Manly missing a staggering 14 players, Tuilagi taking on judiciary, mixed news for Roosters by StuffsEarth

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Manly could be forced to hand out up to four debuts against South Sydney, with their forward pack decimated and a total of 14 players unavailable.

The Sea Eagles will name one of the most injury-ravaged squads of the season on Tuesday, with only two of their first-choice forwards available.

As things stand, none of Manly’s injured brigade from Sunday’s gutsy win over St George Illawarra are expected to be able to face the Rabbitohs on Saturday night.

Reuben Garrick is a confirmed out with a concussion, while Taniela Paseka (thumb), Tof Sipley (knee) and Corey Waddell (ankle) remain injured.

It comes with hooker Lachlan Croker still returning to training after the lingering effects of a concussion, and journeyman prop Matt Lodge sidelined with a bicep rupture.

Jake Trbojevic, Daly Cherry-Evans and Haumole Olakau’atu are in State of Origin camp, while Josh Aloiai remains sidelined for one more week for a needless trip.

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Making matters worse for Manly, back-up forward Aaron Woods and Dean Matterson are unavailable through injury.

Meanwhile, Roosters hooker Brandon Smith is available for selection after he was dropped due to discipline issues which resulted in a breach notice.

The Chooks will most likely be without Origin representatives Angus Crichton, Lindsay Collins, Spencer Leniu, Joseph Suaalii (suspension) plus Connor Watson – who was a shock inclusion for NSW in game two.

Michael Jennings joined the club’s injured brigade on Saturday night against Parramatta, limping off with a hamstring issue that will see him sidelined. Fellow centre Billy Smith is out indefinitely with an ankle problem, while Joseph-Aukuso Suaalii is suspended.

Making matters worse for the Tricolours is that English winger Lewis Murphy is also out with a scaphoid fracture and back-up stocks are limited. But there was some good news on Monday, with Dominic Young getting through a full training session at Moore Park after suffering a hamstring injury last week.

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Riki took Murray out off the ball on suspicion with the Rabbitohs skipper forced to under an HIA as the Brisbane second-rower was banished to the sin bin.

Rabbitohs fullback Latrell Mitchell was charged with contrary conduct for sprinting into the subsequent melee to inflame the situation and was also binned. He has accepted a $3000 fine to ensure he is available for State of Origin.

Souths teammate Richard Kennar ($1000), Raiders centre Seb Kris ($1800) and Cowboys half Chad Townsend ($1800) were fined for high tackle offences and Dolphins winger Jack Bostock was pinged $1000 for a dangerous mid-air tackle on Sharks fullback Will Kennedy



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Round 16 teams

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Dolphins vs Storm at Suncorp Stadium: 8pm, Friday June 21

Dolphins: Winger Jack Bostock is free to play after only copping a fine of $1000 for his dangerous mid-air tackle on Will Kennedy in the win over the Sharks. Tesi Niu (ankle) and Jesse Bromwich (ribs) are possible inclusions.

Felise Kaufusi and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow miss out due to Maroons duty.

Storm: Ryan Papenhuyzen is closing in on a return from his fractured ankle but the club is likely to be cautious after his shocking run of injuries. Will Warbrick (groin) and Reimis Smith (concussion) are maybes while Maroons reps Harry Grant and Xavier Coates are out.

Gold Coast vs Warriors at Cbus Super Stadium: 3pm, Saturday June 22

Titans: Second-rower David Fifita is aiming to return after an ankle injury kept him out of Saturday’s loss to the Tigers.

Warriors: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck should come into the starting side after he was 18th player on the weekend against Melbourne after a month out with a hamstring injury.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has been banned one match for a high tackle while centre Rocco Berry (hand) looks like he will be out.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 22: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Warriors is brought down during the round three NRL match between New Zealand Warriors and Canberra Raiders at Apollo Projects Stadium, on March 22, 2024, in Christchurch, New Zealand.
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Sydney vs Canterbury at Industree Group Stadium, Gosford: 5.30pm, Saturday June 22

Roosters: Brandon Smith is available for selection again after he was dropped for disciplinary reasons while winger Dominic Young (hamstring) is also set to return.

Young’s inclusion on the wing means Junior Pauga will likely partner Joey Manu in the centres, with the Roosters not required to hand out a debut.

James Tedesco is available after being dropped by NSW but Spencer Leniu, Connor Watson, Lindsay Collins and Angus Crichton have rep commitments. Luke Keary is in the Blues’ extended squad but will be allowed to play for the Roosters.

Bulldogs: Josh Curran is under a cloud due to the heavy concussion he copped last Monday against Parramatta while Jacob Preston (foot) is out, along with Kurt Mann, who was suspended two matches for a crusher tackle. Matt Burton is able to play after being relieved of 18th player duties by NSW but Stephen Crichton is out due to Blues duty.

South Sydney vs Manly at Accor Stadium: 7.35pm, Saturday June 22

Rabbitohs: Jai Arrow (ribs) should be right to play despite failing to finish the win over Brisbane. Latrell Mitchell and Cameron Murray being recalled for NSW serves up a selection headache to Ben Hornby.

Sea Eagles: Josh Aloiai has one more game to serve on his tripping ban while there are a whopping 13 other players unvailable due to injury and Origin duty.

Wests vs Canberra at GIO Stadium: 4.05pm, Sunday June 23

Tigers: Lachlan Galvin (hand), Alex Twal (concussion), Alex Lobb (concusison) and Bud Sullivan (finger) are maybes after missing the Leichhardt win over the Titans. 

Raiders: Tom Starling (head knock) is due to make a comeback after sitting out the loss to the Cowboys while second-rower Hudson Young will be out to make amends for his NSW axing.

Bye – Broncos, Cowboys, Dragons, Eels, Knights, Panthers, Sharks 


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