NRL TEAMS - 2021 Round 16


All the squad lists and match official appointments for the weekend ahead, available at 4pm Tuesday. Bookmark this article and come back for squad updates and late mail across the round.

What to expect each week:

  • Tuesday afternoon: match official appointments
  • Tuesday approx 3pm: Warriors teamlist announced
  • Tuesday 4pm: remaining fifteen teamlists announced
  • 24 hours before a match kicks off: squad update, 21 players reduced to 19
  • One hour before a match kicks off: late mail, 19 players reduced to final 17 plus 18th man medical sub

All times are listed in AEST (NSW/QLD/VIC/ACT) unless otherwise noted.

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Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm
Thu July 1 2021, 7:50pm at McDonald Jones Stadium

Note: this match was originally scheduled for the Sydney Cricket Ground - the Roosters opted to relocate the match due to COVID-19 concerns in Sydney.

Sydney Roosters

1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 21. Joseph Suaalii 6. Lachlan Lam 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu 15. Egan Butcher 16. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 17. Fletcher Baker 19. Drew Hutchison 18. Matt Ikuvalu

Changes from last round - Walker (half) returns, Lam to five-eighth and Manu into the centres. Suaalii moves to the reserves. Tupouniua returns in the back row which sees Baker back to the bench.

Squad update - Adam Keighran (14) is out, with Ben Thomas joining the bench. Freddy Lussick (20) drops out.

Late mail - Ikuvalu drops to 18th man, with Suaalii coming in on the wing. Thomas (19) drops out with Hutchison taking the bench vacancy.

Melbourne Storm

1. Nicholas Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Christian Welch 15. Aaron Booth 16. Chris Lewis 17. Aaron Pene 21. Trent Loiero

Changes from last round - Jesse Bromwich returns at prop. Kamikamica drops to the bench and Asofa-Solomona is out suspended. Booth replaces injured Harry Grant on the bench. Kenny Bromwich also returns in the back row with Tom Eisenhuth out injured. Marion Seve and new signing Tepai Moeroa are included as reserves.

Squad update - After a six-man reserves list was named on Tuesday (given the Storm's large Origin contigent), four have been omitted to reduce the squad to 19 players. Cooper Johns (18), Jordan Grant (19), Marion Seve (22) and Tepai Moeroa (23) are cut.

Late mail - Kamikamica starts with Welch benched. Loiero is 18th man with Dean Ieremia (20) omitted.

Referees: Adam Gee;Sideline Officials: Liam Kennedy, Chris Butler;Video Referees: Ashley Klein;

Warriors v St George Illawarra Dragons
Fri July 2 2021, 6:00pm at Central Coast Stadium

Note: this match will be played with no fans in attendance.


1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Adam Pompey 4. Marcelo Montoya 5. Edward Kosi 22. Sean O’Sullivan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Kane Evans 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Ben Murdoch-Masila 13. Tohu Harris 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Bayley Sironen 18. Rocco Berry

Changes from last round - DWZ (wing) and Townsend (halfback) come in after being signed in the last fortnight. Euan Aitken and Josh Curran are in isolation for 14 days and will miss this match. Montoya moves into the centres for Aitken while Harris replaces Curran in the back row. Kosi returns in the backline with RTS moving to fullback for the injured Reece Walsh. Katoa and BMM are the second rowers this week and Evans is prop. Egan returns at hooker and Tevaga is benched.

Squad update - Kodi Nikorima (6) is out with a foot injury, so O'Sullivan subs straight in at five-eighth. Taniela Otukolo (21) omitted.

Late mail - No further changes. Jack Murchie (20) drops out with Rocco Berry 18th man.

St George Illawarra Dragons

1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Brayden Wiliame 4. Jack Bird 5. Gerard Beale 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jack de Belin 14. Josh Mcguire 15. Billy Burns 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Tyrell Fuimaono 19. Jackson Ford

Changes from last round - Matt Dufty is back at fullback with Tyrell Sloan dropping out of the 21. Mikaele Ravalawa is out suspended with Bird returning to the backline and Beale moving to the wing. Kerr starts second row and Vaughan prop, while long-term suspensions for McGuire and Fuimaono are over and both are welcomed back on the interchange.

Squad update - Kaide Elllis (20) and Jordan Pereira (21) cut.

Late mail - 1-17. Ford is 18th man with Adam Clune (18) omitted.

Referees: Peter Gough;Sideline Officials: Wyatt Raymond, David Munro;Video Referees: Steve Chiddy;

Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels
Fri July 2 2021, 7:55pm at BlueBet Stadium

Note: this match will be played with no fans in attendance.

Penrith Panthers

1. Charlie Staines 2. Brent Naden 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Tyrone May 5. Brian To'o 6. Matt Burton 7. Jarome Luai 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Liam Martin 18. Izack Tago

Changes from last round - Nathan Cleary (shoulder) is out. Burton moves to five-eighth with Luai to play half and Tyrone May is the new centre. Staines moves to fullback with Dylan Edwards out, which sees Brent Naden make his first appearance of 2021 on the wing. Kikau returns in the back row, Martin benched and Leniu drops out of the 17.

