NRL TEAMS - 2021 Round 20


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.

NOTE: Due to Queensland's snap COVID-19 lockdown declared on Saturday, matches scheduled Saturday were pushed back to Sunday and all moved to Suncorp Stadium, with both Sunday games now to be played Monday night, both at Suncorp Stadium. Read more here.

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 Parramatta Eels
Thu July 29 2021, 7:50pm at BB Print Stadium Mackay

Sydney Roosters

1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Adam Keighran 5. Joseph Manu 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Isaac Liu 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Lachlan Lam 15. Nat Butcher 16. Egan Butcher 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho 19. Fletcher Baker

Changes from last round - Billy Smith and Matt Ikuvalu are out injured. Johs Morris and Adam Keighran are the new centres with Manu moving to the wing.  SST is back, named on the bench. Baker drops to reserves.

Squad update - Ben Marschke (18) and Naufahu Whyte (21) cut.

Late mail - 1-17. Fletcher Baker is 18th man with Moala Graham-Taufa (20) dropping out.

Parramatta Eels

1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Jakob Arthur 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Isaiah Papali'i 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 15. Shaun Lane 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Will Smith 19. Ray Stone 18. Haze Dunster

Changes from last round - Opacic returns, with Penisini dropping to reserves. Marata Niukore (knee) is out. Cartwright replaces him on the bench.

Squad update - Will Penisini (20) and Joey Lussick (21) cut.

Late mail - Ray Stone replaces Bryce Cartwright (14) on the bench. Dunster is 18th man.

Referees: Grant Atkins;Sideline Officials: David Munro, Matt Noyen;Video Referees: Ashley Klein;

Wests Tigers v Warriors
Fri July 30 2021, 6:00pm at Suncorp Stadium

Wests Tigers

1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Moses Mbye 4. Tommy Talau 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. Stefano Utoikamanu 9. Jacob Liddle 14. Alex Twal 11. Shawn Blore 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue 15. Tom Amone 16. Tukimihia Simpkins 17. Michael Chee-Kam 18. Kelma Tuilagi 20. Zac Cini

Changes from last round - Luke Garner (ankle) is replaced in the back row by Shawn Blore, Thomas Mikaele is replaced by Joe Ofahengaue who starts lock. Mbye starts at centre with Junior Pauga out, and Twal, Amone and Chee Kam return on the bench.

Squad update - Jock Madden (19) and Jake Simpkin (21) drop out.

Late mail - James Tamou (10) is out. Twal starts up front with Tuilagi to debut on the bench. Cini is 18th man.


1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Adam Pompey 18. Viliami Vailea 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Peta Hiku 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Taniela Otukolo 10. Ben Murdoch-Masila 4. Euan Aitken 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Bayley Sironen 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Kane Evans 17. Jazz Tevaga 21. Pride Petterson-Robati

Changes from last round - only a 20-man squad named this week, and it's spare parts coming together. Addin Fonua-Blake (hand), Chad Townsend (shoulder), Jack Murchie (HIA), Leeson Ah Mau (compassionate) and Matt Lodge (suspended) are all out. Taunoa-Brown and Murdoch-Masila return to fill the front row, Peta Hiku is back from a long layoff and slots in at five-eighth, Sean O'Sullivan is halfback and Kane Evans is on the bench. Jazz Tevaga is benched with Otukolo to start hooker, while Kodi Nikorima is benched with allows for Hiku's return. Katoa starts second row. Two uncapped players - Pride Petterson-Robati and Viliami Vailea appear on the side's reserves list along with last week's 18th man Edward Kosi, in a display of just how much the nomadic side's depth is being tested.

Squad update - Josh Curran (13) is out, with Tevaga moving to lock and Vailea added to the bench.

Late mail - Tevaga drops back to the bench. Sironen moves to lock, Aitken shifts from centre to second row, and Vailea will start in the centres. Petterson-Robati is 18th man with Edward Kosi (20) cut from the squad.

Referees: Ben Cummins;Sideline Officials: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski, Darian Furner;Video Referees: Henry Perenara;

Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys
Fri July 30 2021, 8:05pm at Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane Broncos

1. Tesi Niu 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Brodie Croft 8. Keenan Palasia 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Jordan Riki 13. Kobe Hetherington 14. Danny Levi 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Ethan Bullemor 18. Xavier Willison 17. TC Robati

Changes from last round - Thomas Flegler (suspended) is out with Keenan Palasia starting and Robati joining the bench. Danny Levi is also on the bench with Cory Paix cut.

Squad update - Albert Kelly (20) and Xavier Coates (21) are cut. Uncapped Xavier Willison is promoted to the bench with TC Robati dropping to reserves.

Late mail - No further changes. Robati is 18th man with Jesse Arthars (19) dropping out.

