartwright 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Leilani Latu 9. Peter Wallace 10. Regan Campbell-Gillard 11. Isaah Yeo 12. James Fisher-Harris 13. Trent Merrin. Interchange: 14. Suaia Matagi 15. Jeremy Latimore 16. Chris Grevsmuhl 17. William Smith
*Josh Mansour is on Origin duty and Sam McKendry has been ruled out for the year with injury. English recruit Zak Hardaker comes in on the wing and Leilani Latu starts at prop, while Will Smith and Suaia Matagi are the newcomers on the bench.
Sharks: 1. Ben Barba 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Ricky Leutele 4. Gerard Beale 5. Valentine Holmes 6. Fa’amanu Brown 7. Chad Townsend 8. Matt Prior 9. Michael Ennis 10. Sam Tagataese 11. Luke Lewis 12. Jayson Bukuya 13. Chris Heighington. Interchange: 14. Matt McIlwrick 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao 16. Kurt Capewell 17. Joseph Paulo
*Andrew Fifita, James Maloney, Jack Bird, Paul Gallen and Wade Graham are all in camp with the Blues. Valentine Holmes returns from injury on the wing, while Fa’amanu Brown starts at five-eighth, and Matt McIlwrick, Jesse Sene-Lefao and Kurt Capewell come onto the bench.
Canberra Raiders v North Queensland Cowboys
Mon, July 11, 7.00pm (AEST) @ GIO Stadium
Raiders: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Brenko Lee 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Junior Paulo 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Shannon Boyd 11. Iosia Soliola 12. Elliot Whitehead 13. Shaun Fensom. Interchange: 14. Kurt Baptiste 15. Clay Priest 16. Paul Vaughan 17. Joseph Tapine
*Josh Papalii is out injured and Luke Bateman has been suspended. Iosia Soliola and Clay Priest come into the team.
Cowboys: 1. Lachlan Coote 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Tautau Moga 4. Javid Bowen 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Rory Kostjasyn 7. Ray Thompson 8. Ben Hannant 9. Jake Granville 10. Scott Bolton 11. Coen Hess 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14. Josh Chudleigh 15. John Asiata 16. Ben Spina 17. Patrick Kaufusi
*Johnathan Thurston, Justin O’Neill, Matt Scott, James Tamou and Gavin Cooper are all on Origin duty. Rory Kostjasyn partners Ray Thompson in the halves, Tautau Moga returns in the centres alongside Javid Bowen with Kane Linnett still out, and forwards Ben Spina, Coen Hess, Josh Chudleigh and Patrick Kaufusi come into the squad.