Souths superstar Latrell Mitchell returns for his first game in over two months in a massive clash against the Eels.
Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga will not take on the Titans after headbutting in Origin – his second in as many weeks.
Broncos and Blues enforcer Payne Haas races against time to take on the Cowboys after being injured against the Maroons.
Storm star Cameron Munster has serious doubts about playing Manly and Des Hasler must decide whether to risk his Origin stars on a short turnaround.
Read on for NRL Team Tips for Round 16!
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THURSDAY JUNE 30
Manly Sea Eagles vs Melbourne Storm at 4 Pines Park, 7:50 PM AEDT
Sea Eagles Rd 15 team: 1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jason Saab 3. Morgan Harper 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Toafofoa Sipley 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12 Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 15. Josh Schuster 16. Martin Taupau 17. Sean Keppie
Team Tips: Daly Cherry-Evans and Jake Trbojevic were only able to rest for four days after a contusion from Origin.
Storm Rd 15 team: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Grant Anderson 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 15. Tui Kamikamica 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 14 Brandon Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 13. Josh King 16. Trent Loiero 17. Chris Lewis
Team Tips: Cameron Munster’s agent Braith Anasta does not expect to play after suffering a shoulder injury in Queensland’s loss to the Blues. “I think we’ll see him play in game three, but we won’t see him play for Melbourne this week,” said Anasta. Ryan Papenhuyzen returns from his Covid dismissal.
FRIDAY JULY 1
Newcastle Knights vs Gold Coast Titans at McDonald Jones Stadium, 6:00 PM AEDT
Knights Rd 15 team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Dane Gagai 4. Enari Tuala 5. Dominic Young 6. Anthony Milford 21. Adam Clune 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 15. Leo Thompson 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Kurt Mann 10. Jacob Saifiti 14. Simi Sasagi 16. Mathew Croker 17. Pasami Saulo
Team Tips: Kalyn Ponga has a big blow ahead of the Knights looking to get their season back on track. Ponga was headbutted in Origin just two weeks after leaving the field in Newcastle’s loss to Penrith. Bradman Best is back from a center elbow injury, with Edrick Lee likely to drop out and Enari Tuala shifting to the wing. Daniel Saifiti is back from a knee injury.
Titans Rd 15 Team: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Greg Marzhew 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Paul Turner 7. Toby Sexton 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Erin Clark 10. Isaac Liu 11. Sam McIntyre 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Moeaki Fotuaika 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Sam Lisone
Team Tips: The injured duo of David Fifita and Kevin Proctor are both returning, while Paul Turner (calf) exited the competition early on lap 15.
Penrith Panthers vs Sydney Roosters at BlueBet Stadium, 7:55 PM AEDT
Panthers Rd 15 team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Lauai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Jaeman Salon
Team Tips: Nearly all 17 players entered the replay round, but coach Ivan Cleary will likely continue to drag his juggernaut for a blockbuster clash against the Chooks.
Roosters Rd 15 team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Billy Smith 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Sam Walker 15. Drew Hutchison 8. Lindsay Collins 9. Sam Verrills 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Nat Butcher 14. Connor Watson 16. Egan Butcher 17. Fletcher Baker 19. Daniel Suluka-Fifita
Team Tips: Victor Radley is locked up again after a long hiatus and a week in the Blues camp. Luke Keary is expected to return if he passes concussion protocols and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is also pushing for a return.
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SATURDAY 2 JULY
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Cronulla Sharks at CommBank Stadium, 3:00 PM AEDT
Bulldogs Rd 15 team: 1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Corey Allan 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Max King 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Jackson 15. Corey Waddell 13. Tevita Pangai Junior 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 16. Joe Stimson 17. Kurtis Morrin
Team Tips: Luke Thompson has returned to England on a personal matter and is scheduled for a flight back on July 8, but could stay longer. Kurtis Morrin (shoulder) is out after scoring a try on debut.