North Queensland Cowboys

1. Jake Granville 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Murray Taulagi 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Kane Bradley 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Tom Dearden 8. Francis Molo 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Mitchell Dunn 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Tom Gilbert 15. Heilum Luki 16. Coen Hess 17. Ben Hampton 19. Daejarn Asi

Changes from last round - Starting side unchanged, Ben Hampton replaces Daejarn Asi on the bench.

Squad update - Peter Hola (20) and Ben Condon (21) chopped.

Late mail - 1-17. Daejarn Asi is 18th man with Lachlan Burr (18) omitted.

Referees: Chris Sutton;Sideline Officials: Kasey Badger, Peter Gough;Video Referees: Alan Shortall;

Newcastle Knights v Canberra Raiders
Sun August 1 2021, 1:50pm at Suncorp Stadium

Newcastle Knights

1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Enari Tuala 3. Kurt Mann 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Phoenix Crossland 7. Jake Clifford 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 14. Sauaso Sue 13. Connor Watson 15. David Klemmer 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones 20. Tex Hoy

Changes from last round - Bradman Best and David Klemmer return, with Dominic Young cut from the squad along with Jack Johns. Mitchell Pearce is named in the reserves.

Squad update - Simi Sasagi (19) and Pearce (21) are omitted.

Late mail - Sue starts lock with Watson relegated to bench. Hoy is 18th man with Jirah Momoisea (18) cut.

Canberra Raiders

1. Jordan Rapana 2. Harley Smith-Shields 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Semi Valemei 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 17. Joseph Tapine 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Emre Guler 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Hudson Young 8. Josh Papali'i 14. Tom Starling 15. Matthew Timoko 16. Iosia Soliola 19. Dunamis Lui

Changes from last round - Wighton returns, displacing Matt Frawley from the 17. Whitehead is also back, with Ryan Sutton out. Young starts lock.

Squad update - Ryan James (21) and Bailey Simonsson (20) are cut.

Late mail - Papalii drops to the bench with Tapine to start in the front row. Lui is 18th man and Matt Frawley (18) is omitted.

Referees: Adam Gee;Sideline Officials: Jon Stone, Todd Smith;Video Referees: Steve Chiddy;

Melbourne Storm v Penrith Panthers
Sun August 1 2021, 4:05pm at Suncorp Stadium

Melbourne Storm

1. Nicholas Hynes 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 16. Chris Lewis 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen 19. Harry Grant 20. Jordan Grant 21. Tepai Moeroa

Changes from last round - Munster, Kaufusi and Finucane are all back in the side. Cooper Johns and Trent Loiero are out of the squad along with Nelson Asofa-Solomona. Tui Kamikamica drops to the bench. Aaron Pene is named in 14 but is expected to make way for Harry Grant who is listed as a reserve.

Squad update - Aaron Pene (14), Tui Kamikamica (15) and Tom Eisenhuth (18) drop out. Harry and Jordan Grant join the bench with Tepai Moeroa added to reserves.

Late mail - No further changes. Moeroa is 18th man with Isaac Lumelume (21) omitted.

Penrith Panthers

1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Brent Naden 5. Robert Jennings 6. Matt Burton 7. Jarome Luai 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. Liam Martin 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 15. Scott Sorensen 13. Matthew Eisenhuth 15. Izack Tago 16. Spencer Leniu 17. J'maine Hopgood 18. Paul Momirovski

Changes from last round - Ouch. Brian To'o is out, as is Tyrone May. Rob Jennings is named on the wing, Naden comes into the centres with Burton shifting to the halves to partner Jarome Luai (Cleary is still a week away). Isaah Yeo (HIA) misses this week with Matt Eisenhuth named lock, Liam Martin starting up front for James Fisher Harris (compassionate). Izack Tago and J'maine Hopgood joining the interchange.

Squad update - Lindsay Smith (20) and Kurt Falls (21) drop out.

Late mail - 1-17. Momirovski 18th man, Jaeman Salmon (19) makes way.

Referees: Ashley Klein;Sideline Officials: David Munro, Phil Henderson;Video Referees: Henry Perenara;

St George Illawarra Dragons v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Sun August 1 2021, 6:25pm at Suncorp Stadium

St George Illawarra Dragons

1. Tyrell Sloan 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Corey Norman 4. Talatau Amone 5. Gerard Beale 6. Jayden Sullivan 7. Ben Hunt 17. Kaide Ellis 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Poasa Faamausili 11. Billy Burns 12. Tyrell Fuimaono 13. Tariq Sims 8. Josh Kerr 14. Adam Clune 15. Jaiyden Hunt 16. Jackson Ford 18. Cody Ramsey

Changes from last round - Sloan replaces outgoing Matt Dufty at fullback, with the latter named as a reserve. Norman returns in the centres, with Faamausili, Burns and Fuimaono all starting as well. Jack de Belin, Jack Bird and Blake Lawrie are the three suspended players this week. Josh McGuire is out of the side with Jaiyden Hunt and Jackson Ford on the bench. Cody Ramsey is out with Talatau Amone named in the backline.