Squad update - Jaeman Salmon (19) and Taylan May (21) cut.

Late mail - 1-17. Izack Tago us 18th man with Matt Eisenhuth (20) omitted.

Parramatta Eels

1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Waqa Blake 5. Haze Dunster 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Joey Lussick 10. Junior Paulo 11. Isaiah Papali'i 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Marata Niukore 15. Shaun Lane 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Bryce Cartwright 19. Will Smith

Changes from last round - Sivo returns from suspension with debutant Sean Russell relegated to reserves. Roache and Hipgrave are out of the squad with Kaufusi and Cartwright named on the bench.

Squad update - Sean Russell (20) and Jakob Arthur (21) cut.

Late mail - 1-17. Will Smith is 18th man with Viliami Penisini (18) the player left out.

Referees: Ashley Klein;Sideline Officials: Todd Smith, Phil Henderson;Video Referees: Henry Perenara;

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Sat July 3 2021, 3:00pm at Bankwest Stadium

Note: this match will be played with no fans in attendance.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

1. Nick Meaney 2. Corey Allan 3. Will Hopoate 4. Falakiko Manu 5. Tuipulotu Katoa 6. Kyle Flanagan 7. Jake Averillo 8. Jack Hetherington 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Luke Thompson 11. Jackson Topine 12. Matt Doorey 13. Josh Jackson 14. Bailey Biondi-Odo 15. Joe Stimson 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Chris Patolo 19. Lachlan Lewis

Changes from last round - debutant season at Belmore! Centre Falakiki Manu and interchange players Bailey Biondi-Odo and Chris Patolo join the fray for the blue-and-whites. Corey Allan returns on the wing with Nick Cotric out; Manu replaces Aaron Schoupp (COVID protocol stand-down), Flanagan is five-eighth for Brandon Wakeham (COVID protocol stand-down), and Patolo replaces Napa (also COVID protocol) on the bench. Adam Elliott (cheek) is also out which sees Topine start in the back row, with Joe Stimson joining the interchange.

Squad update - Ofahiki Ogden (20) and Watson Heleta (22) cut.

Late mail - 1-17, Lewis 18th man and Renouf Atoni (21) misses out.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau'atu 12. Karl Lawton 13. Sean Keppie 14. Dylan Walker 15. Ben Trbojevic 16. Kurt De Luis 17. Toafofoa Sipley 18. Moses Suli

Changes from last round - Incredibly the Eagles are 1-17 as per last round.

Squad update - Tevita Funa (20) and Jack Gosiewski (21) cut.

Late mail - 1-17. Suli is 18th man and Cade Cust (19) drops out.

Referees: Gerard Sutton;Sideline Officials: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski, Jon Stone;Video Referees: Alan Shortall;

Canberra Raiders v Gold Coast Titans
Sat July 3 2021, 5:30pm at GIO Stadium Canberra

Note: Ticket sales for this match will cease at 6pm on Friday 2 July. Visit the Raiders' website for more information and updates.

Canberra Raiders

1. Bailey Simonsson 2. Semi Valemei 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papali'i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Tom Starling 15. Emre Guler 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Joseph Tapine 18. Matthew Timoko

Changes from last round - Co-captain Croker returns! He's in the centres with Timoko dropping to reserves. Sutton and Soliola swap back to lock and bench respectively despite Stuart starting Soliola every week for the last several.

Squad update - Matt Frawley (20) and Ryan James (21) drop out.

Late mail - 1-17 with Sutton remaining lock - if you'd believe it. Timoko is 18th man with Hudson Young (19) missing out.

Gold Coast Titans

1. Alexander Brimson 2. Phillip Sami 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Erin Clark 10. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 16. Moeaki Fotuaika 13. Tyrone Peachey 14. Beau Fermor 15. Sam Lisone 17. Jaimin Jolliffe 18. Sam Stone

Changes from last round - Brimson returns at fullback with Jayden Campbell dropping to reserves; Thompson is also back which sees Greg Marzhew out of the 21 altogether. Proctor returns from suspension in the back row with Stone back to the reserves. Fermor and Lisone return on the bench with Rein pushed back to reserves as well, and Jai Whitbread out of the 21 altogether.

Squad update - Mitch Rein (20) and Jayden Campbell (21) cut.

Late mail - A late switch sees Fotuaika start lock with Peachey benched. Stone is 18th man and Sam McIntyre (19) cut.

Referees: Matt Cecchin;Sideline Officials: Darian Furner, Belinda Sharpe;Video Referees: Steve Chiddy;

Newcastle Knights v North Queensland Cowboys
Sat July 3 2021, 7:35pm at McDonald Jones Stadium

Newcastle Knights

1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Dominic Young 3. Kurt Mann 4. Enari Tuala 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Jake Clifford 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Mitchell Barnett 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Sauaso Sue 14. Connor Watson 15. David Klemmer 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones 18. Jack Johns

Changes from last round - Ponga is once again named to return after being withdrawn midweek the last few rounds. Mann moves to centre, Jones back to the bench and Jack Johns to the reserves.