Sharks Rd 15 Team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Brit Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Aiden Tolman 15. Braydon Trindall 16. Teig Wilton 19. Dale Finucane
Team Tips: The Sharks should finish 1-17 from their last starting win over the Titans.
North Queensland Cowboys vs Brisbane Broncos at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 5:30 PM AEDT
Cowboys Rd 15 team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Reuben Cotter 15. Coen Hess 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 11. Connelly Lemuelu 14. Jake Granville 16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 17. Griffin Neame
Team Tips: Reuben Cotter (hamstring) is still out and will race against the clock to be fit for Origin Game III, but Tom Gilbert (eye) will return alongside Kyle Feldt.
Broncos Rd 15 team: 1. Te Maire Martin 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Brenko Lee 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Ezra Mam 7. Tyrone Roberts 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Jake Turpin 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Keenan Palasia
Team Tips: Payne Haas was spotted in a moonboat in the NSW sheds on Sunday night and has reportedly suffered a high ankle sprain. It leaves him in serious doubt this clash. “At first I thought it was just a cork, but after that I couldn’t get going, I kept limping everywhere,” Hass told The Daily Telegraph. In better news, Adam Reynolds (ribs) is back.
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Parramatta Eels at Accor Stadium, 7:35 PM AEDT
Rabbitohs Rd 15 team: 1. Kodi Nikorima 2. Alex Johnston 3. Taane Milne 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13 Cameron Murray 14. Blake Taaffe 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Siliva Havili 17. Hame Sele
Team Tips: Latrell Mitchell (hamstring) returns for his first game since round 5. Lachlan Ilias is expected to keep his spot despite being swept up against the Dragons after just 29 minutes. Blake Taaffe is likely to be dropped for Mitchell while Kodi Nikorima remains on the bench.
Eels Rd 15 team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Waqa Blake 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 15. Ryan Matterson 13. Isaiah Papali’i 12. Marata Niukore 14. Makahesi Makatoa 16. Oregon Kaufusi 21. Ky Rodwell
Team Tips: The Eels survived the rep round unscathed and are expected to line up 1-17.
SUNDAY 3 JULY
New Zealand Warriors vs Wests Tigers at Mt Smart Stadium, 2:00 PM AEDT
Warriors Rd 15 Team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Ronald Volkman 7. Shaun Johnson 10. Jazz Tevaga 9. Wayde Egan 23. Addin Fonua-Blake 11. Jack Murchie 13. Josh Curran 12. Tohu Harris 8. Bunty Afoa 14. Chanel Harris-Tavita 16. Dunamis Lui 17. Bayley Sironen
Team Tips: The Warriors are playing at home for the first time since Covid ended their lives in March 2020. Euan Aitken (concussion) returns, likely to lock Tohu Harris.
Team Tigers Rd 15: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Starford To’a 4. Asu Kepaoa 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Luke Brooks 7. Jackson Hastings 15. Alex Twal 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Luke Garner 12. Kelma Tuilagi 13. Joe Ofahengaue 8. James Tamou 14. Fa’amanu Brown 16. Adam Doueihi 17. Alex Seyfarth
Team Tips: Luke Brooks has reportedly been dropped for the first time in his NRL career and Adam Doueihi will start in the halves alongside Jackson Hastings. Alex Twal (concussion) and Starford Toa (ankle) have doubts. Stefano Utoikamanu (foot) returns.
St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders at WIN Stadium, 4:05 PM AEDT
Dragons Rd 15 Team: 1. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Jack de Belin 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Jack Bird 12. Jaydn Su ‘A 13. Tariq Sims 14. Moses Mbye 15. Francis Molo 16. Aaron Woods 17. Michael Molo
Team Tips: The Dragons should be 1-17 after their win against Souths.
Raiders Rd 15 Team: 1. Xavier Savage 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 23. Matt Frawley 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 17. Corey Horsburgh 19. James Schiller
Team Tips: Jack Wighton (Covid) returns to see Matt Frawley drop out.
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