Squad update - Dufty (19) and Brayden Wiliame (21) cut.

Late mail - Ellis starts prop with Kerr benched. Ramsey is 18th man and Jordan Pereira (20) is omitted.

South Sydney Rabbitohs

1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dane Gagai 18. Taane Milne 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Mark Nicholls 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su'A 13. Jai Arrow 14. Blake Taaffe 16. Patrick Mago 17. Jacob Host 19. Davvy Moale 21. Braidon Burns

Changes from last round - Cameron Murray (suspended) is out, with Arrow to start lock in his place. Campbell Graham returns in the centres pushing Milne to the reserves. Liam Knight returns on the bench along with Taaffe. Braidon Burns drops to reserves.

Squad update - Graham (4) and Knight (15) drop from the 17 with Milne (centre) and Moale (bench) pushing up.

Late mail - No further changes. Burns is 18th man with Dean Hawkins (20) cut.

Referees: Chris Butler;Sideline Officials: Belinda Sharpe, Drew Oultram;Video Referees: Grant Atkins;

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Gold Coast Titans
Mon August 2 2021, 6:00pm at Suncorp Stadium

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

1. Corey Allan 2. Nick Meaney 3. Will Hopoate 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Jayden Okunbor 6. Jake Averillo 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jack Hetherington 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 15. Dylan Napa 11. Corey Waddell 12. Adam Elliott 13. Josh Jackson 14. Bailey Biondi-Odo 17. Matt Doorey 21. Chris Patolo 23. Renouf Atoni 22. Falakiko Manu

Changes from last round - Adam Elliott (second row) is back with Luke Thompson moving to prop - but Thompson may yet drop out with a judiciary hearing for a two-game ban being heard Tuesday night. Josh Jackson moves to lock and Ava Seumanufagai is benched. Lachlan Lewis is dropped to reserves with Kyle Flanagan recalled to the starting halves, Renouf Atoni dropped completely, Doorey joining the bench and Stimson pushing back to reserves.

Squad update - With Thompson (10) suspended, Napa is listed as starting prop. Seumanufagai (16) is also out, with Joe Stimson and Renouf Atoni added to the interchange. Lachlan Lewis (19) drops out.

Late mail - Patolo replaces Stimson (20) on the bench, Manu is 18th man.

Gold Coast Titans

1. Alexander Brimson 2. Greg Marzhew 3. Brian Kelly 4. Esan Marsters 5. Corey Thompson 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Toby Sexton 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 16. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui 12. David Fifita 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Sam Lisone 17. Jaimin Jolliffe 20. Sam McIntyre

Changes from last round - Patrick Herbert has not been named despite facing the judiciary tonight. Esan Marsters comes into the backline for him. David Fifita starts with Fermor benched, while Jamal Fogarty is named in the reserves.

Squad update - Anthony Don (18) and Sam Stone (19) cut.

Late mail - Fermor starts, Fifita benched. McIntyre is 18th man with Jamal Fogarty (21) cut.

Referees: Matt Cecchin;Sideline Officials: Chris Sutton, Darian Furner;Video Referees: Alan Shortall;

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Mon August 2 2021, 8:05pm at Suncorp Stadium

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Will Chambers 12. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Connor Tracey 7. Braydon Trindall 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 16. Jack Williams 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Braden Hamlin-Uele 15. Royce Hunt 17. Andrew Fifita 19. Luke Metcalf 20. Billy Magoulias

Changes from last round - Shaun Johnson (hamstring) is replaced in the halves by Connor Tracey (five-eighth, Trindall shifts to halfback). Chambers returns in the centres for Tracey. Matt Moylan is listed as a reserve. Tolman returns from suspension at prop, Rudolf moves to lock, Williams benched and Hiroti is cut.

Squad update - Moylan (18) and Jonaiah Lualua (21) cut.

Late mail - Jesse Ramien (4) is out. Talakai moves to the centres, Williams starts second row and Metcalf debuts on the bench. Billy Magoulias is 18th man.

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 17. Toafofoa Sipley 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau'atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Taniela Paseka 14. Dylan Walker 15. Karl Lawton 16. Curtis Sironen 18. Moses Suli

Changes from last round - Curtis Sironen returns by the bench after a long layoff. Karl Lawton is also back on the bench. Josh Aloiai (suspended) and Sean Keppie (omitted) make way.

Squad update - Cade Cust (19) and Jack Gosiewski (20) drop out.

Late mail - Taniela Paseka drops to the bench with Toff Sipley starting. Moses Suli 18th man with Kurt de Luis (21) dropping out.

Referees: Gerard Sutton;Sideline Officials: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski, Peter Gough;Video Referees: Chris Butler;