Squad update - Phoenix Crossland (19) and Jirah Momoisea (21) cut.

Late mail - 1-17. Johns is 18th man with Simi Sasagi (20) missing out.

North Queensland Cowboys

1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Tom Dearden 16. Lachlan Burr 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Mitchell Dunn 13. Jason Taumalolo 8. Coen Hess 14. Jake Granville 17. Francis Molo 21. Heilum Luki 19. Daejarn Asi

Changes from last round - 1-17 unchanged from last round.

Squad update - Tom Gilbert (15) was ruled out on Thursday, Heilum Luki elevated to the bench with Corey Jensen brought into the resrves. On Friday, Jensen (22) and Connelly Leumelu (20) dropped out.

Late mail - Hess benched, Burr starts. Asi is 18th man with Peter Hola (18) cut.

Referees: Chris Sutton;Sideline Officials: Liam Kennedy, Drew Oultram;Video Referees: Alan Shortall;

Brisbane Broncos v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Sun July 4 2021, 2:00pm at Suncorp Stadium

Note: as of Tuesday afternoon, Brisbane and the surrounding areas will be entering a three day lockdown from 6pm that evening. Watch the Broncos' website for updates on attendance.

Brisbane Broncos

1. Tesi Niu 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Kotoni Staggs 5. Corey Oates 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Brodie Croft 19. Rhys Kennedy 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. TC Robati 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Keenan Palasia 17. Jesse Arthars 22. Ethan Bullemor 18. Jordan Riki 14. Cory Paix

Changes from last round - Staggs is back at centre, pushing Arthars to the bench. Isaako and Oates are the new wingers with Selwyn Cobbo and Xavier Coates both out. Tevita Pangai Junior's suspension sees Robati start in the back row and Tom Flegler moves to lock. John Asiata (neck injury) is out with Palasia replacing him on the bench. Croft replaces Karmichael Hunt in the halves with Gamble moving to five-eighth.

Squad update - Ooft. Where to start? Warriors-bound Matt Lodge (8) comes out of the forward pack, and Flegler (13) is also out. The Broncos get two exemptions - Ethan Bullemor and Xavier Willison - to add to the squad. David Mead (20) and Anthony Milford (21) drop off the reserves list. Kennedy (prop) and Hetherington (lock) move into the starting side.

Late mail - Paix drops to 18th man with Riki included on the bench instead. Willison (23) drops out.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

1. Will Kennedy 19. Sione Katoa 2. Connor Tracey 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 15. Teig Wilton 13. Toby Rudolf 12. Siosifa Talakai 14. Braydon Trindall 16. Jack Williams 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele 18. Billy Magoulias

Changes from last round - unchanged 17. Hiroti replaces Townsend on the reserves list.

Squad update - Will Chambers (3) is out, with Tracey moving to centre and prolific winger Sione Katoa returning on the wing. Talakai drops to the bench with Wilton named in the back row and Andrew Fifita (20) dropping out.

Late mail - No more changes here. Magoulias gets the nod as 18th man with Mawene Hiroti (21) cut.

Referees: Ben Cummins;Sideline Officials: Michael Wise, Tyson Brough;Video Referees: Chris Butler;

Wests Tigers v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Sun July 4 2021, 4:05pm at Leichhardt Oval

Note: this match will be played with no fans in attendance.

Wests Tigers

1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. James Roberts 4. Adam Doueihi 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Moses Mbye 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Alex Twal 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Seyfarth 14. Stefano Utoikamanu 15. Shawn Blore 16. Thomas Mikaele 17. Joe Ofahengaue 18. Michael Chee-Kam

Changes from last round - Doueihi (centre) replaces Tommy Talau in the centres, Seyfarth starts lock with Ofahengaue benched, and Mikaele replaces Tom Amone on the bench, the latter made a reserve.

Squad update - Tom Amone (19) and Jake Simpkin (21) cut.

Late mail - 1-17. Chee-Kam 18th man with Fetalaiga Pauga (20) omitted.

South Sydney Rabbitohs

1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Mark Nicholls 9. Damien Cook 10. Hame Sele 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 14. Benji Marshall 15. Liam Knight 16. Thomas Burgess 17. Jacob Host 18. Braidon Burns

Changes from last round - Marshall returns on the bench after missing last round due to the birth of his child. Taaffe drops out of the 17, Sele starts for Tatola at prop and Knight joins the bench. Moga and Mago appear on an extended reserves list as the Rabbitohs had a contigent of five in Origin II.

Squad update - Blake Taaffe (19), Josh Mansour (20), Tautau Moga (22) and Patrick Mago (23) drop off the longgggg doggo reserves list.

Late mail - 1-17. Burns 18th man, Jaydn Su'A (21) omitted.

Referees: Grant Atkins;Sideline Officials: Kasey Badger, Peter Gough;Video Referees: Henry Perenara;