This ANZAC Day we're honoured to share this 2015 piece by Andrew Ferguson.
Honouring Stan Carpenter...
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Friday night's blockbuster sees the Tigers host the Dragons at the SFS - and while the Tigers go in unchanged to the big clash, the Dragons are boosted by the return of Dean Young, named on an extended bench in an otherwise unchanged side.
Across town at ANZ Stadium, the Bulldogs welcome back Josh Morris in the centres, with Tim Lafai dropping back to Toyota Cup. The 'Dogs face an unchanged Cowboys for the Reconciliation Cup, part of the NRL's "Close the Gap" Round supporting the fight for equality in Indigenous Health & Education.
Super Saturday gets underway in Melbourne where the Storm host Penrith. With many of last night's injured players requiring another week on the sidelines, Bellamy has named the same side that ran onto the field last night, including rookie Robbie Rochow. Penrith have dropped Dayne Weston to the Windsor NSW Cup team in favour of Nafe Seluini and Masada Iosefa.
Suncorp Stadium hosts it's second Saturday night clash of the season when Brisbane are at home to the Warriors. Brisbane welcome back Ben Te'o, while the Warriors have added Lewis Brown to an extended bench in an otherwise unchanged side.
Elsewhere on Saturday night, the Sharks host the Titans at Toyota Stadium. Cronulla fans and fantasy coaches alike will be happy to know Paul Gallen is set to return, along with a range of players including Paul Aiton, Isaac Gordon and rookie Ricky Leutele, who plays his first game this season and just his second for the Sharks. The Titans have a range of changes as well, Will Matthews and Steve Michaels set to return for the potential wooden-spooners.
Sunday afternoon footy kicks off at Ausgrid Stadium when Newcastle host the Raiders. Knights fans will be pleased to hear Kurt Gidley, Jarrod Mullen and Adam MacDougall have all pulled up without concern after the weekend's thumping of the Gold Coast and are all clear to face Canberra. Additionally, the side welcomes back Richie Fa'aoso and Evarn Tuimavave. Raiders trio Josh Dugan, Bronson Harrison and Jarrod Croker will all be given the best chance to play, with Sam Mataora and Joe Picker named on an extended bench, just in case.
Manly will be looking to recapture their form on Sunday against the Roosters at Brookvale, and the Northern Beaches outfit has named Tony Williams to return - as well as Darcy Lussick and injured Vic Mauro on an extended bench. The Roosters have named Jason Ryles to start on Sunday despite suffering concussion against Canterbury at the weekend.
The round finishes where it began at ANZ Stadium, with the South Sydney side hosting Parramatta. The Rabbitohs welcome back David Taylor from suspension, and he slots straight into the second row. Ben Lowe is out due to a foot injury. Eels halfback Jeff Robson will miss his remaining five matches for the club after suffering a cheekbone fracture in last night's loss to Melbourne. Casey McGuire takes the halfback jersey in an otherwise unchanged side for Parramatta, who could not consider Carl Webb for selection after he was suspended by the NSWRL Judiciary for a dangerous throw in last week's NSW Cup clash between Wentworthville and Windsor.
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