South Sydney and St George-Illawarra fans will be treated to a full-strength contest when their sides meet in the Charity Shield on Saturday.
The Rabbitohs will play what is close to their first strength starting XIII in Mudgee, while the Dragons’ Origin stars are all named.
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Newcastle face the Storm on Saturday, with Phoenix Crossland being given a chance to partner Mitchell Pearce in the halves.
Meanwhile, Roosters fans will get their first glimpse at rising stars Sam Walker and Joseph Suaalii when the Chooks travel to Queanbeyan to face the Canberra Raiders.
Star half Luke Keary won’t take part in the match after picking up a hamstring injury. The 29-year-old was set to pull on the No.7 jersey after coach Trent Robinson confirmed Keary would make the switch to halfback this year.
The Roosters will announce their team on Wednesday, but their opponents will hand Ryan James his first game of rugby league since he injured his ACL in Round 6 of the 2019 season.
James missed 2020 due to another ACL.
Elsewhere, Scott Drinkwater will get first crack at the Cowboys No. 1 jumper, ousting Valentine Holmes and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow as North Queensland face the Broncos.
Drinkwater who comes off contract this year, told AAP on Tuesday: “I’ll be playing a bit at fullback and I’ve been five eighth and at half.
“I know I was going to train both in the halves and at fullback but a couple of injuries happened and there’s not much depth there.
“So it just turned out that I kind of had to stay there for most of the pre-season.
“It’s a lot more running so I have really had to push myself to get my fitness levels up.”
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Saturday February 27
Roosters vs Raiders 4pm (AEDT) at Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan
Roosters: Team to be announced on Wednesday.
Raiders (squad): Caleb Aekins, Elijah Anderson, Adam Cook, Matt Frawley Emre Guler, Siliva Havili, Josh Hodgson, Albert Hopoate, Corey Horsburgh, Ryan James, Seb Kris, Dunamis Lui, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Kai O’Donnell, Josh Papalii, Jordan Rapana, Harry Rushton, Curtis Scott, Harley Smith-Shields, Bailey Simonsson, Sia Soliola, Tom Starling, Ryan Sutton, Joseph Tapine, Leo Thompson, Matt Timoko, Semi Valemei, Elliott Whitehead, Jack Wighton, George Williams, Sam Williams, Hudson Young.
Storm vs Knights 5.30pm (AEDT) at Albury Sports Ground, Albury
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2. Dean Ieremia, 3. Reimis Smith, 4. Justin Olam, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Jesse Bromwich (c), 9. Harry Grant, 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Kenny Bromwich, 13. Dale Finucane (c). Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith, 15. Christian Welch, 16. Tui Kamikamica, 17. Tom Eisenhuth
Knights: 1. Tex Hoy 2. Starford To’a 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Gehamat Shibasaki 6. Phoenix Crossland 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. David Klemmer 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitch Barnett 13. Connor Watson Interchange: 14. Chris Randall 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Josh King Extended bench: 18. Simi Sasagi, 19. Brodie Jones, 20. Mat Croker, 21. Brayden Musgrove, 22. Pasami Saulo, 23. Dominic Young
Sharks vs Bulldogs 6.00pm (AEDT) at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah
Sharks: Team to be named on Thursday
Titans vs Warriors 6.00pm (AEDT) at Oaks Oval, Lismore
Titans: 1. AJ Brimson, 2. Anthony Don, 3. Brian Kelly, 4. Patrick Herbert, 5. Corey Thompson, 6. Ash Taylor, 7. Jamal Fogarty, 8. Jarrod Wallace, 9. Mitch Rein, 10. Moeaki Fotuaika, 11. David Fifita, 12. Kevin Proctor, 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui. Interchange: Phillip Sami, Tyrone Peachey, Sam Lisone, Jaimin Jolliffe, Beau Fermor, Sam Stone, Tanah Boyd, Treymain Spry, Greg Marzhew, Erin Clark, Jai Whitbread, Toby Sexton
Rabbitohs vs Dragons 6.30pm (AEDT) at Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium, Mudgee
Rabbitohs: Latrell Mitchell, Jaxson Paulo, Dane Gagai, Campbell Graham, Alex Johnston,, Cody Walker, Adam Reynolds (c), Thomas Burgess, Damien Cook, Junior Tatola, Keaon Koloamatangi, Jacob Host, Cameron Murray. Interchange: Blake TaaffeJosh Mansour, Tautau Moga, Steven Marsters, Troy Dargan, Hame Sele, Benji Marshall, Mark Nicholls, Dean Hawkins, Patrick Mago, Jai Arrow, Joshua Cook.
Dragons: Daniel Alvaro, Jack Bird, Adam Clune, Matt Dufty, Kaide Ellis, Poasa Faamausili, Max Feagai, Jackson Ford, Tyrell Fuimaono, Ben Hunt, Jaiyden Hunt, Josh Kerr, Blake Lawrie, Zac Lomax, Andrew McCullough, Trent Merrin, Corey Norman, Jordan Pereira, Cody Ramsey, Mikaele Ravalawa, Tariq Sims, Jayden Sullivan, Paul Vaughan, Brayden Wiliame.
Eels vs Panthers 7.30pm (AEDT) at Panthers Stadium, Penrith
Panthers (Squad): Api Koroisau Brian To’o Charlie Staines Dylan Edwards Isaah Yeo James Fisher-Harris Jarome Luai J’maine Hopgood Kurt Capewell Liam Martin Matt Burton Matt Eisenhuth Moses Leota Nathan Cleary Paul Momirovski Spencer Leniu Stephen Crichton Tyrone May Viliame Kikau
Broncos vs Cowboys 7.00pm (AEST) at Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe
Broncos: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Tesi Niu 5. David Mead 6. Brodie Croft 7. Tom Dearden 8. Patrick Carrigan 9. Jake Turpin 10. Matt Lodge 11. Alex Glenn 12. Jordan Riki 13. Tevita Pangai Jnr 14. John Asiata 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Corey Oates 17. Ben Te’o 18. Cory Paix 19. Tyson Gamble 20. Richard Kennar
Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Justin O’Neill, 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, 5. Valentine Holmes, 6. Michael Morgan (c), 7. Jake Clifford, 8. Francis Molo, 9. Reece Robson, 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Mitch Dunn, 12. Coen Hess, 13. Jason Taumalolo (c). Interchange: 14. Jake Granville, 15. Lachlan Burr, 16. Peter Hola, 17. Corey Jensen, 18. Shane Wright, 19. Ben Hampton, 20. Murray Taulagi, 21. Reuben Cotter, 22. Esan Marsters
Sunday February 28
Wests Tigers vs Sea Eagles 5.00pm (AEDT) at Leichhardt Oval
Sea Eagles: Team to be named at 4pm Thursday
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