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Thompson out for six weeks: Dragons
St George Illawarra Dragons captain Lance Thompson will be sidelined for approximately six weeks. The inspirational backrower has a fractured foot following an injury during last Saturday's match against the Rabbitohs. Thompson, 25, also has a fractured eyesocket. Team doctor Martin Raftery said he would not know the full extent of the injury until further tests tomorrow.
Thompson's injury will see Origin prop Luke Bailey move into the second row. Other high profile Dragons on the injury list include Trent Barrett (ankle, season), Amos Roberts (shoulder, 1 week) and John Cross (ribs, 2-4 weeks).
Meanwhile, centre Mark Gasnier has been cleared to play against Manly this Saturday after missing six weeks with a chipped bone in his knee. Also returning will be Origin utility, Shaun Timmins.
Shaun Timmins will be captain and the starting lock. Other changes include: Jason Ryles returning from Origin duty to take his place in the front row in place of Quentin Pongia who has departed for the UK. Ashton Sims has been added to a bench of five with one to be omitted. Dean Byrne will captain Premier League.
TEAM LIST - Saturday, June 28 - Brookvale Oval ST GEORGE DRAGONS V MANLY SEA EAGLES - 7.30pm NRL
NRL (Round 16) Coach: Nathan Brown 1. Reece SIMMONDS 2. Nathan BLACKLOCK 3. Mark GASNIER 4. Matt COOPER 5. John WILSHERE 6. Ben HORNBY 7. Brett FIRMAN 8. Jason RYLES 9. Dean YOUNG 10. Ian DONNELLY 11. Luke BAILEY 12. Henry PERENARA 13. Shaun TIMMINS (c) 14. Chris LEIKVOLL 15. Craig STAPLETON 16. Mark RIDDELL 17. Ashton SIMS 18. Brent KITE (ONE TO BE OMITTED)
5.15pm Premier League Premier League (Round 12) Coach: Michael Potter 1. Lee BENNETT 2. Hassan SALEH 3. Chris NERO 4. Ben CREAGH 5. Wes NAIQAMA 6. Don DICKSON 7. Dean BYRNE (c) 8. Michael HENDERSON 9. Damien BOWER 10. Steven SOUTHERN 11. Michael HOWELL 12. Gary McBRIDE 13. Nathan TUTT 14. Bryan NORRIE 15. Robbie SIMPSON 16. Jason ELLEM 17. Darren PEACHEY 20. Justin POORE 21. Ryan POWELL 22. Brendan WALL